ADMEI AWARDS PROGRAM

Established in 2005, the ADMEI Awards Program recognizes member excellence in Destination Management Company (DMC) program, component development, and delivery.  Submissions in over 20 award classifications are judged by a team of international industry professionals and the award winners are celebrated annually at the Awards Gala during the ADMEI Annual Conference. 

The ADMEI Awards Program includes three categories:  Excellence, Achievement and Recognition.

The Excellence Awards identify DMCs that excel in a specific component of Destination Management services for a program.  
The Achievement Awards identify DMCs that excel in Destination Management services for a specific program.
The Recognition Awards recognize peers and industry leaders with special acknowledgement for their efforts and leadership.


 Congratulations 2019 ADMEI Award Finalists!  

AchievementExcellence, and Recognition  

Please join us for the 2019 ADMEI Annual Conference at the Four Seasons Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA on 7-9 February 2019.  Finalists will be recognized and winners announced at the annual awards ceremony during the Awards Gala Saturday, 9 February 2019. Attendance to the Gala is included in the conference registration.  If you have not yet registered, please go to 2019 Annual Conference and complete your registration before 20 December 2018 to take advantage of Early Bird rates. 
   

2019 Achievement Award Finalist


ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FINALISTS

Best Innovative Events - Under $50,000

CSI Florida
Orlando, FL
Blanca
Mosaix Group, a DMC Network Company
Charlotte, NC
VIP Appreciation Event
NXTevent, Inc.
Danvers, MA
Uncommon Boston: Innovative Disruption
   

Best Innovative Events - $50,001 - $100,000

Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
Seeing is Believing
PRA New England
South Boston, MA
Childhood Fears
Red Velvet Events, A Global DMC Partner
Austin, TX
Race Against the Clock: A Secret IPO Celebration
 
 
 

Best Innovative Events - $100,001 - $200,000

Maritur DMC
Cancun, Mexico
Pink Lake Global Influencer Experience
PRA Nashville
Nashville, TN
"Mow"town
PRA Orlando
Orlando, FL
Only the Elite Can Fly
 
 

Best Innovative Events - $200,001 - $500,000

Hosts DC, a Hosts Global Member
Washington, DC
A Rockin' Summer Festival
Kennedy DMC, a DMC Network Company
Austin, TX
A Holiday Party with Wings
Koncept Events
Oakland Park, FL
The Wild Wild West
 
 

Best Innovative Events - $500,001 - up

PRA Chicago
Chicago, IL
All Aboard!  A Ship Christening Like No Other
PRA Northern California
San Francisco, CA
Living Art Museum
Red Velvet Events, A Global DMC Partner
Austin, TX
A Night at Star Hill Ranch
 
 

Best Collaborative Event

 
Red Velvet Events, A Global DMC Partner  
Realize Colorado, a Global DMC Partner

Austin, TX / Denver, CO
NORCAL Elite Partner Incentive Adventure 
 
 

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

Destination Musick City, a DMC Network Company 
Nashville, TN
Mars Better Cities for Pets
Mosaix Group, a DMC Network Company
Charlotte, NC
CSR Mini Golf Build
Ultimate Ventures, a DMC Network Company 
Dallas, TX
Winter Wonderland - Giveback Benefiting the Children of Dallas
 
 

Best Destination Marketing 

 
Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
The Superbowl of FAMs
PRA Nashville
Nashville, TN
The future is our canvas...help us paint the picture!
 
 

Best Logistics - Transportation

FM&A Events (Faith Moore & Associates)
Boston, MA 
Re-Imagining Luxury Train Travel 
Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company
Newport, RI
Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover
PRA Nashville
Nashville, TN
Moving the masses in a Snap! 
 
