TIAC Celebrates Tourism Award Winners


The winners of the 2023 Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), were revealed at the awards ceremony in Ottawa.

The awards are a prestigious recognition of outstanding achievements in the tourism sector. These awards showcase the dedication, innovation, and excellence of individuals and organizations that contribute significantly to the growth and success of the Canadian tourism industry.

The Canadian Tourism Awards, sponsored by Ottawa Tourism, WestJet, and the Toronto Star, continue to play a crucial role in recognizing and encouraging excellence in the tourism sector. The winners represent the diverse and dynamic landscape of the Canadian tourism industry, showcasing the nation’s commitment to providing exceptional experiences for visitors from around the globe.

The winners of the 2023 Canadian Tourism Awards are:

Air Canada Tourism Business of the Year Award
Oak Bay Beach Hotel

ITAC Indigenous Tourism Award
Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Air Transat Sustainable Tourism Award

Tourism HR Canada Employee of the Year Award
Nancy Pedersen, Lord Beaverbrook Hotel

Tourism HR Canada Employer of the Year Award
Rig Hand Craft Distillery

Floor13 Business Event of the Year Award
Destination Markham

Hilton Small or Medium-sized Business of the Year Award
The Twisted Lemon Restaurant & Boutique Inn

VIA RAIL Innovator of the Year Award

TMAC’s Travel Media Professional of the Year Award
Jody Robbins, Freelance

Culinary Tourism Alliance Culinary Tourism Experience Award
Tourism Lethbridge

Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Hugh Mackenzie

“This recognition by TIAC is a tribute to the dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment of what I can only describe as a kick butt team of tourism professionals at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel,” says Madone Pelan, general manager of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. “I am filled with pride to be part of an industry that embodies resilience, innovation, and perseverance. The stories of grit and determination shared over these past few years have not only enriched us but have also inspired a collective commitment to higher standards.”



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