Please describe why this nominee is deserving of a Beacon Award. Use examples and as much specific information as possible. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Additional back-up materials may include up to 10 individual documents supporting the nomination, such as testimonial letters, guest comment cards, photos, newspaper clippings, etc. that were received throughout the course of the past year. Unfortunately, we can't accept attachments through the website, so please mail those to 403Main Street, Suite 630, Buffalo, NY 14203, Attn: Beacon Nomination or you may email them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
This category includes hotels, motels, hostels, inns and bed and breakfasts.
OUTSTANDING LODGING EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Recognizes a non-management employee (e.g. concierge, housekeeper, etc.) who has exceeded all expectations of their position, providing outstanding service to the property, guests and community. Details of exemplary conduct and notable successes will assist the judges in their selection.
OUTSTANDING LODGING MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Recognizes a promising, next-generation hotelier who has demonstrated outstanding ability to lead a team (e.g. food and beverage managers, front desk managers, etc.). The nomination should detail education, notable achievements with supporting evidence, including a statement from the nominating hotel’s General Manager.
OUTSTANDING LODGING GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Recognizes a hotelier who has demonstrated superior leadership at the property, helping to grow the hotel’s brand, occupancy and revenue, alongside initiatives to support their team, community and industry. Any other significant achievements during their career to the hotel industry in any area of operation should be included.
This category includes museums, parks, attractions, historical sites and all cultural organizations, as well as retail and gift shop merchants and tour operators.
OUTSTANDING TOURISM EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Recognizes a non-management employee (e.g. front-end associate, sales clerk, paid docent, etc.) who has exceeded expectations of their position, providing outstanding service to the property and guests. Details of their exemplary conduct and notable successes will assist the judges in their selection.
OUTSTANDING TOURISM EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Recognizes a manager or executive who has demonstrated outstanding contributions of leadership and service in the organization and community. Included in this category are museums and theatres, parks and attractions, historical sites, Chambers of Commerce, colleges and universities and tour operators. Years of service, growth in members and/or revenue and any other significant achievements should also be included.
OUTSTANDING TOURISM INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
This award is given to an initiative, event or festival that demonstrates best practice in all aspects of its operations and serves as model that others might follow. The initiative has a positive economic impact (food/beverage/lodging) as well as social impact (media attention), encouraging both residents and out-of-town visitation. Previous winners have included the Taste of Buffalo, Garden Walk Buffalo, Christa Glennie-Seychew/Culinary Tourism, the WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway, Beer Tourism, Ice Bikes of Buffalo and last year's World's Largest Disco.
OUTSTANDING TOURISM VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Recognizes the contribution a volunteer makes, whether at a site, an event, as a board member of a tourism-related organization or some other volunteer opportunity that benefits the tourism industry.
RESTAURANTEUR/PUB OF THE YEAR
Recognizes Erie County’s greatest ambassador in dining! The recipient in this category must contribute to the advancement and prestige of the foodservice industry; be actively engaged and employed for a minimum of two years; demonstrate contributions of leadership, service and involvement in the community and/or civic affairs; and exemplify excellence in customer service, innovation and an overall memorable dining experience. TripAdvisor, Yelp, OpenTable or other reviews should be included.
BRING IT HOME AWARD – SPORTS
Recognizes an exceptional sports tourism initiative, game or event that shines a spotlight on the people and places behind the initiative that makes the WNY sport tourism industry so dynamic in Erie County. Economic impact, media attention, and collaborative efforts should all be included with this nomination.
BRING IT HOME AWARD – CONVENTIONS
Recognizes an individual, organization or group that was influential in bringing a meeting, convention or event to Erie County. The nomination should include economic impact, years the convention took or will take place in Erie County and any other accolades bestowed upon the event.
A property(hotel, attraction, cultural institution or restaurant/pub) that not only has a digital presence but is also actively engaged with customers and captures attention with each post. Number of fans, likes, unique visits, etc. should all be included.
BUFFALO AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR
This award goes to an individual whose success and influence leave a lasting impact on Erie County's hospitality and tourism industry. Buffalo Ambassadors are natural promoters; they embody attributes of friendliness, helpfulness and a can-do attitude whether through their volunteer efforts, philanthropy or willingness to pitch in and help Visit Buffalo Niagara find and bring new business to Buffalo.
Questions? E-mail Cindy Kincaide or call 716-218-2943.