Each year during the annual South Dakota Governor's Conference on Tourism, awards are presented to outstanding members or organizations that have contributed to the state's visitor industry.
Four of the awards are based on peer nominations. If you know of a business or individual worthy of consideration, download and submit one (or more) of the forms below.
The awards are scheduled to be presented on Thursday, January 20, during the 2022 Governor's Conference on Tourism.
BEN BLACK ELK AWARD
The Ben Black Elk Award recognizes an individual who has made tireless and outstanding contributions to the state’s tourism industry.
Download the 2022 Ben Black Elk Award Nomination Form (PDF) - coming soon
A.H. PANKOW AWARD
The A.H. Pankow Award recognizes a member of the media or public relations industry who has shown superior interest in and coverage of the South Dakota tourism industry.
Download the 2021 A.H. Pankow Award Nomination Form (PDF) - coming soon
PETER NORBECK EXCELLENCE IN TOURISM INNOVATION AWARD
The Peter Norbeck Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award is awarded to a member of the South Dakota tourism industry for innovative marketing, special promotions, or improvements to their business or attraction that elevates the visitor experience and catches the attention of the visitor industry.
RUTH ZIOLKOWSKI OUTSTANDING HOSPITALITY & CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
The Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality & Customer Service Awards recognize members of the South Dakota tourism industry who, like Ruth Ziolkowski, provide remarkable service to every visitor he or she encounters, and whose work demonstrates an outstanding spirit of hospitality, warmth and genuine kindness.
Deadline for nominations for all four awards: TBD
Once you have completed the nomination form(s), please return to:
Department of Tourism
711 E Wells Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
GEORGE S. MICKELSON AWARD
ROOSTER RUSH CACKLIN' COMMUNITY AWARD
Find more information and the 2020 form here. The 2021 application deadline: TBD.