The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) has opened their annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence program for nominations. These awards recognize outstanding contributions to the tourism industry in Ontario. There are eight award categories:
Tourism Innovator of the Year Award
This award recognizes an organization or individual that created a new innovative product, policy or service to promote and enhance tourism in their local community, region or the province of Ontario.
Tourism Event of the Year Award
This award is presented to a festival or event that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operation.
Tourism Champion of the Year Award
This award is presented to an individual who embodies the spirit of tourism in Ontario. This person should be directly involved with the industry.
Tourism Employer of the Year Award
This award is presented to an organization that has developed an admirable reputation as a great place to work, and is an upstanding example of Ontario’s tourism industry.
Sustainable Tourism Award
This award is presented to an organization, individual, or initiative that has made a viable and maintainable contribution to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Ontario.
Accessible Tourism Award
This award is presented to an organization that operates an outstanding accessible hospitality and tourism business that complies with the Ontario Accessibility standards.
Indigenous Tourism Award
This award is presented to an organization, individual or experience that has demonstrated commitment to the development and promotion of authentic, cultural Indigenous experiences for visitors to Ontario.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented to an individual that has made significant contributions to the development and promotion of Ontario’s tourism industry, and established a visible, long-term record of accomplishment that merits special attention.
For nomination instructions, and a link to apply for these awards online, visit the TIAO website.
Applications close on June 1, 2020. For tips to complete your application, visit the Application Tips page for the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence document online.