The 2017 Ordinary Awards features 16 individual and organizational awards across four primary categories. Each award will be given to an honoree who demonstrates exemplary passion for the hospitality and travel industry.

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Travel Awards

The Travel Awards Category is open to all Virginia Attractions, Destinations, DMOs/CVBs, etc.

Attraction of the Year Award
Recognizing an Attraction for contributions to Virginia’s tourism industry—by implementing innovative ideas and/or demonstrating passion for enhancing travel to its community.

Charlie Buser Award for Attraction Employee of the Year
Recognizing an individual for his/her extraordinary contributions and commitment to his/her community and attraction–and its guests.
Named for Charlie Buser who set the highest of standards in dedication and love of this industry.

Jim Ricketts Award for DMO/CVB Employee of the Year
Recognizing an individual for his/her extraordinary contributions to Virginia’s tourism industry and his/her region’s visitors.

 

Lodging Awards

The Lodging Awards Category is open to all Virginia Hotels, Resorts, B&Bs, campgrounds, etc.

Hotel of the Year Award
Recognizing a hotel for extraordinary contributions to the hotel industry by implementing innovative ideas and/or through demonstrated passion for the industry and its community.

Hotelier of the Year Award
Recognizing a hotel Owner, GM, Manager, or Senior Management Team member for his/her extraordinary contributions to Virginia’s hotel industry and his/her hotel—and its guests.

Hotel Employee of the Year Award
Recognizing a hotel employee, other than senior management, for his/her extraordinary contributions to Virginia’s hotel industry and his/her hotel–and its guests.

 

Restaurant Awards

The Restaurant Awards Category is open to all Virginia Restaurants, Food Trucks, etc.

Restaurant of the Year Award
Recognizing a restaurant for extraordinary contributions to the restaurant industry by implementing innovative ideas and/or through demonstrated passion for the industry and its community.

Jim Wordsworth Award for Restaurateur of the Year
Recognizing an Owner, GM, Manager, etc. for his/her extraordinary contributions to Virginia’s restaurant industry and his/her restaurant–and its patrons.
Named for Jim Wordsworth who continues to set high standards for commitment to Virginia’s Restaurant and Tourism Industry.

Restaurant Employee of the Year Award
Recognizing a restaurant employee, other than senior management, for his/her extraordinary contributions to Virginia’s restaurant industry and his/her restaurant–and its patrons.

Chef of the Year Award
Recognizing an individual chef who has shown exemplary commitment to his/her employees and growing Virginia’s diverse restaurant and culinary industry.

Bartender of the Year Award
Recognizing an individual bartender who has shown a commitment to advancing the art of bartending and to his/her guests.

 

Beverage Producer Awards

The Beverage Producer Awards Category is open to all Virginia Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, etc.

Brewery of the Year Award
Recognizing a brewery for extraordinary contributions to the Virginia tourism and brewing industries by implementing innovative ideas and/or through demonstrated passion for the industries and its community.

Winery of the Year Award
Recognizing a winery for extraordinary contributions to the Virginia tourism and wine industries by implementing innovative ideas and/or through demonstrated passion for the industries and its community.

Distillery of the Year Award
Recognizing a distillery for extraordinary contributions to the Virginia tourism and distilled spirits industries by implementing innovative ideas and/or through demonstrated passion for the industries and its community.

 

Miscellaneous Awards

Supplier of the Year Award
Recognizing a supplier company for its exceptional service to the hospitality and tourism industry of Virginia.

Rising Pineapple Award for Outstanding Hospitality and Tourism Student of the Year
Recognizing a high school or collegiate level student who has made extraordinary contributions to Virginia’s hospitality and tourism industry through his/her studies, an internship program, or paid position.

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