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2014 Conference Awards

The Travel and Tourism Research Association awards program was developed to encourage and recognize excellence in the field of travel and tourism research and marketing.  Entrants are judged on quality, originality, creativity, usefulness, results and benefits to the travel and tourism industry. 

2014 Award Chair:  Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray, UF Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute

IMPORTANT SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Be sure to include in your submission the specific name of the award for which you are submitting along with your complete contact information as well as all supporting materials. Email one copy of all materials in English with your submission to Dr. Pennington-Gray at penngray@hhp.ufl.edu.
  2. DEADLINE:  All entries must be received on or before March 31, 2014.
  3. Awards will be presented at the 2014 ttra Annual International Conference in Brugge (Bruges), Belgium on June 20, 2014.  Winners will be notified by May 1, 2014.
  4. The awards committee reserves the right not to present an award in any given year.  Non-winners will not be notified and original materials will not be returned.

Student Awards

DEADLINE for entries:  March 31, 2014

Award Name:  J. Desmond Slattery Undergraduate Student Award

The undergraduate student whose entry is selected as the winner will receive a $700 cash award, a one-year complimentary student ttra membership, and a $300 travel allowance to be used with complimentary registration to the 2014 ttra Annual Conference.

Requirements:  All undergraduate students enrolled in a post-secondary, degree-granting program are eligible to submit electronically an abstract and paper of a completed, original research study.  The abstract must be in English, between 500 and 1,000 words, and must clearly describe the rationale, methods and results of the research study.  Previous entries are excluded and any entry for this award may not be submitted for any other ttra award.  This work should have been completed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, as an enrolled undergraduate student.  Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Criteria:  The papers will be judged by a review committee who will examine the papers’ quality of research, originality, creativity, relationship to travel and tourism, usefulness and applicability, and quality of presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Name:  Keeling Dissertation Award

The William B. Keeling Dissertation Award was named for the late professor at the University of Georgia and past president of the Travel and Tourism Research Association.  This award is presented once every three years and will be presented again in 2014.  The doctoral student whose entry is selected as the winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and up to $300 for travel allowance to be used with the complimentary registration to the 2014 ttra Annual Conference.

Requirements:  All doctoral students enrolled (or previously enrolled) in a degree-granting program are eligible to submit electronically an abstract of a completed, original dissertation. Any entry for this award may not be submitted for any other ttra award. This work should have been completed between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2014, as an enrolled doctoral student. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Criteria:  The papers will be judged by a review committee who will examine the papers’ quality of research, originality, creativity, relationship to travel and tourism, usefulness and applicability, and quality of presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Name:  Masters Student Research Award

The winning student will receive a $1,000 cash award, and a $300 travel allowance to be used with complimentary registration to the 2014 ttra Annual Conference.  The Merit Award Winner (2nd Place) will receive a complimentary conference registration and a plaque.
 
Requirements:  All masters students enrolled in a degree-granting program are eligible to submit an abstract and paper of a completed, original research study.  The abstract must be in English, between 500 and 1,000 words, and must clearly describe the rationale, methods and results of the research study. Finalists will be required to submit an electronic copy of their completed paper or thesis.  Previous entries are excluded and any entry for this award may not be submitted for any other ttra award.  This work should have been completed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, as an enrolled masters student.  Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Criteria:  The papers will be judged by a review committee who will examine the quality of  research, creativity of approach, relationship to travel and tourism, usefulness/applicability and quality of presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student OR Professional Awards

Award Name:  Best Illustrated Paper AND Best Research Paper

Plaques will be presented to the best illustrated paper and best paper presenters at the 2014 ttra Annual Conference. For directions on how to enter your submission, please see the Call for Papers on the ttra website at: http://www.ttra.com/events/2014-call-for-papers/.  Be sure to follow the specific submission criteria as outlined via the Call for Papers (including deadline dates).

 

 

 

 

Award Name:  Travel Research Grant

This award is presented every two years and will be presented again in 2015.  The recipient will receive $4,000, up to $300 for travel allowance to be used with the complimentary registration to the 2015 ttra Annual Conference.  Note:  50% of the cash award will be presented upon notification and the remainder will be presented upon completion of the research project.

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Awards

DEADLINE for entries:  March 31, 2014

Award Name:  J. Desmond Slattery Professional Marketing Award

The travel marketing professional with the winning entry will receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the 2014 ttra Annual Conference.

