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Award Winners

The Governor's Tourism Awards are given each year to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Arizona tourism industry. Awardees are recognized during the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism.

Green Tourism

  • 2013 - The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Be Green Program
  • 2012 - Grand Canyon Railway, Ecologix
  • 2011 - Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association's Certified Green Program
  • 2010 - Firesky Resort and Spa Earthcare Program

Cooperative Marketing:

  • 2013 - Moenkopi Developers Corporation, Hopi Arts Trail
  • 2012 - Taste of Historic Old Town Cottonwood
  • 2011 - Historic Route 66 Passport Program
  • 2010 - Arizona Rocks
  • 2009 - Cochise Origins
  • 2008 - Lake Havasu Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • 2007 - Southeastern Arizona Birding Trail
  • 2006 - Out and About Tempe Media FAM Tour, Tempe CVB
  • 2005 - Win a Trip to Tempe to See Disney's the Lion King, Tempe CVB
  • 2004 - Sunny Arizona, City of Chandler Economic Development and Tempe CVB
  • 2003 - Prescott Area Coalition for Tourism (PACT)

Innovative Promotions:

  • 2013 - Visit Tucson, Uniquely Tucson Destination (Urban)
  • 2013 - Yuma Visitors Bureau, Yuma 101 (Rural)
  • 2012 - Free Board Every Day the Sun Doesn’t Shine,  Yuma Visitors Bureau
  • 2011 - Historic Kingman Geocaching Project
  • 2010 - The Flagstaff Stimulus Program
  • 2009 - Copper Corridor Ore Cart Trail
  • 2008 - Arizona’s Salsa Trail, Graham County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2007 - Alliance for Audience
  • 2006 - Fish Arizona!, Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • 2005 - Advertising & Promotions Committee, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside
  • 2004 - Win a Free Trip to Tempe, Arizona, Tempe CVB
  • 2003 - Launch of "The Oasis" at Pointe South Mountain Resort

Arizona Preservation Award:

  • 2013 - Arizona Geological Survey, Arizona Experience Website
  • 2012 - Fort Apache and the Theodore Roosevelt School
  • 2011 - McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
  • 2010 - Arizona Culturekeepers
  • 2009 - Yuma National Crossing Heritage Management Area
  • 2008 - Honanki Ruins Site Host Program, Pink Jeep Tours
  • 2007 - Digging In: Bisbee’s Mineral heritage Exhibition
  • 2006 - Zane Grey Cabin Foundation
  • 2005 - Angel Delgadillo, Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona
  • 2004 - J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa (Environmental)
  • 2004 - La Posada Winslow (Historic)
  • 2003 - Ecologix at Grand Canyon National Park (Natural)
  • 2003 - Gila River Indian Community and Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa (Cultural)
  • 2002 - Queen Mine Tour, Bisbee
  • 2000 - Roger Young, Culture of the Southwest Cowboy
  • 1999 - Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch (Hyatt's Hopi Learning Center)
  • 1997 - The City of Globe for Besh-Ba-Gowah Ruins
  • 1997 - The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office
  • 1996 - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
  • 1996 - Pueblo Grande Museum & Cultural Park
  • 1995 - Museum of Northern Arizona
  • 1995 - Jerome Historical Society
  • 1994 - Sharlot Hall Museum
  • 1993 - Historic Route 66 Association

Special Events:

