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Green To Be Inducted into Tourism Hall of Fame

ALBUQUERQUE - After nearly a decade of service helping to build New Mexico's tourism industry, New Mexico State University's Janet Green will be inducted into the state's Tourism Hall of Fame.



New Mexico State University's Janet Green will be inducted into the state Tourism Hall of Fame during the Governor's Conference on Tourism, Oct. 20-22 in Albuquerque. Green, interim head of NMSU's hotel, restaurant and tourism management department, was the state tourism secretary from 1998 to 2002. (10/15/2004) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

Green is interim head of NMSU's hotel, restaurant and tourism management department (HRTM). She served as secretary of tourism from 1998-2002. She was deputy secretary from 1995-1998, and before that director of NMSU's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism program (REDTT).

"We owe Janet Green a debt of gratitude for the huge contributions she's made to this industry," said Debbie Scott, executive director of the Tourism Association of New Mexico. "Her induction into the Hall of Fame is one way to show our appreciation."

Green and three others will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism Oct. 20-22 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The association created the Tourism Hall of Fame in 1997 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the state's tourism industry, Scott said.

"It's the efforts of Hall of Fame inductees like Janet Green that have helped tourism grow into the second-largest industry in the state," Scott said.

Tourism brings in about $4.6 billion a year to the economy and it provides about 75,000 jobs, she said.

Forty four individuals are members of the Hall of Fame, including former U.S. Rep. Joe Skeen for helping to secure funding for the REDTT program.

Other inductees this year include former Gallup Convention and Visitors Bureau director Ed Jungbluth, state Tourism Commission chairman Chris Stagg and former Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau director Terry Bullock.

Green is a native New Mexican from Socorro who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from NMSU and a master's degree in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in hospitality and tourism. She was an executive assistant to Gov. Garrey Carruthers from 1987 to 1990.

The New Mexico Tourism Industry selected Green as the Tourism Professional of the Year in 1998. She also received El Orden Isabel la Catolica award from King Juan Carlos of Spain for promoting cultural exchanges with that country.

As interim head, Green is now helping youngsters to prepare for careers in tourism, said Priscilla Bloomquist, NMSU associate professor and co-founder of the department. NMSU is currently the only school offering a four-year hotel, restaurant and tourism management degree in New Mexico and West Texas.

"We're one of the nation's top-ranked programs," Bloomquist said. "About 95 percent of our students find job placements when they graduate."

Green will take advantage of her induction into the Tourism Hall of Fame to speak with Albuquerque high school students about careers in tourism. She will tour ten schools from Oct. 18-22 to discuss NMSU's hospitality program. For more information, call (505) 646-5995.