The 2020 Bessie Awards are tentatively scheduled for:

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri

The Bessie Awards honor women of impact in the travel space, particularly influencers, creative entrepreneurs, marketers, and industry members who have added a compelling voice to the travel industry.

The Bessies are named after Bessie Coleman, the first woman of African American and Native American descent to hold a pilot’s license. We hope to invoke the spirit of Ms. Coleman by honoring the truly creative work of some of our biggest thought leaders and innovators in travel. We value the contributions of diverse women and nonbinary people of all ages and backgrounds who represent us as a community of travelers.


DEADLINE: January 1, 2020



Creator of the Year

Honoring a creator who has gone above and beyond in the past year to challenge the status quo and grow in an impactful way as a thought leader in the industry.

Collaboration of the Year

In support of working together, this award celebrates a successful collaboration by or between creators to amplify traditionally marginalized voices and accomplish shared goals.

Ethical Travel Award

Recognizing outstanding content in the last year that builds social impact in the travel space and encourages more ethical travel practices.

Most Impactful Piece of Writing

This award showcases an inspiring, engaging, personal, and community-oriented piece of writing that made a positive impact in the last year.

Outstanding Work of 2019

Featuring the former WITS host destination, this award recognizes an outstanding blog or vlog covering Portland, Maine.

Inclusion Award

For a brand that has shown outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in the last year, whether in the form of a campaign, piece of content, partnership, or other initiative.

Influencer Campaign of the Year

For a brand that has implemented an outstanding influencer campaign in the last year.

Social Impact Award

For an individual or brand that has shown innovation in ways that have positively impacted the travel community, or has developed their marketing in a sustainable and impactful way.

Travel Startup of the Year

For an engaging, innovative and impactful startup that we as a community of influencers believe is changing the way we travel.

Wanderful Award
presented by Wanderful

For a brand that has gone above and beyond to support, empower, and represent women in the past year.






Interested in sponsoring our 2020 awards? Send an email to for more details.