Ottawa Tourism has been marketing Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region as a destination for visitors, tours, media and conventions since 1971. Governed by a Board of Directors, Ottawa Tourism is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization that promotes Ottawa on the regional, national and international stages.
In cooperation with its members and partners, Ottawa Tourism works on destination development, advocacy, marketing, strategic direction and leadership initiatives. Our objective is to attract leisure travellers, business travellers, group tours, and conventions to visit Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. With an estimated 11 million visitors per year and $3 billion in economic output, the local tourism economy is an important generator of community wealth.
An award-winning organization, Ottawa Tourism has a strong reputation as one of the most innovative and progressive destination marketing organizations (DMO) in North America. Ottawa Tourism has been awarded the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal by Destinations International in recognition of the organization’s commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination organizations around the world. We strongly believe in our vision: Ottawa offers the complete capital experience, tells the story of Canada, and gets people talking.
Value of membership
Businesses and organizations who join Ottawa Tourism show a commitment to the local tourism community and stay connected to the latest industry news and developments. Members contribute to and benefit from advocacy efforts to local, provincial, and federal government decision-makers. All members can attend the Annual General Meeting, where those eligible to vote for the Board of Directors, while Ottawa Tourism’s committees—which provide big-picture direction to the organization—are made up of active and engaged member volunteers.
Members who wish to leverage Ottawa Tourism’s sales and marketing efforts can choose to purchase a variety of paid opportunities that allow them to work more closely with the team and participate in targeted initiatives.
Memberships are valid for one calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. Any paid subscriptions or add-ons must be renewed annually. The Member Code of Ethics is valid for three years.
Member approval process
All prospective member applications must undergo a three-part approval process, which can take up to 2 months to complete. All prospective member applicants are reviewed by the membership department, the membership committee, and our Board of Directors. Any prospective applicant who does not receive approval from each designated review body will not be admitted into membership with Ottawa Tourism. Please note that all decisions are final and prospective applicants cannot appeal or renegotiate this approval process.
Ottawa Tourism welcomes membership applications from tourism and hospitality related businesses located in the Ottawa area. No matter the size of your business and whether you serve the public or other organizations, there’s a place for you within the Ottawa Tourism family!
Learn how an Ottawa Tourism membership can benefit your business.