Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 2018 WINNERS

Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)

2018 Winners

Tourism Innovator of the Year Tourism Event of the Year (Small Event) Tourism Event of the Year (Large Event) Tourism Champion of the Year Tourism Employer of the Year Accessible Tourism Award Sustainable Tourism Award Indigenous Tourism Award Lifetime Achievement Award
Tourism Excellence North (TEN) THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride – Waterloo Central Railway Ontario 150 Tour – Water's Edge Festivals and Events Gord Brown Tourism Toronto St. Lawrence Parks Commission Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Wikwemikong Tourism J.J. Hilsinger

Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence (Destination Ontario)

2018 Winners

Tourism Marketing Campaign Award UNDER $50K Tourism Marketing Campaign Award OVER $50K Tourism Marketing Partnership Award Tourism Digital Marketing Award Tourism Print Collateral Award Travel Media Photography Award Travel Media Story Award
Tourism Hamilton – #MyHamilton User Generated Campaign Tourism Toronto – The Views Are Different Here Brewery Discovery Routes – Brewery Discovery Routes 2017

Kingston Accommodation Partners – Fresh Made Daily Digital Campaign

Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board – Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide Colin Field – Mountain Life Magazine Fall 2017 Snow Biker Karon Liu – “A Pilgrimage to Cheese County”

Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence (CTA)

2018 Winners

Culinary Tourism Experience Award Culinary Tourism Event of the Year Culinary Tourism Leadership Award
Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery FUNKfest by Sawdust City Brewing Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island

Ontario's Choice Awards (Attractions Ontario)

2018 Attraction of the Year

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence celebrate 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 (TIAO), Destination Ontario, the Culinary Tourism Alliance and Attractions Ontario across four respective categories:

• Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)

• Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence (Destination Ontario)

• Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence (CTA)

• Ontario's Choice Awards (Attractions Ontario)

 

Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)

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.
 

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Finalists:

Tourism Innovator of the Year Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board Tourism Excellence North (TEN) Waterloo Central Railway    
 
Tourism Event of the Year Karnival on the Kam (Fort William Historical Park) Ontario 150 Tour (Water's Edge Festivals and Events) Pumpkinferno (St. Lawrence Parks Commission) THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride (Waterloo Central Railway) Winter Festival of Lights
 
Tourism Champion of the Year Garry McColman Gord Brown Mark Baker    
 
Tourism Employer of the Year Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Temple Bay Lodge Tourism Toronto    
 
Sustainable Tourism Award Cowbell Brewing Company Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park    
 
Accessible Tourism Award Cowbell Brewing Company Royal Ontario Museum St. Lawrence Parks Commission    
 
Indigenous Tourism Award Point Grondine Park Wikwemikong Tourism      

 

Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence (Destination Ontario)

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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Finalists:

Tourism Marketing Campaign Over $50K "Off Ramp to Awesome" Campaign (Kingston Accommodation Partners) 2017 Consumer Campaign (Ottawa Tourism) The Views Are Different Here (Tourism Toronto)
 
Tourism Marketing Campaign Under $50K Real Life Looks Different Here (Elmirst's Resort and Kawarthas Northumberland) #MyHamilton User Generated Campaign (Tourism Hamilton) "Canuck It Up!" Festival Canadiana (Town of Amherstburg)
 
Tourism Print Collateral Award Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide (Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board) Makers Guide to Kingston (Kingston Accommodation Partners) 2017 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide (Wine Marketing Association of Ontario)
 
Tourism Digital Marketing Award Real Life Looks Different Here Videography (Elmhirst's Resort, Kawarthas Northumberland, Agency Next Door) Fresh Made Daily Digital Campaign (Kingston Accommodation Partners) Share Your Canada 150 (Explorers' Edge)
 
Tourism Marketing Partnership Award Brewery Discovery Routes 2017 (Brewery Discovery Routes)

Sea to Sky (Ripley's Aquarium of Canada and CN Tower)

EPIC 1867 – Celebrating 150 Years of Winemaking in Essex County (Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Essex Pelee Island Coast Winegrowers Association)
 
Travel Media Story Award

"From Bush Planes to Sacred Petroglyphs, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Offer a Fusion of Adventure, Recreation and Culture" (Michele Peterson)

"A Pilgrimage to Cheese Country" (Karon Liu) "Live Life on the Edge: Toronto is Buzzing for Country's Anniversary" (Wendy Parsons)
 
Travel Media Photgraphy Award Moutain Life Magazine Fall 2017 Cover (Colin Field) Mountain Life Magazine Fall 2017 Snow Biker (Colin Field) Tom Thomson's Gravestone at Leith Church (Garry Crallé)

Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence (CTA)

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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Finalists:

Culinary Tourism Leadership Award Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast Niagara Parks Commission Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island
 
Culinary Tourism Experience Award Brewery Discovery Routes Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower
 
Culinary Tourism Event of the Year

FUNKfest (Sawdust City Brewing Company)

Cheers Caledon! (Town of Caledon) Farm to Table Community Celebration (Municipality of Tweed)

Ontario's Choice Awards (Attractions Ontario)

Visitors vote for their favourites in eight categories from April 27 to September 30, 2018. The top three attractions with the most votes are finalists for the Attraction of the Year Award; the winner is announced at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on October 24, 2018.
 

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Finalists:

Attraction of the Year Ripley's Aquarium of Canada African Lion Safari Lang Pioneer Village Museum