GATINEAU, Que. — The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) announced the 2018 Canadian Tourism Awards Winners at its annual Tourism Congress last week in Gatineau, Que.
The annual awards, which recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry, honoured recipients in 12 categories, including:
Adventure/Outdoors Award — Traversée du lac Saint-Jean à vélo, Alma, Que.
Airport Innovation & Excellence Award — Gaëtan Gagné, Quebec City
Business of the Year Award — Accent Inns, Vancouver
Community Outreach Award — Sébastien Roy, Distillerie Fils du Roy, Petit-Paquetville, N.B.
Culinary-Tourism Experience Award — The Paisley Notebook, Kelowna, B.C.
Event of the Year Award — Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls, Ont.
Indigenous Cultural Tourism Award — Quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Golf Course, Chase, B.C.
Innovator of the Year Award — Cities in Sync – Tourism Victoria, Tourism Saskatoon and Destination St. John’s
Marketing Campaign of the Year Award — “Pacific. Authentic.” – Tourism Richmond
Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award — The Historic Reesor Ranch, Maple Creek, Sask.
Sustainable Tourism Award — Shorefast Foundation, Joe Batt’s Arm, N.L.
Tourism Employee of the Year Award — Ian Cheverie, The Great George, Charlottetown
“We are absolutely delighted to have won the Business of the Year Award,” says Mandy Farmer, CEO and president of Accent Inns Inc. “We have an incredible team who work tirelessly to provide the best guest experience. I am thrilled their efforts are being recognized.”