We’ve Got GRIT (Award Finalists)!

You sent in your nominations for our 2014 GRIT (Giving Recognition in Tourism) Awards, the selection committee met, and now we here at the Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau are happy to announce the finalists for our annual GRIT Awards! Remember, the GRIT Awards ceremony will be at Fort Smith’s venue, the MovieLounge, April 24th.

But enough about the ceremony–you want to see the finalists! Without further ado, the 2014 Fort Smith GRIT Award finalists by categories are:

Restaurant Partner of the Year:

Golden Corral


River City Deli

Varsity Sports Grill

Lodging Partner of the Year:

Courtyard by Marriott

Holiday Inn City Center

Homewood Suites by Hilton

      Attraction Partner of the Year:

Chaffee Crossing Historic District

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

Business Partner of the Year:

Belle Star Antiques

Brick City Emporium

E-Fort Smith Magazine

Polly Crews Hospitality Person of the Year:

Beth Templeton

Floyd and Sue Robison

John Bell Jr.

Suzi Stosberg

At the awards ceremony, we’ll also showcase the past year’s Hometown Hospitality Heroes, who have been highlighted each quarter in the City of Fort Smith‘s Fast Focus e-newsletter.  These recipients are:

The MovieLounge doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Stay tuned for more information about the ceremony, and please help us send all of our finalists a huge congratulations!


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