 

Best Overall Program

 
Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
 Elite Experience
Destination Musick City, a DMC Network Company 
Nashville, TN
Journeys 2018: Link and Build
Hadler DMC Scandinavia
Copenhagen, Denmark
Truck Dealer Excellence – Northern Exposure 2018
Imprint Events Group, a DMC Network Company
Denver, CO
Project Hometown
Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company
Newport, RI
Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover - Corporate Hospitality
 
 

Best Public Event

 
Destination South Meetings & Eventsa DMC Network Company
Atlanta, GA
The Flavor of Success 
Hello! Florida Destination Management, Orlando, FL
Orlando, FL
Give Kids the World Gala - A Night of Dreams 
Roberts Events Group, a Hosts Global Member
Jenkintown, PA
Camden Night Gardens: Tides of Change 
 
 

Best Recreational Activity

 
Destination Musick City, a DMC Network Company 
Nashville, TN
Sweat! with CMT Daybreakers
JPdL Toronto Inc.
Toronto, Canada
Ship Storm
Realize Colorado, a Global DMC Partner
Denver, CO
Ice Climbing
 
 

Best Teambuilding Activity

 
Juice Studios, a Hosts Global Member
Atlanta, GA
A League of Their Own
Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global Member
Nashville, TN
Music City Jam Session
Realize Colorado, a Global DMC Partner
Denver, CO
Winter Olympics Teambuilding Event
 
 

Best Tour Program

 
PRA Orlando
Orlando, FL
Dogfighting Days

 

 

2019 Excellence Award Finalist

      EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALISTS

Excellence in Cultural and Tradition Integration

Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
The Andretti Factor
Hadler DMC Scandinavia
Copenhagen, Denmark
Truck Dealer Excellence – Northern Exposure 2018
Tsar Events Russia, a Hosts Global Member
St. Petersburg, Russia
Gala Dinner at Moscow GUM for FIFA World Cup 2018 Coca Cola Hospitality Program
 
 

Excellence in Entertainment Production

Hello! Florida Destination Management, Orlando, FL
Orlando, FL
Give Kids the World Gala - A Night of Dreams 
Imprint Events Group, a DMC Network Company
Denver, CO
Beaux Arts Bollywood Ball
Kennedy DMC Austin, a DMC Network Company
Austin, TX
Surrealist Event for the Ages
 
 

Excellence in Event Décor/Design

ACCESS Destination Services, South Florida
Hollywood, FL
The Million Dollar Sandcastle
Hosts DC, a Hosts Global Member
Washington, DC
A Night at The National Cathedral
PRA Nashville
Nashville, TN
Country Music in Black and White
 
 

Excellence in Incentive Travel Programming or Service

Hadler DMC Scandinavia
Copenhagen, Denmark
Truck Dealer Excellence – Northern Exposure 2018
PRA Orlando
Orlando, FL
Flying High
PRA Northern California
San Francisco, CA
A Napa Escape
 
 

Excellence in Meeting Services

Destination South Meetings & Events, a DMC Network Company
Atlanta, GA
Tech Meeting Turn Around
Koncept Events
Oakland Park, FL
TLECon18: A Franchisee Conference
Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company
Newport, RI
Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover
 

Excellence in Risk & Crisis Management

Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
Super Work Out
ACCESS Destination Services, Central Florida
Orlando, FL
Annual Meeting 2018 - Risk & Crisis Mgmt
PRA Orlando
Orlando, FL
Elite Top Gun
 
 

Excellence in Site Inspection

CTC Destination Management, A DMC Network Company
Chicago, IL
 Department Battle Royale
Destination South Meetings & Events, a DMC Network Company 
Juice Studios, a Hosts Global Company
PRA Atlanta
Presenting Atlanta

Atlanta, GA
 From Competitors to Collaborators 
Hello! Florida Destination Management, Hollywood, FL
Orlando, FL
Vizcaya Mansion Site Inspection 
 
 

Excellence in Sustainable Initiatives

Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company
Newport, RI
 Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover
 
 

Excellence in Technical Production

Destination Musick City, a DMC Network Company 
Nashville, TN
Health: Further "The Festival"
Imprint Events Group, a DMC Network Company
Denver, CO
Super Computing Conference; Excellence in Technical Production
TERRAEVENTS Portugal, a DMC Network Affiliate
Lisboa, Portugal
The Greatest Show
 
