Lantern awards for Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example
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Submission Deadline is November 1, 2019


Award winner for the Shining Example, Southeast Tourism Society
STS members celebrating Shining Example Award
Speaker at the Shining Example Awards

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Nomination Deadline is Friday, November 1, 2019
Winners will be recognized on February 11, 2020 at STS Connections in Little Rock, Arkansas

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Receive the recognition you deserve. Nominate your star, your partners, your region for a Shining Example Award and be in the spotlight as one of Tourism’s Best & Brightest in the Southeast.  Shining Example Awards recognize outstanding contributions in professional tourism across its member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia.

Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow,  2018 winners were celebrated the evening of March 20, 2019, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort in Florida.

2019 Award Winners will be announced at STS Connections, February 11, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The time period examined is January 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019. Online submissions deadline: November 1, 2019.  Check out the magic of awards' night thanks to this video from Stowaway


Governor Nathan Deal receiving Shining Example Award for his advocacy of tourism
Handsome couple at the Shining Example awards

2018 Award Winners

Winners were recognized on March 20, 2019 at the 2nd Annual STS Connections in Daytona Beach, Florida

Tourism Office of the Year with budgets of up to $2 million
Jackson County Tourism Development Authority (North Carolina)

Tourism Office of the Year with budgets of more than $2 million
Visit South Walton (Florida)

Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year
Two Mississippi Museums:  Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History

STS Top 20 Festival of the Year
The Trail of Honor (Mississippi)

Governmental Tourism Leadership Award
Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama)

Partnership Award
LeFleur Museum District (Mississippi)

Rising Star Award
Brian Rucker (Visit Tupelo - Mississippi)

Beacon Award
Alisa Bailey (Charleston CVB - West Virginia)

Best Marketing Award <$100K
CVB of Marion County "Middle of Everywhere" (West Virginia)

Best Marketing Award $100K-$500K
West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority "What's Up in West Volusia" (Florida)

Best Marketing Award >$500K
St. Tammany Parish TCC "Tammany Taste" (Louisiana)

Best Niche Marketing Award
Discover DeKalb's LGBT Campaign (Georgia)

Chairman’s Award
Charles Ryan Associates (Virginia)