Tourism Leaders Step Up to the Plate with NLCS Wager

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Joe D’Alessandro, president of San Francisco Travel, and Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, have entered into a friendly wager over the outcome of the National League Championship Series.

As the exciting battle for the National League Pennant continues with the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, both cities’ tourism leaders have stepped into the fray. Joe D’Alessandro, president of San Francisco Travel, and Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, have entered into a friendly wager over the outcome of the National League Championship Series. The tourism chief from the losing team’s city must wear and be photographed in gear from the opposing team. The pictures will be shared with tourism trade media and posted on the organizations’ social media outlets.

“After our 49ers beat the Rams on Monday, we’re looking forward to total sports domination over St. Louis,” D’Alessandro said. “We are thrilled that our team continues along the path to this ultimate competition and look forward to many exciting games to come.”

“It’s been a great series thus far and we are confident the Cardinals will bring home their 20th National League Pennant,” said Ratcliffe. “I can’t wait to see Joe decked out in a Cardinals’ jersey and cap as Cardinals’ Nation celebrates yet another trip to the World Series.”

All bets aside, both D’Alessandro and Ratcliffe appreciate the excitement and economic activity the baseball playoffs bring to their communities, as well as the extra income it generates for hospitality industry employees.

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With some 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco's largest industry, generates in excess of $9.38 billion annually for the local economy and supports more than 76,800 jobs. San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel.

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (SLCVC) is the sales and marketing organization responsible for marketing St. Louis City and St. Louis County as a convention and meeting site and as a leisure travel destination. In addition, the SLCVC manages and operates the America’s Center Convention Complex®, which includes 502,000 square feet of prime exhibit space, a 28,000 square-foot ballroom, the 67,000-seat Edward Jones Dome, the 1,400-seat Ferrara Theatre and the St. Louis Executive Conference Center. For more information, call 877-724-7714 or visit http://www.explorestlouis.com.

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