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Nominations Being Sought for North Dakota Governor’s Awards for Tourism
Post Date: Mar 12 2015

ND Commerce Tourism Division
Nominations are now being accepted for the North Dakota Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism. These annual awards recognize outstanding tourism leaders, events and attractions in the state. The Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism will be presented at the 2015 North Dakota Tourism Conference, April 20-22, in Minot.

Awards include

Annual awards

Front-line Tourism Employee: Nominations should be made by employer, recognizing an individual who provides outstanding customer service to tourists and visitors on a daily basis. This person could be employed in any area of the tourism and hospitality industry, including lodging, resort, restaurant, casino, gas station, retail, recreation, etc.

Behind the Scenes Tourism Employee: Nominations should be made by employer, recognizing an individual who provides outstanding service behind the scenes in tourism-related businesses. Some examples would be housekeeping staff, cooks, administrative positions and website designers. This person could be employed in any area of the tourism and hospitality industry, including lodging, resort, restaurant, casino, gas station, retail, recreation, etc.

Tourist Attraction of the Year: May be self-nominated, recognizing a public or private attraction that has demonstrated involvement in local, regional and state tourism initiatives. Measurable economic impact, as well as attendance figures, should be documented results of an effective marketing program.

Event of the Year: May be self-nominated, and similar to the Attraction of the year, the host organization may be public or private but must have demonstrated involvement in local, regional and state tourism initiatives. Measurable economic impact, as well as attendance figures, should be documented results of an effective marketing program.

May be awarded annually

International Tourism Award: Nominations should be made by a peer in the industry, recognizing a public or private tourism entity or person that has demonstrated positive results for the business, local community or statewide in the international market. This individual's leadership in the areas of tourism promotion and/or development must be proven by a significant impact on a tourism business or local economic development effort.
Travel & Tourism Industry Leader: Nominations should be made by a peer in the industry, recognizing an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the tourism industry locally, regional or statewide. This individual's long-term leadership in the areas of tourism promotion and/or development must be proven by a significant impact on tourism businesses and local economic development effort. This award may be given to a former recipient if dramatic changes have happened to their destination, attraction or event since the award was received, a minimum of 10 years prior.

Tourism Organization of the Year: May be self-nominated, the award is presented to an organization, like a public tourism attraction, public recreation area, convention and visitors bureau, chamber of commerce, etc., which has demonstrated a positive impact on the local, regional and statewide tourism industry. Judging will be based on creativity, innovation and measurable results in the areas of tourism promotion or development.

Wade Westin Award for Marketing: Nominations should be made by a peer in the industry, this award will be given to a standout marketing initiative. The honor may go to a marketing program, a specific campaign, a marketing team or cooperative project, or a marketing guru who uses innovation ideas to attract more attention and thus visitors to North Dakota. Nominations should include details of the marketing initiative, how it was integrated and leveraged for maximum exposure and the measurable results. Nominations will be evaluated on their uniqueness, innovation and results.

These awards will only be given with the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference Award Committee's approval of an exceptional nomination and results.

For more information, contact North Dakota Tourism at 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525, or visit www.NDTourism.com. Follow North Dakota Tourism on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelND or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NorthDakota and get tips on what to see and do all year long.
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