The nominations are in and decisions made for the people and businesses that will receive awards at the 2015 Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards banquet set for Feb. 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

A record number of nominations were received and the panel of judges had a difficult time deciding who the lucky winners will be. After much discussion, however, their decisions were made.

And they are:

Randy Little, owner of PFI Town, and the Ozarks Chapter of the American Truck Historic Society will both receive the Ambassador Award. This award is presented to individuals or organizations who generated significant economic impact for the area by working to encourage tourism or secure a major convention or event in Springfield.

State Representative Don Phillips will receive the Diplomat Award. The Diplomat Award goes to a government official, organization or employee who has provided significant support to the Springfield area travel industry.

Andy’s Frozen Custard will receive the Hospitality Award. The Hospitality Award is presented to an attraction, lodging facility or restaurant which demonstrates outstanding hospitality to the traveling public and exhibits a team spirit in promoting growth of Springfield area travel and tourism.

Assemblies of God will receive the Spotlight Award. This award is given to an individual, business or organization not usually considered part of the travel and tourism industry for noteworthy contributions in advancing travel and tourism in the Springfield area.

And the Pinnacle Award goes to… You’ll find out on Feb. 19!

The Pinnacle Award is for individuals who have been active in the travel industry for many years and have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the Springfield area’s travel industry.

The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and will include informative presentations about CVB activities and the awards ceremony.

Tickets are $50 per person or $375 for a table of eight. Make reservations at or by calling 417-881-5300, ext.100, or 800-678-8767, ext. 100.

Sponsorships are also available. Contact Jane Rips at 417-881-5300, ext. 104, or 800-678-8767, ext. 104, or for information.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. We hope to hear from you again next year.