The 2007 Grands Prix du tourisme québécois pays tribute to 16 regional winners



    MONTREAL, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Last night at Le Medley the air was
abuzz with excitement as the Québec tourism industry honoured its best during
the 22nd annual Grands Prix du tourisme québécois regional awards ceremony.
Sixteen award winners from the Montréal area received the prestigious Prix
Ulysse, which recognizes individuals and businesses in the industry that
distinguish themselves through outstanding tourism products and services.
    Hosted by journalist Pascale Whilelmy, this annual tourism industry event
was filled with laughter and emotion, both in the hall and on stage, where
several well-known artists treated guests to memorable performances. Among
those in attendance were government and municipal dignitaries as well as the
President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, Charles Lapointe, who declared that he
was "very proud of Montréal's dynamic tourism industry members, whose efforts
have allowed the metropolis to make a name for itself worldwide because of the
warm hospitality and quality of tourism services it offers our visitors."
    The regional winners automatically advance to the provincial round of
this prestigious competition, allowing them to enjoy even greater visibility
thanks to the designation "Tourism Grands Prix Winner," which is attributed to
them or to their establishment.

    
    The 2007 Grands Prix du tourisme québécois Regional Winners

    Outdoor and Adventure Tourism

       H2O Adventures

    Tourist Attractions - less than 100,000 visitors

       Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site

    Tourist Attractions - 100,000 visitors or more (presented by the Journal
    de Montréal)

       Montréal Botanical Garden

       HONOURABLE MENTION

       TOHU, la Cité des arts du cirque

    Festivals and Tourism Events - operating budget of less than $1M
    (presented by the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec)

       Festival International Nuits d'Afrique de Montréal

    Festivals and Tourism Events - operating budget of $1M or more (presented
    by the Casino de Montréal)

       Montréal Fashion and Design Festival

    Accommodations - 4- and 5-star establishments (presented by Sid Lee)

       Delta Centre-Ville (on University)

    Accommodations - 3-star establishments or less

       Hôtel Travelodge Montréal Centre

    Accommodations - Bed and Breakfasts

       Alexandre Logan (1870)

    Accommodations - Tourism Residences

       Residence Inn - Montréal Downtown

    Dining - Tourism Development

       Le Festin du Gouverneur

    Tourism Services

       Montréal Museums Pass

    Transportation and Travel (presented by the Aéroports de Montréal)

       Navettes maritimes du Saint-Laurent

    Human Resources - Tourism Employee

       Olivier Levasseur - Hôtel de La Montagne

    Human Resources - Tourism Manager

       Alain Bergeron - Canadian Maple Delights

    Technology in Tourism

       Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History


    Ulysse Trophy

    The prestigious Ulysse Trophy, the highest distinction of the Grands Prix
du tourisme québécois, was awarded to the Antonopoulos family, owners of
several boutique hotels and restaurants in Old Montréal. The elegance and
refinement for which their establishments are known have played a key role in
both the exponential growth of the Montréal tourism industry and the enviable
reputation that the metropolis enjoys on the international stage.
    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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    Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the
    concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the
    destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also
    responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with
    the ever-changing conditions of the market.
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For further information:

For further information: Pierre Bellerose, Vice President, Public
Relations, Product Research and Development, Tourisme Montréal, (514)
844-2404, bellerose.pierre@tourisme-montreal.org


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