Call for Nominations

The Manitoba Tourism Awards were established to recognize excellence in the promotion and delivery of tourism experiences in Manitoba. The annual Tourism Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the provincial tourism industry, including promoting Manitoba as a quality destination, ensuring an exceptional visitor experience and fostering a professional tourism industry.



Rules and Regulations


GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nominations will be received from any individual, organization or business that supports or contributes to the development of the Manitoba tourism industry. Self nominations are eligible.

Nominations should be based on recent activities. As a general guideline, activities that occur in the 2013 calendar year will be considered recent.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominations for the 16th Annual Manitoba Tourism Awards will be accepted until noon (CDT) on Friday, July 11, 2014. Nominations will only be accepted by email prior to the deadline.

Nominations must adhere to the general eligibility criteria and the category-specific criteria. Multiple category nominations are accepted, but separate forms must be submitted for each category. Nominations must be original each year. Travel Manitoba reserves the right to re-categorize or reject nominations at our discretion.

Acknowledgment from the nominee indicating that they are aware of and accept their nomination(s) must be received electronically by email or fax from the nominee by the nomination deadline.

If you have any questions regarding the Manitoba Tourism Awards, please contact Tamara Soroka by email: awards@travelmanitoba.com or phone: 1-800-665-0040 ext. 7867 or 204-927-7867.



EVALUATION

The judging panel is comprised of Manitoba tourism industry representatives, and consists of persons who are not associated with the nomination process or any of the nominees. Judges who have a conflict of interest are expected to excuse themselves from judging the category in question.

Late submissions and those not in the correct PDF format will not be eligible for consideration.

Each question on the nomination form is assigned a weight relative to the total score. The weighting of each question varies, depending on the number of questions and the nature of the questions in each category.

The judges impartially evaluate the responses to the questions and assign each response a score. The scores for each question are tallied to determine each nominee's total score. The average score is then tallied based on the number of judges for the category.



SUPPORTING MATERIALS

Unless otherwise stated, supporting documents are not mandatory, nor will they have points assigned to them. They may be used to augment and clarify information provided in the nomination and may be useful in situations where nominees are deemed to be very close in merit by the panel of judges. All supporting materials will be returned to the nominator at the conclusion of the judging process unless otherwise requested by Travel Manitoba.



FINALIST RECOGNITION

Up to three finalists will receive a Manitoba Tourism Awards Finalist Certificate. Finalists will receive one complimentary ticket to the annual Manitoba Tourism Awards celebration event where they will be honoured by their peers.





Award Categories


Aboriginal Tourism Award

The recipient of the award will be an Aboriginal product, service or experience that:

  • Is committed to sharing an authentic and realistic cultural activity;
  • Contributes to the promotion and advancement of Aboriginal culture in the community/region/province;
  • Generates/stimulates tourism and economic activity in the community/region/province;
  • Educates visitors/participants/spectators on Aboriginal culture;
  • Actively demonstrates a respect for the ecology, economy and culture of the host community.


Aspiring Youth Award

The recipient of the award will be an individual who:

  • Demonstrates a passion for tourism;
  • Participates in the tourism field in a variety of possible activities;
  • Shows ambition when it comes to promoting tourism in their region;
  • Is an example of what our industry's future can become.


Event of the Year Award - Budget Under $5000

The recipient of the award will be an event that:

  • Increases visitation to the community/region/province;
  • Demonstrates the ability to successfully satisfy visitor expectations;
  • Generates/stimulates tourism and economic activity in the community/region/province.


Event of the Year Award - Budget Over $5000

The recipient of the award will be an event that:

  • Increases visitation to the community/region/province;
  • Demonstrates the ability to successfully satisfy visitor expectations;
  • Generates/stimulates tourism and economic activity in the community/region/province.


Marketing Excellence Award

The recipient of the award will be a campaign that:

  • Converts campaign expenditures into interest in Manitoba's tourism products and visitation;
  • Attracts a significant amount of public/media awareness of Manitoba.


Partnership Award

The recipient of the award will be a partnership that:

  • Demonstrates the power of partnership in Manitoba;
  • Contributes to the growth of Manitoba's tourism industry;
  • Demonstrates a successful collaboration.


Product Development Award

The recipient of the award will be a business or organization that:

  • Demonstrates initiative in developing Manitoba's tourism products;
  • Addressed a need/void for identifiable tourism markets.


Service Excellence Award

The recipient of the award will be a business, organization or individual that:

  • Demonstrates the ability to successfully satisfy visitor expectations;
  • Has contributed to the professional image of Manitoba's tourism industry;
  • Sets an example that others can aspire to.


Sustainable Tourism Award

The recipient of the award will be a business or organization that:

  • Demonstrates the three pillars of sustainability;
  • Demonstrates an understanding of its impact of the natural and cultural resources, and the economy of the community/region/province;
  • Meets the needs of present visitors while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.


Volunteer of the Year Award

The recipient of the award will be an individual that:

  • Has devoted a significant amount of their time to Manitoba's tourism industry;
  • Had a lasting impact on the tourism activity(s) on which the nomination is based.


Winnipeg Airports Authority Award of Distinction

The recipient of the award will be an individual, business or organization that:

  • Has been in the tourism industry for a minimum of 10 years;
  • Is committed to the excellence of Manitoba's tourism industry.




Nomination Forms


Submission Instructions:

  • Download the desired award category PDF
  • Complete all sections of the nomination form
  • Save the form to your computer
  • Email the PDF file as an attachment to awards@travelmanitoba.com before noon (CDT) on Friday, July 11, 2014.

Acknowledgement of Nomination Form

Aboriginal Tourism Award Nomination Form

Aspiring Youth Award Nomination Form

Event of the Year - Budget Under $5000 Nomination Form

Event of the Year - Budget Over $5000 Nomination Form

Marketing Excellence Award Nomination Form

Partnership Award Nomination Form

Product Development Award Nomination Form

Service Excellence Award Nomination Form

Sustainable Tourism Award Nomination Form

Volunteer of the Year Award Nomination Form

Winnipeg Airports Authority Award of Distinction Nomination Form