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Missouri Division of Tourism

The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism is an annual conference that features a strong line-up of expert speakers, as well as exciting social events to enhance your networking opportunities with top leaders and innovators. Nominations are now open for the 2022 Governor’s Conference on Tourism awards banquet!

Join us at the 2022 Conference, held at Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, October 4-6.

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Award Nominations

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism Awards are open to DMOs, tourism attractions, lodging, restaurants, festivals/events, publications and other entities contributing to the tourism industry in Missouri. Entries should demonstrate exemplary customer service, initiative and have positively influenced the tourism industry.

Missouri Tourism Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals whose long-term contributions have significantly and measurable impacted the tourism industry in Missouri.

Sen. Emory Melton Legislative Award

This award honors legislators and tourism industry members who work closely with the legislative process in support of Missouri tourism to ensure the industry continues to flourish.

Marketing Campaign Award

This award acknowledges achievement in effective, integrated marketing campaigns that led to increased visitation, expenditures and sales tax revenue through one or more channels.

Pathfinder Award

This award recognizes marketers aiming for niche markets and hitting the target. These trailblazers are showing the rest of the industry where to find new markets and how to reach them.

Innovator Award

The Innovator award pays tribute to smaller tourism entities that achieve great results with small budgets by increasing visitation, traveler spending or tax revenues.

Navigator Media Award

The Navigator Media Award recognizes broadcast, print and electronic media that have supported and promoted tourism with stories and images that inform and entice visitors to come to Missouri.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is presented to an individual who has made great advancements to an organization’s tourism efforts despite having been with the organization less than 5 years or having recently transitioned to a new role.

Hospitality Award

This award honors those who have positively impacted every visitor encountered. Remarkable customer service and dedication to visitor experience enhances the overall experience in Missouri.

Film Industry Champion Award

The Film Industry Champion Award recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated strong support for the growth of the film industry in Missouri.