Fourteen organizations and individuals were honoured Nov. 29 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) as recipients of the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec.
“Tonight’s Canadian Tourism Awards have showcased our diverse industry to the fullest. Myself and everyone at TIAC are honoured to recognize the outstanding innovation, dedication and expertise all of our nominees and winners again this year,” said TIAC president Charlotte Bell. “Recognizing and celebrating these accomplishments is very important, as these industry successes ensure that Canada continues to be seen as a world-class destination.”
The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to showcase Canada’s very best and offer travellers superior tourism experiences in Canada.
The 2017 winners are: The Air Canada Business of the Year Award: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre – Sun Peaks, BC; The VIA Rail Community Outreach Award: Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls, Ont.; The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event of the Year Award: Half Corked Marathon: Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association – Oliver, BC; The VISA Canada Innovator of the Year Award: Parks Canada Cape Breton Field Unit – Louisbourg, NS; The Pursuit Adventure/Outdoors Award: Au Diable Vert – Sutton, Que.; The Diversey & Restaurants Canada Culinary Tourism Experience Award: The Flight Across the Top of Canada: Edible Canada – Vancouver; The Accor Hotels Marketing Campaign of the Year Award: “The Views are Different Here”: Tourism Toronto – Toronto; The ITAC Aboriginal (Indigenous) Cultural Tourism Award: Tourism Industry of Wendake – Wendake, Que.; The Hilton Worldwide Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award: WindsorEats – Windsor, Ont.; The WestJet Social Media Initiative of the Year Award: “Test Drive Canada”: Air Canada – Dorval, Que.; The Transat Sustainable Tourism Award: Churchill Wild – Churchill, Man.; The Tourism HR Tourism Employee of the Year Award: Debra Elless, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Vancouver; The CANADA 150 Diversity Award: SESQUI Inc. – Toronto; The Tourism Toronto Canadian Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award: Walter Oster.