Visit Lake Norman (VLN) is excited to announce the expansion of its current annual “Making Waves” Hospitality Awards program.  The last three years the awards have recognized excellence in Lake Norman’s hotel industry.  Beginning this year the awards will recognize the very best across all of Lake Norman’s hospitality industry including awards for hotels, restaurants, venues, events and an unsung hospitality hero.       

The three hotel award categories will remain intact with the Outshines from the Front Lines, which recognizes a guest service representative, Stellar Seller, which recognizes a sales representative and Lead to Succeed, which recognizes a management professional.  The new award categories are Divine Dinning, which recognizes an exemplary restaurant, Venue of the Year, which recognizes a great venue that hosts tourism impacting events, Event of the Year, which recognizes a tourism impacting event and Unsung Hospitality Hero, which recognizes an employee in the industry that goes above and beyond to make Lake Norman a great destination.     

The general public can make nominations by submitting on VLN’s website by visiting and must be submitted by December 31, 2016.  Hospitality businesses in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville are eligible.  Winners will be announced at VLN’s annual awards luncheon in spring of 2017.