ROSE Award nominees are eligible if they are employees in the hotel, restaurant, retail, tourism, or hospitality-related fields, including the public sector.

Employees should directly contact or provide support to visitors and customers and distinguish themselves by promoting Louisville and surrounding areas through exemplary service and customer satisfaction.

Rising Star nominees can be in entry-level-mid-level management roles in the organization but not at a senior level.


  • Nominations may be submitted by management personnel or a member of the public. The ROSE award candidate nominated must be employed but hold no ownership in the organization. No past winners are eligible; however, past nominees are eligible.
  • The nomination testimonial must contain specific examples of why this hospitality employee is outstanding in their job performance. In addition, the candidate must project a positive image of their company and Louisville as a destination. A limit of two (2) individuals from an organization can be submitted for consideration.
  • All nominations must be received by Friday, September 8, 2023 by midnight.


Selections are made by the Louisville Tourism Nomination Committee, who evaluate the number of individual votes the candidate received from the public and the nomination submitted on their behalf in addition to what was submitted about this finalist. For more information, contact Louisville Tourism at 502-560-0015.

Finalists will be recognized at the Annual Gala and ROSE Awards on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at the Louisville Palace. All finalists will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Awards Gala. Family, friends, and co-workers are invited to purchase additional tickets to attend the event and support their finalist.