2019 Sports Tourism Excellence Awards
Help us honor the best of the field at Connect Sports in Louisville, Kentucky. We'd like to thank SportsNC for sponsoring these awards. Nominations are due by June 1.
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Sporting Event Organizer of the Year (for-profit)
Sporting event organizer must represent a for-profit organization. Please use 2-4 sentences to discuss what makes this person stand out in a crowded field in the sports tourism industry? Please include specifics about events organized by this individual in the past two years, including economic and social impact within a community,
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Nonprofit Sporting Event Organizer of the Year
Sporting event organizer must represent a for-profit organization such as a NGB. Please use 2-4 sentences to discuss what makes this person stand out in a crowded field in the sports tourism industry? Please include specifics about events organized by this individual in the past two years, including economic and social impact within a community,
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Community Hero Award (Volunteer of the Year) Please include specific event he or she worked.
Awarded to a volunteer who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their local community and/or sporting event. The winner will receive complimentary travel (including air and hotel) to Connect Sports Marketplace to be recognized for their contribution. Please demonstrate the volunteer's impact in a 2-4 sentence description.
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Sports Supplier of the Year (excluding hotels)
Nominees must include individuals from a CVB, sports commission or service provider (excluding hotels) who has made significant contribution to the success of the sporting tourism industry. Please use 2-4 sentences to cite specific events and successes that could not have been achieved without this person, and the impact created by specific events this person contributed to.
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Hotel Professional of the Year. Please include hotel name and/or company
Awarded to a hotel professional, regardless of department or job function, who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to a sporting event or athlete(s) that they have hosted. Please use 2-4 sentences to cite specific events and successes that could not have been achieved without this person, and the impact created by specific events this person contributed to.
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Best Amateur Sporting Event of the Year
Nominated events must be sporting events that are primarily focused on amateur/youth athletes. Please use 2-4 sentences to include specifics about the event, including economic and social impact within a community, and how it raised the bar for future events.
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LGBTQ Sporting Event of the Year
All nominees must be primarily LGBTQ-athlete focused and have a component that benefits the host community. Please use 2-4 sentences to include specifics about the event, including economic and social impact within a community, and how it raised the bar for future events.
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Fastest Growing Sporting Event
Nominees must be able to demonstrate a significant increase in growth (number of registered athletes, room nights, or both) over the course of a minimum of 3 years. Please use 2-4 sentences to include specifics about the event, including economic and social impact within a community, and how it raised the bar for future events.
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Best New Sporting Event (first year)
Events nominated must be original/unique and have taken place for the first time after January 1, 2017. The organizers must have demonstrated the ability to work well with their first-year partners and demonstrate strong potential and promise for future growth. Please use 2-4 sentences to include specifics about the event, including economic and social impact within a community.
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Best Homegrown Sporting Event (owned and operated by a DMO)
Nominated events must be owned and/or operated by a CVB or sports commission. Please use 2-4 sentences to include specifics about the event, including economic and social impact within a community.
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Best Adult Sporting Event of the Year
Nominated events must be primarily focused on adult (22 or older) athletes. Please use 2-4 sentences to include specifics about the event, including economic and social impact within a community.
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Sports Venue of the Year
Nominees must be a venue or facility that has hosted a sporting event, regardless of discipline, that has exceeded expectations throughout the event execution process. Please use 2-4 sentences to cite specific events held within the venue and and the impact created by these events.
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