Oct. 25, 2018, Windsor, ON – Congratulations to all recipients of the 2018 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. The best of the best in Ontario tourism were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Caesars Windsor. These awards recognize tourism industry successes by honouring individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry.
Jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), Destination Ontario, the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA) and Attractions Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are divided into four respective categories: 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. 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 Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence celebrate the passion of those dedicated to advancing food tourism in Ontario, and recognize those who work hard to tell the stories of the province’s growers, producers, winemakers and brewers. Ontario’s Choice Awards calls upon tourists and locals to vote for their favourite attractions in eight different categories, with the overall top-voted nominee earning the distinction of Attraction of the Year.
“We are so pleased to partner & collaborate with amazing organizations and individuals in our region that are totally dedicated to the Tourism Industry”, stated Bonnie Ruddock, Executive Director, RTO9 Regional Tourism Organization. “The people leading these organizations are true innovators and are passionate about their local community. It is very nice to see these achievements in South Eastern Ontario”.
Award Recipients and Nominations from RTO9
Tourism Innovator of the Year: Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board – Award Nominated
Tourism Event of the Year: Pumpkinferno (St. Lawrence Parks Commission) – Award Nominated
Tourism Champion of the Year: Gord Brown – Award Recipient
Accessible Tourism Award: St. Lawrence Parks Commission – Award Recipient
Tourism Marketing Campaign Over $50K: “Off Ramp to Awesome” Campaign (Kingston Accommodation Partners) – Award Nominated
Tourism Print Collateral Award: Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide (Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board) – Award Recipient, Makers Guide to Kingston (Kingston Accommodation Partners) – Award Nominated
Tourism Digital Marketing Award: Fresh Made Daily Digital Campaign (Kingston Accommodation Partners) – Award Recipient
Congratulations to our winners and nominated partners! Your dedication to outstanding service is what makes South Eastern Ontario a wonderful place to discover for travellers. Thank you for your generous and diverse contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry.