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About the Tourism Awards

The hospitality industry–hotels, attractions, restaurants, retailers, etc., are the face of the visitor experience–but the people that work in this industry are the backbone. The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Tourism Awards seek to recognize those working in the destination who go above and beyond to deliver a memorable experience for visitors and residents, and colleagues who exceed expectations in serving those they interact with. These accolades are given only to those who, through their efforts and leadership, have had a noteworthy impact on tourism in Charlotte County.

Tourism Hall of Fame

The Tourism Hall of Fame recognizes people who have a body of work relating to Charlotte County tourism spanning at least 10 years. This recognition is given only to those who, through their efforts and leadership, have had a significant impact on tourism in Charlotte County.  Induction into the Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame is not for a single event, activity or act, but rather for continual service to the tourism industry over a period of 10 or more years. To nominate an individual for the Tourism Hall of Fame please download the guidelines below.


(click to view/download .docx)  - 2020 Hall of Fame Nomination Guidelines

Open Awards

These awards seek to recognize those individuals who are at the heart of the visitor experience. They consistently serve beyond their daily duties to provide a fulfilling experience to every guest. They make a significant impact on those around them by serving with passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to their job. These individuals are often complimented by guests and requested by name from repeat visitors.

Please nominate individuals through the corresponding form. Nominations are currently closed.

  • Lodging Front-Line Employee of the Year
  • Lodging Back of House Hero of the Year
  • Restaurant Front-Line Employee of the Year
  • Restaurant Back of House Hero of the Year
Nomination Criteria
  • The business has been open for a minimum of 1 year.
  • The employee has been at the establishment for at least 6 months.
  • The employee exceeds expectations through an internal evaluation system(s).
  • The employee goes above and beyond their daily duties.
  • Individuals should nominate no more than four employees.

Closed Awards

These awards seek to recognize those businesses and individuals that go above and beyond to make Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach an unforgettable destination. They work closely with the Visitor and Convention Bureau to provide exceptional experiences to all who walk through their doors. They consistently advocate for and make a noteworthy impact on tourism in Charlotte County.

  • Tourism Partner of the Year
  • Tourism Attraction of the Year
  • Tourism Champion of the Year
  • Tourism Event of the Year
  • Lodging Tourism Leader of the Year
  • Restaurant Tourism Leader of the Year


To be presented by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.

About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; call 941-743-1900 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at