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: 2019;  2018, 20172016 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Governor's Conference was not held and tourism awards were not given out.

ICCVB did award the Distinguished Tourism Leadership Award for 2020 to Jim Reilly. 
View Jim's tribute video