Hall Of Fame Inductee — 2006
A respected leader in Colorado's travel industry, Ilene Kamsler has been president of the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association and director of the Metro Denver Hotel Association since 1986, representing 540 members and more than 40,000 guest rooms. Over the years, she has been a constant voice calling for state funding for tourism marketing. Working tirelessly at various legislative levels as well as trying to bring tourism factions together to speak with one voice, she finally saw these efforts rewarded in 2006 with the passage of House Bill 1201, which will guarantee permanent funding for the Colorado Tourism Office. She has also been the president of the Colorado Society of Association Executives, the Tourism Industry Coalition of Colorado and the International Society of Hotel Association Executives.
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