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Finalists for 2016 Canadian Tourism Awards Announced

The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to celebrate success, leadership and innovation in Canada's travel and tourism industry and recognize those who go above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences in Canada. This year we received over 130 incredible submissions - our panel of expert judges have narrowed down the list of finalists, shown below.

The awards will be presented at the dinner ceremony at the Hilton Hotel Lac Leamy in Gatineau on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Since its inception in 2003, this gala evening has become a highlight of the Tourism Congress.

For more information on the Canadian Tourism Awards click here, and to learn more about Tourism Congress and to register, click here.

Congratulations to all finalists!

Air Canada

THE AIR CANADA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa - Victoria, BC
  • Vancouver International Airport - Richmond, BC
  • Watermark Beach Resort - Osoyoos, BC

VIA Rail Canada

THE VIA RAIL CANADA COMMUNITY OUTREACH AWARD

  • Great Wolf Lodge - Niagara Falls, ON
  • Tourism Toronto - Toronto, ON
  • The Westin Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre

THE METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Canadian Soccer Association: FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 - National
  • Folklorama- Winnipeg, MB
  • Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association: Half Corked Marathon - Oliver, BC

VISA

THE VISA INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Winnipeg, MB
  • Headwaters Parade of Horses, Mono, ON
  • Société de développement du Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, Coaticook, QC

Fairmont

THE FAIRMONT MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • "Crayons" Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism - St. John's, NL
  • "Where Am I?" Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation - Toronto, ON
  • "Where Ontario Gets Real" Headwaters Tourism - Mono, ON

THE NATIONAL ABORIGINAL (INDIGENOUS) CULTURAL TOURISM AWARD

  • Eskasoni Cultural Journeys - Eskasoni, NS
  • Long Ago People's Place - Champagne Landing, YT
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park - Saskatoon, SK

Parks Canada

THE PARKS CANADA NATIONAL CULTURAL TOURISM AWARD

  • Celtic Heart of North America - Cape Breton, NS
  • Cité Mémoire - Montréal, QC
  • Fort William Historical Park - Thunder Bay, ON

The Hilton

THE HILTON WORLDWIDE SMALL OR MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Experience PEI, Stratford, PE
  • Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Oak Hammock Marsh, MB
  • Ocean River Sports & Adventure, Victoria, BC

WestJet

 THE WESTJET SOCIAL MEDIA/DIGITAL MARKETING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • "Old Québec" section by Québec City Tourism - Québec, QC
  • "Paint the Town" contest by Newfoundland and Labrador - St. John's, NL
  • "The Trump Bump" Destination Cape Breton - Sydney, NS

Transat

THE TRANSAT SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD

  • Churchill Wild - Ile des Chenes, MB
  • Eagle Wing Tours Ltd. - Victoria, BC
  • Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre - Vancouver, BC

THE TOURISM EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Dan Cardinal, Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel - Saskatoon, SK
  • Jose Reineking, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism - Field, BC (Banff, AB)
  • Maria De Vera, Campus Tower Suite Hotel - Edmonton, AB

THE CULINARY TOURISM EXPERIENCE AWARD

  • Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance - Calgary, AB
  • Calgary Food Tours - Calgary, AB
  • Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance - Toronto, ON

Brewsters Travel Canada

THE BREWSTER TRAVEL CANADA ADVENTURE/OUTDOORS AWARD

  • Churchill Wild - Ile des Chenes, MB
  • Northern Edge Algonquin - South River, ON
  • Wilderness Tours - Foresters Falls, ON
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