Leslee Gaul and Captain Tom Aguigui


Oceanside, Calif.- May 16, 2012- At its second annual Tourism Summit on Tuesday, May 15, Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau named its first scholarship recipient and recognized key industry partners with awards for hospitality partner of the year, tourism partner of the year and volunteer of the year.

Francois Thonnard, Recipient, Visit Oceanside Scholarship
Francois Thonnard was named the first recipient of Visit Oceanside’s $1,000 student scholarship. Thonnard, a student of Mira Costa College’s hospitality department, was recognized for his outstanding academic achievements and his volunteer service at the California Welcome Center in Oceanside. The scholarship is funded by the Tourism Marketing District for Oceanside.

Michele Bragalone, Hospitality Partner of the Year
Michele Bragalone, director of sales of Western Pacific Region for Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, was honored with the Hospitality Partner of the Year Award. She was recognized for always being a team player and her numerous contributions to furthering sales and marketing efforts.

Captain Tom Aguigui, Tourism Partner of the Year
Captain Tom Aguigui of the Oceanside Police Department was given the Tourism Partner of the Year Award for his work in building a stronger partnership between the Oceanside Police Department and the visitor industry.

Pamela Andrus, Volunteer of the Year
Pam Andrus received the Volunteer of the Year Award and was recognized for her many hours of service to the California Welcome Center Oceanside.

About Visit Oceanside
To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Shae Geary or Lori Kennedy
JLK Communications

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