SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Coalition of Travel Organizations
(CCTO) established an award to honor a legislator who has supported
the travel industry and traveling public.
A dinner event, to be held March 1 in Los Angeles, will honor
California State Sen. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo), who has pushed
legislation for the CCTO, the travel trade lobbying group made up
of ASTA chapters and other agent and tour operator groups.
Speier will be the first recipient of the Schweitzer Award for
The award is named for Fred Schweitzer, the CCTO's secretary,
who died in December while on vacation in Germany.
Schweitzer was a long-time tour operator and travel agent in
northern California who was active in the NorCal chapter of ASTA as
well as the CCTO.
"One would be hard-pressed to find a nicer, more decent guy"
than Schweitzer, said Diane Embree, CCTO president. "Not only do I
miss him on a personal level, but the loss is great to CCTO. He
could always be counted on to help out in every way."
The dinner is scheduled for the Wilshire Country Club in Los
A champagne reception at 7 p.m. will be followed by dinner and
the award presentation at 7:30 p.m. Business or cocktail attire is
To participate, send a check for $25 to Diane Embree, Box 7066,
Northridge, Calif. 91327-7066. Indicate a preference for a salmon
or prime rib entree. For more information, e-mail Embree at [email protected].