Manitoba Tourism Award trophyNominations for the 17th Annual Manitoba Tourism Awards are now open! With fewer questions in each category, it is now easier than ever to nominate an individual or organization in recognition of their contributions to our tourism industry. Read on for all updates to this year's awards. 

Shorter nomination forms
We have cut down the number of questions by at least half for almost all categories. Most categories have just four questions and the Volunteer of the Year category now only has one question.  

Update to categories
In order to better recognize the achievements in our industry, we now have an Award of Distinction for both organizations and individuals, with the latter replacing the Service Excellence category. Also, the Product Development Award has been renamed to the Innovation Award. And although the name of the award is unchanged, the Marketing Excellence Award also recognizes successes in social media and digital marketing as well as traditional campaigns. 

Changes to requirements
Nominees are no longer required to sign a nomination acknowledgement form. The nominator simply has to get permission from the nominee and then indicate on the form that the nominee is aware of and accepts the nomination.  

All nomination forms, as well as the eligibility criteria are available at www.manitobatourismawards.com.

The deadline for entries is June 15, 2015. The gala awards luncheon will take place Friday, October 2, 2015 at Club Regent Event Centre, as the concluding event of the two-day Manitoba Tourism Conference. All finalists will receive one complimentary ticket to the awards luncheon.