 

Excellence in Technology Integration

CSI Florida
Orlando, FL
Dash for Cash
Destination Musick City, a DMC Network Company 
Nashville, TN
Tempur Sealy Annual National Sales Meeting 2018
Russkie Prostori
St. Petersburg, Russia
Integration of World Sport Event
   

2019 Recognition Award Finalist

      RECOGNITION AWARD FINALISTS

Destination Management Rising Star

Megan Johnston, DMCP
Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Indianapolis, IN
Melissa Ryman
Realize Colorado, a Global DMC Partner
Denver, CO
 
Alli Shebek
PRA Arizona
Chandler, AZ
 
 
 

Destination Management Professional of the Year

Joanne Ferguson-Twiste, DMCP, CMP
Destination Puerto Rico, a DMC Network Company
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Michelle Castady Orlando, DMCP
360 Destination Group, Chicago
Chicago, IL
Melissa Murray, DMCP
Mosaix Group, a DMC Network Company
Charlotte, NC
 

 

ADMEI Volunteer of the Year

Pat Owings, DMCP, CMP
Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global Member
Nashville, TN
 
 

Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award

Terry Epton, DMCP, CIS, CITE
Hosts New Orleans, a Hosts Global Member
New Orleans, LA

 

 

Awards Information

 

2019 Awards FAQ and Entry Checklist

2019 ADMEI Awards FAQ and Entry Checklist provides an overview of the requirements for the ADMEI Excellence, Achievement and Recognition Awards and answers to questions you might have.

IMPORTANT DATES

September 1, 2017 Beginning Date for Eligible Programs
August 31, 2018 Cut-off Date for Eligible Programs
   
August 1, 2018 Award Entry Site Open
August 31, 2018 Early Bird Entry Deadline ($25 savings)
September 28, 2018 Nominations for Recognition Awards Due
October 12, 2018 Regular Entry Deadline
October 31, 2018    Late Entry Deadline ($25 late fee)
December 17, 2018 Finalists Notified
January 11, 2019
Finalists' Storyboard Artwork Due
February 9, 2019 Awards Gala
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Houston, TX USA

 

ADMEI Awards Entry Instructions

Want detailed information about the categories for the Achievement, Excellence and Recognition Awards for 2019?  We suggest you download the  2019 ADMEI Awards Entry Instructions and collect all the items required for your entry to streamline your entry process. 


Ready to Submit Your Entry?


CLICK HERE TO GO THE THE AWARDS ENTRY SITE


Client Permission Request

Each entry must have the permission of the client to complete the entry process.  A sample letter is included in the 2019 ADMEI Awards FAQ-Checklist

2019 Entry Fees*

Submission Deadline Excellence Awards Achievement Awards Recognition Awards
August 31, 2018 $120 USD $170 USD  
September 28, 2018     Nomination: $0 No Charge
October 12, 2018 $145 USD $195 USD  
October 31, 2018 $170 USD $220 USD Entry: $0 No Charge

* Prices listed reflect $5.00 discount for payments made via check or wire transfer.

Storyboards

Each Achievement Award Finalist will be asked to submit an electronic storyboard that highlights their program/event.   These storyboards will be displayed on the ADMEI website and at the Annual Conference on LCD televisions throughout the pre-function space.  Storyboards must be designed and submitted in widescreen ratio (16:9), landscape format (maximum size:  1920px wide), web/screen resolution 72 pixels per inch.   Please remember that larger files will take longer to load on the website; files should be under 5 MB.

Storyboards are due to the ADMEI office no later than January 11, 2019 for posting on the ADMEI website.

Storyboard Specifications

ADMEI Awards Storyboard specs

 Questions?

Please email info@admei.org with your questions with AWARDS in the subject.  We will respond as quickly as possible.

Awards Process

Have you ever wondered how the ADMEI awards process works? Once all of the on-line supporting documents and back up are uploaded and the entry paid for, what happens next?

Here’s a handy guide to exactly what happens after you press “Enter” and hope for the best.

