Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
In the run up to the 2018 Top HAT Awards Gala, we will be spotlighting the individuals, teams, campaigns, hotels and experiences that make this event such a special celebration of industry excellence.
Nominate for a
 Product Development Award
2017 Winner: Pork & Brew (Visit Rio Rancho)
Outstanding Event
Eligible nominations include: festivals, conferences, conventions, ceremonies, markets, formal parties, concerts, etc. If a new experience was added to this event, you can nominate that new function for the "Best New Experience" award.
2017 Winner: New Mexico True Atomic City Spy Tour (Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation)
Best New Experience
Eligible nominations include never-implemented tourism related events or attractions introduced after June 1, 2017. New experiences can either be stand-alone or additions to a current event or attraction.
2017 Winner: Route 66 Neon Drive Thru (Team 66: Marketing Steering Team)
Outstanding Attraction
Eligible nominations include: museums, exhibits, tours, entertainment centers, points-of-interest, etc. If a new experience was added to this attraction, you can nominate that new function for the "Best New Experience" award.
Deadline for all Top HAT Award submissions:
Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:00 pm (MT)
Nomination Tips
In order to ensure your nomination for any of our awards is as strong and comprehensive as possible, follow these helpful tips when completing your nomination:

  • Tell a story. This is our industry’s opportunity to celebrate excellence, but that excellence would not exist without the people. A terrific way to highlight achievement and exceeding the call of duty is to share stories about the nominee that demonstrate that fact.
  • Include numbers. No matter what award you are submitting a nomination for, there are numbers you can include to validate the success of your employee, team, campaign, event, venue, etc.
  • Focus on the recent. These are annual awards, and submissions should focus on the achievement over the past year. Please refrain from including information in your submission prior to 2018 or your most recent complete fiscal year, unless the information provides germane context to the recent achievement (percent increase in visitation, sales, etc.) The judging body will emphasize these criteria when evaluating submissions this year.
Download our 2018 Top HAT Awards criteria form to review all of the information and content you will need to gather for any award you plan to submit a nomination. This will save you time and provide clarity.

We have revised some of the language outlining the parameters of some of the awards, along with some of the question fields, so please review the awards criteria form even if you have submitted an award in a previous year.
Register for the Top HAT Awards Gala
Of course, don't forget to register for the 2018 Top HAT Awards Gala, hosted at the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel on November 8, 2018! Registration is open, so be sure to reserve your seat or a table for your team while seats are still available! We do have early bird pricing, which ends Oct. 5.
Member Pricing
Individual ticket - $80
Table of 10 - $800
General Admission
Individual ticket - $110
Table of 10 - $1,100
*pricing increases after Oct. 5
New Member Promo!
Are you not a member of the New Mexico Hospitality Association, but have considered joining?

Do you have a friend or colleague who has expressed interest in joining the New Mexico Hospitality Association?

From now until Oct. 19, the New Mexico Hospitality Association will be running a special referral promotion for new members!

All current members who refer a new member to join NMHA by Oct. 19 will be entered into a drawing to serve as an Award Presenter at the upcoming Top HAT Awards Gala! On top on that, all new members who join by Oct. 19 will also be entered into a separate drawing to serve as an Award Presenter at the Top HAT Awards Gala!

Please send any referrals to Kathy Kunda at