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Ottawa Tourism Awards celebrate local excellence

 

Ottawa Tourism presented the 2011 Ottawa Tourism Awards last night at a gala event in the new Ottawa Convention Centre.

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

Tourism Partnership of the Year

Event of the Year

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!

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Tulip Ball a colourful success!

 

The Canadian Tulip Festival launched this year’s event with a sparkling Tulip Ball on Friday, May 6 at the gorgeous new Ottawa Convention Centre. Take a look at some amazing photos from that night, featuring one-of-a-kind floral gowns and more!

A gold tulip supplied by the Royal Canadian Mint was under careful watch at the event.

The gowns were created by Joel Marc Frappier, MFA, CAFA and Sylvie Bigras. Students from La Cité collégiale were also involved.

The black tie affair attracted an impressive crowd, who enjoyed fine dining and a silent auction, as well as the impressive view of Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal.

The 59th edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival continues its run until Monday, May 23. And rest assured that there are still lots of tulips left to bloom. You can book your Tulip Celebration getaway through Ottawa Tourism.

img 8321Guests were greeted by Daniel Richer, Town Crier, and a model wearing one of the spectacular floral gowns.

img 8360There's a woman in there somewhere!

sam 2131A gold tulip supplied by the Royal Canadian Mint was under careful watch at the event.

sam 2100There was a definite safari feeling to this tulip gown.

img 8359This whimsical gown is ready for inclement weather -- it incorporates a transparent umbrella!

img 8403Colour was not in short supply at the Tulip Ball!

 

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Jane’s Walk Ottawa shows off diverse neighbourhoods

 

ottawas-little-italy-street-sign-credit-akira-kamioOne Jane's Walk will explore Ottawa's Little Italy neighbourhood, including viewing frescos by Guido Nincheri, called the Michelangelo of North America.Looking for a fun thing to do this weekend — beyond attending the first weekend of the Canadian Tulip Festival?

Why not participate in a Jane’s Walk? You’ll explore neighbourhoods in Ottawa and the region on foot with knowledgable people sharing their passions. For example, local author and naturalist Katharine Fletcher leads a tour of the Central Experimental Farm; you can explore the hidden gems of oft-overlooked Bronson Avenue; meet the Cats of Parliament Hill; or learn to forage for wild food in the heart of the city.

Check out the full schedule of walks, including some offered en français, offered on both Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8. Best of all? The walks are free!

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Prince William and Kate Middleton to visit Ottawa on Canada Day

 

Canada Day crowds at nightLast year's Canada Day crowds before the fireworks at 10pm were huge. With William and Kate in town this July 1, who knows what to expect? PHOTO CREDIT: Ontario Tourism

Today’s magnificent Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton — now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — is just the beginning of their life together.

On June 30, the royal couple will embark on their first official foreign visit as husband and wife. They’ll start their trip to Canada in Ottawa, just in time for the huge Canada Day celebrations on July 1.

While the official itinerary is a closely guarded secret, we at Ottawa Tourism thought we’d suggest some activities.

What do you think the Royal Couple should do while in the region?

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Jazz Festival and Bluesfest announce lineups!

 

cisco ottawa bluesfest 2010 crowd evening med 039-credit-ottawa-tourismCisco Ottawa Bluesfest — it’s a party!The past couple weeks have been great for music lovers in Ottawa. Both the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival and Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest have announced their lineups! These are two of the biggest and best summer festivals in town!

The jazz festival runs June 23 to July 3 in Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa. Featured performers include k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Robert Plant & the Band of Joy, Pink Martini, YOUSSOU NDOUR, Paco De Lucia, Return to Forever IV, Béla Fleck & the Original Flecktones, Lucky Peterson and Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub.

More traditional jazz fans will be happy with the Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau Duo, Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Kenny Wheeler, and Kurt Elling as well as a great improvisational series.

Meanwhile, the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest announced its lineup at a gala event at the sexy new Ottawa Convention Centre on April 26. A well-rounded musical event, the Bluesfest takes place over six stages in and around LeBreton Flats (outside the Canadian War Museum) July 5-17.

More than 200 acts will perform, including Ben Harper, Billy Talent, Buck 65, Blue Rodeo, Bootsy Collins, Death From Above 1979, Erykah Badu, The Flaming Lips, Jennifer Hudson, Joe Satriani, John Butler Trio, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Soundgarden, Steve Miller Band, The Tragically Hip, Bedouin Soundclash, Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, Danny Michel Band, Girls with Guitars, Huey Lewis and the News, Josh Ritter, Rise Against, Tegan & Sara, Theory of a Deadman, Three Days Grace, Trampled by Turtles, Wanda Jackson, and Yukon Blonde.

Tickets are available for Jazz here and for Bluesfest here.

Meanwhile, book your stay in Ottawa through Ottawa Tourism’s website – check out the Third Night Half Price option for even better value!

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