Annual Tourism Awards

Much of the visitor experience in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is shaped by the restaurant and lodging employees our visitors encounter—or enjoy the work of—every day. Outstanding employees have helped us garner a 94% "satisfied/very satisfied" rating and a 96% "will return" rate from our visitors,* and we'd like to help recognize them for being such wonderful ambassadors for the destination. 

The winners were recognized at our Tourism Week Luncheon on May 6th. For those not able to attend, let’s congratulate these individuals if you happen to experience their service across the community.

Check back in early 2022 when nominations for the 2022 Tourism Awards open for submission.

Nanci Wendzel, Hampton Inn

Lodging Front of House Hero is - Nanci Wendzel, Hampton Inn

Sabrina Percival, Days Inn

Lodging Back of House Hero is - Sabrina Percival, Days Inn

Chris Ginos, Farlow's on the Water

Restaurant Front of House Hero is – Chris Ginos, Farlow’s on the Water

Danny Cazares, Lock ‘N Key

Restaurant Back of House Hero is – Danny Cazares, Lock ‘N Key


Aaron Koher, Glass Bottom Rentals

Attraction Hero of the Year is – Aaron Koher, Glass Bottom Rentals

Steve Partington, SnowBird Baseball Classic

Hall of Fame Inductee – Steve Partington, Snowbird Baseball Classic