Connect is pleased to announce the return of the Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards, presented by Best Western. The awards will recognize some of sports tourism’s most deserving individuals and most dynamic events. Winners will be recognized at Connect Sports, Aug. 23-25 in Salt Lake. “The Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards, presented by Best Western, have been designed to recognize the best in our industry,” says Patrick Higgins, Connect’s vice president of Marketplaces. “These awards will celebrate specific types of events and the people and venues who ensure their success.” Among the notable categories is the Community Hero Award, honoring a volunteer who proved vital to an event’s success. Connect will cover all travel expenses for the winner to attend the event in Utah. “So many events rely on the critical support of volunteers, and it’s time they’re recognized and celebrated in front of the sporting events community,” says Higgins. Please join us in honoring the industry by submitting nominations in the following categories. A nomination form follows. Nominations are due June 15.
> Sporting Event Organizer of the Year (for-profit)
> Nonprofit Sporting Event Organizer of the Year
> Community Hero Award (Volunteer of the Year)
> Sports Supplier of the Year (excluding hotels)
> Hotel Professional of the Year
> Best Amateur Sporting Event of the Year
> LGBTQ Sporting Event of the Year
> Fastest-Growing Sporting Event
> Best New Sporting Event (first year)
> Best Homegrown Sporting Event (owned and operated by a DMO)
> Best Adult Sporting Event of the Year
> Sports Venue of the Year
Click here for the 2017 winners.
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