Upper Canada Village’s new fall event Pumpkinferno continued its winning ways in Ottawa April 24, when Ottawa Tourism named it New Company of the Year.
The award category recognizes an event or company two years or less in operation that through its success has stimulated the economy.
Pumpkinferno which was launched in 2012 has certainly done that.
In just two years of operation, not only has Pumpkinferno taken the region by storm hosting almost 75,000 people but it has contributed an estimated $8 million in economic impacts to the region’s economy.
“Over the past three years we have taken a close look at our business operations and have encouraged our staff to be innovative in their approach to developing new visitor experiences. Pumpkinferno is a great example of that type of thinking. Not only does it showcase amazing artistic and creative talents that go into making this such an amazing event, but our business strategy is really solid and surpassing our projections” commented Darren Dalgleish, General Manager & CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
Festival and Events Ontario recognized Pumpkinferno as Ontario’s Best New Event in 2012 and in November 2013 the Tourism Association of Ontario honoured it with the award for Ontario’s Tourism Event of the Year.
“The Pumpkinferno team exceeded expectations to deliver an event that attracted over 35,000 guests in our first year and then topped that number last fall with over 38,000 visits. We believe we have something special here and it is so gratifying to see this acknowledgement from the tourism community. It was an honour just to be named a finalist in the Ottawa Tourism awards. Our hats are off to the other excellent nominees.” said Geoff Waycik, Manager of Upper Canada Village.
Upper Canada Village gets an early start to the 2014 season opening on Wednesday, May 7.