The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2011 National Awards for Tourism Excellence, and two Manitoba entries have made the finals. The Awards have been presented since 2003 by TIAC to recognize the best of Canada’s tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer a superior tourism experience to travelers in Canada.
Travel Manitoba and Tourism Winnipeg congratulate Manitoba’s finalists:
Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge, a finalist for the Traveller Experience Award, has risen to meet the changing needs and expectations of its clients. Located on the northeast shore of Aikens Lake, major renovations in the last 10 years have turned this lodge, open since 1948, into a fully-modern luxury destination. This, combined with the world-class service and great fishing, make the “Aikens Experience,” one that is sought by sport-fishing enthusiasts around the world.
“It’s wonderful to see the efforts of Manitobans in tourism recognized nationally,” said Colin Ferguson, President and CEO of Travel Manitoba. “The acknowledgement reflects the quality of the people and products in Manitoba’s tourism industry.”
Manitoba Homecoming 2010 is a finalist for the Campaign of the Year Award. Initiated by Travel Manitoba and Tourism Winnipeg in partnership with the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Homecoming 2010 was a year-long celebration that brought former and current Manitobans, visitors, family and friends together for events across the province. More than 200,000 people attended over 400 events, generating more than $30 million in economic activity.
“The outstanding events during Manitoba Homecoming brought Manitobans together and helped us celebrate our province and its diverse culture, heritage, tourism and people,” said Flor Marcelino, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism. “Being recognized as a finalist for such a prestigious award is a fitting way to top off Homecoming, and provides another opportunity to thank all those who played a role in its success.”
“I think the success of the Homecoming campaign was in its ability to speak to the heart of Manitobans, from events in the arts to the opportunity to take part in the World’s Largest Social,” said Marina James, President and CEO of Tourism Winnipeg.
“We planned a year full of opportunities to see old friends, visit family and really connect with Manitoba and all the great things going on here,” said Doug Harvey, who Co-Chaired Manitoba Homecoming along with Mariette Mulaire. “Our goal was to get people to come home and rediscover our changing, growing province. We opened our doors and planned the biggest celebration this province has seen in years, and it’s an honour to be recognized for these efforts.”
The Canadian Tourism Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Ottawa on November 24, 2011 at the Chateau Laurier. Showcasing the nation’s best tourism products, services and experiences, the awards, presented by the Toronto Star, are an annual highlight of The Tourism Congress, TIAC’s annual convention.
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