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Awards, Accolades & Anniversaries

Recognition for Tucson's travel and hospitality assets, accolades for jobs well-done, and anniversaries of tourism partners.

Awards & Accolades

Tucson Destination & Visit Tucson Partners (updated December 2017)

Visit Tucson & Tucson Destination Marketing Awards

  • Association Conventions & Facilities magazine - Distinctive Achievement Award, August/September 2017 
  • Cvent, Inc. - Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States - 2013 , 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Facilities & Destinations - Top Destination Award from Facilities & Destinations magazine, (the award is voted on by the publication's readership of over 51,000 association and corporate meeting planners) - 2013
  • Corporate and Incentive Travel Magazine - Award of Excellence for service to Meeting and Incentive Planners - 1989, 1993, 1996-2001, 2005-2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Meetings and Conventions Magazine
  • Hall of Fame Inductee: Gold Service - 1988, 1990 - 2014
  • Gold Service Award for Professionalism, Dedication and Service to Corporate and Association Meeting Planners - 1988, 1990 through 2015 (26 consecutive years) 
  • Successful Meetings Magazine
  • Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Destination Support Organization - 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000-2007, (19th consecutive through 2016)     

Visit Tucson Organization & Staff Awards 

  • RoxAnne Erickson, Visit Tucson, Outstanding Customer Service, "U.S. Radar Sites in Iceland" Military Reunion, April 2017
  • Felipe Garcia, EVP, Visit Tucson, The Most Influential Tucson Man, Arizona Foothills Magazine, December 22, 2016
  • Mary Rittmann & Dan Gibson, Southern Arizona Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, IMPACT Award, Public Relations Category, Visit Tucson’s Culinary Campaign, October 2016  
  • Mary Rittmann & Dan Gibson, Arizona Governor’s Tourism Award for Public Relations, June 2016
  • Felipe Garcia, Tucson Global Business Executive of the Year, Global Chamber Tucson, March 2016
  • Gold Addy Award (Tucson), “Integrated Brand Identity Campaign”, Tucson Festival of Films, March 2016  
  • Jackie Ludwig, David J. Nivison Award for Excellence in Tourism, 2016
  • Platinum Choice Award, excellence in meetings services, Smart Meetings, 2011, 2014, 2015
  • Gold Service Award, excellence in meetings sales and services, Meetings & Conventions, (26 consecutive years, most recently in September 2015)
  • Pinnacle Award, excellence in meetings sales and services, Successful Meetings, (18-time recipient, most recently in August 2015); 
  • Visit Tucson, four-year accreditation renewal, Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) Destination Marketing Accreditation Program, DMAI, September 2015
  • Three Addy Awards (Tucson): 1) Gold for All Souls Procession story; 2) Silver for Randy Houser “Like a Cowboy” campaign; and 3) Bronze for Visit Tucson’s 2014-15 marketing plan, March 2015
  • Felipe Garcia, David J. Nivison Award for Excellence in Tourism, 2013
  • Anne Maxon, David J. Nivison Award for Excellence in Tourism, 2012
  • Pamela Traficanti, Member of the Month Award, Arizona Sunbelt Chapter, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), 2010
  • Visit Tucson Creative Services, Marketing, Tucson Film Office, American Advertising Federation of Tucson, Addy  Awards, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Felipe Garcia, Arizona Daily Star "40 Under 40" Award Finalist, 2009
  • Hope Patterson, Meeting Information Network Exceptional Reporter Award, Destinal Marketing Association International (DMAI), 2009 
  • Visit Tucson Mexico Marketing/Vamos a Tucson Department, Grupo Informativo Entre Todos award for innovation in marketing in Mexico, presented by Sonora Governor Bours, 2008
  • Tucson Film Office, 2nd Place: AFCI Advertising Series/Campaign, Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Member Marketing Awards, 2008
  • Jane Roxbury, Meeting Information Network Exceptional Reporter Award, Destinal Marketing Association International (DMAI), 2008
  • Jonathan Walker, Tourism Champion of the Year, Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), 2007
  • Pamela Traficanti, Supplier of the Year Award, Arizona Sunbelt Chapter, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), 2004
  • Beah Blackledge, Tourism Hall of Fame, Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), 2001 
  • Rodolfo (Rudy) Chabolla, Founder's Award, Tucson-Mexico Trade Office, 2001

Anniversaries - Visit Tucson's Partners

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, founded in 1952, marks 65th anniversary in 2018.
  • Hilton Tucson East, founded in 1987, marks 30th anniversary in 2017.

Contact

Mary Rittmann

Senior Director of PR & Communications​

MRittmann@VisitTucson.org

800-638-8350 ext. 127

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Dan Gibson

Director of Communications

DGibson@VisitTucson.org 

800-638-8350 ext. 133 

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