The Sustainable Tourism award recognizes excellence in the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism and includes for such things as going green, reducing your carbon footprint, supporting sustainable options in destinations, taking care of places, supporting community-based tourism and initiatives, respecting the practices of local people, reducing waste and so on. Sustainable tourism is focused on the long-term sustainability of the tourism industry providing for tourism opportunities for generations to come.
Presented to a tourism business or organization in recognition of their overall outstanding contributions to the community through initiatives, employee volunteerism and financial or in-kind donations which directly benefit the City of Edmonton.
Cultural Tourism products and services are important factors in sustainable development, contributing to the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, the extension of the tourism period, as well as increasing culture and heritage awareness among tourists and host communities, regional GDP, and its multiplier effects. The Cultural Experience award will recognize a tourism industry business and/or partnership that has shown a commitment to the creation, promotion, and delivery of an authentic, innovative, and enriched cultural tourism experience.
Presented to an Edmonton based member of the tourism industry who has made a commitment to foster equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. A leader who embraces innovative ideas to move the company forward while supporting and encouraging workplace and personal life balance improving well-being and productivity.
The Tourism Business of the Year award will be given to a tourism organization or business that typifies industry best practices in all areas of its operations and thus is an example of overall business excellence in the tourism industry.
• Large Tourism (greater than 100 employees)
• Small to Medium-sized Tourism (99 or less employees)
This award is for any tourism and/or hospitality team who works together to deliver an amazing customer experience from beginning to end. Public and private sector teams, retail teams, restaurant teams, hotel teams, tourism teams, – any team who work together to deliver a brilliant customer experience.
This award recognizes the very best Edmonton restaurant in food, drink, and hospitality. The recipient of the Restaurant of the Year Award is a restaurant that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, service, and operations.
Presented to the tourism and hospitality group or organization who, through the production of an event, best exemplifies the spirit of Edmonton and generates tourism visitation to the City of Edmonton.
This award honours the best attractions, from theme parks and zoos to guided visits. It recognizes venues that stand out for their appeal to all types of visitors. The Attraction of the Year Award will be presented to a tourism business or organization that provides an outstanding attraction that is a leader in applying industry best practices in all aspects of operations.
Presented to the individual, group, or organization who, through the hosting of a sporting event, has made significant contributions to the tourism industry in Edmonton.
The Hotelier Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution of energy, service, and talent towards the growth of the hotel industry, through volunteer work, service, or business accomplishments. Focusing on hotel tourism building, the recipient demonstrates leadership, vision and innovation built on a solid foundation of strong values and sound business strategies. Individual must be a retired or current member of Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels.