On October 26, 2022, the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) hosted the annual Ontario Tourism Resiliency Awards at Deerhurst Resort, in Huntsville Ontario. As part of the TIAO Tourism Summit, the Ontario Tourism Resilience Awards were held to celebrate Sustainability, Innovation and Collaboration in the tourism sector. Northern Ontario showed up in multiple award categories, winning in seven.
Nominated in eight categories, Destination Northern Ontario was successful in winning six. Destination Northern Ontario awarded projects include;
Cycling – Destination Northern Ontario & Waterfront Regeneration Trust – Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay Cycling Expansion Initiative
Indigenous Tourism Operator – Mississauga First Nation, Destination Northern Ontario & Town of Blind River – Boom Camp Trail Expansion & Shared Stewardship Initiative
Winter – Mississauga First Nation, Destination Northern Ontario & Town of Blind River – Boom Camp Trail Expansion & Shared Stewardship Initiative
Marine – Silver Islet Harbour Association and Destination Northern Ontario
Regional Tourism Organization – Destination Northern Ontario
Marine – Great Lakes Cruise Association
Northern Ontario’s seventh award was taken home by Thrive Tours, an indigenous owned and operated tourism business in Sault Ste. Marie. Their work was recognized in sustainability.
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. Congratulations to all award winners and finalists of the Ontario Tourism Awards!