A lot of locals have been honored with 2013 P.R.I.D.E. Awards. They're handed out to our area's most outstanding tourism and hospitality industry professionals. Employees in more than 30 categories, ranging from Outstanding Valet to Outstanding Hotel Executive, were recognized at last night's banquet.

The 2013 P.R.I.D.E. Master Award -- the highest honor -- was given to Kip Holloway, former executive director of the Red River Revel Arts Festival. Other top awards went to The World Series of Poker Circut Event and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition -- tied for Outstanding Event of the Year; Jackie Allen of Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, Outstanding Southern Hospitality Ambassador; Andrea Bales of Horseshoe, Outstanding Tourism and Hospitality Employee of the Year; Jared Troutman of Spash Kingdom, Outstanding Attractions Professional of the Year; and Heather Sexton of DiamondJacks Casino and Resort, Outstanding Venue Operations.

You can get the complete list of winners, plus view a photo gallery, on the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau's Facebook page.


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