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The Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), recognizes the best and brightest in Canada’s tourism industry. From outstanding teams and organizations to individual luminaries who surpass all expectations, exemplifying a commitment to provide nothing short of exceptional tourism experiences from coast to coast to coast. 

Call for Nominations: Canadian Tourism Awards 2024

NOMINATIONS OPEN MARCH 11, 2024

Celebrate excellence in Canada's tourism sector by nominating outstanding individuals, destinations, businesses, and initiatives for the Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). This recognition showcases achievements, leadership, and creativity in offering unparalleled tourism experiences across Canada.

What you need to do:

  1. Identify Eligible Nominees: Eligibility extends to any Canadian tourism-related product, business, association, initiative, or service active between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023. Whether you're a TIAC member or not, your nominations are welcome.

  2. Submit Your Nomination: Fill out the nomination form for the category that best fits your nominee. Access the nomination form and detailed category descriptions by clicking the "Start Nomination" button on the awards page.

  3. Pay the Nomination Fee: The fee for each nomination entry is $100.00, inclusive of applicable taxes. Nominators, whether TIAC members or not, are eligible to submit nominations. If the nominee is a regular member in good standing of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the nomination fees will be waived. For nominees who are Associate members of TIAC, the nomination cost is reduced to $50. If the nominee is not a TIAC Member, the full price applies.

  4. Mark Your Calendar: The awards ceremony is set for December 5, 2024, at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC. Don't miss out on the opportunity to celebrate the best in Canadian tourism. 

Why Participate? The Canadian Tourism Awards are a benchmark for excellence, highlighting the nation's top tourism offerings, services, and innovations. This is your chance to help set the standard for the travel industry and recognize those who elevate Canada's tourism reputation on the global stage.

Don't wait—start your nomination today and help honour the exceptional contributors to Canada's tourism sector!

 

Award Categories & Sponsors

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Business of the Year Award

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Indigenous Tourism Award

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Sustainable Tourism Award

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Business Event of the Year Award

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Tourism Employee of the Year Award

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Tourism Employer of the Year Award

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Small or Medium-Sized Business
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Innovator of the Year Award

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Travel Media Professional
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Culinary Tourism Alliance

Culinary Tourism Experience Award

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Lifetime Achievement Award

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Future Leaders Award

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Category Descriptions


Business of the Year Award

The Business of the Year Award will be presented to a tourism business that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operations, and is thus an example of all-round business excellence in the tourism industry.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Overall strength & long-term viability of the business/business model/strategy (20%)
  2. Commitment to visitor/participant/spectator satisfaction (20%)
  3. Commitment to growth, innovation and product development (15%)
  4. Contribution to or enhancement of the tourism industry (15%)
  5. Commitment to human resources development (15%)
  6. Foster a culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (15%)

 

Indigenous Tourism Award

The Indigenous Tourism Award will recognize an Indigenous tourism business that has demonstrated a commitment to the development, promotion, and delivery of an authentic, innovative, and enriched Indigenous tourism visitor experience. The recipient will have demonstrated a commitment to authentic Indigenous cultural tourism as a key aspect of encouraging and promoting tourism growth in their region.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Commitment to visitor satisfaction through delivery of quality and authentic market ready experiences as outlined in ITAC’s National Guidelines (15%)
  2. Stimulation of tourism employment and economic activity in the host Indigenous community (20%)
  3. Social/cultural impact in the community through the demonstrated promotion and advancement of Indigenous culture (20%)
  4. Demonstrates innovation in the development and delivery of the experience (15%)
  5. Commitment to cultural sustainability (15%)
  6. Fosters a culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (15%)

 

Sustainable Tourism Award

The Sustainable Tourism Award will be presented to an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the practice and promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism in Canada.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Protects and preserves natural and cultural heritage resources (20%)
  2. Fosters appreciation and enjoyment of natural and cultural heritage resources (15%)
  3. Raises awareness among visitors and influences them to enjoy resources sustainably (20%)
  4. Mitigates negative impacts of tourism on the natural and cultural environment (15%)
  5. Respects, involves, and engages other stakeholders and host communities (15%)
  6. Fosters a culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (15%)

 

Tourism Employee of the Year Award

The Tourism Employee of the Year Award will be presented to the front-line employee whose professionalism, dedication, attitude, and quality of service best exemplify excellence in the tourism industry.

Owner/operators and senior management personnel are generally not eligible for this award.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Attitude and dedication (20%)
  2. Leadership, cooperation, and teamwork (20%)
  3. Maintains exemplary work standards (20%)
  4. Goes above and beyond to improve his/her organization (20%)
  5. Commitment to visitor/participant/spectator satisfaction (20%)

 

Business Event of the Year Award

The Business Event of the Year Award will recognize a corporate, association and/or incentive Canadian event that has enhanced the profile/awareness and appeal of the destination they are held in, as well as created economic impact, increased visitation, and community involvement.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Commitment to visitor/participant/spectator satisfaction (20%)
  2. Commitment to growth, innovation, and product development (20%)
  3. Stimulates economic activity during the event (20%)
  4. Promotes tourism and economic activity year-round in the host community (20%)
  5. Social/cultural impact on Canada or the host community (20%)

 

