The Innovator of the Year Award recognizes a business, organization, or individual that has developed or renewed a tourism product, package, or initiative that captures the attention of visitors and thus increases the desirability of the Vancouver Island Region as a destination.

Previous Award Recipients

2013 – Nick Versteeg, Once Upon a Day – Cowichan
2014 – Margit Nelleman and Victor Vesely, Cowichan Teafarm
2015 – Richard Varela, Horne Lake Caves
2016 – Accent Inns and Hotel Zed

For nominations details for the 2017 Annual Awards please go the Award Overview tab.  Nominations will open June 12, 2017 and will be accepted till July 31, 2017.  Please send submissions to the attention of Susan Lewis at

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