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Rashelle Beasley, manager of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, holds the trophy she was awarded as a "Rising Star" in tourism by the Southeast Tourism Society Thursday. (Nov. 1, 2012)
ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany woman has been tapped by the Southeast Tourism Society as the organization’s “Rising Star” for 2012 in the industry.
Rashelle Beasley, manager for the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, picked up the award Thursday night at a conference in Virginia Beach, Va.
“I’m truly honored,” Beasley said from her hotel Friday morning. “This is a big deal for me personally because it means that we in Albany are headed in the right direction when it comes to promoting the area and trying to bring tourists into the region.”
According to the organization’s website, the Rising Star award “recognizes extraordinary on-the-job performance by a person new to the travel and tourism industry.”
Nominations will be evaluated on leadership, enthusiasm for the industry, innovation, successful programs or events and other performance-related accomplishments.
Noted as Georgia’s second-largest economic driver behind only agriculture, tourism is viewed as an important economic development tool for cities and counties across the state.