Tourism Industry Announces Award Finalists for 2012
TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA) are pleased to announce the awards finalists for the 2012 Ontario Tourism Awards.
Many in Ontario's tourism industry acknowledged the hard work and dedication of their colleagues in making Ontario a choice destination by nominating them for various awards categories.
The award recipients will be announced at the 2012 Ontario Tourism Summit which takes place from October 22 - 24, 2012 at the London Convention Centre in London.
Below is the list of finalists for each category and sub-category.
Best Tourism Advertising
Edge Walk at CN Tower
Best Tourism Marketing Partnership
Lanark County Tourism
Stratford Tourism Alliance
Best Marketing Initiative Under $25, 000
City of Port Colborne, Arts and Culture Route
Southwest Ontario Tourism
Best Interactive Marketing
Tourism Hamilton/Ottawa Street BIA - Sew Hungry
BestPrinted Collateral Material
Prince Edward County Tourism
Tourism Sault Ste Marie
Best Travel Journalism
Michael McCarthy—Washington Flyer mag 2011
Melody Wren—Kitchener Waterloo Record
Mark Stevens—Toronto Star July 2011
Best Travel Photography
Sharon Matthews Stevens—Toronto Star Travel Section, July 2011, Pinery
Robert Poulton, Canadian Geographic, Party of Five
Renaud Philippe, Canadian Geographic, United Nations
Industry Awards of Excellence:
Tourism Innovator of the Year Award
EdgeWalk at the CN Tower
Great Wolf Lodge
Event of the Year Award
Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
Salsa at Blue Festival
Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival
Volunteer of the Year Award
Employee Attraction & Retention Award
Great Wolf Lodge
Scotiabank Convention Centre
Sustainable Tourism Award
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Nature's Harmony Ecolodge
Culinary Tourism Experience Award
From the Farm Cooking School
The Culinary Adventure Company
Culinary Tourism Leadership Award
Prince Edward County, Taste the County
Collingwood, Apple Pie Trail
Guleph Wellington, Taste Real
"The tourism industry in Ontario continues to grow, attracting increased numbers of visitors every year from emerging markets around the world. The calibre of the 2012 Ontario Tourism Awards finalists represents the quality of outstanding offerings out there that continue to make this province a world class destination. We look forward to celebrating the winners' achievements at the Tourism Summit in October." Beth Potter, President of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
"Congratulations to each of the 2012 Ontario Tourism Awards finalists.
Collectively, their hard work and creativity are essential elements in
highlighting to consumers - provincially, nationally and
internationally— the unique, compelling and welcoming destination that
is Ontario. "
Ronald Holgerson, President & CEO of OTMPC
"It's wonderful to see the increased investment in culinary tourism
product development in Ontario. Culinary tourism has become a primary
travel motivator. Not only are destinations developing great 'taste of
place experiences' for consumers to enjoy, tourism stakeholders are
raising the bar with their program development. We were thrilled to
have more applicants than ever for our awards this year!
Congratulations to all of our nominees for the work you are doing to do
to help visitors discover what's on our table."
Rebecca LeHeup, Executive Director of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
- The Ontario Tourism Summit is a conference held each year to allow the tourism industry to learn the latest trends, share new ideas and best practices, and network with colleagues.
- Entitled 'Strategies for New Growth,' this year's theme will include insightful discussions that will help us explore new areas of growth from emerging markets and new products to innovations in infrastructure, technology and customer service.
- Last year over 400 industry leaders, key decisions makers in government attended the conference.
- Learn more about the 2012 Ontario Tourism Summit at www.ontariotourismsummit.com
- Find out about Ontario's tourism industry and the issues affecting it at www.tiaontario.ca
- Discover marketing opportunities with OTMPC at www.tourismpartners.com
- Learn about Ontario's culinary tourism industry at www.ontarioculinary.com
SOURCE: Tourism Industry Association of OntarioFor further information:
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
416-483-1691 ext. 223