Tourism Award Categories & Nomination Forms

 

Submit your completed entry along with any & all supporting materials and photos, by the deadline of March 1, 2017,  to Dropbox using this link:https://www.dropbox.com/request/KHesx154vgxEFAtM7IlU
If You Do Not Have Dropbox Account, You Will Need To Create One. When saving your nomination form please use the following format “award name”_”nominee name”.  Please note that all entry materials become the property of Visit Loudoun and may not be returned. If you have any questions regarding submission of your nomination form please contact Greg Harp at 703-669-2008 or Harp@VisitLoudoun.org.

Tourism Manager of the Year
This category recognize that our employees in management make a difference and contribute to our tourism destination success. This person is a dynamic and effective leader that inspires their team to provide exceptional service and, in doing so, gives back to the industry as a whole. The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • How the manager inspires their team.
  • What makes this manager effective in promoting tourism?
  • Letters, comments or reviews from customers complimenting the employee.

Download Tourism Manager of the Year Nomination Form

#LoveLoudoun Ambassador of the Year
This category recognize that our tourism industry employees make a difference and contribute to our tourism destination success. This person is Someone who provides superior customer service and serves as a great tourism ambassador—ensuring visitors and residents alike “Love Loudoun.” The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • What makes this nominee a great tourism ambassador?
  • ​How did this nominee go beyond performance expectations?
  • Letters, comments or reviews from customers complimenting the employee

Download #LoveLoudoun Ambassador Nomination Form

Tourism Volunteer of the Year
This category recognizes the contribution that volunteers make in the tourism industry whether at a historic site, an event, as a member of one of the boards affiliated with a tourism related organization, or some other volunteer opportunity in the tourism industry. The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • The significance of the volunteer contribution to the success of the tourism program.
  • The type of contribution, i.e. leadership, in-kind services, time contribution, etc.
  • The duration of service; did the individual volunteer for 3 days, 3 months, or 3 years?

Download Tourism Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

Tourism Annual Event of the Year
This category recognizes an event that has occurred in at least two of the last 3 consecutive calendar years (or longer); has significant community support and partnership; can demonstrate year-over-year growth, visitor spending and/or overnight rooms; and was effectively promoted to out-of-county visitors. The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • The lasting benefit the event had on the community such as a positive economic impact, an improvement to the community, or an improvement in quality of life for Loudoun's residents.
  • The community support & partnership.
  • The number of overnight rooms generated in local hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns as a result of the event.
  • The promotion of the event to out-of-county visitors in terms of creativity, effectiveness, and results.

Download Tourism Annual Event of the Year Nomination Form

Tourism NEW Event of the Year
This category recognizes a first-time event that had significant community support and partnership; that attracted visitors to Loudoun County and/or its incorporated towns; can demonstrate visitor spending and/or overnight rooms; and was effectively promoted to out-of-county visitors.The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • The level of community support through volunteers, corporate sponsorships, and civic group participation.
  • The positive value of the event to the customer in terms of the event as a whole, entertainment, length of time to experience the event, desire to attend multiple days (if applicable), and cost per ticket.
  • The number of overnight rooms generated in local hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns as a result of the event.
  • The promotion of the event to out-of-county visitors in terms of creativity, effectiveness, and results.

Download Tourism NEW Event of the Year Nomination Form

Tourism Marketing Promotion/Campaign of the Year
Entries in this category may include marketing, promotion, and/or public relations promotions and campaigns. This category recognizes creativity, innovation, clearly stated objectives and how those are measured, and the demonstrated results from the program. The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • The stated objectives and anticipated results.
  • The creative design, innovation of the program, and message.
  • The implementation process.
  • The results from the program; did it reach the targeted audience?

Download Tourism Marketing Promotion/Campaign Nomination Form

Tourism Action Award of the Year
This category recognizes The tourism industry individual or organization that made an outstanding contribution aiding and assisting others. The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • The significant impact serving others in need of furthering a cause.
  • Who or what benefited from the action and how.
  • What makes the individual or organization and their/its efforts exceptional.

Download Tourism Action Award Nomination Form

“Back-of-House Hero” of the Year
This award recognizes those professionals who may not interact directly with visitors but are the heart and soul of our industry; ensuring a seamless experience. The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • What makes the nominee a “Back-of-House Hero”? (Going beyond performance expectations, etc.)
  • The length of service of the nominee.
  • Role of the nominee with the organization.

Download Back-of-House Nomination Form

Judy Patterson Tourism Award
This is Visit Loudoun's highest award honor. Judy Patterson was a founding board member of Visit Loudoun and a creative, innovative, tourism professional with a passion for Loudoun County, its towns, historic sites, and tourism opportunities. The Visit Loudoun Board of Directors established this award to honor individuals and organizations that embody the vision and collaborative spirit and demonstrates outstanding commitment to the sustainability and enhancement of Loudoun County as a visitor destination. The nominee exhibits a passion for tourism and contribute to the tourism industry leaving a legacy by which they will be remembered. The evaluation and criteria should include as many of the following as possible:

  • The level of contribution to the tourism industry such as a significant economic impact, multiple years of contributions, the outcome of the contribution and its opportunity for benefits to the tourism industry, etc.
  • The legacy of the contribution. What will people say about this individual, organization, or program in 20 years as they recall the impact of this nominee to the tourism industry?
  • The passion, enthusiasm, drive, momentum, team-building ability, etc. of the individual or organization as it relates to tourism industry accomplishments.
  • What makes this nominee's contribution significant and outstanding to the tourism industry when compared to other tourism industry individuals or organizations?

Download Judy Patterson Tourism Award Nomination Form