2016 GRIT Awards Nominations!

Every year, the Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) hosts the Giving Recognition In Tourism (GRIT) Awards to recognize individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact on the area’s growing tourism and hospitality industry. On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the 5th Annual GRIT Awards will be held in Hall C of the Fort Smith Convention Center–55 South 7th Street–at 5:30 pm. Before that can happen, we need YOUR help!

The Fort Smith CVB is currently seeking nominations from the public and members of the region’s tourism industry in order to announce finalists in early April! This year, nominations can be made in the following GRIT Awards categories:

  • Business Partner of the Year
  • Attraction Partner of the Year
  • Lodging Partner of the Year
  • Restaurant Partner of the Year
  • Polly Crews Hospitality Person of the Year

You can submit your nominations online using the embedded form below, by sending an email to info@fortsmith.org, or by mail or hand-in at Miss Laura’s Visitors Center at 2 North B Street. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, March 20, 2016. Finalists will be announced in early April and winners will be revealed on the evening of the 5th Annual Grit Awards ceremony. During the event, the Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau will also showcase the past year’s Hometown Hospitality Heroes who have been highlighted in this blog. Nomination guidelines can be found within the nomination form, or you can call Miss Laura’s Visitor Center at 479-783-8888.

Thank you in advance for helping us Give Recognition In Tourism!


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  3. Tracy O’Brien is an employee and an AMAZING person who goes above what anyone I know had. She has HELOED people’s who came to her church without asking why or anything..she would see a need and donate all she could.she loves and devotes het loyalty to het job speaking all the wonderful promotions and how she admires and loves being apart of comfort inn of fort Smith. .so a great thanks I send to Tracy O’Brien…I am blessed to of met such an amazing lady

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