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Elmhirst’s Resort is proud to be the winner of the 2021 Ontario Tourism Resiliency Award in the Sustainability category for Accommodation.

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), in partnership with Attractions Ontario, The Culinary Tourism Alliance, Indigenous Tourism Ontario and OTEC, presented the 2021 Ontario Tourism Resiliency Awards. These special awards were unique to this year and were designed to reflect resiliency through innovation, collaboration and partnership.

The Sustainability Award recognized activities between January 1-December 31, 2020, and businesses within the tourism industry who demonstrated sustainable practices/initiatives along with support for their local communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award recipient should have demonstrated a holistic approach to sustainability (not just environmental),including human, economic, and other factors.

Elmhirst’s Resort was honoured to be included as a finalist, and then selected as the winner in the Accommodation sector for our Sustainability efforts in 2020.

A comprehensive assessment (August 2020) led to Elmhirst’s Resort being awarded GOLD certification(December 2020) from North America’s largest sustainable tourism certification program: GreenStepSustainable Tourism 2030. “Sustainability has always been an important part of the way Elmhirst’s Resort conducts its business activities. The Sustainable Tourism 2030 certification validated much of the work we have done so far but also highlighted some important next steps. Applying a clearer focus to measuring key energy,environment and social impacts, setting goals to sustain consistent improvement,and getting everyone involved on both sides of our guest relationships will amplify the work we have done already. The changes caused by the unprecedented challenges of 2020 create an opportunity to look at Elmhirst’s Resort in new ways and implement new solutions” said Greg Elmhirst, General Manager.

For a complete list of finalists and winners, visit TIAO Ontario.

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