The new Blackhawk Waterways Convention & Visitors Bureau website has won the Illinois Governor’s Award of Excellence. The tourism group for Lee, Ogle, Whiteside and Carroll counties in Northwest Illinois won the award February 4th at the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism in Chicago.
The website, visitnorthwestillinois.com, prominently 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.
Judges selected the website for its ability to promote the Blackhawk Waterways region based on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use. The website, launched last spring, was the first of any Illinois CVB website 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.
“Our new site is, sharp inviting and easy to navigate – just like our region,” said Diane Bausman, executive director of Blackhawk Waterways CVB. “We are truly honored to win this award.”