Award Recognition Program

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The importance of supporting the regional tourism businesses and operators is an ongoing Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association ( HHBRTA) priority and with thanks to technology we are still connecting together virtually to get through the current pandemic crisis and working to re-emerge. So even though, tourism business activities are being undertaken differently, there have been note-worthy achievements undertaken by the regional tourism industry sector. In these challenging times, HHBRTA wants to recognize the spirit and the contributions that the industry makes to the Ontario and Canadian economy. It has been a priority for HHBRTA Board of Directors to develop an industry appreciation program and is pleased to announce the launch of the Regional Tourism Awards Recognition Program that will acknowledge the dedicated efforts of business operators that excel in what they do. 

This program is intended to recognize regional tourism industry partners and operators who have displayed excellence in product development, business innovation, partnerships/collaborations, sustainability, and job creation/workforce developmentThe program also recognizes partners who are working collaboratively with HHBRTA to grow regional tourism. 


2021 Award Categories:

i. Innovative New Experience or Product Development Award

­This Award recognizes a tourism business/organization that has demonstrated innovation in the development of a new or enhanced tourism product or visitor experience to appeal to the local tourism audience in pandemic times and contributes to the regional visitor experience brand. The new offering helps the business operator be resilient or enhance their business in pandemic times in the Hamilton Halton Brant Region. Click Here to Apply.  

ii. Partnership & Collaboration Award 

This Award recognizes a partnered initiative (including a tourism experience, product, marketing campaign) that successfully attracts and encourages locals/visitors to experience the Hamilton Halton Brant region.  Partnerships can include collaborations with private and/or public sector entities. Click Here to Apply.  

iii. Responsible Tourism Award 

Sustainability is becoming a deciding factor for the visitor when choosing their travel experiences. This Award recognizes demonstrated innovation from tourism industry partners/organizations who are leading the way to proactively consider environmental impacts to encourage sustainable tourism. Click Here to Apply.  


Apply or nominate a candidate for the 2021 Awards Recognition Program

Over the past year many tourism business operators have adapted to the new restrictions and demonstrated success in the above categories; the Recognition Awards Program provides an opportunity to share your stories. If you or someone you know has achieved excellence through innovation, partnership and collaboration or responsible tourism - apply above. 

The Nominations process will be focussed on initiatives/activities that occurred from January to December 2020. In the past year many tourism business operators adapted to the new COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and uniquely innovated to be successfully resilient in their business endeavours. It is our hope that we can celebrate the industry’s resiliency and successes virtually during Tourism Week (Spring 2021). 

The Nomination submission deadline is March 13th, 2021. Submit your nomination by emailing your submission to: info@theheartofontario.com  (the Awards Nomination Forms for each category provide details to complete your entry)

If you require any assistance, please email angelica.smith@theheartofontario.com

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