Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

Thanks for Another Great Year!

Recipients of the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence were announced at the 2016 Ontario Tourism Summit on Nov. 22. Congratulations to all nominees, finalists and award winners! Thank you for sharing your amazing work with us; it’s a pleasure to be able to recognize individuals and businesses across Ontario for their achievements.

2016 Finalists and Winners for Ontario’s Choice Awards (Attractions Ontario), the Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence (Culinary Tourism Alliance), the Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence (OTMPC), and the Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO) are listed below. Winners are indicated in bold. You can also view the official release, here.

Ontario’s Choice Awards

Top Attraction

African Lion Safari
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Top Small Performing Arts Attraction

4th Line Theatre
1000 Islands Playhouse
Thomas Foster Memorial

Top Performing Arts Attraction

Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Oh Canada, eh? Dinner Theatre

Top Festival and Event

Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival
Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County—Carousel of Nations
Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues

Top Touring Experience

The Blue Heron Company Ltd.
Haunted Walks Inc.
Mariposa Cruises

Top Outdoor Attraction

Treetop Trekking
Toronto Zoo

Top Small Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Site

Ingersoll Cheese Museum
Muskoka Lakes Museum

Top Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Site

Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian War Museum
Casa Loma

Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence

Ontario Culinary Tourism Event of the Year

Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism Office: Island Breakfast
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company: Beau’s Oktoberfest
Spirit Tree Estates Cidery: Family Day Wassailing Festival

Ontario Culinary Tourism Leadership Award

Tourism Oxford
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island
City of Thunder Bay Tourism

Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience Award

Windsor Eats: Drinks of Walkerville
Blue Mountain Village Association: The Apple Pie Trail
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island & EPIC Wineries: EPIC Passport

Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence

Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Under $25,000

Northeastern Ontario Tourism
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Headwaters Tourism

Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Over $25,000

Ottawa Tourism
Toronto Zoo
Owen Sound Transportation Company

Tourism Print Collateral Award

Prince Edward County
Headwaters Tourism
Ontario by Bike

Tourism Digital Marketing Award

Tourism Toronto
Owen Sound Transportation Company
Grey County Tourism

Tourism Marketing Partnership Award

Resorts of Ontario and Kawarthas Northumberland
City of Greater Sudbury
Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation

Travel Media Story Award

Barbara Taylor
Jeff Heilman
Josephine Matyas

Travel Media Photography Award

John Church – Headwaters Tourism
Colin Field – Surf
Colin Field – Swim

Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

Tourism Innovator of the Year

Headwaters Tourism
Peterborough and the Kawarthas Tourism

Tourism Event of the Year

Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival
Sound of Music Festival
Lucknow’s Music in the Fields

Tourism Champion of the Year

Debbie Mann
Adriano Ciotoli
Barrie Martin

Tourism Employer of the Year

365 Sports
Haunted Walks Inc.

Sustainable Tourism Award

Tourism Barrie
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Chicopee Tube Park

Ontario’s Accessible Tourism Award

CN Tower
Chelsea Hotel

The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are a celebration of success and an opportunity to recognize those who have made significant contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry. These awards are jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are divided into three categories:

Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence (OTMPC)

These awards celebrate the excellence and innovation of those who contribute to Ontario’s tourism industry through impactful tourism partnerships, marketing activities and media relations provincially, nationally and internationally.
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Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

These awards are presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that represent the quality of outstanding offerings that make Ontario a world-class destination—innovations, events, employers and the tourism champions who make it all possible.
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Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence

These awards are about the passion and excellence of those dedicated to advancing the culinary tourism movement in Ontario; they recognize those who work hard to tell the stories of our growers, producers, chefs, winemakers and brewers.
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Interested in what makes an Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence winner? Take a look at our archives below. You can also join us on Twitter @ONTourismSummit and on Facebook every Thursday as we profile a past winner!

Won an Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence in the past? We’d love to hear how this achievement has impacted your organization or business! Email us at info@tiaontario.ca.