And the Nominees Are: A Preview of Edmonton’s Event and Attraction of the Year Finalists

Edmonton is a vibrant and thriving city, home to a diverse range of attractions and events that draw visitors from all over the world. The Edmonton Tourism Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the people who make these attractions and events possible, and to recognize their contributions to the city’s tourism industry. 

The Event of the Year Award and Attraction of the Year Award are two of the most prestigious categories in the Edmonton Tourism Awards. These awards are reserved for events and attractions that have significantly impacted Edmonton’s tourism industry, either by attracting large numbers of visitors or by providing a unique and unforgettable experience that showcases the best of what the city has to offer.

In this blog, we will take a closer look at the finalists for these two categories and explore what makes them stand out in Edmonton’s vibrant tourism scene. Whether you are a resident of Edmonton or a visitor to the city, you are sure to be impressed by the talent and innovation on display in these finalists, and we encourage you to take the time to experience their offerings for yourself.

Event of the Year Award Finalists

The Event of the Year Award recognizes outstanding events that have made significant contributions to the city’s tourism industry. The finalists for this category are:
  1. The Canadian Hydrogen Convention, for its innovative approach to promoting the use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, and academics from around the world to discuss the latest developments in hydrogen technology.
  2. DARK – Fort Edmonton Park, for its spine-tingling Halloween event that transforms the historic park into a hauntingly atmospheric setting, featuring live performances, spooky decorations, and eerie sound effects that create an immersive and unforgettable experience for visitors.
  3. Taste of Edmonton, for its celebration of the city’s diverse culinary scene, featuring food and drink vendors from across Edmonton serving up delicious dishes and drinks, as well as live entertainment and cooking demonstrations that showcase the city’s vibrant food culture.
The Event of the Year Award finalists highlight the importance of creating unique and engaging experiences for visitors to Edmonton. These events not only showcase Edmonton’s strengths in various industries but also contribute to the city’s reputation as a vibrant and exciting destination. By bringing together experts and innovators, showcasing history in an immersive way, and celebrating local cuisine, these events have contributed to the growth and development of Edmonton’s tourism industry.

Attraction of the Year Award Finalists

The Attraction of the Year Award recognizes outstanding attractions that have made significant contributions to the city’s tourism industry. The finalists for this category are:
  1. The Muttart Conservatory, for its unique botanical gardens, educational programming, and community events that showcase the beauty and diversity of plant life.
  2. The Edmonton Radial Railway Society, for its preservation and operation of historic streetcars, providing visitors with a nostalgic and educational experience of Edmonton’s transit history.
  3. West Edmonton Mall, for its world-renowned shopping and entertainment offerings, including theme parks, waterparks, and attractions that draw in millions of visitors each year.
These finalists demonstrate the diversity of attractions available in Edmonton, from the natural beauty of the Muttart Conservatory to the nostalgic charm of the Edmonton Radial Railway Society and the excitement of West Edmonton Mall. Each attraction has made significant contributions to Edmonton’s tourism industry by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors. Their inclusion as finalists in the Attraction of the Year Award showcases the importance of tourism attractions in Edmonton’s economy and culture, and their continued growth and success will undoubtedly contribute to the city’s reputation as a top tourist destination.

The Event of the Year and Attraction of the Year Awards are essential in recognizing outstanding contributions to Edmonton’s tourism industry. The finalists in both categories have made significant contributions to the city, attracting visitors from all over the world. 

We encourage our readers to stay tuned for the announcement of the winners at the Edmonton Tourism Awards ceremony on June 2nd. We also encourage everyone to engage with the Edmonton tourism industry by visiting any of the finalists or other attractions in the city. If you’d like to attend the Edmonton Tourism Awards ceremony, we’d love to have you there to support these amazing local businesses! So don’t forget to grab your tickets to the Edmonton Tourism Awards before they sell out!

If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to spend your time in Edmonton, visit any of the finalists or other attractions in the city, and be sure to book your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels to take advantage of our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal, where you can get up to $225 in rewards just for staying at one of our member hotels. Whether you are interested in history, nature, food, or shopping, Edmonton has something for everyone. We hope to see you soon!

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Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

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In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

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Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
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One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 

Reservations

Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

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There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

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What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

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