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Spirit of Hospitality Award


The Spirit of Hospitality Award is the highest recognition presented annually to individuals and organizations that show exceptional dedication and commitment to the travel and tourism industry. The distinguished community of past recipients includes Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, American Express and the Travel Channel. 

Spirit of Hospitality Award Recipients

2015 - Brand USA

2014 - James Beard Foundation

2013 - Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

2012 - American Express

2011 - Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association

2010 - Travel Channel

2009 - Anne D. Heller, USAE Custom News

2008 - Arthur Frommer, Frommer's

2007 - Donald S. Freeman Jr., Freeman

2006 - Henry S. Givray, SmithBucklin

2005 - Bruce Harris, CMP, Conferon Global Services, Inc.

2004 - Susan Sarfati, CAE, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership

2003 - Tom Curley, USA Today

2002 - Jonathan Tisch, Loews Hotels

2001 - The People of Southwest Airlines

2000 - Ted Turner, Time Warner, Inc.

1999 - The Marriott Family

1998 - Roy B. Evans, Jr., CAE, Professional Convention Management Association

1997 - William R. Taylor, CAE, American Society of Association Executives

1996 - Howard F. Mills, Sr., CMP, National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners

1995 - Academy of Travel & Tourism

1994 - Congressman George Thomas, “Mickey” Leland, III