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What’s New in 2023: Destiny and Mercury Awards

Award Season is Here!
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
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The 2023 ESTO Awards Platform is officially open for entries!

Hard to believe it’s time to submit awards again, but a lot can change in a year.  Here is what’s new for 2023 and what you can look forward to:


Streamlined Awards Categories

The ESTO team has reviewed the categories that we have for both the Destiny and Mercury Awards and have highlighted 23 categories total between the Destiny and Mercury Awards to minimize overlap.

View the updated categories and description here and submit your entries!


Entry Deadlines

Introducing two deadlines for whether you’re running early or need some extra cushion to dot those i's. Submit your entries by June 2 for $150 per entry and by June 15 for $175 per entry.


Judge Applications

New this year, we have opened applications to become a judge for the ESTO 2023 Destiny and Mercury Awards! Eligible judges are marketing professionals outside of the travel and tourism industry.

If you are interested in becoming a judge or know someone who should apply, learn more here and apply today!

*Please note that you must create an account on the platform in order to submit an application.

Questions about the judging process or the judge applications? Please send an email to



Awards Ceremony Audience



Don’t miss these deadlines to submit your entries!

April 27
ESTO Awards Webinar
Register to learn how to create an award-winning submission from past year’s winners.

June 2
Early Submissions
$150 per entry

June 15
Standard Submissions
$175 per entry

June 15
Awards Close for Entries 


We can’t wait to celebrate all that our destinations have accomplished; we look forward to seeing your achievements through this year’s submission process!


Get inspired and check out the 2022 award winners here.