HELENA – The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council is accepting nominations for the 2013 Montana Tourism Awards. Categories include: Tourism Person of the Year, Tourism Community of the Year, Tourism Event of the Year and Tourism Partnership of the Year.

The awards highlight the people, partnerships, communities and events that contribute to Montana’s vibrant tourism industry.

“Montana is a truly remarkable place to promote, but much of the industry’s success can be credited to our tourism partners and the creative teamwork displayed by extremely dedicated individuals,” said Meg O’Leary, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce, previous Director of Sales and Marketing at Big Sky Resort and the 2012 Tourism Person of the Year.

In addition to O’Leary, the 2012 award winners include: Tourism Event of the Year – 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Beartooth Highway All-American Road; Tourism Community of the Year – Big Sky; and Tourism Partnerships of the Year – Kids ‘N’ Snow Program in West Yellowstone and the Great Falls Museum Consortium.

Nomination forms are available from the Department of Commerce – Montana Office of Tourism at (406) 841-2873 or clevick@mt.gov or online at travelmontana.org/conference/2013_files/nomination.asp. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. The award winners will be announced at the 39th Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation, March 24-26 in Helena.