Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB Announces 2023 Tourism Star Awards Recipients

Friday, October 13, 2023

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Sandra Rios,, 239-252-2379


Naples, Fla., October 13, 2023 –The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Tourism Star Awards.  The annual awards event, which was held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort on October 12, 2023, recognizes the top talent within the hospitality and tourism industry in Florida's Paradise Coast.

Nominations from industry colleagues were submitted in the following categories: Arts & Culture, Eco-Adventure, Restaurant Service, Culinary Innovation, Hospitality Front of House / Full Service Hotel & Resort, Hospitality Heart of House / Full Service Hotel & Resort, Hospitality Front of House /Select Service Accommodation, Rising Star and Tourism Leadership.

Additionally, three Executive Director awards were presented this year to recognize outstanding industry leaders in three categories, Legacy Award, Partnership Award and Centennial Legend Award.

The nominations were reviewed, and winners selected by a panel of independent judges from within the community.

"The annual Tourism Star Awards event gives everyone in the hospitality and tourism industry within Collier County the opportunity to recognize the superstars that create and deliver the experiences that keep our visitors coming back to Florida’s Paradise Coast year after year," said Paul Beirnes, executive director, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB.  “Every day presents an opportunity to provide our visitors with the experience of a lifetime whether it is defined by excellent culinary offerings, exciting outdoor adventures, outstanding cultural experiences, the magic of a beachfront sunset or the perfect night’s sleep in world-class accommodations. I tip my hat to all the teams across Collier County whose efforts and dedication have made us the award-winning destination that we are.”

The winners of the 2023 Tourism Star Awards:

  • Arts & Culture Award: Team Members at Naples Botanical Garden
  • Eco Adventure Award: Steve Wooley / Naples Transportation & Tours
  • Restaurant Service Award: Charles Montas / J.W. Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
  • Culinary Innovation Award: Fogg Café Team Members / Naples Botanical Garden
  • Hospitality Award – Front of House / Full Service Hotel & Resort: Stephanie Roman, Hilton Naples
  • Hospitality Award – Heart of House / Full Service Hotel & Resort: Walter Hurtado, Inn on Fifth
  • Hospitality Award – Front of House / Select Service Accommodation: Rocio Yescas, Springhill Suites / Fairfield Inn & Suites, Naples
  • Rising Star Award: Kelly Toncray, The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón
  • Tourism Leadership Award: Jenny Piccione, The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón
  • Executive Director’s Partnership Award: PURE Florida
  • Tourism Legacy Award: Clark Hill, Hilton Naples
  • Centennial Legend Award: Clyde & Niki Butcher / Big Cypress Gallery

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About Florida’s Paradise Coast

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official source for area travel and tourism information about Florida's Paradise Coast. Located in Southwest Florida, this premier vacation and meeting destination offers leisure and business travelers a variety of exceptional year-round amenities and attractions. Set along a 30-mile Gulf of Mexico coastline ribboned with white-sand beaches, visitors will discover a sophisticated, yet casual atmosphere highlighted by a lively social scene, robust arts and culture activities, exceptional restaurants, luxury boutique shopping and plenty of outdoor adventure experiences. Home to over 90 public and private golf courses, sports enthusiasts have access to a variety of championship courses; pickleball and tennis facilities; and water activities ranging from kayaking to sailing charters. Outdoor adventures include exploring the world-famous Everglades – the only sub-tropical mangrove wilderness in the U.S. and home to endangered wildlife and over 350 species of birds. Florida’s Paradise Coast is truly where the high life meets the wildlife. Recent accolades include being named the No. 1 “Best Beach Town in the U.S. to Live In,” No. 1 “Healthiest and Happiest City in America” and “One of the Best Small Cities in the U.S.” Located just two hours from Miami, three hours from Tampa, and four hours from Orlando, Florida’s Paradise Coast is easily accessible by Interstate highway. Travelers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), Punta Gorda (PGD), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Miami (MIA). For more information about Florida’s Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600, visit, and follow us on X, Instagram, and Facebook.