BDC Tourism Innovator Award of Excellence


Why didn’t I think of that?

This is the thought that springs to mind when you think of this person or company. Hospitality NL and the Business Development Bank of Canada want to acknowledge leaders who demonstrate ingenuity and creativity in their business activities. This award recognizes an individual, business, or organization that has developed a tourism business, market, product, process initiative, or an unconventional approach to an existing market, product, or process. This innovation is having a positive impact on the tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, and whether new to the industry* or a longstanding tourism business, this operation is doing things in a new way!

Please note: 

  • Nominees must be approved under the Tourism Assurance Plan. Learn more.
  • Nominees must be members of Hospitality NL in good standing.
  • Nominees must be in operation for a minimum of two years. *
  • Only complete nomination forms will be accepted.
  • Nominations must adhere to the word limit and supporting documentation guidelines.

Previous Award Winners:

2023       Hew & Draw Hotel, Corner Brook
2022       Perchance Theatre, Cupids
2021       Roots, Rants and Roars, Elliston
2020       Tour Gros Morne, Norris Point
2019       Twillingate & Beyond Inc, Twillingate
2018       Port Rexton Brewing Company, Port Rexton
2017       Cod Sounds, St. John’s
2016       Old Salt Box Co., located throughout Central
Formerly the Cal LeGrow Tourism Innovator of the Year
2015       Shorefast Foundation/Fogo Island Shop, Fogo Island
2014       Marble Zip Tours, Steady Brook
2013       Newfoundland Chocolate Company, St. John’s
2012       Roots, Rants and Roars, Elliston
2011       French Shore Historical Society, Conche
2010       Seaside Suites, Woody Point
2009       Cape Race Cultural Adventures, Cape Race


To submit a nomination for the Tourism Innovator award, complete the following 4-part nomination form.

*Nominations open on Monday November 27th, 2023 & close on Wednesday December 20th, 2023 at 11:59pm (NST).

2024 BDC Tourism Innovator Award of Excellence

  • Part 1: Nominee information

  • Part 2 Nomination Questions

  • Please be sure to accurately answer all of the following questions, as they form the basis of the award criteria used by the selection committee.
  • Part 3: Supporting Documentation

  • You may also provide as part of the award submission:
    • Maximum of 3 pictures (jpeg)
    • 1 supporting document up to a maximum of 250 words (e.g. a testimonial)
  • Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 1 GB, Max. files: 4.
    • Part 4: Nominator Information


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