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San Francisco Travel Presents 2015 Silver Cable Car Award to San Francisco’s Police and Fire Departments’ “First Responders”

At its 105th Annual Luncheon meeting today, the San Francisco Travel Association presented the Silver Cable Car Award to the “first responders” of San Francisco’s Police and Fire Departments.

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At its 105th Annual Luncheon meeting today, the San Francisco Travel Association presented the Silver Cable Car Award to the “first responders” of San Francisco’s Police and Fire Departments.

Since 1965, San Francisco Travel has presented the Silver Cable Car award to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to San Francisco’s visitor industry. Past recipients have included: Monique Moyer, executive director of the Port of San Francisco; author Armistead Maupin; the San Francisco Giants; the San Francisco Pride Celebration; Steve Silver, creator of “Beach Blanket Babylon” and United Airlines.

The award was presented by San Francisco Travel 2015/2016 Chair Anna Marie Presutti, vice president/general manager, Nikko Hotels International/Hotel Nikko San Francisco, to San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White on behalf of their respective organizations.

Citing their “brave and selfless service to visitors and residents alike,” Presutti said, “This year we honor a group of San Franciscans who serve all of us with distinction.  Their work is integral to the well-being of our city and to its continued appeal to travelers around the world. 

“As the general manager of the Hotel Nikko, I have seen these men and women on the job almost every day.  And I know that I could never do my job without knowing they are ready to do theirs. 

“They are San Francisco’s first responders.  Specifically, they are the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Fire Department.  Both departments have been protecting our city for more than 160 years.  In times of crisis, they have been—and always will be—here to keep us safe.  But it is their day-to-day presence that matters most.   People who visit San Francisco do so knowing that they can rely on these dedicated civil servants to help them with anything from getting accurate directions to guiding them through a genuine emergency.

“I think I can speak for all my peers in the hotel community when I say that we treat visitors to our properties as if they were visitors in our own homes.  Their safety is always among our primary concerns.  We wouldn’t be able to make them feel at home without knowing the incredibly brave men and women of the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments were beside us.”

The San Francisco Travel Association’s 105th Annual Luncheon is sponsored by Alcatraz Cruises, Hornblower Cruises & Events and Webcor.   Platinum sponsors include American Express, Classic Party Rentals, Da Vinci Fusion, Inc., Freeman, Moscone Center/SMG, Savor Catering, Sonoma County Tourism and Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau.  Gold sponsors include: Big Bus Tours San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco CityPASS, Global Gourmet Catering, Golden State Warriors, PIER 39, San Francisco Duty Free by DFS, San Francisco International Airport, The Presidio Trust, Wells Fargo Bank and  Where® Magazine San Francisco.

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination.  With more than 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. 

In 2014 tourism reached record-breaking levels, generating in excess of $10.67 billion annually for the local economy and employing more than 87,005 people.  More than 18 million people visited San Francisco last year, spending more than $10.6 billion. 

The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at One Front St., Suite 2900, San Francisco, CA 94111.  

San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit www.sanfrancisco.travel.