Le Royal Champêtre B&B Gîte wins B&B of the Year 2018. Alberta Tourism's Alto Awards. Marriott Calgary Airport's Masters of Craft. Choice Hotels APEX winners and photos.

Le Royal Champêtre B&B Gîte wins B&B of the Year 2018

From left: Michel Cauchon, Yves Germain, Danny Hébert, Pauline Nadeau, Brigitte Bélanger, Denis Lebel, Thomas Verret, Magellan Pichette and Nathalie Duclos.

From left: Michel Cauchon, Yves Germain, Danny Hébert, Pauline Nadeau, Brigitte Bélanger, Denis Lebel, Thomas Verret, Magellan Pichette and Nathalie Duclos.

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. – Travel & Hospitality magazine recently announced that Le Royal Champêtre B&B Gîte has been selected as the best Bed & Breakfast of the Year in Canada by the Travel & Hospitality Awards as part of their annual Americas program.

Competing against a wide number of properties across Canada Le Royal Champêtre B&B Gîte, owned and operated by Brigitte Bélanger, impressed the judges with its excellent customer service, fresh and locally produced breakfast, outstanding location and positive online ratings.

“Rarely do we find such frequent positive feedback citing a single person, it was blatantly clear to myself and the other judges that Ms. Bélanger plays a crucial role at the property and deserves a round of applause for this win”, said Azim Aftab, director of sales and marketing for Travel & Hospitality.

The win came as a big surprise to Bélanger, who was in the middle of serving breakfast when the call came through from England. “Call me back,” she said. “When they called back, I explained what I do each day, taking care of the whole place, doing gardening, advertising and everything,” Bélanger told CLN. “They said, 'Stop, I'm exhausted just listening to you!'”

But hard work comes naturally to Bélanger, who has held jobs all over the world, but always in tourism.

“To know that clients who come to Le Royal Champêtre are pleased and have a great stay is the best reward anyone could ask. I am fortunate to do what I do and love meeting people from around the world, making sure they are treated well while promoting our region. That has always been my goal,” she added.

Le Royal Champêtre Bed & Breakfast is located just a few minutes away from the Montmorency Falls and Quebec City. It's a newly built property with the charm of an older house, located in the Boischatel tourist area in the rural, peaceful Côte-de-Beaupré region. A countryside stopover for travellers between Quebec City and Charlevoix, it is also the perfect place to stay as guests discover Quebec and Mont-Sainte-Anne. The B & B offers a spectacular view on the St-Lawrence River, Orleans Island and Quebec. 

Travel & Hospitality is an independent and global awards body. Travel and hospitality guides are uniquely distributed to subscribers, the best hotels and tour companies around the world. We carry out seven programs annually picking the best in Asia, Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. Our process is carried out entirely online and is not bogged down by expensive events or prohibitive entry fees.

Alberta Tourism honours Alto award winners

Pine Bungalows, Jasper, won the Sustainable Tourism Award.

Pine Bungalows, Jasper, won the Sustainable Tourism Award.

CALGARY — Individuals and organizations were recognized for their creativity
and commitment to capturing the hearts and minds of travellers and elevating
Alberta tourism — an $8.5 billion-dollar industry and key provincial economic
driver. The Honourable Ricardo
Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism presented Alberta Tourism Awards in 11
categories, including two new ones, at the Alto Awards Gala in Banff on Monday,
October 22, 2018.

2018 Alto Award

Alto Ambassador
: Maggie Davison, Vice President of Tourism,
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Tourism Content
(new category)
Beary, Berry Good Day” – Parks Canada

Tourism Event or
Christmas in November
– Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Excellence (budget up to $20,000): 

“Drumbeats – Responsive Marketing Campaign”
– Badlands Amphitheatre, Drumheller

Excellence (budget between $20,000 and $75,000): 

“Take a Moment” – Flagstaff County

Excellence (budget over $75,000): 

“Journey of a Lifetime” – Heritage Park
Historical Village, Calgary

House, charbar and Rooftop Bar @ Simmons, Calgary

Sustainable Tourism: 

Bungalows, Jasper

Marketing Partnership: 
“KLM Sneeuwzeker Deals” – Edmonton
Tourism, Edmonton International Airport, Tourism Jasper & Marmot Basin

New Tourism
Experience (new category)
Beer Tours – Urban Pedal Tours, Edmonton

Alberta Pride
: Tool Shed Brewing Company, Calgary

The Alto Awards are an industry led initiative. The Alto Awards committee and judging panel
is made up of representatives from different sectors of the tourism industry,
representing all regions of the province. Alto committee members serve as the
judges for the Alto Ambassador award. 

Calgary Airport Marriott's Masters of Craft 

Mihail Mihailovici Stalianof (above) and Dinesh Priyankara (at right).

Mihail Mihailovici Stalianof (above) and Dinesh Priyankara (at right).

CALGARY — The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel proudly celebrates two
associates on becoming semi-finalists of Marriott’s “Masters of Craft”
competition. Both Dinesh Priyankara and Mihail Mihailovici Stalianof showcased
their talents and represented Calgary Marriott In-Terminal Hotel, as well as
all of Canada, in reaching the second-to-final stage of the esteemed culinary

Held at Marriott HQ in Bethesda, Maryland, the Masters
of Craft competition highlights the talents of the company’s most notable chefs
and culinary artisans as they compete for the ultimate honor. Marriott
America’s Food & Beverage team created the Masters of the Craft Food &
Beverage competition to showcase talent and elevate the reputation of Marriott
International as a preeminent Food & Beverage company.

Omni King Edward Best Historic Hotel winner

The renovated Crystal Ballroom at the Omni King Edward Hotel.

The renovated Crystal Ballroom at the Omni King Edward Hotel.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Omni King Edward Hotel, an iconic hotel built in Toront in 1903, has won Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in the Americas.

Historic Hotels of
America and Historic Hotels Worldwide have announced the winners of the 2018 Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a
special ceremony and gala at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado
on Thursday, Nov. 1. 

Awards were presented before an audience of more than
200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the
finest historic hotels from across America and from around the world. Honours
were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel
Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year,
Lifetime Achievement, and others.


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