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    TIAO is happy to announce the first round of finalists for this year's Ontario Tourism Awards!

    The Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence are presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that represent the quality of offerings that make Ontario a destination of choice—innovations, events, employers and the tourism champions who make it all possible.

    Award winners will be announced on November 7 at the Ontario Tourism Summit in Niagara Falls.

    Tourism Innovator of the Year

    Escape Manor & Diefenbunker Museum — Escape the Diefenbunker

    Great Spirit Circle Trail — Authentic Indigenous Cultural Tours

    Waterloo Warbirds

    Tourism Event of the Year

    Lumina Borealis

    Kingsville Folk Music Festival

    2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Tourism Champion of the Year

    Adriano Ciotoli

    Deb Dalziel

    Patti Kendall

    Tourism Employer of the Year

    Tourism Toronto

    Caesars Windsor

    Chelsea Hotel Toronto

    Sustainable Tourism Award

    Taste Real Local Food Fest

    Spirit Tree Estate Cidery

    Yours Outdoors

    Accessible Tourism Award

    Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada

    Ontario Science Centre

    Kingsville Folk Music Festival

    Finalists for the Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence and Tourism Marketing & Travel media Awards of Excellence will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! Voting for Ontario's Choice Awards is open until October 5.

    The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are a celebration of success and recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry. Awards are jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, the Culinary Tourism Alliance and Attractions Ontario across four respective categories: the Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO); the Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence (OTMPC); the Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence (CTA); and Ontario's Choice Awards (Attractions Ontario).

    Thank You to The Globe and Mail for Sponsoring the Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

     September 11, 2017