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Nominations for Van Ness Butler, Jr. Hospitality Awards Now Accepted Through Oct. 16

We are excited to announce that nominations for the 2024 Van Ness Butler, Jr. Hospitality Award are now open! Submissions will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. CDT at the Van Ness Butler, Jr. Hospitality Award webpage, and the nomination form and rules are at the bottom of this page. 

The Van Ness Butler, Jr. Hospitality Award recognizes the legacy of service embodied by the Butler family, who founded the Grayton Beach Hotel and through their family’s passion, determination, and energy set the stage for the developing tourism industry in Walton County.

Nominees for the award are judged on their initiative, merits and innovation in achieving organizational success and on working with other community businesses or organizations to enhance Walton County’s local, national or international standing as a travel destination. Nominations are open to any person residing or working in Walton County who has been an outstanding force in promoting tourism and hospitality.

“This is a great opportunity for our hospitality and tourism partners to honor an individual who has been a driving force in improving the destination experience and standing in the travel industry,” said Walton County Tourism Communications Director Nicole Everett. “Especially in the case of the Van Ness Butler, Jr. Hospitality Award, we encourage our partners to help us tell the stories of the people who make Walton County such an exceptional place to visit.”

To learn more about the award, find a list of previous winners, or nominate someone for the 2024 award, visit the Van Ness Butler, Jr. Hospitality Award webpage. The winner will be recognized during the Perfect in Walton County Awards presentation in January 2024. 

Please contact me at Lisa@WCFLTourism.com or (850) 333-2728 if you have any questions.