Area group wins culinary tourism leadership award

Indigenous Tourism Ontario

ONTARIO – Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and Destination Ontario have received the culinary tourism leadership award, presented by the Culinary Tourism Alliance of Ontario, at the Ontario Tourism Summit’s annual awards gala held October 28.

The Sudbury Star reported in its October 31 edition that the ITO and Destination Ontario partnership developed a strategy and tools that will lead the way for culinary tourism product development and tourism experiences in Northern Ontario. It has been recognized by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and other provincial and federal tourism organizations for its groundbreaking work.

Kevin Eshkawkogan (of Manitoulin Island), president and CEO of ITO, told the Sudbury Star, “we are very proud to have partnered with Destination Northern Ontario on the Northern Ontario Indigenous Food Tourism Strategy. This work is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and we look forward to growing this work to include all of Ontario. This work will benefit the entire industry and we could not have done it without having a mutually beneficial relationship with Destination Northern Ontario and all our valued partners.”

“Congratulations to all award winners and finalists,” said David MacLachlan, executive director of Destination Northern Ontario, in a release. “Northern Ontario continues to produce strong tourism products and partnerships and will use this positive momentum to continue addressing the ever-changing needs of our industry in the face of our new challenges and reality.”