Ottawa Tourism Awards celebrate local excellence
- Friday, 13 May 2011 18:58
- Written by Jantine Van Kregten
More than 300 industry insiders attended, including The Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism and Culture, Robin Garrett, President of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC), and Bill Kenny, Vice President of OTMPC.
Winners were chosen among 20 finalists in four major award categories:
New Company of the Year
Innovation of the Year
- *** WINNER ***National Capital Commission: Mosaika
- Calypso Theme Waterpark
- C’est Bon Cooking: Foods of Ottawa Tours
- Canadian Museum of Civilization: Blackberry App
- National Arts Centre: Oscar’s Corner
Tourism Partnership of the Year
- *** CO-WINNER ***National Capital Commission & Museum of Civilization – Winterlude opening
- *** CO-WINNER ***Somerset Street Chinatown BIA, City of Ottawa, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China & City of Beijing – Ottawa Chinatown Gateway Project
- Wilderness Tours & Windmill Developments – Whitewater Village
- Savvy Company and Thyme & Again Catering – Local Culinary Experiences
- Downtown Rideau BIA & Arts Court Productions, Ottawa Little Theatre, Salamander Shakespeare Company – Downtown Rideau Summer Fling
- Haunted Walks Inc., The Ottawa Jail Hostel, The Bytown Museum & The Canadian Museum of Nature – Unique Tours of Ottawa
- National Capital Commission, City of Ottawa, Ville de Gatineau & Google Maps – Capital Pathway Network
Event of the Year
- *** WINNER ***Bell Capital Cup
- Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
- Canadian Museum of Nature: Grand re-opening
- National Capital Commission: Canada Day
- National Capital Commission: Mosaika
The Tourism Volunteer of the Year was Michael Crockatt, Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing at the Ottawa International Airport Authority.
The Outstanding Tourism Achievement was the new Ottawa Convention Centre, presented to Patrick Kelly, President, and Jim Durrell, Chair.
Three other award winners were recognized at the event:
- Benoit Legault won the Ottawa Tourism Travel Writing Award for an article called “Ottawa – La non-capitale” published in the June 19-20, 2010 edition of Le Devoir. (Runners-up were Amy Eckert for her story “Fest Stops: Canadian Tulip Festival” in the March 2010 issue of Cleveland Magazine and Jeff Heilman for his story “Capital Ventures” in the November 2010 issue of Business Traveler magazine.)
- Kamalesh Kasinathan of the Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa – Kanata was congratulated for being named the 2010 Star of the City
- Christie Barr, a student in Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality &Tourism, received the annual Tourism Scholarship
The Ottawa Tourism Awards are coordinated by Ottawa Tourism and celebrate the individuals, organizations and events that have set high standards and demonstrated outstanding achievement, contributing to the growth and development of tourism in Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region.
Congratulations to all the nominees!