Ottawa Tourism presented the 2017 edition of the Ottawa Tourism Awards on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30pm at the Trillium Ballroom at the Shaw Centre.
Henry Burris, 2016 Grey Cup champion and MVP, emceed the event, which attracted almost 300 local tourism industry leaders.
Winners were chosen among 23 finalists in five major award categories:
New Company of the Year
- *** WINNER *** Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market
- Archery Games
- Ottawa Tasting Tours
- Rideau Canal Cruises
- Room Escape Ottawa
Tourism Partnership of the Year
- Canadian Museum of Nature with various partners
- Capital Ukrainian Festival & Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
- *** WINNER *** Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum & Escape Manor
- Ottawa-based National Museums & Canadian Heritage
- Wilderness Tours & Horse Country Campground
Food & Drink Experience of the Year
- ByWard Market BIA – Clarence Patiofest
- *** WINNER *** Canada Agriculture and Food Museum – Baconpalooza
- Casino du Lac-Leamy – Dry Aged Beef
- Great Canadian Theatre Company – Chefs & Shows
Event of the Year – Themed Celebration or Exhibition
- Canada Aviation & Space Museum – Star Trek TM: The Starfleet Gala
- Canadian Heritage – Canada 150 Kickoff
- National Gallery of Canada – Élisabeth Louise Vigée le Brun
- *** WINNER *** Saunders Farm – Haunting Season
Event of the Year – Festival
- Beau’s Oktoberfest
- Music and Beyond
- Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
- *** WINNER *** RBC Bluesfest
- Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
The Don Blakslee Hotelier Award was presented by the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association to Peter Wilson of the Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa Kanata and the Tourism Achievement Award, sponsored by Mediaplus, was symbolically presented to the entire Ottawa tourism community for the successful hosting of the 2016 One Young World Ottawa Summit.
Four other award winners were recognized at the event:
- Abbey Crockett, a student in Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality & Tourism, received the annual Ottawa Tourism Scholarship.
- Dan Rubinstein won the Ottawa Tourism Travel Writing Award for his article, Keeping it Wheel, which appeared in the October 2016 edition of Porter airline’s inflight magazine re:porter.
- James Pelzer won the inaugural Ottawa Tourism Social Media Influencer Award.
- Nathalie Coutou of Khewa Native Art Boutique was congratulated for being named the 2016 Star of the City.
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.