Southern Delaware Tourism is opening nominations for its 2017 awards.

Area residents and businesses can nominate groups or individuals who have made contributions to the tourism industry in Sussex County between October 2016 and October 2017. Nominations must be completed and submitted by Nov. 15 to be considered. The winners, selected by an impartial panel of judges, will be announced in December.

The categories and criteria for each are:

— Best event: Visitation draw, uniqueness, out-of-area promotion and helping to spotlight Sussex County as a destination.

— Best new event, for first time events held in Sussex County: Visitation draw, uniqueness, out-of-area promotion and helping to spotlight Sussex County as a destination.

— Best attraction: Visitation draw, tourism economic impact to the community, group friendliness and collaboration with accommodations.

— Tourism Partner of the Year, business or organization: Collaboration and participation with Southern Delaware Tourism and/or Chambers of Commerce in Sussex County.

Nomination forms are available at visitsoutherndelaware.com/nomination and by calling 856-1818.

For more, see visitsoutherndelaware.com.