DLV Annual Awards

Each year Discover Lehigh Valley recognizes and awards nominated organizations and events that impact tourism in a positive way.

Zenith Award: Presented to the organization responsible for bringing a meeting to Lehigh Valley that has either the largest economic impact or the largest number of attendees. The award was originally created to provide an incentive for local groups to host their meeting or convention right here in their own backyard. Often, organizations will not bring their meeting here without the involvement of local individuals who are members of the group. These local organizing committees are key to a successful meeting. They do the logistics, organizing, resource development, and itinerary and program planning that go into creating a successful meeting or convention.

Tourism Award: Awarded annually to a local business/initiative that joined our Lehigh Valley tourism community in the past year, recognizing new development and product, and aiding to the brand of Lehigh Valley.

Partnership Award: Recognizes a partner that consistently goes above and beyond to promote and protect Lehigh Valley's brand. They are loyal and dedicated to working with us, in partnership, to support tourism and drive visitor engagement.

Spirit of Tourism Award: Awarded to a professional employed in the travel and tourism industry. Discover Lehigh Valley wishes to recognize this person for commitment to increasing his/her expertise in the industry, demonstrated leadership abilities, and outstanding accomplishments that have added value to the visitor’s experience.

Past Tourism Award Winners:

  • 2019 – City Center Allentown
  • 2018 – Vault 634
  • 2017 – National Museum of Industrial History
  • 2016 – Greater Easton Development Partnership
  • 2015 – Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority (Hoover Mason Trestle)
  • 2014 – PPL Center
  • 2013 – Crayola Experience
  • 2012 – Historic Bethlehem Partnership Heritage Trail
  • 2011 – ArtsQuest
  • 2010 – wasn’t awarded
  • 2009 – Sands Bethlehem (now Wind Creek Bethlehem)
  • 2008 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 2007 – C.F. Martin & Co.
  • 2006 – wasn’t awarded
  • 2005 – Dutch Springs
     

Past Zenith Award Winners:

  • 2019 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • 2018 – Mack Global Dealers Summit
  • 2017 – Buick Club of America
  • 2016 – wasn’t awarded
  • 2015 – Laxfest 2015
  • 2014 – The Association of Concert Bands
  • 2014 – Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA)
  • 2013 – American Pointer Club
  • 2012 – Knights of Columbus – PA State Convention
  • 2011 – Mack World Sales Conference
  • 2010 – PA League of Cities & Municipalities
  • 2009 – PA State Bowling Association – Men’s State Championship
  • 2008 – I.B.P.O.E. of W. (Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World) of Pennsylvania
  • 2007 – Pennsylvania Downtown Center
  • 2006 – wasn’t awarded
  • 2005 – Eastern Winter Sports Reps Association
     

Past Partnership Award Winners:

  • 2019 – Wind Creek Bethlehem
  • 2018 – Mountain Hawks Sports Properties
  • 2016 – Hyatt Place Bethlehem
  • 2015 – Soccerfest (ArtsQuest, Lehigh Valley United, Lehigh Valley Mining & Navigation)
  • 2014 – Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
  • 2013 – Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
  • 2012 – Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley
  • 2011 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 2010 – Sands Bethlehem (now Wind Creek Bethlehem)
  • 2009 – Lehigh Valley United Lou Ramos Classic
  • 2008 – ArtsQuest
  • 2007 – Allentown Art Museum
     

Past Spirit of Tourism Award Winners: 

  • 2019 – Joan Hanscom, Valley Preferred Cycling Center
  • 2018 – Paula Bonstein, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority
  • 2017 – Glenn Koehler, National Museum of Industrial of History