Annual Industry Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Industry Awards. To download the awards nomination form please click the button below. Nominations should be emailed to Jillian Simpson by August 25, 2017.
2016 Industry Award Winners
Alyeska Award - McKinley Chalet Resort
This award will be presented to a business or organization for its outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and group contribution to the Alaska travel industry.
Chuck West Award - Kelly "Midgi" Moore
It was Marguerite West’s intention to carry on the tradition and to honor her husband by funding this award which will be given to a new pioneer in the industry who has exhibited entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and courage in the introduction of a successful new product for the benefit and enjoyment of Alaska’s visitors.
Denali Award - John Dunlap
This award will be presented to a living individual for his or her outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and personal contribution to the Alaska travel industry.
Spirit of Alaska Award - Erin Kirkland
This award will be presented to an individual or business that has demonstrated exceptional efforts to support a local community, charity, or other organization outside the travel industry.
Stan Stephens Stewardship Award - Bob Janes & Dawn Wolfe
This award commemorates the passion and dedication that Stan Stephens lived by in his commitment to safeguard a place he loved dearly. Stan was a meticulous steward of Prince William Sound and after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, publicly declared that he would dedicate the rest of his life to making sure the area was protected. Recipients of this award, like Stan, will have worked nobly and passionately over time to protect a place or resource or pursue a just cause that greatly benefits all of us in travel and tourism. The award will only be presented during years when a qualified recipient has been nominated.
Special Recognition Award - Visit Anchorage
The special recognition award is granted periodically to an individual or business who has made substantial contributions to the tourism industry
in Alaska. The recognition may be due to the individual’s personal efforts on behalf of the industry or through the efforts of a tourism related
businesses that have positively enhanced Alaska tourism and travel.
Rod Bradley Golden Oosik Award - Norton Sound Seafood House in the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
This award will be presented, in good humor, to an individual, a company, an agency, a community, or other identifiable unit for an error, a blooper, an oversight or other humorous circumstance that has emerged during the past year.
Special Recognition Award - Kathy Dunn
The special recognition award is granted periodically to an individual or business who has made substantial contributions to the tourism industry in Alaska. The recognition may be due to the individual’s personal efforts on behalf of the industry or through the efforts of a tourism related businesses that have positively enhanced Alaska tourism and travel.
Visitor Industry Hall of Fame Award - Tom Tougas
The award was re-instituted by ATIA as an expansion of AVA’s Hall of Fame. It is conferred upon an individual for a lifetime of leadership, passion and commitment to Alaska’s travel and visitor industry. It is not awarded annually. The individuals receiving this award have been identified as contributing substantially to the development of the Alaska visitor industry. Some of the industry icons in the Hall of Fame include: Frank Ashida, Jim Binkley, Mary Binkley, Bob Dindinger, Kirk Lanterman, Brad Phillips, Chuck West and Bob & Betty Allen.