Booth Western Art Museum, claimed two top awards at the Southeast Tourism Society’s annual Shining Example Awards on Sept. 8. The museum itself was named Southeast Tourism Society Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year and Tom Shinall, the museum’s director of marketing, was honored with the Rising Star Award.
Opened in 2003, the Booth is an Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, and houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in America. The Booth encompasses 120,000-square-feet, making it the second largest art museum in Georgia.
SOUTHEAST TRAVEL ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
The Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year is awarded to an attraction whose work has resulted in a year of notable accomplishments such as development of new business markets, substantial growth in revenue and attendance or special outreach.
“Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow,” said STS President and CEO Bill Hardman.
Seth Hopkins, executive director, said, “We are honored to receive this recognition from the Southeast Tourism Society. We work hard on offering an experience that is truly unique in the Southeast — something locals, destination travelers and international visitors can all enjoy. As the Booth Museum permanent collection grows and the quality of our temporary exhibitions develops, we continue to improve our visitor experience.”
RISING STAR AWARD
Tom Shinall, Booth Western Art Museum’s director of marketing, was honored with the Southeast Tourism Society’s Rising Star award, recognizing extraordinary on-the-job performance by a person new to the travel and tourism industry.
“We are very proud of Tom and all he has accomplished in his relatively few years with us. He has done a superior job networking with media, fellow marketing colleagues and others within the tourism profession. His efforts have garnered greater awareness and increased attendance for the Booth Museum,” Hopkins said.
“I am truly blessed to represent an incredible organization and attraction, all while living in and promoting my home town,” Shinall said. “My success would not be possible without the guidance and support from those I work with on a daily basis, so this is as much theirs as it is mine. This is an honor I cannot take for granted, but one I will cherish for a lifetime. Just as a cowboy’s work is never done, I must continue the momentum of promoting the Booth Museum to the world.”