toast to tourism

Join Visit Champaign County as we celebrate the power of travel and tourism locally and nationwide on May 10, 2017 at Memorial Stadium as part of the 34th Annual National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13, 2017.

During this annual event, we honor local tourism ambassadors who's efforts have paved the way for tourism to Champaign County or enhanced the visitor experience.

Nominations for the 2017 Tourism Impact Awards are now open. Please complete the nomination form and email to Terri Reifsteck.

Past Tourism Impact Award Winners


  • ciLiving, Nancy Forman
  • Joe Duchene
  • Jameel T. Jones, Champaign Park District
  • The Pygmalion Festival
  • Nancy Snellen, Volunteer, Allerton Park & Retreat Center


  • Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell, Prairie Fruits Farm
  • Josh Laskowski, Stevie Jay Broadcasting
  • Lynne Srull, Jefferson Middle School Archery
  • Peter T. Tomaras; Retired
  • Jamarr Turner, Aroma Cafe


  • Joyce Curtis, Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch
  • Scott Friedlein, Retired Champaign Police Officer/Reynold's Towing
  • Jenese Harris, WICD TV
  • Michael Johnson, Big Grove Tavern
  • Ed Scharlau, Busey
  • 2013

  • Steve Carter, City of Champaign
  • Don Flynn, Game Day USA
  • Steve Flynn, Candelwood Suites
  • Mark Herriott, Columbia Street Roaster
  • David Leake, William M. Staerkel Planetarium