OTTAWA — Resorts of Ontario’s Grace Sammut and Toronto’s Chelsea Hotel won Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence, presented at a gala Nov. 22 at The Westin Ottawa.
Sammut won a Lifetime Achievement Award. A leader in Ontario's tourism industry for over 20 years, Sammut is executive director of Resorts of Ontario and has sat on a number of committees for the OTMPC, including the organization's international and European committees. Most recently, she served as vice-chair on the OTMPC board of directors. Sammut has also sat on the boards of the former Tourism Federation of Ontario, the Ontario Canada Select Board, and the Ontario Canada Select National Board.
The Chelsea Hotel won an Accessible Tourism Award. The property is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have access to the same information as all guests, consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity. The Chelsea's innovation is best exemplified through its adoption of the Closing the GAP (Guest Accessibility Package) program. Designed to enhance the hospitality experience for persons with disabilities, the program provides Chelsea Hotel guests with amenities and surroundings in a way that speaks to persons with disabilities. Designed by Accessibility Professionals of Ontario (APO), a full-service accessibility consulting firm, the package helps minimize any potential accessibility barriers due to lack of communication and information. The Chelsea was the first hotel in Ontario to implement the program.
The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are jointly presented by the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA), the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO).