TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Tourism Industry Association of
Ontario is pleased to announce Deborah Pratt as this year's winner of
the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the 2013 Ontario Tourism
Summit in Toronto, Ontario. The award, designed and hand blown by
Ontario artist Kelly Lowe, was presented by Michael Chan, Minister of
Tourism, Culture and Sport at Ontario's most prestigious tourism awards
Debi Pratt is a veteran of the wine industry. Considered by many in the
industry as a pioneer of Niagara and Canada's wine industry, Debi
started her career in teaching and traded that profession over 35 years
ago to become Inniskillin Niagara's media and public relations point
Pratt was presented the Ontario Wine Society's Exceptional Hospitality
Award on March 28, 2009, the Women in Tourism Award at the Binational
Star Awards on April 30, 2009 and most recently the Business Citizen of
the Year by the 2013 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and by RBC.
The Ontario Tourism Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the
multi-billion dollar tourism industry, which is a key contributor to
Ontario's economic prosperity. Nominations were open to all individuals
in the tourism industry operating in Ontario and were judged by an
independent, third-party panel of industry experts.
"Our thanks go out to Debi for all that she's contributed to grow the
tourism industry over the years. Congratulations Debi!"
Beth Potter, President & CEO
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
Tourism is an important part of Ontario's economy, supporting over
300,000 jobs, according to preliminary numbers.
According to preliminary results, visits to Ontario increased by 1.4 per
cent to 105.2 million for the year 2011 over 2010.
Preliminary results show that tourism receipts increased by 4.8 per cent
in 2011 to over $23 billion.
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario - www.tiaontario.ca
Ontario Tourism Summit - www.ontariotourismsummit.com
Inniskillin Wines www.inniskillin.com
SOURCE: Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
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