Sept. 28, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Thirteen finalists for national awards in tourism excellence were congratulated today by Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson and the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick (TIANB).
"New Brunswickers should be proud that so many of our tourism products, and people who work in the tourism sector, are considered worthy of this national recognition," said Jamieson. "I want to congratulate the finalists, as well as the other nominees from our province."
Forty-two finalists have been named by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada for the awards, which recognize those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer a superior tourism experience to travellers in Canada.
"The finalists are excellent examples of the vision and innovation that will ensure a strong future for New Brunswick's tourism industry," said TIANB president Joanne Bérubé-Gagne. "It's important to look to the future to determine how we will further develop and ensure the growth of our industry, but it is also of capital importance to acknowledge the accomplishments of ambassadors who are constantly redefining the standards of excellence."
The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Nov. 3, during Canada's Tourism Leadership Summit being held this year in Saint John.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of the 13 finalists from New Brunswick, and the award for which they are nominated. MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Harpelle, communications, Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454, firstname.lastname@example.org; Joanne Bérubé-Gagné, president, Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, 506-737-1850 or 506-733-1604 (cell).
New Brunswick finalists for national awards in tourism excellence
Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. (Business of the Year Award)
Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. is one of Canada's largest, privately owned hotel management companies with 60 hotels throughout Canada and the United States. Pacrim won the 2008 Pinnacle Award as Canada's Hotel Company of the Year. It manages seven properties in New Brunswick: Crowne Plaza Fredericton and Moncton, Holiday Inn Express Magnetic Hill, Hampton Inn Saint John and Super 8 Campbellton, Caraquet and Dieppe.
Saint John Port Authority (Corporate Partner of the Year Award)
The Saint John Port Authority has been a leader in the city of Saint John, bringing a new tourism sector to New Brunswick. The sector has grown from fewer than 40,000 passengers 10 years ago to close to 200,000 anticipated in 2009. The impact is felt from Hopewell Rocks to St. Stephen, and benefits many small businesses in rural communities in between. The Saint John Port Authority has introduced the Bay of Fundy to major cruise lines from around the world and, through strategic partnerships, has made Saint John the fourth largest cruise port in Canada.
Karl Doestch (Delta Fredericton) (Employee of the Year Award)
The Delta Fredericton says that Karl Doestch is the kind of employee every hotel hopes to employ: friendly, flexible and conscientious. These qualities are critical to the running of any large enterprise, but are particularly important in the hospitality industry. The Delta Fredericton was proud to nominate Doestch for this award, and it considers him a credit to its organization and his community.
Festival Western de Saint-Quentin (Event of the Year Award)
Since its first event in 1985, the Festival Western de Saint-Quentin has been recognized nationally, and has become a tourism attraction known for its high-quality entertainment and warm hospitality. It has become an essential tourism element in the community.
edVentures (Deloitte Innovator of the Year Award
Fredericton's edVentures summer program is Atlantic Canada's largest and most diverse vacation learning program in craft and culture. The program hopes to provide an exceptional, hands-on learning experience from experienced instructors in an easy-going atmosphere.
LG2 and New Brunswick Tourism and Parks (Marketing Campaign of the Year Award)
For the past 13 years Tourism and Parks and lg2, its advertising partner in Quebec, have built a strong, professional and recognizable brand for New Brunswick. Creative, on-target and innovative campaigns paid off with increased number of visitors from Quebec. The province also offers support to various partners to ensure tdhat the infrastructure and experiences exceed visitor expectations.
My Trip Planner - T4G Ltd. and New Brunswick Tourism and Parks (Online Innovation Award)
T4G is a project-based, information technology services organization with offices across Canada, in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Saint John and Moncton. More than 230 employees work with more than 100 leading firms in communications, retail, travel and hospitality, financial services, legal, government and other industries. Since its inception in 1995, the company has distinguished itself as an award-winning solutions provider.
Cape Jourimain Nature Centre (Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award)
Cape Jourimain Nature Centre offers an opportunity to explore the area's rich past and to appreciate the delicate balance between nature and humankind. Education, appreciation and sustainability are fundamental mission cornerstones. Cape Jourimain features a number of innovative green technologies that reduce its ecological footprint and the environmental effect of thousands of visitors.
Seascape Kayak Tours (Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award)
Seascape Kayak Tours Inc. has been offering sea kayaking experiences since 1994. In addition to guiding tours from its base in the Bay of Fundy, the company offers kayak expeditions to two other special ocean environments: the coastline of Newfoundland and the warm tropical waters of Costa Rica.
Saltscapes Magazine (Tourism Toronto Travel Media Award)
Saltscapes has become the most successful and largest magazine brand in Atlantic Canada. With more than 40 excellence awards won in less than 10 years, the Saltscapes has redefined the publishing model on Canada's East Coast. Saltscapes magazine (online and print), its specialty publications, and consumer tradeshow are owned by Atlantic Canadians. With an annual readership of more than four million, Saltscapes delivers Atlantic Canada to the world.
Sandra Phinney (Tourism Toronto Travel Media Award)
Sandra Phinney is an ambassador of East Coast culture through storytelling. She is currently doing a series throughout the region for Saltscapes magazine, shedding new light on old communities. Last year, she showcased Cape Breton's Celtic culture (which was short listed for both Best Magazine Article in the Atlantic Journalism Awards and the Northern Lights Awards, sponsored by the Canadian Tourism Commission).
Brian Clark (Volunteer of the Year Award)
Brian Clark has been general manager of the Fundy Trail Parkway eco-tourism adventure site since it opened in 1998. His previous experience in the hotel industry in Atlantic Canada has given him extensive exposure to and experience in the tourism sector. He is a long-time resident of St. Martins and is active in numerous community and tourism-related organizations.
Joanne Bérubé-Gagné (Volunteer of the Year Award)
For more than 20 years Joanne Bérubé-Gagne has invested her time and energy to create a dynamic environment for the residents of Edmundston and surrounding areas. Her direct involvement with organizing events contributes to the economic and tourism development of the Edmundston/Madawaska region. She has participated actively in numerous organizations over the years including: the Edmundston Jazz and Blues Festival, the Edmundston Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Madawaska and the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick.