Annual Industry Awards

Each year, ATIA recognizes individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to serve Alaska's visitors and the tourism industry. Awards are given for outstanding leadership, professional excellence, entrepreneurial creativity, and/or exceptional community support. While not given every year, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Stan Stephens Stewardship Award, and Visitor Industry Hall of Fame Award may be awarded based on nominations received.

Awards are presented in October at ATIA's Annual Convention. 

 

2019 Industry Award Winners


Aurora Award - Katie Caswell

This award recognizes an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initative in his/her profession. Nomiees must work in Alaska tourism year-round and be younger than 35 year old (before the end of the calendar year). Nomiees must have worked in the tourism industry for at least five years and be a role model for others, personally and professionally.

 


Alyeska Award - Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka

This award is presented to a business or organization for its outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and group contribution to the Alaska travel industry.

 

 

 


Chuck West Award - Big Swig Tours, Anchorage

This award is presented 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 - Dennis McDonnell

This award is 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 - Jennifer Thompson

This award is 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 - Denali Education Center

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, 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 is only presented during years when a qualified recipient has been nominated.


Special Recognition Award - Kirby Day

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. 

 


Special Recognition Award - Edeltraud Sommer

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.




Lifetime Achievement Award - John Litten

While not a standing annual award, this recognition is conferred upon an individual who has demonstrated lifelong support of and leadership in Alaska tourism, promoted industry standards of excellence, and contributed to the industry’s growth as a whole.

 


Lifetime Achievement Award - Sam Kito

While not a standing annual award, this recognition is conferred upon an individual who has demonstrated lifelong support of and leadership in Alaska tourism, promoted industry standards of excellence, and contributed to the industry’s growth as a whole.

 


Rod Bradley Golden Oosik Award - Chicago Tribune, for its coverage of the November 2018 Earthquake, "Quakes Leave Alaska's Capital Shaken" 

This award is 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.

View All Past Industry Award Winners