The finalists have been named for the 2018 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards, which recognize sport tourism events, organizations, volunteers and leaders in seven different categories.
The PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Awards are now into their 12th year, and has honoured many exceptional events, people and organizations throughout that time since they began in 2007.
“Once again this year our nominations represent the strong and vibrant sport tourism industry in Canada,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “We have consistently ranked as one of the top nations in the world for hosting events, and the calibre of this year’s nominees reflects the capability and expertise we have right across this country. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit nominations, and congratulations to each of our finalists.”
The 20 finalists and one recipient are drawn from ten different provinces and represent both smaller communities and major urban centres. As well, five emerging leaders will be recognized for their contributions to the sport tourism industry who have demonstrated leadership, creativity and dynamic energy.
Recipients will be announced on Thursday, March 8, 2018 during the 12thPRESTIGE Awards gala luncheon sponsored by Saskatoon Sports Tourism. It takes place at the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress at the Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, emceed by CBC’s broadcast journalist Colleen Jones.
CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group A: event budget greater than $1 million) presented by Ottawa Tourism
- 2017 Canada Summer Games, (Winnipeg, MB)
- 2017 Tim Hortons Brier, (St. John’s, NL)
- Invictus Games Toronto 2017, (Toronto, ON)