Excellence in Tourism Awards

2012 Excellence in Tourism Award Recipients

The 2012 awards were presented Wednesday, March 14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Please select this link (Adobe PDF format) to read a press release summarizing the conference and awards.

Best in Show
  • Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau: GoRockford.com, Screw City Beer Festival and Hideaway in Rockford
Best Leisure Collateral
  • Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, “Road Trip” Seasonal Guides
Best Sales Collateral
  • Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Banquet Guide
Best Electronic Marketing
  • Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau, Sales Video
Best Social Media Marketing
  • KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort
Best Media/Public Relations Initiative
  • The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by BMO Harris Bank
Best Cooperative Partnership
  • TIE - Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition, Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural Series
  • TIE - John Hancock Observatory, Skating in the Skyu
Best Branding Initiative
  • Streator Tourism, Streator Downtown Farmers Market Brand
Best Website
  • Division A: Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, GoRockford.com
  • Division B: Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, enjoyaurora.com
Best Visitors Publication
  • Division A: Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, All Around Alton Visitors Guide 2012
  • Division B: Chicago North Suburbs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Getaway Guide
Best Event or Festival
  • Division A: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Screw City Beer Festival
  • Division B: The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Presented by Mastercard
Best Tourism Marketing Campaign
  • Division A: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hideaway In Rockford
  • Division B: TIE - Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kankakee County Cultural Heritage Campaign
  • Division B: TIE - Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Drive the Tour Summer Campaign