In tribute to the Washington-area workers who deal directly with the public -- especially visitors to the city -- the Washington Convention and Visitors Association will present the first annual hospitality Service Awards to a doorman, a hotel housekeeper and a tour guide.
This year's gold award winner is Sydney Moore Jr., a tour guide and bus operator for Gray Line of Washington who has had seven years of 400,000 accident-free miles. He is "a veritable one-man encyclopedia of facts and figures surrounding Washington's special attractions," according to the Visitor Association.
Vila M. Huff, a housekeeper at the Quality Inn-Capitol Hill, and Marvin (Bob) Beavers, a doorman at the Mayflower Hotel for 32 years, were named silver award winners.
The winners were selected by a panel of seven judges from the Washington business community on the basis of their day-to-day service and the image they present to the public. The gold award winner receives $1,000, and the silver award winners get $500.
The association said it plans to expand the program in future years to recognize all businesses that make up the tourism industry in the Washington area.
This year's winners will be honored at a luncheon ceremony Tuesday at the Mayflower Hotel.