Southern Delaware Tourism is opening nominations for its 2018 awards.

Area residents and businesses are asked to nominate groups or individuals who have made contributions to the tourism industry in Sussex County between October 2017 and October 2018. Nominations must be completed and submitted by Nov. 9 to be considered. The winners, selected by an impartial panel of judges, will be announced in December.

SDT encourages nominations of newly and previously nominated entries who have not yet won an award.

Categories are:

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

— Best New Event: 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.

The 2017 recipients of the annual awards included Best Event, Dogfish Dash; Best New Event, Winter WonderFEST; Best Attraction, Lefty’s Alley & Eats; and Tourism Partner of the Year, Delaware Beach Book.

Nomination forms and instructions for the 2018 Southern Delaware Tourism Awards are available at visitsoutherndelaware.com/tourism-award-nomination or by calling 856-1818.