Montréal, March 26, 2008 – Last night at the Montréal Science Centre, the regional winners of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois were honoured in the presence of Raymond Bachand, Minister of Tourism and MNA for Outremont. Hosted by Mireille Deyglun, this 23rd ceremony of the Prix Ulysse recognized individuals and businesses in the industry that distinguish themselves through outstanding tourism products and services.
With Jacques Parisien, Chairman of the Board of Tourisme Montréal and Charles Lapointe, President and CEO looking on, this delightful evening was full of surprises, emotion and special appearances from well-known performers, including singer Ima who filled the hall with her sultry voice.
“Each year, I am filled with pride and joy by this contest which celebrates the talent and dedication of exceptional individuals,” said Charles Lapointe. “Montréal’s reputation on the international tourism scene depends on these dynamic tourism industry members, who through their warm hospitality and quality of services help attract a growing number of visitors to our metropolis.”
The regional winners automatically advance to the provincial round of this prestigious competition, allowing them to enjoy even greater visibility.
The 2008 Grands Prix du tourisme québécois Regional Winners
Outdoor and Leisure Activities
Vélo Québec Association for the Route verte
Tourist Attractions – less than 100,000 visitors
Château Ramezay Museum
Tourist Attractions – 100,000 visitors or more
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
Montréal Science Centre
Festivals and Tourism Events – operating budget of less than $1M
Montreal Musician and Musical Instrument Show
Festivals and Tourism Events – operating budget of $1M or more
Accommodations – 4- and 5-star establishments
Accommodations – 3-star establishments or less
Auberge de La Fontaine
Accommodations – Tourism Residences
Residence Inn by Marriott - Montréal Downtown
Dining – Tourism Development
Restaurant Carte Blanche
Bureau du Patrimoine, City of Montréal for:
The Official Tourist Map and display areas of Old Montréal
Human Resources – Tourism Employee
Renée Charbonneau - Montréal International Youth Hostel
The prestigious Ulysse Trophy, the highest distinction of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois, was awarded to Michael L. Richards, for his dedication and involvement in organizing the Presidents Cup. This distinguished golf tournament, which pits the best American players against their international counterparts (excluding Europe), has attracted the biggest names in the sport to Montréal and has become an unparalleled success, generating significant economic spinoffs as well as enhancing the city’s reputation worldwide.
Every year since 1985, the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois have been awarded to individuals and businesses in the tourism industry in recognition of innovation and excellence in their products and services.
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