Excellence in Tourism Awards

2019 Excellence in Tourism Award Recipients

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

Friends of Tourism
  • Thomas S. Rivera, trailblazer and longtime advocate for Illinois Tourism
Best in Show
  • Great Rivers & Routes
Best Leisure Collateral
  • Division A - Visit Springfield, Abe's Hat Hunt
  • Division B - Quincy Area CVB, 99 Watering Holes
Best Social Media Marketing
  • Division A: Skydeck Chicago, #StreetToSkyChi
  • Division B: Ottawa Visitors Center, Midwest Morel Festival
Best Cooperative Partnership
  • Division A: Rockford Area CVB, "Rockford Peaches 75th Anniversary"
  • Division B: [TIE] Visit McHenry County, "McHenry County Made Passport" and Galesburg Area CVB, "One State Together in the 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 and Elgin Area CVB, Explore Elgin
Best Website
  • Division A: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Division B: Mt. Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau
Best Visitors Publication
  • Division A: Great Rivers & Routes, 2019 Great Rivers, Great Routes and Great Memories Travel Guide
  • Division B: Great Rivers Country Tourism Office, Great River Road in Illinois Visitors Guide
Best Event or Festival
  • Division A: The Magnificent Mile Association, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
  • Division B: Streater Tourism, Murals and Milestones
Best Tourism Marketing Campaign
  • Division A: Illinois Holocaust Museum, Stories of Survival
  • Division B: Ottawa Visitors Center, Twice the Rivers...Twice the Fun