Montréal, March 25, 2010 –The prestigious Québec Tourism Awards (Grands Prix du tourisme québécois) for the Greater Montréal region were awarded last night during a gala evening held at the Parisian Laundry art gallery. Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and from the City of Montréal were in attendance to honour the sixteen recipients, whose excellence in their respective categories was duly recognized.
In the company of Messrs. Jacques Parisien and Charles Lapointe, respectively Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal, the highly-anticipated event was a resounding success, resplendent with daring and humour thanks to the effervescent Catherine Pogonat, Mistress of Ceremonies and host of the TV show Mange ta ville, and the ever-hilarious funnyman, Louis-José Houde.
“If Montréal’s excellent international reputation for hospitality makes us proud, then we owe it all to our industry professionals,” affirms Charles Lapointe, “Their dedication, enthusiasm, and undying attention to detail is what makes Montréal one of the most welcoming cities on the planet, making us the envy of other destinations. I commend all of the participants in this prestigious competition for their exceptional performance and offer my most sincere congratulations to the laureates!”
The highest distinction bestowed by the Québec Tourism Awards, the Ulysse Trophy, was awarded to Mr. James Cherry, President and CEO of the Aéroports de Montréal organization, for his outstanding leadership in the management of the Pierre Trudeau airport renovations.
Now in its 25th year, the Québec Tourism Awards annually recognizes tourist industry professionals– individuals as well as businesses – who, through their dynamism and excellent work, contribute to Montréal’s continuing tourism success in both domestic and international markets.
2010 Québec Tourism Awards - Regional Recipients
Outdoor and Adventure Tourism
Tourist Attractions – less than 100 000 visitors
Tourist Attractions - 100 000 visitors or more
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
Tourist Development - Dining
Le Cabaret du Roy - Restaurant
Festivals and Tourism Events – operating budget of less than $1M
Festivals and Tourism Events – operating budget of $1M or more
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Accommodations – 4- and 5-star establishments
Accommodations – 1- to 3-star establishments or less
Hôtel Dauphin Montréal Downtown (Convention Centre)
Accommodations – Bed and Breakfasts
Le Sieur de Joliette
Human Resources – Tourism Employee
Maurice Guertin - Restaurant Verses
Human Resources – Tourism Manager
Jeanne Lefebvre - Hôtel Nelligan
La Vitrine culturelle de Montréal
Transportation and Travel
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Sustainable Tourism – Honourable Mention
Ulysse Trophy 2010
Mr. James Cherry, President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal
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