WOODSTOCK, ON – February 7, 2023 – Ontario’s Southwest (OSW) Regional Tourism Organization is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 Innovation Awards. These awards will be presented at the Southern Ontario Tourism Conference; hosted by both OSW and Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association. The conference will be held both virtually and in-person at the Sheraton Hamilton from March 6-8th for tourism stakeholders within Southern Ontario.
The Innovation Awards recognize businesses, organizations, leaders, meaningful experiences, events, or programming within OSW that are telling stories, building the tourism industry with purpose and passion, disrupting of the status quo, and moving towards sustainable tourism. The 2022 Innovator of the Year finalists include Beachville District Museum, KLB Consulting, and Paddles of the Grand.
The 2022 Innovative Experience of the Year finalists include Afro Caribbean Culinary Experience by Yaya’s Kitchen, Buzz about Pollinators by Walnut Grove Bed and Breakfast, and Farm and Forest Revival by Jireh Hills Family Homestead.
The 2022 Sustainability Trailblazer of the Year Award finalists include Homegrown Hideaway, Jireh Hills Family Homestead, and Long Point Biosphere Region.
“We are lucky to have incredibly passionate and inspiring people who are making a significant impact on the tourism industry within Ontario’s Southwest. Each year these awards give us an opportunity to celebrate and showcase innovation across the region as we work together to build a resilient tourism economy.” said Joanne Wolnik, OSW Executive Director.
Ontario’s Southwest Tourism
Ontario’s Southwest (OSW) is one of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations across the province, funded primarily through the provincial Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport governed by an independent Board of Directors. OSW works collaboratively with tourism stakeholders in Southwestern Ontario to create a vibrant and inclusive tourism sector that balances the needs of visitors, tourism partners, communities, and the environment. More information can be found about the Southern Ontario Tourism Conference at sotourismconference.com. Click here to register.
Jen Moore, OSW Marketing & Communications Manager