Tourism Awards

The Spirit of West Virginia Award

This award is presented to a community or organization that has promoted and enhanced West Virginia tourism development and enhanced community pride while preserving the state’s cultural, historical or natural heritage and beauty. Emphasis is given to communities or organization that has enhanced its local resources through multi-business cooperatives, imaginative and innovative development efforts.

The Mountain State Award

Recognizes the event or facility that stands above the rest in excellence in programming (types and number of activities for tourists) quality, distinctiveness, marketing efforts and/or attendance and impact on the state’s economy and/or image.

West Virginia Tourism Professional of the Year

This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding and significant contribution that enriches West Virginia’s tourism industry, through outstanding job performance, leadership in the tourism industry or development and improvement of tourism facilities and activities. While the judges are encouraged to consider career contributions, the emphasis of this award applies to contributions during this award period.

West Virginia Tourism Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award

The best of the best in West Virginia’s tourism industry. Persons nominated for this award must have demonstrated continued and long term leadership, benevolence or contributions to the growth and success of the entire state’s tourism industry. This person is the epitome of the state’s success. Not awarded every year.


  • Each entry must be placed in an individual 9” x 12” envelope. The entrant’s name and category should be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope in the upper right hand corner.
  • Include a one-page, typed explanation as to why your nominee qualifies for an award. Include the nominee’s contributions, objectives, strategies, and results achieved. Where appropriate, include letter and/or news clippings that support the nomination. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
  • Each entry must be submitted in separate envelopes and include an entry form.
  • Submit one entry per category
  • Click here to download the form.