Tourism Employer of the Year Award

The Tourism Employer of the Year Award will be presented to a business who has made a commitment to foster equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. A visionary who embraces innovative ideas to move the company forward while supporting and encouraging workplace and personal life balance improving well-being and productivity. The employer of the year communicates in a meaningful and respectful manner; delivers incentive programs that reward employees; promotes empowerment and personal growth, is fair, respectful and shows and encourages integrity. The employer of the year provides a safe and secure workplace environment.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Demonstrates leadership and commitment to employee training, education and professional development (15%)
  2. Fosters a positive workplace culture (15%)
  3. Provides fair compensation and benefits (15%)
  4. Embraces workplace diversity (20%)
  5. Promotes work-life balance (20%)
  6. Commitment to fostering innovation, growth and development of new employee programming and services that meet the changing needs of all employees (15%)

 

Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award

The Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award will be presented to a tourism business (with fewer than 20 employees) that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operations and is thus an example of all-round business excellence in the tourism industry.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Overall strength & long-term viability of the business/business model/strategy (20%)
  2. Commitment to visitor/participant/spectator satisfaction (20%)
  3. Commitment to growth, innovation and product development (15%)
  4. Contribution to or enhancement of the tourism industry (15%)
  5. Commitment to human resources development (15%)
  6. Fosters a culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (15%)

 

Innovator of the Year Award

The Innovator of the Year Award will be presented to the tourism business or organization that develops the most innovative new tourism product, service or process, or the most innovative new approach to an existing tourism product, service or process that positively impacts the tourism business or the tourism industry as a whole.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Creativity/originality/uniqueness of the innovation (20%)
  2. Complements or enhances the range of tourism products (15%)
  3. Positively impacts visitor/participant/spectator satisfaction (20%)
  4. Exemplifies or stimulates the development of a broader growth, innovation, and product development strategy (15%)
  5. Promotes long-term growth in the tourism industry (15%)
  6. Fosters a culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (15%)

 

Travel Media Professional of the Year Award

The Travel Media Professional of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding Canadian storyteller for their commitment to excellence in storytelling and a published body of travel media work that celebrates and showcases Canada’s tourism destinations, experiences and stories.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. The nominee has published a scope of work that showcases and highlights Canadian destinations, experiences and stories in a unique, engaging manner through the use of a single or variety of communication channels in an innovative manner that includes but is not limited to print, digital, broadcast and emerging media that has been impactful and meaningful (20%)
  2. The nominee works demonstrates a commitment to telling Canadian stories with integrity, elevating Canada’s values, cultures and diversity in tourism experiences (20%)
  3. The nominee, through their body of work, demonstrates originality, and a commitment to positively enhancing awareness, appreciation an understanding of Canada’s diverse and unique tourism experiences and destinations (20%)
  4. The nominee’s work is considered to positively contribute to or enhance the tourism industry locally, regionally and/or nationally by inspiring travel, and when possible to measure, impacts desired visitor traffic, especially by championing underrepresented or emerging tourism experiences (20%)
  5. The nominee will be judged against the diversity and creativity of their overall work (20%)

 

Culinary Tourism Experience Award

The Culinary Tourism Experience Award will be presented to the tourism business or organization that delivers an authentic consumer experience showcasing Canadian food and beverage. Wherever possible, please support your answers with statistical information and evidence to show the impact of the experience.

The judging criteria in this category are:

  1. Demonstrates innovation in showcasing authentic culinary experiences in their region/destination (25%)
  2. Exemplifies Canada as an international culinary destination (25%)
  3. Promotes quality Canadian food or drink products (25%)
  4. Contribution in promoting regional culinary tourism experiences (25%)

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution of energy, service, and talent towards the growth of the Canadian tourism industry, through volunteer work, service or business accomplishments. Focusing on tourism building, the recipient demonstrates leadership, vision and innovation built on a solid foundation of strong values and sound business strategies.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the single highest and most revered honor an individual in the travel and tourism industry can receive.

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award should be individuals who have:

  1. Dedicated the majority of their professional career to the tourism sector.
  2. Made an outstanding personal contribution to the tourism sector.
  3. Helped to create growth in Canada’s tourism sector through innovation, astute business practices and the development of new opportunities.
  4. Demonstrated leadership in the industry through their engagement with tourism partners at the local, provincial and/or national levels.
  5. Left a positive legacy with the people with whom they have worked.
  6. Nominees are generally retired or in the twilight of their tourism careers.

 

Future Leaders Award

This award recognizes individuals, 30 years of age and younger, working in the tourism industry and their contribution to the development of a vibrant and professional tourism industry. Recipients will be acknowledged during the Air Canada Luncheon and receive a certificate of achievement.

Important Notes:

  • The award will not be made to the same person twice.
  • Nominations are accepted from any party except the nominee.
  • The nomination form and submissions must be completed by September 6, 2024.

Submission:

To start the nomination process, please ensure you have the following information ready:

Submissions include:

  • Two/three images to support entry – high resolution images
  • Resume of nominee – pdf format
  • Up to 3 letters of recommendation – pdf format
  • Overview of the nominee
    • Highlight outstanding attributes
    • Tourism career history
  • Nominee’s Personal Service and Examples of Activities
    • Provide specific examples of activities demonstrating leadership and how they have the potential to be a future leader in the tourism industry.
  • Benefits to the Industry and Success

 

2023 Canadian Tourism Awards

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