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Blue Mountain Village and Blue Mountain Resort Recognized at 2014 Ontario Tourism Summit

Press Release by Kristin Ellis, Marketing Coordinator, BMVA:

November 20, 2014 (Town of Blue Mountains, ON) – Blue Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Village recently hosted the 2014 Ontario Tourism Summit in the newly renovated Village Conference Centre. Five hundred tourism professionals from across the province experienced two days of world class speakers and presentations learning about new trends, opportunities and best practices in Tourism.

“We were very proud to host the Summit on its 10th anniversary as Blue Mountain Resort was the Summit’s inaugural host,” remarked Don Braden, President of the Blue Mountain Village Association. “Ontario’s tourism industry got to see first-hand what a strong destination experience the Resort has become. Speeches from Minister Coteau and Deputy Minister Fagan built on the great energy felt at the event.”

The Resort and Village were both recognized at the Awards Gala hosted by CBC’s Heather Hiscox. The Blue Mountain Village won the Ontario Culinary Tourism Leadership Award for its tourism program The Apple Pie Trail and was also recognized alongside Blue Mountain Resort with an Ontario Signature Experience designation for the Apple Pie Trail Pedal Paddle Adventure sold via Activity Central May through October.

Patti Kendall, Marketing & Events Director for the Blue Mountain Village added, “The culinary leadership award is a tribute to the 40 Trail partners who work tirelessly to support our local agriculture, promote local food and grow culinary tourism along the Apple Pie Trail.”

 Blue Mountain Resort was a regional winner and Ontario finalist for the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) Accessibility Award

“Blue Mountain Resort prides itself on being a destination for travelers of every age and level of ability,” said Paul Pinchbeck, Vice President Marketing, Blue Mountain Resort.  “It is a great honour to be recognized as a regional winner and finalist for TIAO’s inaugural Accessibility Award particularly as we continue our commitment towards making Blue a fully-accessible tourism destination.” 

Next year the Ontario Tourism Summit will return to Toronto. In total 20 award categories were recognized and included other regional winners such as Colin Field as Travel Photographer of the year for his work in Bruce County. The full list of Ontario Tourism award winners can be found on