November 3, 2022 

This month when delegates of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) come together for the 2022 TIAC Congress they will acknowledge and celebrate excellence within Canada's tourism industry. The Canadian Tourism Awards recognize success, leadership, and innovation in the industry. In announcing the finalists, an exceptional collection of businesses and organizations, we are proud of the presence of so many members of our association, the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC).

As delegates gather in Ottawa November 22 and 23 for the TIAC Congress, a review of the Canadian Tourism Awards demonstrates how engaged and committed TMAC and our members are to and within, the tourism industry. Among the nine categories, in addition to ourselves being the presenting partner for the Travel Media Award, TMAC members VIA Rail Canada and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada are respectively presenting the Innovator of the Year and the Indigenous Tourism Award.

In their announcement on November 1, 2022, Beth Potter, President and CEO of TIAC said “We are thrilled to be announcing the finalists of these Awards, which mean more to us this year than ever as the industry first hit and hardest hit by the pandemic”. 

“Each of these finalists have proven to have gone above and beyond in offering travellers superior experiences in Canada, and have done so under incredibly trying circumstances; amid a global recession, rampant inflation, supply chain issues, and so on” she says. “These esteemed finalists embody the true spirit of our Awards – the values of courage, hard work, and dedication.”

Among the 27 named finalists, Tracy Ford, President of TMAC says, is a deserving collection of TMAC members. "Our members are committed professionals both within the travel media profession and tourism industry. Seeing our members acknowledged and celebrated on the national stage within the TIAC is outstanding," Ford says, adding "our entire board of directors and membership commend all the finalists, appreciating their contributions and achievements." 

While all categories are significant, among them is one particular finalist that TMAC is incredibly proud of, specifically under Business Event of the Year. Our hosts for the June 2022 TMAC National Conference, Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Tourism Association, are being recognized for the hosting our event. Tagged #TMACYAS together we enhanced the profile/awareness and appeal of their destination, and created economic impact, and increased visitation and community involvement. 

The entire collection of finalists, in all categories, can be found here on the TIAC website , and below we proudly celebrate the following TMAC members, finalists in their respective categories:

TMAC Travel Media Award:
Matthew and Karla Bailey, Must Do Canada – Okotoks, AB
Heather Greenwood Davis, Freelance Journalist – Markham, ON 

Floor13 Business Event Award: 
YASTA (Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association) TMAC 2022 Conference and AGM – Yarmouth, NS 

Tourism HR Canada Employer of the Year
Tourism Kingston - Kingston, ON

The Canadian Tourism Awards Gala will be held on November 23rd at the close of the TIAC Congress in Ottawa, Ontario. TMAC representatives will be on hand to celebrate and honour, not only our members, but the entire industry and our partners in tourism.


For more information on Travel Media Association of Canada:

Donna Hatt, CAO
Travel Media Association of Canada