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Excellence in Tourism Awards

The Excellence in Tourism Awards are presented annually at the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism, which is co-hosted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism (DCEO/IOT) and the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitor Bureaus (ICCVB). Each year, information about the categories and the entry form are published on the conference website. Divisions within categories are based on budget size.

The most recent award recipients appear below. For previous years, please select from the follow links: 2016 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

2017 Excellence in Tourism Award Recipients

The 2017 awards were presented Monday, March 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Springfield, Illinois. Please select this link  to read more about the conference and awards.

Friends of Tourism
  • Justin Blandford and Roger Carmack
Best in Show
  • Shed Aquarium
Best Leisure Collateral
  • Division A - Visit Galena
  • Division B - Great Rivers Country
Best Social Media Marketing
  • Division A: Shedd Aquarium
  • Division B: Ottawa Visitors Center
Best Cooperative Partnership
  • Division A: Visit Lake County
  • Division B: Galesburg Area CVB
Best Branding Initiative
  • Division A: Rockford Area CVB
  • Division B: Promote Woodstock
Best Website
  • Division A: Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB
Best Visitors Publication
  • Division A: Greater St. Charles CVB
  • Division B: Visit McHenry County
Best Event or Festival
  • Division A: TIE - Visit Galena and Navy Pier
  • Division B: City of Waterloo
Best Tourism Marketing Campaign
  • Division A: TIE - Navy Pier and Rockford Area CVB
  • Division B: Ottawa Visitors Center