International panel of judges honors Oxford’s arts and music festival
By Tad Wilkes, Nightlife & Lifestyles Editor
The Association of Destination Management Executives International has selected the Double Decker Arts Festival Presented by C Spire Wireless as “Best Public Event” among Best Creative Events globally.
The ADMEI Achievement Award winners for 2013 were announced February 9 at a gala event at the end of the ADMEI’s conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A global panel of judges reviewed more than 90 entries received for events held between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012.
“Our event partner Leo Events, that helps us with staging, booking, etc., nominated us, and we won,” said Mary-Kathryn Herrington, director of tourism and marketing for the Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Many very large destinations were honored at these awards, so this is quite an honor for Oxford and the Double Decker Festival.”
The festival draws 55,000 people to Oxford annually for food, music, and art.
The full list of the ADMEI award winners is as follows:
Best Creative Events – Best Recreational Activity
Arrangers, a DMC Network Company: No Water… Now What?
Best Creative Events – Corporate Social Responsibility
Hosts Chicago: Sprint on State
Best Creative Events – Best Public Event
LEO Events: Double Decker Arts Festival 2012
Best Creative Events – Best Teambuilding Activity
Arrangers, a DMC Network Company: Outdoor Games
Best Creative Events – Best Tour Program
Destination Tahoe Meetings & Events: Custom African-American Cultural Tour
Best Logistics – Best Logistics – Transportation
Hosts Las Vegas: Dinner in a Dash- Dine Around Shuttle
Best Innovative Events – Best Innovative Events under $50,000
FM&A Events (Faith Moore and Associates, LTD.): Back to College: Field Trip to the Aquarium
Best Innovative Events – Best Innovative Events $50,000 – $100,000
Destination Nashville: MINI Launch with Maximum Results
Best Innovative Events – Best Innovative Events $100,001 – $200,000
MAC Meetings & Events: MPI Opening Reception
Best Innovative Events – Best Innovative Events $200,000 and above
CSI-Capitol Services, Inc., a DMC Network Company: A Passion for Food
Best Innovative Events – Best Destination Marketing
Hosts New Orleans: New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Best Creative Events – Best Overall Program
Arrangers, a DMC Network Company: Project 50