Announcing winners of the 2016 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

The Ontario tourism industry’s best and brightest were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at The Westin Ottawa. The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence recognize industry successes by acknowledging those who have made significant contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry.

“The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence celebrate our industry’s top achievements. We’re proud to recognize these achievements—and the individuals who bring them to fruition—each year as part of the Ontario Tourism Summit,” says Beth Potter, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

Jointly presented by the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA), the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are divided into three respective categories. The Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence are about the passion and excellence of those dedicated to advancing food tourism in Ontario, and recognizing those who work hard to tell the stories of our growers, producers, chefs, winemakers and brewers.

The Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence celebrate those who contribute to Ontario’s tourism industry through impactful partnerships, marketing activities and media relations. The Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence are presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that represent the quality of outstanding offerings that make Ontario a world-class destination.

In addition to the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence, this year Attractions Ontario also presented its Ontario’s Choice Award for Top Attraction. New for 2016, Ontario’s Choice Awards called upon Ontario tourists and locals alike to let their voices be heard. From February until September of this year, fans placed their votes for their favourite attractions in eight different categories.

The winners for 2016 are:

Ontario’s Choice Award by Attractions Ontario
Top Attraction LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Toronto
Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence
Culinary Tourism Leadership Award Tourism Oxford
Culinary Tourism Experience Award Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island
& EPIC Wineries
Culinary Tourism Event of the Year Award Beau’s All Natural Brewing

Company: Beau’s Oktoberfest

Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence
Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Under $25,000 Headwaters Tourism
Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Over $25,000 Owen Sound Transportation Company
Tourism Marketing Partnership Award City of Greater Sudbury
Tourism Print Collateral Award Headwaters Tourism
Tourism Digital Marketing Award Grey County Tourism
Travel Media Story Award Josephine Matyas
Travel Media Photography Award Colin Field
Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)
Accessible Tourism Award Chelsea Hotel
Sustainable Tourism Award Chicopee Tube Park
Tourism Employer of the Year Haunted Walks Inc.
Tourism Champion of the Year Barrie Martin
Tourism Innovator of the Year Headwaters Tourism
Tourism Event of the Year Sound of Music Festival
Lifetime Achievement Award Grace Sammut

“Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Ontario Tourism Awards,” says Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Your work to advance culinary tourism, develop exciting experiences, and innovative marketing plans help to attract visitors from all over the world to Ontario. Your successes contribute to a dynamic tourism industry that stimulates our economy and has a positive impact on communities across the province.”

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