Requirements:  To qualify, the travel marketing professional may submit any travel marketing-related program, project or activity which demonstrates an innovative and significant contribution to travel and tourism marketing.   Appropriate 
supportive material such as DVDs, posters, print advertising, etc., and evidence of the entrant’s role in the project should accompany each entry.  An entry for this award may not be submitted for any other ttra award.  This work should have been completed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
Criteria:  The ttra awards committee will judge the program, project or event by considering its originality, creativity, clarity of message, outcomes or results and overall marketing excellence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Name:  Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award

The Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award is named for the long-time editor of the Journal of Travel Research.  This prestigious award is given to recognize the most significant work in the Journal of Travel Research during 2013.  The recipient(s) will receive a plaque, $500 travel allowance and a complimentary registration to the 2014 ttra Annual Conference.  
 
No entry is necessary.  This award is presented to the author(s) of the article which is judged to be the best appearing in the Journal of Travel Research during 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Award Name:  Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the Travel and Tourism Research Association.  This award is presented at the ttra Annual Conference to the individual or organization who has made a highly significant contribution to ttra as well as to the travel and tourism industry.  The recipient will receive a plaque, a ttra lifetime membership and a lifetime complimentary annual conference registration.

Requirements:  The award is based on significant, long-term contributions to the industry and/or ttra, including but not limited to:  Outstanding service; Record of publication; and Professional activity (i.e.:  Research methodologies, techniques and important positive outcomes for the industry, and/or Marketing concepts, techniques and important positive outcomes for the industry).
Criteria:  Nominations must be communicated to the chair of the awards committee by March 31, 2014.  Written communication should specify the contributions the nominee has made or how the nominee has met the above criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Name:  Chapter Achievement Award

The Travel and Tourism Research Association’s Chapter Achievement Award is presented to the chapter that best furthers the mission of ttra through spirit, innovation, effectiveness and creativity.

Requirements:  Chapters have the option of submitting an entry from the categories below, or may create a category of their choice. Possible categories are:  membership recruitment and retention, member communications, programming and networking, member benefits or outreach.  Chapters are asked to describe why they think their activities in the past year make them worthy of the Chapter Achievement Award.
Criteria:  Please submit a description of the project or activities you would like considered for the award.  State objectives for entry; Summarize action plan and explain how members were involved in implementing strategy;  Provide documentation; State measurable results; Provide summary of 50 words or less.  Please note the area of excellence for which you are applying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Name:  Distinguished Researcher Award

This award is presented annually when an acceptable candidate is nominated.  The recipient will receive a plaque as well as a complimentary three (3) year membership in ttra.  Should this award be presented posthumously, the award will be presented to the family or business associate of the family’s choice.  A posthumous award will not carry a complimentary membership.

Requirements:  This individual should be one who is recognized by their peers as a valuable resource in the tourism research community. The recipient should be recognized by not only general overviews of contributions during their career but also recognized by specific examples of what they have done to advance tourism research, the people in it and how they have worked to ensure that the tourism research community continues to flourish.  Any noteworthy contributions made to the tourism research community should also be acknowledged.
Criteria:  Not more than one award will be given in this category annually. Individuals should be nominated via email 
application of an individual’s credentials noting all significant examples of how their talents are seen as being a resource in the tourism research community.  These examples may be based upon but not limited to:  Outstanding service to the tourism research community; Groundbreaking research methodology or report; Professional activity or technique that positively impacted the industry, etc.
 
Nominations must be provided by someone other than the person nominated.  All contributions will be considered.  The ttra awards committee will review entries and judge based on above criteria.  All contributions meeting above criteria will be presented to the ttra Executive Committee for a final decision. 
 
Nominations must include:  Nominee’s name and contact information (including full address, email address, telephone number); Number of years in the Tourism Research Business; A general overview of the nominee’s contributions to the tourism research community; At least 2 examples of noteworthy contributions made by this individual; Contact information of 2 individuals in the tourism research industry who wish to see this person nominated.  Must include printed name, signature, name of business, email address and business address.  
 
Disclaimer:  The distinguished Researcher Award is not limited to any one type of professional capacity within the tourism research community nor is it limited to members of ttra.  All national and international contributions are to be considered for this award.  ttra reserves the right not to award the Distinguished Research Award if no one is nominated or for any other reason including incomplete applications, late applications, or if the achievements of nominee are not clear or do not rise to the level of attainment sought by the review committees.

 

 
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