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
|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.”