  • 2013 - Run to the Pines Carshow, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside
  • 2012 - Spring Training Festival (Urban)
  • 2012 - Bisbee 1000, the Great Stair Climb (Rural)
  • 2011 - Yuma Lettuce Days (Urban)
  • 2011 - Superstition Harley-Davidson Lost Dutchman State Park Observation Run (Rural)
  • 2010 - Heard Museum Guild Indian Festival and Market (Urban)
  • 2010 - Arizona’s Gift from the Grand Canyon State, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree (Rural)
  • 2009 - NBA-All Star Game (Urban Events)
  • 2009 - Gold Rush Days, Wickenburg (Rural Events)
  • 2008 - Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (Urban Events)
  • 2008 - Magic of Christmas in Williams, the Christmas Committee of Williams (Rural Events)
  • 2007 - Arizona State Parks 50th Anniversary Celebration AND Fiesta Bowl Festival of College Football (Urban Events)
  • 2007 - Border to Border Air Show (Rural Event)
  • 2006 - Cactus League, Cactus League Association (Urban Event)
  • 2006 - Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, Desert Caballeros Western Museum (Rural Event)
  • 2005 - P.F. Chang's Rock N' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon, Elite Racing (Larger Community)
  • 2005 - Lake Havasu Boat Parade of Lights, Lake Havasu Yacht Club (Smaller Community)
  • 2004 - Polar Express, Grand Canyon Railway
  • 2003 - The Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Hall of Fame Award:

  • 2013 - Ginger Dude, Tempe Tourism Office
  • 2012 - Steve Moore, Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • 2011 - Debbie Johnson, Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association
  • 2010 - Greg Gilstrap, Madden Media
  • 2009 - Robert Brinton, Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • 2008 - Dolly Kennedy, Dolly Steamboat Cruises
  • 2007 - Win Holden, Arizona Highways
  • 2006 - Rachel Sacco, Scottsdale CVB
  • 2005 - Bob Cote, Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
  • 2004 - Sherry Henry, Fiesta Inn
  • 2003 - Kay Daggett
  • 2002 - Joe Yuhas
  • 2000 - David Radcliffe, Greater Phoenix CVB
  • 1999 - Frank Miller, Sedona Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce
  • 1997 - Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official Balladeer
  • 1996 - Jane Gilespie, Grand Canyon Lodges
  • 1996 - Bill Leverton, Travel Writer
  • 1995 - Hugh Harelson, Publisher of Arizona Highways
  • 1994 - Dick Gray, President of ATIA
  • 1993 - Pete Kretsedemas, Owner of Falcon Restaurant-Historic Rt. 66

Tourism Champion of the Year:

  • 2013 - Doug Yonko (Individual)
  • 2013 - Bearizona Wildlife Park (Attraction)
  • 2012 - Arizona Centennial Commission
  • 2011 - Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Congresswoman
  • 2010 - Mitch Nichols, The Nichols Group
  • 2009 - Mark Grenoble, Enchantment Resort and Group
  • 2008 - Jonathan Walker, Metropolitan Tucson CVB
  • 2007 - Bruce Lange, The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
  • 2006 - Kathie Knapp, Arizona Department of Transportation Scenic Byways
  • 2005 - Renee Levesque and Steve Moore, Arizona Tourism Alliance Board of Directors
  • 2004 - Matt McMahon, Outback Steakhouses of Arizona
  • 2003 - Debbie Johnson

Spirit of Service:

  • 2013 - Fermin Estrada, Verde Canyon Railroad
  • 2012 - Gary Muholland, Apache Junction, Arizona (posthumously)
  • 2011 - Celia Cohen, The Westin Kierland Resort &Spa
  • 2010 - Navigation Volunteers, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • 2010 - Reuben Stoller, Radisson Woodlands, Flagstaff
  • 2009 - Mia Yates, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Phoenix
  • 2009 - Intergenerational Group, Camp Verde
  • 2008 - James Hardy, Flagstaff CVB
  • 2007 - Khalik Hussein, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson
  • 2006 - Richard and Sherry Mangum, Flagstaff Historic Walking Tours
  • 2005 - Eleanor Gardner, Little America Hotel, Flagstaff
  • 2004 - Wesley Bagarozzi, Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson

Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • 2008 – Raymond Endfield, White Mountain Apache Tribe
  • 2007 - Marshall Trimble, Arizona State Historian


Visionary Award:

  • 2004 - The Honorable Raul Castro


Special Recognition:

  • 2010 - World’s Oldest Rodeo, Prescott
  • 2010 - Tucson Rodeo Parade
  • 2009 - Ken Travous, Arizona State Parks Executive Director
  • 2004 - Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
  • 2003 - Linda Diedrich, Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce
  • 2002 - Alice Cooper

 

