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2018 Top HAT Nominations

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Know a worthy candidate or team? Got an employee you want to brag about? Have a spectacular marketing campaign worthy of recognition? NOMINATE NOW!

The Top HAT (Hospitality and Tourism) Awards celebrates an outstanding team or individual that has shown exceptional dedication to their company's brand promise.  As the premier awards ceremony of the travel, tourism, and lodging industry in New Mexico, this annual dinner and awards ceremony celebrates the finalists and announce winners of the prestigious Top HAT Award. Recognition as a finalist is an impressive accomplishment and the winner displays best-in-class and innovative practices. 

This event serves as the major fundraiser for the Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Fund, powered by the Albuquerque Community Foundation. 

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN! 

Nominations close Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:00 pm (MT).

Click here to begin your nomination

These prestigious awards include:

Marketing Awards 

• Best Print Campaign (brochure, magazine, and other print media)
• Best Digital Campaign (web design, digital advertising, mobile app development, online streaming, remarketing, email marketing, SEO)
• Best Social Media Campaign - new this year! (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Youtube, Snapchat, etc.)
• Best Broadcast Campaign (TV, radio, video, etc.)
• Most Innovative Campaign (All platforms including print, digital, broadcast, outdoor, PR, etc. is eligible)

Product Development Awards

• Outstanding Event (fairs, festivals, conferences, ceremonies, formal parties, concerts, conventions, etc.)
• Outstanding Attraction (museum, exhibit, tour, etc.)
• Best New Experience (new tourism related event, attraction, experience, introduced after July 1, 2015)

Personnel Awards

• Front-of-House Food & Beverage Employee of the Year (Eligible “Front of House Employees” constitutes as employees who have high guest interaction.)
• Front-of-House Hospitality Employee of the Year (Eligible “Front of House Employees” constitutes as employees who have high guest interaction. Depending on how your property defines it, "Hospitality" may include: Front Desk, Bellman, Admin, Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, Management, etc.)
• Back-of-House Food & Beverage Employee of the Year (Eligible “Back of House Employees” constitutes as employees who have low guest interaction.)
• Back-of-House Hospitality Employee of the Year (Eligible “Back of House Employees” constitutes as employees who have low guest interaction. Depending on how your property defines it, "Hospitality" may include: Front Desk, Bellman, Admin, Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, Management, etc.)

Premier Awards

• Hospitality Professional of the Year (All hospitality personnel are eligible.)
• Tourism Professional of the Year (All tourism and marketing personnel are eligible.)
• Full Service Hotel of the Year (Lodging establishments with a dedicated, revenue-generating F&B component)
• Limited Service Hotel of the Year (Lodging establishments without a dedicated, revenue-generating F&B component)
• Supplier/Vendor of the Year (All vendor/suppliers who work with travel, tourism and lodging businesses in New Mexico are eligible.)

Before you Begin:

Download and review the criteria for all 2018 Top HAT Awards. The evaluation criteria has been modified, and some of the language outlining the eligibility for some of the awards has been updated.

 

Download 2018 Top HAT Awards Criteria Here

 

Nomination tips:

Tell a story. This is our industry's opportunity to celebrate excellence, but that excellence would not exist without the people who make our industry thrive. A terrific way to highlight achievement and exceeding the call of duty is to share stories about the nominee that demonstrate that fact.

Include numbers. No matter what award you are submitting, there are numbers you can include to validate the success of your employee, team, campaign, event, venue, etc.

Focus on the recent. These are annual awards, and submissions should focus on the achievement over the past year. Please refrain from including information in your submission prior to 2018 or your most recent fiscal year, unless the information provides germane context to the recent achievement (percent increase in visitation, sales, etc.) The judging body will emphasize these criteria when evaluating submissions this year.

Click here to begin your nomination

Nominations close Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:00 pm (MT).

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