Nominees for the 29th Annual South Florida Tourism Professional of the Year as well as the Restaurant
of the Year were announced today. These awards will be presented by the Academy of Hospitality and
Tourism (AOHT) Advisory Board when the nominees are honored at the luncheon to be held on
November 21 st at the Hyatt Regency Miami, Signature Sponsor at 11:30 a.m. A beautiful luncheon and
auction will take place with proceeds of the event will benefit work-based learning activities and
scholarships for AOHT students and professional development for teachers. An industry Trade show to
take place before the luncheon.

The nominees for this year’s Tourism Professional of the Year are:

  • Shelly Fano, Director, Hospitality Management Program, Miami Dade College
  • Dr. Paul George, Resident Historian, History Miami Museum
  • Carol L. Henderson, Vice President Business Development, Brightline
  • Lynne Hernandez, South Florida Regional Director, Florida Restaurant Lodging Association
  • Joe Louissaint, President, Show Technology, Inc
  • Grisette Marcos, Executive Director, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority

The nominees for Restaurant of the Year are Christy’s, Edge Steak & Bar and Valls Restaurant Group
Last year’s winner of the Restaurant of the Year is Tuyo’s at MDC.