"Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow," said STS President and CEO Bill Hardman. 2017 winners were celebrated the evening of April 24, 2018, at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
2018 Award Winners will be announced at STS Connections, March 19-21, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The time period examined is January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018. Online submissions deadline: December 31, 2018 *Stay Tuned for this year's nomination categories and online submission link.
Nominate Your Star
Receive the recognition you deserve. Nominate your star, your partners, your region for a Shining Example Award and be in the spotlight as one of Tourism’s Best & Brightest in the Southeast. Online Submission will be available beginning July 1, 2o18.
Shining Example Awards recognize outstanding contributions in professional tourism across its member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia.
2017 Award Winners
Winners were recognized on April 24, 2018 at STS Connections
Tourism Office of the Year with budgets of up to $2 million
Greenbrier County CVB (West Virginia)
Tourism Office of the Year with budgets of more than $2 million
St. Tammany Parish Tourism and Convention Commission (Louisiana)
Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year
Rock City (Tennessee)
STS Top 20 Festival of the Year
Natchitoches Christmas (Louisiana)
Governmental Tourism Leadership Award
Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser
Greenbrier Valley Tourism Recovery Partnership (West Virginia)
Rising Star Award
Kelly Collins (State Fair of West Virginia)
State Tourism Office of the Year
Alabama Tourism Department
Shelley Johnson (Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB)
Best Marketing Award <$500K
Birthplace of Country Music (Bristol, Tenn./Bristol, Va.)
Best Marketing Award >$500K
Visit North Carolina
Best Niche Marketing Award
South Carolina African American Heritage Commission
Advance Travel & Tourism (Birmingham, Ala.)
Dorothy Hardman Spirit of STS Award
Georgia Turner (West Volusia Tourism Bureau, DeLand, Fla.)