Retired Categories

Special Achievement Award:

Category retired

  • 1999 - Grand Canyon Railway
  • 1997 - Marilee Fowler, Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • 1996 - Hisaaki Ishihara
  • 1995 - Sherry Henry
  • 1994 - Frank Miller
  • 1993 - Dave Radcliffe

Bootstrap Award:

Category retired

  • 2002 - Cochise County Tourism Council
  • 2000 - Arizonans for Cultural Development
  • 1999 - Jaye Stimson-Glendale Tourism Office
  • 1997 - Wickenburg Chamber Tourism Authority
  • 1996 - Ellen Clark-Wilcox
  • 1995 - Crazy Ed Chilleen-Black Mountain Brewery
  • 1994 - Coconino Center for the Arts
  • 1993 - Stan Dupuy-Bisbee


Grand Old Classic Event Award:

Category retired

  • 1999 - Mesa Southwest Museum Guild-Territorial Days
  • 1997 - Wickenburg's Gold Rush Days
  • 1997 - Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort in Sedona
  • 1996 - Don's Club Superstition Mountain Trek
  • 1995 - Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
  • 1994 - Prescott Frontier Days & Rodeo
  • 1993 - Tubac Festival of the Arts

Community Tourism Development Award:

Category retired

  • 1999 - City of Glendale
  • 1997 - Destination Marketing Committee for the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce
  • 1997 - City of Tempe Rio Salado Project
  • 1996 - Eco-Arizona Tourism Cluster
  • 1995 - City of Flagstaff Visitor Center
  • 1995 - Destination Marketing Committee-Sedona/Oak Creek Chamber
  • 1994 - Apache Trail Association
  • 1993 - Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce


Media Support Award:

Category retired

  • 1999 - Preston Westmoreland
  • 1997 - Mountain Living Ink in Flagstaff
  • 1997 - Judy Wade, Freelance Writer
  • 1996 - C.C. Goldwater Hedley
  • 1995 - Arizona Getaways-Sunday Arizona Republic
  • 1994 - Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
  • 1993 - The Museum Club of Flagstaff


Outstanding Volunteer Award:

Category retired

  • 2002 - Royce Kardinal
  • 2000 - Fiesta Bowl Volunteers
  • 1999 - Marylee Peterson-Sabino Canyon
  • 1997 - The Visitor Center Volunteers of the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce
  • 1996 - Cibolan Volunteer Guides
  • 1995 - Visitor Center Volunteers-Sedona/Oak Creek Chamber
  • 1994 - Arizona Tourism Industry Association
  • 1993 - Betty Inman Lee-Mesa Chamber

Person of the Year Award:

Category retired

  • 2002 - Pete Sesow - Cottonwood
  • 2000 - Louie Moses-Moses Anshell Advertising
  • 1999 - Don Charpio-US Bureau of Land Management-Arizona State Office
  • 1997 - Frank Miller Executive Director of the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce
  • 1996 - Gil Guggisberg-Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce
  • 1995 - Margaret Walker-Executive Director, Arizona Hotel/Motel Association
  • 1994 - Tom Silverman-General Manager, Embassy Suites-Scottsdale
  • 1993 - Lew Cuddeback-Executive Director, Arizona Tourism Industry Association


Grand Canyon State Award:

Category retired

  • 2002 - Discover Navajo: People of the Fourth World Project
  • 2000 - Arizona State Parks-Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • 1999 - Arizona Highways Magazine
  • 1997 - O'Odham Tash (Casa Grande Indian Days)
  • 1997 - Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff
  • 1996 - Historic Route 66 Association
  • 1995 - Grand Canyon Railway
  • 1994 - Sierra Vista Chamber-Salute the Buffalo Soldier
  • 1993 - Grand Canyon IMAX

Web Marketing/Technical Marketing (now Technology in Tourism):

  • 2005 - Cochise Stronghold Bed & Breakfast Web site
  • 2004 - IRIS E-mail Communications, Scottsdale CVB
  • 2003 - Scott Neidig / University of Advancing Technology Web Club
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