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Congratulations Winners of the 2018 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

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.


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“I’m proud that our province is home to many diverse and exciting experiences that make Ontario a wonderful place for travellers to discover,” said Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. Your success contributes to a dynamic tourism industry that stimulates our economy and has a positive impact on communities across the province.”

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 celebrate the diverse contributions of industry and organzations alike to Ontario’s tourism industry.


Ontario’s Choice Award for Attraction of the Year

  • Top Attraction
    Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence

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

Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence

  • Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Under $50K
    Tourism Hamilton – #MyHamilton User Generated Campaign
  • Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Over $50K
    Tourism Toronto – The Views Are Different Here
  • Tourism Marketing Partnership Award
    Brewery Discovery Routes – Brewery Discovery Routes 2017
  • Tourism Print Collateral Award
    Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board – Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide
  • Tourism Digital Marketing Award
    Kingston Accommodation Partners – Fresh Made Daily Digital Campaign
  • Travel Media Story Award
    Karon Liu – “A Pilgrimage to Cheese County”
  • Travel Media Photography Award
    Colin Field – Mountain Life Magazine Fall 2017 Snow Biker

Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)

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

About the Awards

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.

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.

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.

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