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2017 Tourism Industry Awards Recipients Announced at Gala Event

February 28, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Destination BC and the Tourism Industry Association of BC announced the winners of the 2017 BC Tourism Industry Awards at a gala event this evening at the Victoria Conference Centre.

These awards recognize excellence in the province’s tourism industry. Recipients provide outstanding service, exemplify best business practices and innovative marketing, and deliver tourism experiences that contribute to the success of BC’s tourism industry — which generates approximately $15.7 billion in revenue for the BC’s economy.

Five awards were handed out at the awards gala, held during the BC Tourism Industry Conference. This year’s award winners are:

Yolanta Malkovska, 8th Generation Vineyard
Customer Service Award

Free Spirit Spheres Inc.
Remarkable Experience Award

Share Vancouver Island Campaign-Black Ball Ferry Line, Tourism Nanaimo, Tourism Tofino, and Sooke Region Tourism Association
Innovation Award

Tourism Golden
BC Destination Marketing Organization Association Professional Excellence Award

Landsea Tours & Adventures
Employees First Award

Tourism is an integral part of BC’s economy. The industry is showing excellent growth and has huge opportunity ahead. 2016 was a record year, with international overnight custom entries to BC up 12.3%. Tourism employed 127,700 people in British Columbia in 2015.

Marsha Walden, CEO, Destination BC
“As I travel around province, the experiences BC’s tourism operators deliver explain why we’re having record years for tourism. Whether it is through the service they give our guests, their innovative marketing skills or the remarkable experiences that bring people back year after year, tourism businesses are adding to our collective success. It is truly rewarding to see their high calibre work recognized through these awards. I am so pleased to offer congratulations to all the winners on behalf of myself, the Board and staff of Destination BC.”

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour
“On behalf of the provincial government I would like to offer my congratulations to the Tourism Industry Awards winners. You are delivering world-class tourism experiences that visitors are looking for and putting B.C. at the top of the list for travellers from around the world. Through your efforts, tourism is helping to build communities, promote culture, create jobs and drive the economy in every region of our province.”

Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC
“The combination of unbeatable products, strategic marketing investments and multiple other factors has led to record-setting results for British Columbia’s visitor economy over the last three years. But the biggest factor is the outstanding service delivered by thousands of tourism professionals throughout the province that visitors not only rave about, but brings them back to experience again and again. Having the opportunity to celebrate our tourism champions is always one of the highlights of the annual BC Tourism Industry Conference.”

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