Nominations now open for 10th annual CSTA PRESTIGE Awards

Oct 15, 2015

Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance – Recognizing Canada’s top sport tourism leaders, initiatives and events

OTTAWA, ON:  The best in Canadian Sport Tourism will be honoured in 2016 with the 10th annual Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Awards. Nominations are now open in seven categories to see who will join the veritable who’s who of Canadian sport leaders and events that have been honoured since the awards began in 2007.

The PRESTIGE Awards recognize outstanding contributions in the sport tourism industry from individuals, companies and organizations. Over the years recipients have ranged from such major multi-sport events as the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games to local community events with a significant grassroots impact. The awards have also recognized the outstanding contributions of companies and people who have given dedicated service to supporting and staging excellent sporting events.

“Canada has once again led the way in bidding for and hosting events in 2015, the Year of Sport in Canada. By honouring the people, the events, and the organizations who work daily to promote Canadian sport tourism, we celebrate their enormous contributions to our industry,” said Rick Traer, CEO, CSTA. “Sport tourism is now a major force in the national economy and tourism industry. These awards highlight the people, organizations and events that help make our sporting community so strong.”

The PRESTIGE Awards will be presented on Monday, March 7, 2016 during the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress  at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.

Deadline for nomination:  December 23rd at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Nomination criteria and forms can be found here.


2016 Award Categories

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Edmonton Events

  • Group A: event budget greater than $1 million
  • Group B: event budget less than $1 million  

CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto

CSTA Canadian Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by Adup Display           

CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award presented by CBC Sports

CSTA Sport Tourism Champion Award presented by Regional Sport Tourism Office (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph)

CSTA Sport Tourism Organization of the Year presented by WestJet

CSTA Sustainable Sport Event of the Year Award

List of Past Recipients 


About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) is a tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as an economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 400 members across Canada, including 145 municipalities, 200 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.




For more information on nominations contact:

Kelly Michael, Marketing & Events Coordinator
(613) 867-5814  

For media inquiries contact:

Barb MacDonald, Communications Consultant

 (613) 521-7314