Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Recognizes 2015 Stars of the Industry, Gold Star Award Recipient

Awards presented during annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Wheeling


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (October 28, 2015) – This year’s Stars of the Industry and Gold Star award recipients were recognized Tuesday evening during the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Tourism: Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.  The awards recognize standout organizations and individuals who have promoted the many wild and wonderful destinations throughout the state and whose hard work has encouraged development of the tourism industry in West Virginia.  The Gold Star Award recognizes a member of the GoToWV Team who has gone above and beyond and was first awarded at last year’s conference.

“As we plan for another great year in the travel and tourism industry in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, I’d like to express my continued gratitude to our partners for their hard work, creativity and dedication in helping to make the Mountain State a world-class destination,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

The 2015 Stars of the Industry award recipients are:

Marketing and Advertising Awards

Broadcasting Campaign:         
Tim Eggleston

Print Article:
Joe Tennis
“Dolly Sods and Much More:
West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands”

Print Photography Layout:
Jim Bathe
“J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works:
Seventh Generation Salt Makers Making History”

Social Media:
Greater Morgantown CVB

ACE Adventure Resort
Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine

Advertising Campaign:          
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Discover the Birthplace of Rivers

Marketing Campaign:
Southern Coalition for the ARTS

Tourism Recognition

Mountain State Award:
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Spirit of West Virginia:
GFWC Woman’s Club of Fairmont

Tourism Professional of the Year:
Amy Shuler Goodwin
Carol Fulks

Entries for the Stars of the Industry awards were judged by an industry panel.

In addition to the Stars of the Industry awards, a Gold Star award was presented to Jamie Cope. The Gold Star was presented for the first time last year and is awarded to an outstanding employee at Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  Jamie has handled location services for the Film Office since 2006. He has scouted locations in every county and oversees the ever-growing online Locations Library, which contains more than 60,000 images. He has worked with every major studio and numerous independent productions in pitching West Virginia as a place to conduct business.

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, in collaboration with the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus and the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, hosted the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Tourism: Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia in Wheeling October 25-28 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center.

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This post was last updated on November 11, 2015