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Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance – Canada’s top Sport Events, Volunteers, Sponsors & Leaders to be honoured

OTTAWA, ON:  Several more sport tourism events, organizations and leaders will be recognized as the 11th annual PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Award Program gets underway. The awards, presented by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), will honour the best in sport events, volunteers, organizations, sponsors and leaders in seven different categories. They honour the outstanding contributions of the many different people and organizations that have supported and staged excellent sporting events in the calendar year 2016.

Through the 11 years of the program, recipients have ranged from such major multi-sport events as the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games to local community events with a significant grassroots impact. Last year, the PRESTIGE Awards recognized such diverse events as the Tough Mudder Whistler, the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the 2015 Pan Am /ParaPan American Games, and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

“Sport tourism is now a significant force in the national economy and in the tourism industry as Canada continues to be a world leader in bidding for and hosting sport events,” said Rick Traer, CEO, CSTA. “So many outstanding people and organizations contribute to the success of these events all across our country. We are pleased to highlight their tremendous contributions through the PRESTIGE Awards program.”

The PRESTIGE Awards will be presented on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 during the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress  at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.

Deadline for nomination:  December 22nd at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Nomination criteria and forms for all categories can be found here or follow the links below for the individual online award nomination form.

2017 Award Categories

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Laval Sportcité

CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto

CSTA Canadian Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by Adup Display           

CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award presented by CBC Sports

CSTA Sport Tourism Champion Award presented by ConnectOnCampus

CSTA Sport Tourism Organization of the Year presented by WestJet

CSTA Sustainable Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Edmonton events

List of Past Recipients 

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 150 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.





For more information on nominations contact:

Kelly Weiss, Marketing & Events Coordinator
(613) 867-5814

For media inquiries contact:

Barb MacDonald, Consultant, Communications

 (613) 521-7314