2016 GRIT Award Finalists!

The Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced finalists in the, “5th Annual Giving Recognition in Tourism (GRIT) Awards,” after receiving more than 200 nominations from the public.

The annual awards banquet is hosted by the Fort Smith CVB to honor individuals and organizations that have demonstrated true grit through their contributions to the region’s growing tourism and hospitality industry. The event will be held at the Fort Smith Convention Center (Hall C) at 5:30 p.m. on April 21, 2016.

One Finalists will be announced as a 2016 GRIT Award Recipient from each category. This year’s category finalists include:

Restaurant Partner of the Year (No Specific Order):
Doe’s Eat Place
R. Landry’s New Orleans Cafe
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Lodging Partner of the Year (No Specific Order):
Comfort Inn and Suites
Courtyard by Marriott
Hampton Inn Fort Smith

Attraction Partner of the Year (No Specific Order):
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Fort Smith Museum of History
Fort Smith Trolley Museum

Business Partner of the Year (No Specific Order):
First National Bank
646 Downtown
Propak Corporation

Polly Crews Hospitality Person of the Year (No Specific Order):
Dennis Snow – Steel Horse Rally
John McIntosh – The Unexpected Project (Downtown Murals)
Jeff Gosey – Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival

During the event, the Fort Smith CVB will also showcase the past year’s Hometown Hospitality Heroes who have played a critical role in bringing conventions and similar events to the city.

“We were pleased to set a record for the number of nominations received for GRIT Awards last year, but this year it took us just four days to surpass that number. More people are realizing tourism’s economic advantages and are doing their part to help grow our industry…..and that deserves recognition,” said Fort Smith CVB Executive Director, Claude Legris.

From now through April 7th, people can vote for the finalists they believe should be chosen as this year’s GRIT Award Recipients. Using the form below, simply select the finalists that you believe should be selected as this year’s Grit Award recipients.


7 thoughts on “2016 GRIT Award Finalists!

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  1. They really were, Cathy! We had some real champions in the events arena, over this past year! All coming back for another round in 2016, too! Thanks for voting!!!

  2. All winners! All deserve recognition for their contributions, it’s been an outstanding year.

  3. It has been a year for HAPPENINGS and infectious I’d say. Lovin it, proud of all these deserving establishments, promoters and the restaurants who are providing consistent entrees, service.
    One of these nominees just happens to be my fav for as they say, blood is thicker than water.
    Maggie M

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