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State Tourism Director of the Year


Honoring a tourism director that has clearly influenced the obvious and measurable improvement of a state’s "travel and tourism profile" with his or her leadership. Each year, such success is measured in relationship to the amount of money and staff that the director has at his or her disposal.


Candidates are nominated by other state tourism directors and a slate of three finalists is presented for selection by ballot.
For more information about the State Tourism Director of the Year award, contact

ncstd@ustravel.org

Congratulations to the 2019 State Tourism Director of the Year

DUANE PARRISH

Director, South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Previous Winners


2018 State Tourism Director of the Year
SARA OTTE COLEMAN
Director
North Dakota Tourism Division

2017 State Tourism Director of the Year
KYLE EDMISTON
Assistant Secretary
Louisiana Office of Tourism

2016 State Tourism Director of the Year
VICKI VARELA
Director
Utah Office of Tourism, Film & Global Branding

2015 State Tourism Director of the Year
JOHN EDMAN
Director
Explore Minnesota Tourism

2014 State Tourism Director of the Year
JIM HAGEN
Secretary
South Dakota Department of Tourism

2013 State Tourism Director of the Year
SUSAN WHITAKER
Former Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

2012 State Tourism Director of the Year
DIANE SHOBER
Executive Director
Wyoming Office of Tourism

Award Highlights