Step One

ADMEI company members are invited to submit their best programs to compete for a coveted ADMEI  Award via the awards website. Each entry must be completed and paid for by the final registration deadline to qualify for judging. ADMEI uses an awards entry platform website that is managed and maintained by a third party. The site is customized by the ADMEI staff for the type of entry – Achievement, Excellence or Recognition.  The individual at the DMC who creates the entry is responsible for ensuring that company names and entry names are correct. 

Step Two

After the final deadline, ADMEI staff does a quick review of all paid entries and disqualifies any for the reasons listed in the awards submission criteria document. This document can be found on the ADMEI website under the ADMEI Awards section.

 Step Three

Judges (who are identified by the current ADMEI Awards Committee) are then divided and assigned a category to judge. Judges are not assigned or allowed to judge a category that contains an entry that is within their same city, state in the US, or country outside the US. Judges do not see any company specific information - only what was submitted via the ADMEI awards website. ADMEI strives to have each entry judged by a minimum of 5 judges.

Judges are instructed to eliminate a company from consideration if they find any indication of the company name in the supporting documents, including photos.  Disqualifications will occur from photos containing staff with company logos on their apparel, name on the SOS, or other items.

Each judge logs on to the awards website, has 2-3 weeks to review the materials presented, and assigns points values for each question. Each question can receive a point rating as low as 1 or as high as 5.

Step Four

The awards website then generates a list of finalists to ADMEI based on the total accumulated points per category. Based on number of entries received per category and baring any ties, the top 3 in each category is generated automatically by the awards web platform. The ADMEI office then notifies the finalists for each category.

This third-party awards platform generates all of the documents ADMEI uses during the awards notification process.  ADMEI will review the final list for misspellings and accuracy, checking with the person who completed the entry if there are any questions.

 Step Five

Using the third-party-platform email fuction, all entrants are notified if they are a finalist or not.  Finalists are announced via Quick Notes and the list is posted on the website. Press releases are sent to industry trade publications.  Each finalist company will have a chance to review this list and notify ADMEI of any final adjustments on their name or entry title. ADMEI then orders the awards based on the finalist list, approximately 4 weeks prior to the Awards Gala.

Step Six

The ADMEI Director of Awards and ADMEI Awards Committee review the finalists list. The Awards Committee then begins working on the Awards Gala production schedule, Awards Program document, and secures presenters from the previous year’s winners.

Achievement Award finalists send Storyboards to ADMEI.

Step Seven

The ADMEI Awards Gala night arrives and finalists are celebrated and winners are recognized!

 

 

Award Categories

EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Excellence Award is for specific component of DMC services (technology integration/décor/crisis management).
  • Excellence in Risk & Crisis Management
  • Excellence in Technical Production
  • Excellence in Entertainment Production
  • Excellence in Event Décor/Design
  • Excellence in Incentive Travel Programming or Service
  • Excellence in Site Inspection
  • Excellence in Meeting Services
  • Excellence in Technology Integration
  • Excellence in Sustainable Initiatives
  • Excellence in Cultural & Tradition Integration

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Achievement Award is for an entire program (teambuilding/event/tour program).


BEST INNOVATIVE EVENT

  • Under $50,000
  • $50,001 - $100,000
  • $100,001 - $200,000
  • $200,001 – $500,000
  • $500,001 and up

 BEST LOGISTICS

  • Best Transportation Logistics

 BEST CREATIVE ACTIVITY

  • Best Teambuilding Activity
  • Best Tour Program
  • Best Recreational Activity
  • Best Public Event
  • Best Destination Marketing
  • Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program

BEST COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM

 

BEST OVERALL PROGRAM

 

MEMBERS CHOICE AWARD

 

RECOGNITION AWARDS

Recognition Awards honor peers and industry leaders with special acknowledgement for their efforts and leadership.
  • ADMEI Volunteer of the Year (VOY)
  • Destination Management Rising Star (DMRS)
  • Destination Management Professional of the Year (DMPY)
  • Hall of Fame | Lifetime Achievement Award (HOF)