Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights Received Multiple Tourism Awards
(Niagara Falls, ON) September 26 – The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) was the recipient of multiple awards this past week, including recognition from several respected provincial and international tourism affiliates.
On Monday, September 23rd, it was revealed that the OPG Winter Festival of Lights earned the most votes for the third year in a row in the Ontario Choice Awards Festival and Events category. Launched in 2016, the Ontario Choice Awards are hosted by Attractions Ontario. The competition is voted on by the public and it includes eight categories. As one of the top three overall vote recipients across all eight categories, the WFOL is also a finalist for the Attraction of the Year Award which will be awarded on October 30, 2019 at the Ontario Tourism Summit.
On Wednesday night at the 64th annual International Festival’s and Events Association (IFEA) Convention, Expo & Retreat in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A, the OPG Winter Festival of Lights was presented with four (4) awards in the IFEA/Hass & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition. Awards received included:
Gold Pinnacle Award – Best New Event (Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition presented by Hornblower Niagara Cruises)
Silver Pinnacle Award – Best Event Video Promotion (Winter Festival of Lights)
Silver Pinnacle Award – Best Event Promotional Photograph (Winter Festival of Lights)
Bronze Pinnacle Award – Best Event Website (Winter Festival of Lights)
The Pinnacle Award Competition includes submissions by event organizers from around the world. Winners are selected by a committee of judges and submissions are categorized based on four budget ranges.
The OPG Winter Festival of Lights was also recognized by the American Bus Association (ABA) in its list of Best of the Best for 2019 published in the September edition of ABA’s Destination’s Magazine. The WFOL was one of only nine festivals recognized as a Best of the Best in 2019.
“The Festival is truly honoured to be recognized for the hard work that has been put in by our staff, volunteers, board, stakeholders, sponsors and all the partners that contribute each season to create a world-class event” says Tina Myers OPG Winter Festival of Lights Executive Director. “I can’t remember another time where we have received awards from three different organizations in one week. This is really special for everyone involved!”
The Festival’s 37th edition of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights will run from November 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020. The Festival’s 2019 season will feature a number of new displays along its 8km illumination route including over three million lights.
About the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights: Recognized as Canada’s “Event of the Year” in 2018 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) is one of North America’s premier illumination festivals. The WFOL attracted over 1.8 million visitors to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada during its 2018 season. Attendees of the OPG Winter Festival of Lights marvel at over three million lights along an 8km long lighting route which travels along the Niagara Parkway into Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist areas. The 2019 OPG Winter Festival of Lights’ season will run from November 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020 and feature popular interactive exhibits, light art displays, Sound & Light Shows, signature illuminations and festive events. For details please visit www.wfol.com
About Ontario Power Generation: OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America with expertise in nuclear, hydro, biomass, solar and gas. For more information, please visit www.opg.com