Business of the Year – Large

Presented to a tourism business, facility, event or attraction with 20 or more employees that provides exceptional visitor experiences that result in high levels of customer satisfaction through the experiences or services provided

Asessippi Ski Hill and Resort

Boasting a 4.5 Google Review rating with projections to host over 60,000 visitors annually, Asessippi Ski Hill and Resort consistently provides an exceptional guest experience. From attracting regional visitors, hosting students for unique and educational field trips to fostering professional skiing growth, the resort is dedicated to community engagement and financial resilience. Asessippi has become a pivotal year-round attraction, diversifying its offerings by hosting weddings during the summer months. Recent upgrades to the snowmaking system highlight the resort's commitment to innovation and sustainability.

Asessippi Ski Area and Resort's tangible results and positive feedback show just how profound an impact the resort has on the tourism sector in the region.

Activate Games Inc.

With a mission to fuse technology, movement and strategy into a unique interactive gaming experience, Activate now has 19 stores across Canada and the U.S., and has announced their first international location in Dubai (as of December 2023).

Activate’s two Winnipeg locations have welcomed over 160,000 guests in 2023, including over 30,000 groups for team building, summer camps and holiday parties with millions more across all of Activate’s locations.

With over 100 employees at the Winnipeg head office, everything used to bring the experiences to life is developed and manufactured in Winnipeg. Activate's success may have taken the company around the world, but it remains true to its roots in Manitoba.

Assiniboine Park Conservancy

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy was created by the City of Winnipeg in 2008 to restore the park as a local attraction and build it into a world-class tourist destination. The transformation that has taken place since is nothing short of remarkable.

The park is once again a vibrant gathering place where people come to celebrate, connect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. The Zoo has been transformed and is among Canada’s leading accredited zoological organizations. The Leaf is the most significant horticultural development undertaken in Canada in decades.

Today, Assiniboine Park, Assiniboine Park Zoo, and The Leaf are among Manitoba’s top tourist attractions that bring 10 million visitors annually.

The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre

For The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, 2023 was all about innovation and taking the next steps to enhance and elevate its overall guest experience. From interior and exterior renovations, adding Yuk Yuks Winnipeg Comedy Club and Vida Cucina Italia fine dining, to creating new events and experiences like Karaoke Live! and Mistletoe Moose Pop-Up Bar, these efforts contributed to the property’s overall success.

The Fort Garry Hotel produced record-setting revenues through meetings, conferences, tours, events, private dining and social celebrations. By the end 2023, the Fort Garry Hotel’s workforce numbers were the highest in the history of the hotel, a testament to the property's growth, recruitment efforts and workplace culture.

Churchill Wild

Churchill Wild’s polar bear walking safaris are widely acknowledged as the Gold Standard among polar bear tours and safaris worldwide and have attracted a significant amount of attention to Manitoba and Canada.

Known as the best place in the world to capture ground-level footage of polar bears, over 6,000 people have now walked with polar bears at the Churchill Wild ecolodges. Up to 800 guests each year are treated to Arctic luxury at the Churchill Wild ecolodges which have received 461 5-Star reviews on Tripadvisor.

All of this has resulted in millions of video, photo and social media post views and has showcased Manitoba as not only the best place in the world to see polar bears, but also as a fabulous travel destination.