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2015 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. 

2015 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:  Entries for Annual Conference Awards must be received on or before March 30, 2015.  Entries for Marketing Outlook Forum Awards must be received on or before August 15, 2015.
  3. Awards will be presented at the 2015 ttra Annual International Conference in Portland, Oregon, USA on June 17, 2015.  Winners will be notified by May 1, 2015.
  4. MOF Awards will be presented at the 2015 Marketing Outlook Forum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on October 27, 2015.  Winners will be notified by September 15, 2015.
  5. 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 30, 2015

J. Desmond Slattery Undergraduate Student Award
The undergraduate student whose entry is selected as the winner will receive a $500 cash award, a one-year complimentary student ttra membership, complimentary registration to the 2015 ttra Annual Conference, airfare and hotel accommodations.  Round trip travel to the ttra Annual Conference and lodging arrangements will be made and paid for by the Travel and Tourism Research Association.
Requirements:  All undergraduate students enrolled in a post-secondary, degree-granting program are eligible to submit electronically an abstract and paper.  The paper can be a study with original research or a study that examines secondary research to support a critical idea. The abstract must be in English, between 500 and 1,000 words.  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 March 31, 2014 and March 30, 2015, 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 originality, creativity, relationship to travel and tourism, and applicability.

 

 

Masters Student Research Award
The winning student will receive a $1,000 cash award, complimentary registration to the 2015 ttra Annual Conference, airfare and hotel accommodations.   Round trip travel to the ttra Annual Conference and lodging arrangements will be made and paid for by the Travel and Tourism Research Association. 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 March 31, 2014 and March 30, 2015, 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
Deadline:  See Call for Papers

Best Illustrated Paper
Best Research Paper
Best Graduate Colloquium Paper
Plaques will be presented to these award winners at the 2015 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/2015-call-for-papers/   Be sure to follow the specific submission criteria as outlined via the Call for Papers (including deadline dates).

 

Travel Research Grant
The award recipient will receive $4,000, complimentary registration to the 2015 ttra Annual Conference, and $300 in travel allowance. Half of the cash award will be presented at the Annual Conference, and the remainder will be presented upon completion of the research project.
Requirements:  This grant is awarded to an individual or organization for the development of research technique or methodology.  The recipient may be an individual or organization responsible for the application of a traditional or a presently available research technique or methodology in a particularly creative manner which may increase its usefulness as per the criteria below.
Criteria:  The awards committee will review entries and judge them based on their ability to improve measurement, decrease costs and improve information for better application and understanding by management.  The project must show significant benefits to the travel and tourism industry.

 

Professional Awards
Deadline for Entries:  March 30, 2015

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 2014.  The recipient(s) will receive a plaque, $500 travel allowance and a complimentary registration to the 2015 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 2014.

 

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 30, 2015.  Written communication should specify the contributions the nominee has made or how the nominee has met the above criteria.

 

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. The winning chapter will be presented with a $1,000 cash award.
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.
Criteria:  Please submit a one page description of the project or activities you would like considered for the award. Please include an electronic copy of the advertisement or promotion, member recruitment collateral, newsletter, etc. that you would like to have reviewed.

 

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.

 

Marketing Outlook Forum Awards
Deadline for Entries:  August 15, 2015

J. Desmond Slattery Professional Marketing Award
The travel marketing professional with the winning entry will receive a plaque,  complimentary registration to the 2015 ttra Marketing Outlook Forum and a one year Premier ttra membership.
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 March 31, 2014 and March 30, 2015.
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.

 

John and Joan Markham Tourism Marketing Award
This award was established in honor of John and Joan Markham for the almost 30 years of dedicated service by John Markham as the stalwart financial planner and treasurer for the international Travel and Tourism Research Association.  With Joan steadfastly at his side, the two of them have been unfaltering in their support for ttra over the years and forever committed to its success.  It is John’s impressive financial plan that has seen ttra safely through some formidable financial years. 
 
The award will be a complimentary conference registration to the Marketing Outlook Forum: A Global Perspective (MOF) along with paid travel expenses to include airfare, ground transportation (shuttle), and hotel accommodations.  A check for $150 to be used for incidentals and a paper certificate will be presented to the winner at the MOF.  Round trip travel to the MOF and lodging arrangements will be made and paid for by the Travel and Tourism Research Association.
Requirements:  This award will be available to anyone who is an undergraduate or master’s level student (not doctoral students) between January, 2015 - December, 2015.  Although membership in ttra is NOT a requirement, membership in any research organization should be noted. This work should have been completed between March 31, 2014 and March 30, 2015.
Criteria:  A five page essay responding to the two questions below PLUS two (2) recommendation letters from 2 different professors.  Questions are driven by future trends with a tourism marketing focus.
 
Essay Question 1:  What are the trends that would influence a destination over the next 20 years?
 
Essay Question 2:  As a destination marketing organization, what would be the best responses to those trends?

 

 
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