18th Annual Zenith Awards & 16th Annual Hospitality Scholarship Golf Tournament

What You'll FInd on this Page:

- Hospitality Person of the Year Award Nomination Form
- Hospitality Industry-Only Award Nomination Form
- You Tell The Tourist Voting Form
- 18th Annual Zenith Awards Luncheon (May 8, 2019) Registration Link/Form
- 16th Annual Hospitality Scholarship Golf Tournament (May 10, 2019) Registration Link/Form

- 2018 Zenith Award Winners!


Why does your nominee deserve the award? Include employment history, current responsibilities, evidence of superior customer service skills, and dedication to the hospitality industry. Please include as much detailed information as possible. 


Hospitality Volunteer Award

An individual demonstrating a commitment to the hospitality industry through the use of her/his time, energy and generosity.

Friend of Hospitality Award

An individual who has gone above the call of duty and assisted in securing a convention or meeting for Summit County.

Hospitality Partnership Award

A Partnership between two or more Summit County hospitality organizations and/or businesses that demonstrates the effectiveness of collaboration in promoting Summit County.

Hospitality Social Media Award

A local hospitality industry's social media initiative that combines the elements of content, appeal, engagement, and reach.

Hospitality Innovation Award

A concept, plan, or strategy that promotes Summit County's hospitality industry in an exceptionally innovative way.

Rookie of the Year Award

An individual who has been in the hospitality industry for less than two years and demonstrates the dedication and passion required for a life-long career.


2019 "You Tell The Tourist" Awards

There's a reason you choose to call Greater Akron home. It could have something to do with having the best restaurants around, or an amazing performing arts scene. Perhaps you like the scenery along the Towpath Trail or in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The point is, you're in Greater Akron because there's something about it that you can't find anywhere else.

During the first full week of May, communities around the country celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week. We spend all year helping groups, businesses, and families travel to the area. We celebrate the week by holding the Zenith Awards, which is our chance to showcase our hospitality partners and for you to tell visitors what you love about Greater Akron.

Fill out the You Tell The Tourist ballot and help tell the story of why Greater Akron is the place you call home.

PLEASE NOTE: One vote per person, per category. Duplicate voters/votes will not be counted.

Who has the best food or drink in town?
An event, exhibit, performance, or show you won't want to miss
Where can you find the most gorgeous view in Greater Akron?
What local shop can't you leave without buying something?
Your favorite place the rest of town hasn't quite discovered yet
If a visitor could only do one thing while passing through, what should it be?
Zenith 330TIX Button
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2018 - 17th Annual ZENITH AWARD WINNERS:

Chairman’s Award
Don Drumm

The Susan L. Hamo Hospitality Person of the Year Award
Colleen Kinstler - Holiday Inn Akron West

Hospitality Volunteer Award
Jim Urban - Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Friend of Hospitality Award
Otto Orf - Heart & Sole Futsal Academy

Hospitality Social Media Award
The Twisted Olive

Hospitality Partnership Award
Ohio Shakespeare Festival & Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Hospitality Innovation Award
Akron-Canton Airport & Unbox Advantage

Rookie of the Year
Carli Molinelli - Akron Zoo

“You Tell The Tourist Award”
Ultimate Palate Pleaser,Chill Ice Cream

“You Tell The Tourist Award”
Your Attendance Is Mandatory, Akron Zoo

“You Tell The Tourist Award”
Hottest Hidden Treasure, Mustill Store & Museum

"You Tell The Tourist Award”
Can’t Miss Tourism Experience, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

“You Tell The Tourist Award”
Best Retail Therapy, Noto Boutique

"You Tell The Tourist Award”
Best Photo Op, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Guitar