Professional Awards

Professional awards are presented each year at the Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference. 

Mangeot-Oaken Distinguished Service Award

The Mangeot-Oaken Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor given by the Kentucky’s travel industry. The award is named for Daniel Mangeot and Mary Ray Oaken, industry icons whose commitment and leadership set the stage and the example for tourism leaders who came after them.

Past recipients are individuals who have dedicated their professional careers to developing, promoting, and protecting Kentucky's tourism industry. Among this group are entrepreneurs and statewide leaders. All have one common characteristic - dedication to "Making Tourism Work for Kentucky."

Member of the Year

Each year the Kentucky travel industry encounters a variety of challenges and opportunities; and each year KTIA honors a member who stepped forward and provided exemplary service and leadership to the industry and association.

Emerging Leader of the Year

Formerly known as Rookie of the Year, this award honors a new member who in a relatively short time has made an impact with KTIA as well as his or her employer and local industry. 

Stars of the Industry

Among the most vital contributors to a visitor’s experience and satisfaction are the frontline professionals they encounter during their trip. These professionals are also essential to their employers’ success and that of the overall Kentucky travel industry. To acknowledge the essential nature of the frontline travel and tourism services provided by thousands of Kentuckians, KTIA is requesting nominations of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional frontline service. Stars of the Industry Awards will be presented to five deserving frontline service employees.