Destinations International Foundation 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. 

Spirit of Hospitality Award Honorees:

2019 - Samantha Brown
2018 - National Geographic Traveler
2017 - Peter Yesawich, MMGY Global 
2016 - U.S. National Park Service
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