2023 Visitor Industry Celebration
Celebrating Industry Leaders Serving the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Region
The Visitor Industry Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to the Lane County hospitality industry. Each year we are excited to come together to celebrate our region's hospitality partners as part of our Visitor Industry Award Celebration, Recipients.are recognized in five award categories and the 2022 award videos may be viewed by clicking the links below.
Huge thanks to our 2022 presenting sponsors Mereté Hotel Management, Summit Bank and Southwest Airlines. Our keynote sponsor was Turell Group, and supporting sponsors included Vollara Independent Business Owner Lada Korol and Graduate Eugene.
New for 2023 will be the introduction of a half-day hospitality summit. The day will kick off with a breakfast and keynote speaker and will be followed by two breakout sessions. The morning summit will be followed by the Visitor Industry Celebration lunch.
Presented to a business or individual who, through their efforts, have excelled in promoting the community and the Eugene, Cascades & Coast as a visitor destination. Congratulations to Hayward Field, University of Oregon, our 2022 Destination Award recipient.
Community Leadership Award
Presented to a group, business or individual that has significantly contributed to the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region's tourism industry or visitor experience through an advocacy program(s), visitor product(s), or community development. Congratulations to Jessica Thomas, South Willamette Wineries Association, our 2022 Community Leadership Award recipient.
Sports Leadership Award
Presented to a local resident(s) or business that is directly responsible for the confirmation of a sports event, which brings in a significant number of overnight visitors to Lane County. Congratulatiion to Michael Reilly, TrackTown USA, our 2022 Sports Leadership Award recipient.
Convention Leadership Award
Presented to a local resident(s) or business that is directly responsible for the confirmation of a meeting or event, which brings in a significant number of overnight visitors to Lane County. Congratulations to Rikki Wellman, Oregon Logging Conference, our 2022 Convention Leadership Award recipient.
Presented to a group or organization who exemplifies the effective stewardship of people, resources and the environment. Congratulations to PeaceHealth, our 2022 Stewardship Award recipient.
Presented to an individual who has a long standing history of service to Lane County. Congratuations to Louise Shimmel, our 2022 Legacy Award recipient.