Ottawa Valley Tourist Association Announces 2017 Tourism Award Finalists

       (Pembroke, ON) – The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association is excited to announce the finalists for the 2017               Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards.

The OVTA received nominations from across the Valley. A judging panel made up of members of the Board of Directors and a representative of the Warden of the County of Renfrew was tasked with the challenge of selecting a winner for each category.
 “The Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards are an annual celebration of those members who exemplify the industry’s best practices, exhibit a passion for promoting the Ottawa Valley and actively collaborate with others,” says OVTA Communications Coordinator, Lee MacOdrum. “This is an exciting time of year for us all! We congratulate the finalists on their hard work and well-deserved nominations.”
The finalists for the Marilyn Alexander Tourism Champion of the Year award are: Allan Symons, Deedee Sanderson and Ish Theilheimer.
This year’s Business of Distinction finalist is: Horse Country Campground
In the Special Event of the Year category, the finalists are: the Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival, the Ottawa Valley Craft Beer Festival and the Paddle & Fiddle the Bonnechere.
Award winners will be announced at the annual Ottawa Valley Tourism Conference & AGM on Tuesday April 25th, at Spectacle Lake Lodge in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of tourism promotion in the Ottawa Valley by an industry and local government collaboration. All are welcome to join us in celebrating!
Tickets are $35 +HST to attend the full-day Ottawa Valley Tourism Conference & AGM or free if only attending the Tourism Awards ceremony or the AGM portion. Tickets can be purchased online at
The OVTA is the official destination marketing organization for the Upper Ottawa Valley and proudly represents more than 235 tourism businesses, comprised of attractions and events, accommodation, dining and retail establishments, craft breweries, rafting companies and outfitters, artists and galleries, and municipalities, as well as media and industry suppliers. The OVTA is supported by the County of Renfrew, Renfrew County municipalities and the City of Pembroke.

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