Any individual or group of individuals not paid for the services they provide any type of organization in the travel/tourism industry, including (but not limited to) historic sites, parks and recreational areas, arts and cultural organizations and other tourist destinations.
2017 Tourism Rising Star Award
This award recognizes an individual who has joined the tourism industry within the last five years and [served at least two of those years in Connecticut]. Any employee of any travel/tourism-related organization headquartered in Connecticut is eligible.
2017 Tourism Partners of the Year Award
This award recognizes two or more organizations that have come together to collaboratively market their offerings. Any group of two or more separate organizations that have collaborated on one or more initiatives to drive visitors/revenues to Connecticut are eligible
2017 Tourism Leader of the Year
This award recognizes a “committed, talented leader who has accomplished the following over the past year: made his/her organization as well as the state a more attractive place to visit inspired others with his/her vision for enhancing our state’s appeal to visitors, both within as well as outside our state demonstrated keen abilities to build tourism/travel revenues championed the value of travel and tourism to the Connecticut economy.
2017 Tourism Legacy Leader
This award recognizes an individual who has provided “exemplary leadership” for the state’s travel and tourism industry over the past 25 years. Any individual who has 25 years or more of distinguished service to the tourism industry, at least 15 of which have been in Connecticut.