Nominations open for 2019 Tourism Awards


Sault Ste. Marie, ON (October 8, 2019) – Every year, Sault Ste. Marie hosts thousands of tourists from around the world. To recognize the people and groups that go above and beyond to welcome these visitors, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is calling for nominations for its 17th annual awards.

The nomination forms for the 2019 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards are available online at The deadline to nominate an individual, organization or business has been extended to Thursday, October 10 at 11:59 p.m. This year’s awards include:

Customer Service Award – This award recognizes an individual employed in the tourism industry who has contributed to the betterment of the tourism experience for visitors. They exhibit a courteous manner, are customer service oriented and regularly go beyond the expected duties and performances of their job responsibilities.
Event of the Year – This award is presented to an event or festival that demonstrates industry best practices in all aspects of its operations and serves as an example of excellence to other events and festivals and the greater tourism industry. The event must have taken place within 18 months prior to the award nomination.


Tourism Ambassador Award – This award recognizes an individual or group that has made a significant contribution towards strengthening the local tourism economy, helping to achieve impressive results. This individual or group, through either their paid employment or volunteer capacity, has dedicated significant time and resources to promote Sault Ste. Marie as a destination of choice for visitors.


Business of the Year – This for-profit business in the private sector has demonstrated leadership by investing equally in both staff and customers through staff training or special programs and value-added undertakings for the customer. The presence of this business leads to the provision of a better total tourism product in Sault Ste. Marie.


Tourism Award of Excellence – This award is for an individual who has significantly impacted the development of tourism in Sault Ste. Marie. They have provided long-standing and exceptional service, demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and integrity. This person has established a strong legacy by passing their experience on to others to further benefit the tourism sector. During their career, this person has gained the respect of those in the tourism industry.


The 2019 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards is taking place on Thursday, November 7 at Water Tower Inn & Suites. Doors open at 6 p.m., supper is at 7 p.m. and the awards ceremony will follow. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes dinner. To register, or to learn more, visit

Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. To learn more, visit