2018 Excellence in Tourism Award Recipients

The 2018 awards were presented Monday, February 26 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. Please select this link  to read more about the conference and awards.

Friends of Tourism

  • Gina Gemberling, Visit Springfield
  • Marc Gordon, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association

Best in Show

  • Greater Galena Marketing, Halloween Parade & Festival

Best Leisure Collateral

  • Division A – Greater Galena Marketing, eNewsletter
  • Division B – Carbondale Tourism, Total Solar Eclipse

Best Social Media Marketing

  • Division A: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tour De Roo Campaign
  • Division B: The Art Institute of Chicago

Best Cooperative Partnership

  • Division A: Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Division B: Greater Metropolis Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best Branding Initiative

  • Division A: Visit Champaign County, The Faces of Travel
  • Division B: Freeport All In

Best Website

Best Visitors Publication

  • Division A: Alton Regional CVB, All Around Alton Travel Guide
  • Division B: The Real Woodstock Visitors Guide

Best Event or Festival

  • Division A: Greater Galena Marketing, Halloween Parade & Festival
  • Division B: City of Waterloo, Solar Eclipse Solarbration event

Best Tourism Marketing Campaign

  • Division A: [TIE] Choose Chicago, “Home Is” campaign and Illinois Holocaust Museum, “Take a Stand Center” exhibit campaign
  • Division B: The Real Woodstock campaign