Excellence in Tourism Awards

2019 Excellence in Tourism Award Recipients

The 2019 awards were presented Monday,February 4 at the Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois. Please select this link  to read more about the conference and awards.

Best in Show
  • Great Rivers and Routes
Best Visitors Publication
  • Division A: Great Rivers and Routes, 2019 Great Rivers, Great Routes, Great Memories Travel Guide
  • Division B: Great Rivers Country Tourism Office, Great River Road in Illinois Visitors Guide
Best Leisure Collateral
  • Division A - Visit Springfield, Abe's Hat Hunt
  • Division B - Quincy Area CVB, 99 Watering Holes
Best Tourism Marketing
  • Division A:  Ilinois Holocaust Museum, Stories of Survival
  • Division B: Ottowa Visitors Center, Twice the Rivers.....Twice the Fun
Best Cooperative Partnership
  • Division A: Rockford Area CVB, Rockford Peaches 75th Anniversary
  • Division B: (TIE) Visit McHenry County, McHenry County Made Passport             Galesburg Area CVB, One State Together in teh Arts 2018 Conference
Best Branding Initiative
  • Division A: Rockford Area CVB, Bring Your Game 2 Rockford
  • Division B: [TIE] City of Columbia, Pop-Up Shop                  Elgin Area CVB, Explore Elgin
Best Website
  • Division A: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Division B: Mt. Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau
Best Event or Festival
  • Division A: The Magnificent Mile Association, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
  • Division B: Streater Tourism, Murals and Milestones
Best Social Media Marketing
  • Division A: Skydeck Chicago, #StreetToSkyChi
  • Division B: Ottawa Visitors Center, Midwest Morel Festival