2019 nomination forms will be available in October.
Each year at 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:
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.
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.
Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award
The 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 all four awards: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Once you have completed the form(s), please mail to:
Department of Tourism
711 E Wells Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501