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Press Release 3 July 2018

HSMAI Now Accepting Entries for 2018 Adrian Awards

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The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is officially accepting entries for its 2018 Adrian Awards, celebrating excellence in travel marketing. Now in their 62nd year, the Adrian Awards recognize standout brands and agencies for their innovation and creativity in hospitality advertising, digital marketing, and public relations campaigns.


"The Adrian Awards acknowledge the impressive work of the winners," said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI, "but the full impact of these awards extends beyond that. By spotlighting the creative thinking that fuels the winning campaigns, the Adrians challenge and inspire the industry as a whole to think outside the box and 'step up' their marketing game."

"This year's theme for the Adrian Awards is 'Just enter,'" said Fran Brasseux, CHSE, CHBA, executive vice president, HSMAI. "We're playing upon the idea that to get the recognition you deserve for successful marketing campaigns—especially in a time where there is increasing competition for consumers' attention you can't sit on the sidelines."

Travel industry professionals and agencies compete in three divisions: advertising, digital marketing, and public relations. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards will be given in each category. Platinum winners are selected as the most extraordinary entrants, and the highest distinction -"Best of Show" - is granted to the top Platinum winners.

In addition, HSMAI is introducing two new awards for 2018:

  • Facebook Mobile Video Award (Digital Marketing Single Entry and Campaign) - The award given in partnership with Facebook will evaluate campaigns based on how their creative assets were built to capture attention on mobile and their usage of measurement solutions to understand impact on real business results.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award - Entrants in this category will be asked to showcase their efforts in areas such as environmental impact, employee relations, community support, volunteering, and philanthropy.

The Adrian Awards' early entry deadline is July 20, 2018 and the final deadline is August 22, 2018. All entries for the Adrian Awards must be submitted online. In addition, HSMAI is accepting nominations for "The HSMAI Top 25: Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, Revenue Optimization 2018," and Lifetime Achievement honors. For submission guidelines and award information, visit

The Adrian Award entries will be judged by a broadened base of advertising, digital marketing and public relations experts and leading members of the travel industry. Professionals interested in being a judge must have at least eight years of hospitality, travel or tourism marketing, or specific media experience. For more information or to apply please visit:

For more information on the Adrian Awards competition please contact Ellen Wilson at [email protected], visit, or follow Adrian Awards news on Twitter at For information on becoming an Adrian Awards partner, contact Elise Rhinehart at [email protected].

Related Event

HSMAI’s Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala

New York Marriott Marquis — New York, NY United States
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The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry's leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. Founded in 1927 and celebrating 90 years in 2017, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at, HSMAI Facebook, HSMAI Twitter, and HSMAI YouTube.