Frequently Asked Questions
All programs submitted for the 2020 ADMEI Awards must have occurred between 1 September 2018 AND 31 August 2019 and take place in the submitting DMC’s local destination. (Exception: If submitting for Best Collaborative Event, the event must have taken place in the location of one of the DMCs listed in the collaboration. Collaborative Events can also be submitted for Best Overall Program.)
The Achievement Award is for an entire program (teambuilding/event/tour program). The Excellence Award is for specific component of DMC services provided (technology integration/décor/crisis management).
Absolutely! For example, one event from a multi-event program can be submitted for Best Innovative Event Achievement Award in its budget category and for Excellence in Event Décor/Design. The entire program can also be submitted for Best Overall Program.
ADMEI Company Members in good standing are eligible to submit for ADMEI Awards. The DMC must have played an integral role in the development of the event, program, or activity being submitted; and the event must have taken place in the DMC’s destination. (Exception: If submitting for Best Collaborative Event, the event must have taken place in the location of one of the DMCs listed in the collaboration. Collaborative Events can also be submitted for Best Overall Program.)
You may nominate another Destination Management professional or yourself for the ADMEI Volunteer of the Year, Carol Norfleet Destination Management Rising Star, Destination Management Professional of the Year, and Hall of Fame | Lifetime Achievement awards.
Excellence and Achievement Award entry fees are listed below in U.S. dollars.* There is no fee for Recognition Award entries.
Entries submitted and paid for by 18:00 ET – 31 August 2019 receive a $25 discount.
A $25 late fee is automatically charged for all submissions received after 18:00 ET, 27 September 2019.
|31 August 2019 – 18:00 ET||$120 USD||$170 USD||Nomination Due: $0|
|27 September 2019 – 18:00 ET||$145 USD||$195 USD|
|4 October 2019 – 23:59 ET||$170 USD||$220 USD||Completed Entry Due: $0|
Entry fees may be charged (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Please enter your payment information on the payment page of the online entry process. Entries will not be accepted without payment information. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
Questions, criteria, and supporting documentation vary for each award. Please refer to the Entry Instructions & Awards Overview document for all necessary inclusions in each award category.
Yes, a submission approval letter from the client referring to their satisfaction with the event and DMC is required regardless of whether the client is identified or anonymous. A sample client letter is included in this packet. Please upload this letter in the "Supporting Documents" section within the online entry process. This letter is only for ADMEI administrative records and will not be made public.
No, the event budget is only required for some Achievement Award entries (the final amounts the client was billed including all fees). Budgets are for the judges’ eyes only and will not be shared.
Programs must take place in the submitting DMC’s local destination. (Exception: If submitting for Best Collaborative Event, the event must have taken place in the location of one of the DMCs listed in the collaboration.)
Entry fees are non-refundable. Disqualified entries will be notified after the Awards Gala and before 28 February 2020. To avoid being disqualified, make sure no items included the award entries include your company’s name or logo, or photographs of yourself or staff members. You may submit a photo with DMC logo and staff member’s faces blocked or blurred. Entries will be disqualified for failure to comply with any of the stated rules. Incomplete entries or non-compliance will result in disqualification. This will be solely at the discretion of the judges.
Finalists will be notified on or before 15 November, 2019. The judging panel reserves the right to withhold an award in the event no suitable entry is submitted. Award finalists qualify for ADMEI’s Annual Conference standard member registration rate ($975) even if the rate has expired.
ADMEI welcomes all comments, suggestions, questions, and feedback to continue to elevate our awards program. You can send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.