2024 Bellevue Destination Award Winners

Expanding Horizons was the theme for Visit Bellevue's 3rd Annual Meeting and Destination Awards with the theme Expanding Horizons on April 24. Bellevue’s long-time friend, television and radio sports broadcast journalist, business consultant, and author Jen Mueller, served as Master of Ceremonies to an audience of over 180 tourism and hospitality leaders.  Author and Director of Avant-Guide Institute, Daniel Levine, provided the keynote and The Memphis Belles from NM Entertainment performed. Visit Bellevue has been busy, and there was a lot to cover during the 2-hour luncheon at the Meydenbauer Center.

2024 Convention of the Year

Alpha Kappa Alpha Far Western Regional Conference 

2024 Best Marketing Campaign or Promotion

Scan Design Foundation's Northwest Trolls

2024 Event of the Year


2024 Outstanding Individual

Jennifer Leavitt, Director of Marketing at The Bellevue Collection

2024 Rising Star

Conrad Hoernke

2024 Business of the Year

Claire Sumadiwirya, Bellden Café


The 2023 Bellevue Destination Awards Winners

The 2023 Bellevue Destination Awards was held on May 4 in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week. 

  • 2023 Convention of The Year: The National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • 2023 Best Marketing Campaign: The Bellevue Collection Dining District Promotion
  • 2023 Event of the Year: St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Running Series
  • 2023 Outstanding Individual: Joy Carpenter, Puget Sound Hospitality
  • 2023 Rising Star: Muruts Gidey, Guest Services, Hyatt Regency Bellevue
  • 2023 Business of the Year: Ascend Steak & Sushi



The 2022 Bellevue Destination Awards Winners

The inaugural Bellevue Destination Awards 2022, presented by the Port of Seattle, was held on May 4, 2022, at the Meydenbauer Center. In alignment with National Travel and Tourism Week, leaders in Bellevue’s Travel and Hospitality industry gathered to honor the industry’s most outstanding members. The event was emceed by sports broadcasting veteran, Jen Mueller. Special guests included Commissioner Sam Cho from the Port of Seattle, The City of Bellevue Councilmember Janice Zahn, and Keynote Speaker and Restauranter Chef John Howie. Visit Bellevue is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Bellevue Destination Awards:

  • 2022 Convention of The Year: Washington State DECA
  • 2022 Best Marketing Campaign: The Bellevue Collection
  • 2022 Event of the Year: Wintergrass
  • 2022 Outstanding Individual: Jeannie Mikkelsen
  • 2022 Rising Star: Jiayi Jin
  • 2022 Business of the Year: Whisk