Montana Tourism Awards

April 14 - 16, 2019

Copper King Hotel & Convention Center | Butte MT
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Montana Tourism Awards

The Montana Tourism Awards celebrate the outstanding work of the communities, businesses, organizations and people who strengthen Montana's tourism industry and thereby contribute to maximizing its economic impact for Montana residents.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 28! Nominations for the 2019 Montana Tourism Awards will be accepted online only January 15 through February 28, 2019. For descriptions and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click on each category's link. 


Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award click to NOMINATE

This award recognizes an institution, individual or organization for contributions to the promotion and celebration of Montana’s authentic and unique culture or natural history as an important attraction for visitors and Montana residents alike. Eligible nominees may include specific attractions (museums, historical societies, libraries, events) or individuals for extraordinary accomplishment in promoting our heritage and cultural amenities.

2018 Recipient - Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Great Falls MT


Marketing Campaign of the Year click to NOMINATE

Awarded for an outstanding tourism-related marketing campaign.  For a campaign to be eligible the nominee must be a Montana Tourism Region or Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), a Destination Management Organization (DMO) or a tourism related non-profit organization, public or private. Individual businesses are not eligible (resorts, park concessions, shopping malls, attractions, events owned/operated by a single business/corporation). 

2018 Recipient – Visit Billings


Outstanding Tourism Volunteer Award click to NOMINATE

Acknowledges and celebrates significant commitment demonstrated by an individual or a group of individuals who exemplifies the positive impact volunteers have on Montana's tourism industry and who go above and beyond to ensure visitors' experiences are positive and worth repeating.

New in 2019


Private + Public Collaboration Award click to NOMINATE

Acknowledges the collaboration of private and public partners whose joint work enhances the Montana tourism industry by providing innovative and sustainable tourism products, solutions or strategies that have identifiable and measurable results. A Public sector partner is one owned and operated by a governmental entity and a Private sector partner is one owned and operated by a non-governmental entity such as a business, association, advocacy groups, non-profit trust, etc.

XYZ Trails Association (Private Partner) + US Forest Service (Public Partner) 

City of XYZ (Public Partner) + City of XYZ Chamber of Commerce (Private Partner) + XYZ Community College (Public Partner)

New in 2019


Tourism Ambassador of the Year  click to NOMINATE

This is the "lifetime achievement award" for a Montana tourism professional. It is to be awarded to an individual to recognize his/her history of dedication and significant positive contributions to tourism at the community, regional or statewide scales. Judges will consider the individual's creativity and innovation, education and leadership of others, collaboration and dedication to enhancing Montana's image and brand.

2018 Recipient – Ed DesRosier, Sun Tours, St. Mary MT


Film Community of the Year 

2018 Recipient – Ballad of Lefty Brown, communities of Bannack & Dillon


The 2019 Tourism Award winners will be announced live at the awards program and banquet to be held in conjunction with the Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation. A limited number of banquet tickets are available. If you plan to attend, please purchase tickets online through the Registration portal. For assistance call 406 668 0008 or email


For a list of previous winner from years 1998-2018 Click here

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