Montana Tourism Awards

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April 15–17, 2018

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Montana Tourism Awards / 2017 Nominees


Nominations were open to the public from JAN. 18–FEB. 15.

The judges chose four finalists and one winner per category.

Finalists are listed below. Winners will be announced at the Montana Tourism Awards banquet at the Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation. The banquet will be 7–9 p.m., March 13, at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena.


Judges included one representative from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, plus six marketing and/or tourism experts from around the state (one from each of Montana's six tourism regions). Judges were excluded from evaluating any nominations from their own region.

  • Jan Stoddard, MOTBD Representative
  • Dave Andrus, Yellowstone Country
  • Anne Booth, Central Montana
  • Tami Burke, Missouri River Country
  • Christie Bury, Southeast Montana
  • Deb Mitchell, Southwest Montana
  • Pat Tabor, Glacier Country

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Awarded for an outstanding tourism-related marketing campaign (including any combination of paid, owned or earned media) executed within the past calendar year.

Event of the Year

Recognizes the potential for outstanding special events to drive visitation and economic impact to Montana and its communities. Events may be annual or one-time but must have occurred within the past calendar year.

Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award

Recognizes institutions, individuals or organizations for contributions to the promotion and celebration of Montana’s unique history and cultural heritage as an important attraction for visitors and Montana residents alike. This award could recognize specific attractions (museums, historical societies, libraries, events) or individuals for extraordinary accomplishment in promoting our heritage and cultural amenities.

Community of the Year

Acknowledges communities exemplifying the second Montana Brand pillar of "vibrant and charming small towns that serve as gateways to our natural wonders".

Tourism Ambassador

Presented for a history of dedication and significant positive contributions to tourism at the community, regional or statewide scales.

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