The more than 240 people on hand at the Ottawa Marriott for the Ottawa Tourism Awards Thursday night could hardly be blamed for having escape on their minds, as Escape Manor and Escape Bicycle Tours were the co-winners of the new company of the year award.
Escape Manor, with locations on Queen Street and Wellington Street West, locks its customers in a room filled with clues that will help them escape. Escape Bicycle Tours offers an escape of a different kind, offering bike tours around the city that include elements such as raft and bus tours or stops at a spa or museum.
It’s another award for founder Maria Rasouli’s mantle after the Iranian immigrant was a 2015 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award recipient in November.
The co-winners edged out Capital Ukrainian Festival, Ottawa Tasting Tours and Wesley Clover Parks for the top prize.
Thursday was also a very good day for two Ottawa festivals. Not only were CityFolk and Music and Beyond beneficiaries of provincial funding announced earlier in the day, they were also honoured at the Tourism Awards.
The two festivals went head-to-head as they were both finalists for Event of the Year – Festival and Tourism Partnership of the Year.
CityFolk won the event award and Music and Beyond took the partnership award for its work with the National Gallery of Canada.
The Canadian War Museum won the Event of the Year – Exhibition award for its Gladiators and the Colosseum: Death and Glory exhibition.
If you are interested in Maria’s tours, take a peak here: day tours and multi day tours.