Shinning Example

2016 Award Winners

  • Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia
  • State Tourism Office of the Year Louisiana Office of Tourism
  • Tourism Office of the Year - Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing in Florida (budget less than $2 million); Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast (budget greater than $2 million)
  • Best Marketing - Bath County (Virginia) Tourism (budget of less than $100,000); The Columbus (Georgia) CVB (budget of $100,000 to $499,000); Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (budget of more than $500,000)
  • Tourism Partnerships - Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau, Central Alabama Mountain, Pedalers and Chewacla State Park
  • Top 20 Event/Festival of the Year - Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown & Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia
  • Tourism for Tomorrow - Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Governmental Tourism Leadership Award - Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia
  • Rising Star Award - Tom Shinall, director of marketing, Booth Western Art Museum
  • Beacon Award - Rick Taylor, executive director, Hattiesburg Convention Commission & Hattiesburg Tourism Commission in Mississippi
  • Best Niche Marketing Campaign - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Chairman of the Board Award - Franci Edgerly of ITI Digital
  • Spirit of STS Award - Tami Reist, president and CEO, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

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Award Winners