MASSE CONGRATULATES LOCAL BUSINESS FOR NATIONAL TOURISM AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 03, 2010

MASSE CONGRATULATES WINDSOR TOURISM BUSINESS FOR NATIONAL AWARD
Windsoreats’ Wine Trail Ride wins National Tourism “Innovator of the year” Award

Ottawa, ON- Today, Brian Masse, NDP Industry, Automotive and Border Critic congratulated Adriano and Pina Ciotoli, brother and sister owners of WindsorEats.com, for winning the Deloitte Innovator of the Year, a National Tourism Award for Excellence, at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) annual summit in Gatineau, Quebec, for their Wine Trail Rides.

“This is an outstanding achievement for a local business that has been at the forefront of developing a real innovative experience that grows the tourism economy while multiplying the spending for other local businesses,” Masse stated. “To win this award facing significant competition from across the country is tremendously impressive.”

The National Awards for Tourism Excellence were presented at a gala dinner in Gatineau, Québec last night, as part of The Tourism Summit, TIAC’s annual national tourism policy conference. The Innovator Award was presented to Adriano Ciotoli by Joe Comartin, Member of Parliament for Windsor Tecumseh. Also in attendance was Chris Ryan, Chief Executive Officer for Tourism Windsor/Essex.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is the voice of Canadian tourism. Founded in 1930 to encourage the development of tourism in Canada, TIAC serves today as the national private-sector advocate for this $71.5 billion sector, representing the interests of the tourism business community nation-wide. Based in Ottawa, TIAC takes action on behalf of Canadian tourism businesses and promotes positive measures that help the industry grow and prosper.
WindsorEats.com is an online culinary guide to Essex County that provides information on the local dining scene. In 2008, WindsorEats created the Wine Trail Rides, a scenic countryside cycle tour that allows participants to learn about the wineries, farms and conservation areas they visit. The Wine Trail Rides have brought new visitors into the region and put a renewed focus on Windsor’s local assets. This eco-tourism initiative was instrumental in securing a pilot project for the Bike Train in Essex County.

“This helps to raise the profile of the Windsor area as a growing tourism region in Canada both nationally and across the world,” Masse stated.