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Ontario Tourism Summit

  • Don't choose between OTS18 and voting—do both! see more

    Municipal elections are happening across the province on Monday, Oct. 22. As a government advocacy organization, TIAO understands the importance of exercising our democratic rights.

    It’s not lost on us that the Ontario Tourism Summit—our annual conference and the province’s tourism industry event of the year—kicks off the day after municipal elections. In fact, our pre-conference programming takes place on the same day that most Ontarians will head to the polls.

    We care about your ability to vote, but we also want to see you at the Summit! So, we’re sharing some helpful links and information about how you can take advantage of advance voting and come to Windsor for OTS18 hassle-free. There are several conference sessions focussed on important local topics such as Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT), the legalization of recreational cannabis and workforce development; you shouldn’t have to choose between important learning and voting.

    To get started on the path to advance voting, find out how your municipality is organizing its elections. There are 444 municipalities in Ontario, and you can find yours linked via this handy list published by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Ministry has also published a voters’ guide complete with everything you need to know, including important changes in effect this year, such as new rules surrounding third-party political advertising.

    Different municipalities have different dates and methods for conducting advance voting. Explore your options, which can include submitting your ballot online, by phone or in person. It doesn’t matter how you vote, but it’s important that you do—not only to participate in the democratic process at the local level, but also to attend the Ontario Tourism Summit without compromise.

    Here’s a more comprehensive list of the resources linked above:

    Happy voting, and we’ll see you in Windsor for OTS18. Because #TourismMatters.

     September 27, 2018
  • Celebrating the best of the best in Ontario tourism. see more

    Nov. 8, 2017, Niagara Falls—The best of the best in Ontario tourism were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Tuesday, Nov. 7th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence recognize tourism industry successes by honouring organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to tourism in the province.

    Jointly presented by Attractions Ontario, 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 four respective categories:

    Ontario’s Choice Awards calls upon tourists and locals to vote for their favourite attractions in eight different categories; the overall top-voted attraction is named Attraction of the Year.

    The Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence celebrate the people and places across the province committed to building Ontario’s food identity, and showcasing the best of its food culture.

    The Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence recognize 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 destination of choice.

    Congratulations to the winners! Your dedication to outstanding service is what makes Ontario a place to discover for travellers around the world. Thank you for your generous and diverse contributions to our industry.


    2017 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Winners


    Ontario’s Choice Award for Attraction of the Year


    Top Attraction                                                                         Science North


    Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence


    Culinary Tourism Leadership Award                                       Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism


    Culinary Tourism Experience Award                                       BMVA: The Apple Trail

    Culinary Tourism Event of the Year Award                            Cultivate: A Festival of Food & Drink


    Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence


    Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Under $50K                 Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism

    Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Over $50K                   Kingston Accommodation Partners

    Tourism Marketing Partnership Award                                  Tourism Toronto and Air Canada

    Tourism Print Collateral Award                                              Tourism Toronto

    Tourism Digital Marketing Award                                          Kingston Accommodation Partners


    Travel Media Story Award                                                      Colleen Friesen

    Travel Media Photography Award                                          George Fischer


    Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)


    Accessible Tourism Award                                                      Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada

    Sustainable Tourism Award                                                    Yours Outdoors

    Tourism Employer of the Year                                                Caesars Windsor

    Tourism Champion of the Year                                              Adriano Ciotoli

    Tourism Innovator of the Year                                               Escape Manor & Diefenbunker Museum — Escape the Diefenbunker

    Tourism Event of the Year                                                      2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Lifetime Achievement Award                                                 Guy Laflamme


    For more information on award recipients, please see the attached backgrounder.




    “The Ontario Tourism Awards celebrate our dynamic industry’s vision and innovation. Each winner’s contributions bolsters our local economics by welcoming more visitors who are drawn by Ontario’s exciting attractions, unique festivals and delicious local fare. This includes Science North – an agency of my ministry – named by tourists as Ontario’s attraction of the year. Congratulations to all award recipients and thank you for your commitment to making Ontario a world-class tourism destination!”

    Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


    “Celebrating excellence is a major part of the Ontario Tourism Summit, and we’re very proud to congratulate each winner on their individual achievements. Thank you for sharing your amazing experiences, marketing campaigns, business initiatives and leadership with Ontario and the world!”

    Beth Potter, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)


    “Ontario’s Choice Awards recipients are voted on by consumers and visitors to Ontario. We had a significant number of votes cast this year, and every attraction that was voted for deserves accolades. Finalists for the Attraction of the Year Award feature two small attractions, in addition to an attraction from Northern Ontario—this is a testament that any attraction, big or small, can achieve this honour. Big congratulations to Science North on this accomplishment.”

    Troy Young, CEO, Attractions Ontario


    “All of the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence recipients exemplify the immense breadth of tourism experiences Ontario has to share with visitors. It's exciting to see so many immersive food experiences on the docket this year! Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners that contributed to Ontario’s tourism success.”

    Rebecca Mackenzie, President & CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA)


    “Congratulations to all of the 2017 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence winners. The dedication and inspiration that Ontario’s tourism stakeholders provide to our tourism visitors within Ontario, Canada and around the world is what makes Ontario a truly remarkable destination. OTMPC is pleased to be a part of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the industry.”

    Lisa LaVecchia, President & CEO, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC)


     November 08, 2017