Tourism Industry Awards call for nominations

TORONTO — The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is accepting nominations for the Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence. Awards will be handed out in seven categories and the deadline for submissions is Friday, June 30.

TORONTO — The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is accepting nominations for the Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence. Awards will be handed out in seven categories and the deadline for submissions is Friday, June 30.

Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

Tourism Innovator of the Year: 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: Presented to an event or festival that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operation. Entries are open to the following types of events: cultural, musical, sporting, culinary and more.

Tourism Champion of the Year: Given to an individual who embodies the spirit of tourism in Ontario. This person should be directly involved with the industry, and be able to give evidence of their contributions.

Tourism Employer of the Year: Recognizes an organization or business that has developed an admirable reputation as a great place to work and as an upstanding example of Ontario’s tourism industry.

Sustainable Tourism Award: Recognizes a business, individual or initiative that makes a viable and maintainable contribution to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Ontario.

Accessible Tourism Award: Highlights an outstanding accessible business that complies with Ontario Accessibility standards, and is recognized by employees and customers as a leader in providing inclusive experiences for tourists.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of the tourism industry in Ontario. Whether through business ventures, efforts towards the sustainability of the industry, or raising awareness of Ontario as a tourism destination, this person’s contributions must have benefitted tourism in the province. Their contributions must also have resulted in positive outcomes for the social, economic, natural or cultural environment in which they have operated.

For information, contact Taylor Poelman at communications@tiaontario.ca or 416-483-1691.