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Oasis Awards 2020

Our annual awards ceremony celebrates the brightest stars in the Greater Palm Springs tourism industry, our destination’s No. 1 economic driver. While typically held in June, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Oasis Awards will be reimagined this fall.

In 2019, visitors spent an estimated $5.9 billion in our local communities and supported the livelihoods of over 53,000 residents. The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has devastated the Greater Palm Springs tourism industry. Early estimates indicate lost visitor revenue in the Coachella Valley will be $3.47 billion—a reduction of 57%—and more than 24,000 jobs eliminated as a result of the economic shutdown. 

Now more than ever we recognize the importance of honoring those in our community who set the standard of excellence, going above and beyond the call of duty in these unprecedented times to deliver the highest levels of service with the health and safety of guests and colleagues top-of-mind. We aim to unite our travel community and highlight the industry’s positive impact on all who live and work in Greater Palm Springs.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Oasis Awards.

HOSPITALITY AWARD: Recognition of Service Excellence
Presented to the individuals identified as enriching the overall visitor experience by providing exceptional customer service and hospitality. From sous chefs and housekeepers to valets, concierges and docents, the HOSPITALITY AWARD recognizes those well-deserving front-line and heart-of-house employees and volunteers in 18 different categories of hospitality, including:

  • Attractions
  • Casinos
  • Catering & Events
  • Chef
  • Concierge
  • Golf
  • Hotels & Resorts – Engineering
  • Hotels & Resorts – Food & Beverage
  • Hotels & Resorts – Guest Services
  • Hotels & Resorts – Housekeeping
  • Professional Services (Admin/Other)
  • Restaurant Front-of-House
  • Restaurant Heart-of-House
  • Sales
  • Small Hotels
  • Spa
  • Vacation Rentals
  • Valet & Transportation

Specialty Awards

The following awards recognize organizations and individuals at the executive, management and/or ownership level. (To nominate, click on the award name.)

PALM: Recognition of Partnership
Presented to an organization or individual who has worked in partnership with other businesses and/or Visit GPS to help promote Greater Palm Springs.  View last year’s winner.

SANTA ROSA: Recognition of Excellence
Presented to an individual who has made a significant impact on tourism by contributing time and talent to promote Greater Palm Springs as a premier travel destination.  View last year’s winners.

OASIS: Recognition of Sustainability
Presented to an organization or individual who has pioneered or implemented eco-friendly (green and sustainable) practices into their business(es).  View last year’s winners.

SAN JACINTO: Recognition of Dedication
Presented to an organization or individual whose commitment to the destination and innovative ideas has created new opportunities and investment in Greater Palm Springs.  View last year’s winners.

Nominations must be submitted by October 31, 2020 to be considered. We will contact business owners or general managers to confirm eligibility of each nominee. Nominations without descriptions of 50 words or more and self-nominations will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Esterling at 760-969-1326 or sesterling@gpscvb.com.