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► Top HAT Awards Gala

Every November, the New Mexico Hospitality Association hosts the Top HAT (Hospitality and Tourism) Awards Gala to celebrate excellence and high achievement from the industry's most committed professionals. The Top HAT Awards Gala recognizes 17 awards across four categories: Marketing, Product Development, Personnel, and Premier.

For our Marketing awards, we issue five awards: Best Print Campaign, Best Broadcast Campaign, Best Digital Campaign, Most Innovative Campaign - and newly issued in 2018, Best Social Media Campaign.

For our Product Development awards, we issue three awards: Outstanding Event, Outstanding Attracting, and Best New Experience.

For our Personnel Awards, we issue four awards: Front-of-House Hospitality Employee of the Year, Front-of-House Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Back-of-House Hospitality Employee of the Year, and Back-of-House Food & Beverage Employee of the Year.

For our Premier Awards, we issue five awards: Supplier/Vendor of the Year, Hospitality Professional of the Year, Tourism Professional of the Year, Limited Service Hotel of the Year, and Full Service Hotel of the Year.

The Top HAT Awards Gala also serves as our opportunity to recognize the future of the hospitality and tourism workforce in New Mexico by issuing our scholarship award, provided by the Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Fund.

As an added benefit NMHA members receive discounts for registration to the gala and sponsorship packages. NMHA members can save up to $30 per ticket, and up to $500 on sponsorship packages for the Top HAT Awards Gala.

► New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame

The New Mexico has seen incredibly talented, impassioned, and dedicated professionals serve the travel and tourism industry for decades. The New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame is our way to recognize and celebrate the career accomplishment of travel and tourism professionals who have helped preserve and strengthen our industry.

Inductees are formally recognized and welcomed into the New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame at a special ceremony that caps off the Governor's Conference on Hospitality and Tourism each year.

To view the complete list of New Mexico Hall of Fame inductees, click here.

► Regional Tourism Economic Summit Series

Beginning in Fall 2017, the New Mexico Hospitality Association embarked on a statewide roadtrip to destinations across the state to bring together industry stakeholders and public officials to address local issues pertaining to hospitality and tourism. The 2017 circuit brough NMHA to 11 communities across New Mexico where NMHA staff provided:

1. A deep dive into the tourism data of the local destination

2. The chance to build capacity through collaborative opportunities

3. Amplification of local voice during Tourism Day in Santa Fe (hosted Jan. 2018)

The Regional Tourism Economic Summit Series served as an important step in the ever-evolving process of affecting growth through grassroots efforts. NMHA will again tour New Mexico for the Regional Tourism Economic Summit Series in 2018 with the intended purpose to gather input and shape a legislative agenda that benefits hospitality and tourism businesses from all corners of New Mexico.

► NMHA Committees

One way to enhance the value of membership with the New Mexico Hospitality Association and increase engagement with the industry is to join one of our committees. Our committees are great opportunities to learn more about NMHA and how the Association develops, plans and implements its various events and programs. You will have the opportunity to share your unique knowledge and perspective to help build value for current and future members by helping to shape our events, programs and operations. Serving on a committee is also a great opportunity to connect with NMHA's highly engaged members. Below are our active committees open for participation:

Government Affairs


Events (Governor's Conference, Top HAT, TRENDS)

► Participation on NMHA Board

The New Mexico Hospitality Association Board of Directors is comprised of managers and thought leaders from the lodging and tourism industry throughout New Mexico. There are 14 seats on the NMHA Board - six seats representing the lodging industry, six seats representing the tourism industry, and two seats representing allied industries.

Board members serve 2-year terms, and can serve up to two terms (four years total). Five members of the NMHA Board serve on the Executive Committee: Board Chair, Vice Board Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Past Chair.

The NMHA Board provides guidance and oversight to ensure the New Mexico Hospitality Association stays committed to its stated mission and vision.

View the current NMHA Board of Directors here.

► Mixers and networking events

► Membership Exclusives and Discounts

Members of the New Mexico Hospitality Association are eligible to receive exclusive discounts to services and products from other NMHA members and industry partners. Below are some of the exclusive discounts provided to all active NMHA members:

Nambe - 50% wholesale discount

Rocky Mountain Lodging Report - 50% discount on annual subscription

American General Media - 15% discount on advertising rate card

► Member Information Center (MIC)

In August 2017, the New Mexico Hospitality Association launched the Member Information Center, or MIC, as the go-to digital dashboard for information, resources, networking, and publication opportunities for all NMHA members. NMHA members can register up to 10 individuals to access the MIC. The MIC is the best way for hospitality and tourism professionals to access industry research, publications, previous conference presentations, along with a variety of other helpful links and tools; and the MIC is also the best way to publish upcoming events, member-to-member deals, news and job openings. NMHA will republish member content posted into the MIC in the NMHA industry newsletter, along with our social media channels. Below are the features you can find in the MIC:

New Mexico Travel Trends Data Dashboard

Resource library

Member directory

Upcoming events

Industry job postings

Member-to-member deals

NMHA member news

Association Governance


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