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2023 Award Categories

2025 Awards Submission Deadline

Achievement Awards

Achievement Awards identify DMCs that excel in Destination Management services based on a specific set of criteria.

Best Community or Public Event 
This award recognizes a DMC's creativity in designing and delivering a community or public event.

Best Creative Solution to "New World" Challenges (new!)
This award recognizes a DMC’s unique ability to develop creative solutions to “new world” challenges including supply chain issues, inflation, staffing shortages (DMC or supplier), last minute attendance adjustments due to health issues or flight cancellations.

Best Cultural/Heritage Experience or Tour
This award recognizes excellence in tradition and cultural integration and highlights unique ways DMCs immerse and engage attendees in the local culture, flavor, and traditions of the destination.

Best Décor/Design 
This award recognizes excellence and innovation in event design and décor. Design and décor products or services include, but are not limited to; room layout, theme, décor, floral/plant design, props, scenery, display design, drapery, furniture, linens, rentals, and overall interpretation and execution of the event's theme.

Best Destination Spotlight Video
This award recognizes the best video showing why groups would love your destination.  The video can be an existing or new video of site visits, fam trips, or destination reveals.  DMC branding permitted.  Maximum length:  3 minutes. 

Best Entertainment Production
This award recognizes the best in entertainment with services that include procuring, producing, choreographing, and designing overall event entertainment.

Best Event 
This award recognizes DMC’s for their creativity and innovative use of resources to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. This category refers to a single event and its WOW factor and integration of the DMC core competencies, including but not limited to; décor/design, transportation, tours, team building, meeting management, entertainment, and audio-visual components.

Budget Levels:

  • Best Event - $200,000 or less
  • Best Event - $200,001 - $500,000
  • Best Event - Over $500,000

Best Four Week Challenge Event (new!)
This award recognizes DMC's expert ability to execute an event with a timeframe of four (4) weeks or less from RFP to program execution.  The winning entry will demonstrate the specific challenges due to a short turn-around time.

Best Incentive Program
This award recognizes excellence in the creation and execution of an incentive travel program or service.

Best Logistics
This award recognizes a DMC that has successfully overcome a logistical challenge where the boundaries of creative thinking must be pushed to their limits. Not limited to transportation logistics, this category includes anything required to execute a logistically challenging element of an event or program.

Best Overall Program
This award recognizes a program that brings the WOW factor into multiple disciplines of a DMC. Programs can be sales meetings, kick offs, incentive programs, etc.  Entries must include at least 3 different disciplines such as arrivals/departures, dine arounds, audiovisual/production, entertainment, event decor/design, team building/CSR, tours/activities, transportation, event management, entertainment, or program logistics.

Best Risk Management & Mitigation
This award recognizes excellence in risk and crisis management and mitigation and how DMCs prepare and respond to crisis or problems through the development of comprehensive emergency plans.

Best Site Inspection/FAM Trip
This award recognizes excellence in the DMCs expert familiarity and creative showcase of their destination to meet the client’s objectives, history, requirements, and go beyond expectations for a potential program.  This can be an in-person or virtual site or FAM trip.

Best Sustainable Initiatives
This award recognizes excellence in sustainable initiatives and highlights unique ways DMCs incorporate sustainable initiatives into their programs.

Best Team Building/CSR Activity
This award recognizes DMCs for their creativity in providing a team building or CSR activity.

Best Use of Technology
This award recognizes excellence in innovation for:

  • Special event technical production, design, or execution that may include lighting, audio, multimedia production, staging, and special effects.
  • The latest technology used for enhancing a program that may include a dedicated client’s app, technical apparatuses, or a revolutionary system.

Best Virtual or Hybrid Event
This award recognizes excellence delivering an event that was held virtually in whole or part.

  • Submission must include elements focused on attendee engagement and production quality
  • Event can include meetings, teambuilding, networking, socials, awards, gamification, or any element of a typical DMC program .

Recognition Awards

Recognition Awards honor peers and industry leaders with special acknowledgement for their efforts and leadership.

ADMEI Volunteer of the Year
This award recognizes an individual whose valuable service and selfless commitment to ADMEI have made a significant difference in the advancement of ADMEI.  The award highlights the individual's actions to further ADMEI's mission through their talent and service.

Carol Norfleet Destination Management Rising Star
This award recognizes an individual who has been in the Destination Management industry for a minimum of one (1) year and a maximum of five (5) years.

Destination Management Professional of the Year
This award recognized an individual who has given their time, dedication, leadership, and knowledge towards the advancement of the Destination Management industry.

Hall of Fame | Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognized an individual who has given their time, dedication, leadership, and knowledge towards the advancement of the Destination Management industry over their lifetime.  Additional criteria:

  • Must have been an active member of ADMEI for ten(10) or more consecutive years prior to consideration
  • Must be close to the end of their DMC career, with 20 years or so within the industry
  • Must have earned their Destination Management Certified Professional Designation (DMCP)
  • Must have a distinguished record of achievement at the highest levels within their company, community, and the DMC industry, with consideration given to integrity, character, and service
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