Airport, treasure hunting firm take Ottawa Tourism prizes

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The Ottawa International Airport and an urban treasure hunting company were among the winners at this year's Ottawa Tourism Awards, held Thursday night at the Casino du Lac-Leamy.

Noel Buckley


The airport took the prize, along with partner Air Canada, in the Tourism Partnership of the Year category for their promotion of the much-publicized direct flight from Ottawa to Frankfurt., a company that offers local mystery trips involving riddles and puzzles, took the prize in the New Company of the Year category.

The 2010 Ottawa Tourism Awards were presented in front of a packed house of over 200 industry leaders. 

The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship took home the prize for Event of the Year, while John Cosentino, general manager of Albert at Bay Suite Hotel and Best Western Victoria Park Suite, was awarded Tourism Volunteer of the Year. 

Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association executive director Dick Brown was named Tourism Leader of the Year.

Here's a full list of winners and nominees from this year's event:

New Company of the Year

Éco-Odyssée, a paddleboat experience, an urban treasure hunt (winner)


Innovation of the Year

Coventry Connections, using GPS technology to improve taxi service

Tours of Parliament-Library of Parliament, streamlining the system for booking tours on Parliament Hill (winner)


Event of the Year

Camouflage exhibit at the Canadian War Museum

2009 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

2009 TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival

2009 IIHF World Junior Championship (winner)


Tourism Partnership of the Year

Downtown Rideau BIA and Arts Court for a summer theatre program in 2009

National Capital Commission and 26 partners for the 2009 Genie Awards

Ottawa International Airport Authority and Air Canada for their promotion of Ottawa-Frankfurt direct flights (winner)

Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and Rideau Canal Festival for A Musical Breeze, combining a cycling event and chamber music performances, in 2009


Tourism Volunteer of the Year – John Cosentino, general manager, Albert at Bay Suite Hotel and Best Western Victoria Park Suites


Tourism Leader of the Year – Dick Brown, executive director of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association


Ottawa Tourism Travel Writing Award – Alec Ross for an article called A Capital Idea, published in the September 2009 issue of Canadian Geographic Travel 


Star of the CityCrowne Plaza Hotel staffer Sampson Nabigon 


Tourism ScholarshipDebbie Morris, a student in Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality & Tourism


Organizations: New Company, Gatineau Hotel Association, Air Canada Best Western Victoria Park Suite Library of Parliament Cisco National Capital Commission International Airport Authority Crowne Plaza Hotel

Geographic location: Ottawa, Frankfurt, Victoria Park

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