Judy Ryals, president of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Alabama, received the Beacon Award for leadership in the advancement of tourism.
The top marketing award went to the Alabama Tourism Department for its multi-faceted “Year of Alabama Food” campaign.
The Spirit of STS Award went to Patti Culp, executive director of the Alabama Travel Council. Culp has been a member of STS almost since its inception in 1983 and has been especially involved in rallying Alabama’s involvement in the Southeast Tourism Policy Council.
The Montgomery, Alabama, Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor Bureau received the award for tourism offices with budgets greater than $2 million.