On Wednesday, October 27th, as many as 700 tourism professionals and operators took part in the Ontario Tourism Summit’s annual awards gala (virtually and in person) where the best and brightest from across the province are celebrated for their achievements in the tourism industry. Northern Ontario showed up in multiple award categories, winning in eight.
Nominated in nine categories, Destination Northern Ontario, in partnership with Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario, the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario and the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, was successful in winning five Resiliency Awards Wednesday night at the Ontario Tourism Summit.
In addition, three awards were taken home by Thrive Tours, an indigenous owned and operated tourism business in Sault Ste. Marie. Their work was recognized in innovation and sustainability categories.
Destination Northern Ontario would also like to acknowledge Laurie Marcil, Executive Director of Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario, who was awarded Tourism Champion of the Year. Marcil was recognized for her exceptional work in the Northern tourism industry, particularly in the resource-based tourism sector, including advocacy, stakeholder relations and efforts to aid operators through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Destination Northern Ontario awarded projects include;
- Travel Information Centre Covid Support.
- Northern (U.S/CAD) Border Working Group
- Resource Based Tourism Covid Protocols
- Northern Ontario Cycling Expansion (won in two categories)
Congratulations to all award winners and finalists. Destination Northern Ontario extends sincere gratitude to all partners that made these projects possible and looks forward to more innovative partnerships that will continue to strengthen our industry post-pandemic and beyond.