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June 4, 2012

California Travel Association Honors Hornblower Founder Terry MacRae

Cruise Industry Leader Wins National Tourism Advancement Award

Hornblower Cruises & Events Founder and CEO Terry MacRae will receive the prestigious CalTravel Award for the Promotion and Advancement of Tourism during the 2012 California Travel Summit, presented June 4-6 by the California Travel Association (CalTravel). The national award recognizes an individual who has worked to protect, preserve and enhance California’s historical and cultural treasures while also promoting tourism to the Golden State.

During more than three decades in the hospitality industry, MacRae has grown Hornblower Cruises & Events from a two-boat, 114-passenger operation to a 35-boat, $40 million dining cruise and charter yacht company. Under MacRae’s leadership, Hornblower has established ports in seven California cities and New York City; in addition, two Hornblower subsidiaries, Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, are National Park Service ferry concessioners to Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island respectively.

MacRae is an advocate for the tourism industry at the local, state and national levels, serving as a commissioner for the California Travel & Tourism Commission and a director-at-large for San Francisco Travel. In 2007, the San Francisco Business Times named him Most Admired CEO, and he was the California Travel Industry Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.

MacRae, who receives his award during ceremonies taking place in Sacramento, is just the second professional to earn the tourism promotion and advancement honor. The inaugural honor was given to Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association president and CEO, in 2011. The California Travel Association will also recognize Antonette Sespene, senior sales manager with Alcatraz Cruises, during the June event. She was named one of the state’s 30 and Under Emerging Leaders. Hornblower is the parent company of Alcatraz Cruises.

To learn more about Hornblower Cruises & Events’ daily tours, dinner cruises, private charters and special event cruises, visit or call 1-888-HORNBLOWER.


Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in California for over 30 years. The company operates 32 vessels, including the 3 largest dining yachts on the West Coast, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Diego. In 2012 it opened a port in New York City. Two Hornblower subsidiary businesses, Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, are National Park Service ferry concessioners to Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, respectively. For more information visit: