Hospitality NL presents Tourism Excellence Awards

GANDER, NL — Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador presented its annual Tourism Excellence Awards Gala on Feb. 23.

Left to Right: Gudie Hutchings, MP for Long Range Mountains; Cathy Lomond, Hotel Port aux Basques; and Larry Laite, Hospitality NL board member

Left to Right: Gudie Hutchings, MP for Long Range Mountains; Cathy Lomond, Hotel Port aux Basques; and Larry Laite, Hospitality NL board member

GANDER, NL — Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador presented its annual Tourism Excellence Awards Gala on Feb. 23 as the finale to the Annual Conference and Trade Show, held Feb. 21-23, in Gander.

“Year after year, the provincial tourism industry continues to bring forth new levels of innovation and creativity that allow this province to deliver above and beyond travellers’ expectations,” said Dion Finlay, Hospitality NL chair, in a release. “This ingenuity is just as common amongst long-time industry members who have dedicated many years to advancing tourism as it is amongst the newer generation who bring a fresh new perspective to the industry. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and recipients of this year’s awards and sincerely thank them for their contribution to Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism industry.”

The list of winners is as follows:

H. Clayton Sparkes Accommodator Award of Excellence – Murray Premises Hotel, St. John’s, NL.

Tourism Champion Award – Cathy Lomond, Hotel Port aux Basques, Port aux Basques, NL.

CBDC Tourism Business Award of Excellence – O’Brien’s Whale & Bird Tours, Bay Bulls, NL.

Cal LeGrow Tourism Innovator Award – Cod Sounds, St. John’s, NL.

Tourism Corporate Partner Award – Marine Atlantic Inc., Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cultural Tourism Award – The Rooms, St. John’s, NL.

Sustainable Tourism Award – Mistaken Point Cape Race Heritage Inc., Trepassey, NL.

Doug Wheeler Award – Rick Stanley, Ocean Quest Adventures, CBS, NL.

Cruise Vision Award – Ashley Dicker, Adventure Canada.