Traverse Awards

Each year, the Kentucky Travel Industry Association invites all members to enter the Traverse Awards competition, where travel professionals are honored for talent, creativity and effectiveness in marketing. Winners are honored in the fall during the Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference Traverse Awards Gala.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes may be awarded for each category. “Best in Show” rewards the most unforgettable and impressive entry and “Most Innovative” rewards the most unique entry. Each judge will also select a “Judge’s Choice” award.

2017 Winners

Best of Show

Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau - BBQ, Blues, and Bikes Festival Social Media Campaign

Most Innovative

VisitLEX - Videos Shot by Horses

Judge's Choice

Danville-Boyle County CVB - Historically Bold Marketing Campaign

Kentucky Distillers' Association/Kentucky Bourbon Trail - "How Do Kentuckians Enjoy Their Bourbon?" PSA

Tourism Offices of Prestonsburg & Paintsville - #MyEastKYReborn Digital


Click here for a complete list of gold winners.


Click here for a complete list of silver winners


Click here for a complete list of bronze winners.

2017 Traverse Winners Program

Click here for the 2017 Traverse Winners program.

Press Release Template 

The Traverse Award template has been developed for use and distribution by all Traverse Award recipients and has been designed to accommodate multiple awards and multiple levels of awards.

Although the template is designed as a KTIA release, recipients may retain its KTIA identity or make it your own and transfer it to your letterhead. If you do the latter, we would appreciate you retaining as much of the copy as possible regarding the industry and KTIA. 

In adapting the release to your particular awards and especially if you distribute it as your organization’s release rather than KTIA, please take extreme care to make all necessary adjustments to content, such as contact information.

If you have any questions, please contact Hank Phillips at [email protected]

Click here to access the template.