A TDG Communications website won the Illinois Governor’s Award of Excellence. Our client, Blackhawk Waterways Convention & Visitors Bureau in Polo, Ill., won the award Monday night at the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism in Chicago.
The website features the outdoor activities, history, dining, arts and rural culture of the four-county Blackhawk Waterways region of Northwest Illinois. It was named the state’s best website among Illinois tourism groups with a budget of less than $700,000 a year.
"Our new site is simple, sharp, and inviting — just like our region," said Diane Bausman of Blackhawk Waterways CVB. “Thanks and credit go to TDG for all the blood, sweat & tears they put into it."
The website, launched last spring, was the first among any Illinois CVB websites to use responsive design, a technology that makes a site easily viewable on a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop or a desktop. The site adjusts itself to fit the screen on which it is being viewed.
“In our experience working with tourism clients in South Dakota, Illinois, Montana and other destinations, we know that a website has to be more than just a destination showcase. It has to be an effective tool for tourists to make the decision to visit, and to help them plan their trip,” Monte Amende, creative director and partner in TDG Communications.