TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - The CN Tower was presented with the Air
Canada "Business of the Year" Award during the Tourism Industry
Association of Canada's (TIAC) annual Tourism Summit. The Canadian
Tourism Awards presented by The Toronto Star were held November 24,
2011 in Ottawa, Ontario.
The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to recognize
success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry, and to
reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone
above and beyond to offer a superior tourism experience to travelers in
Canada. Since its inception in 2003, this gala evening has become a
highlight of The Tourism Congress, TIAC's annual convention. The
Canadian Tourism Awards have also become the standard of excellence for
businesses and organizations in the travel industry, showcasing the
nation's best tourism products, services and experiences.
"We are extremely proud of this achievement," said Mark Laroche,
President and CEO, Canada Lands Company, owner and operator of Canada's
National Tower. "The CN Tower has achieved the coveted Business of the Year award twice in five years. Earning this distinction in 2011 the CN
Tower's 35th anniversary year, is a tribute to our efforts to foster the Tower's
remarkable legacy as an icon, top tourist destination and one of
Canada's most celebrated experiences."
"In 2011 we truly went above and beyond with the introduction of EdgeWalk at the CN Tower - the world's highest
and the first of its kind in North America," said Jack Robinson, Chief
Operating Officer of the CN Tower. "Adding exciting, new experiences
such as EdgeWalk are important because they contribute to building a
thriving tourism industry providing a reason for repeat visitors to
return and another reason for first time visitors to add Toronto to
their travel list."
The CN Tower's high standards have been recognized with a long and
distinguished record of achievement. Including 2011, the Tower has been
a Canadian Tourism Award finalist five times in the last five years: in
2007 awarded Business of the Year (single unit), in 2008 a finalist for
Excellence in Human Resources and in 2010 a finalist once again for
Business of the Year. Numerous other awards have included: World
Federation of Great Towers Environment Award, BOMA BESt, Staffing
Award, Best Attraction, Best Safety Awareness Program, Best Guest
Services Training Program, Most Romantic Restaurant, Distinguished
Restaurants of North America Award of Excellence and Wine Spectator
'Best of Award of Excellence'.
Over the years, the CN Tower has been maintained as a leading edge
facility and in doing so has fostered a legacy of innovation. Upgrades
and expansions have ensured the Tower continues to provide visitors
with a world class experience:
2007 - An innovative energy efficient LED exterior lighting system is
2008 - The world's highest glass fronted and glass floor paneled
elevators are introduced.
2009 - BOMA BESt Level 1 - National Green Building Certification
recognizing the commitment to sustainable best practices at Canada's
National Tower presented by the Building Owners and Managers
Association (BOMA) of Canada.
2010 - A state of the art 3D theatre experience is introduced.
2011 - Innovative electronic wine list and wine preservation system are
introduced in 360.
2011 - EdgeWalk at the CN Tower is launched.
Defining the Toronto skyline, at a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5
inches), the CN Tower is Canada's National Tower, an engineering Wonder
and Toronto's must see attraction visited by over 1.5 million people
annually. The first of its kind in North America, EdgeWalk at the CN
Tower holds the Guinness World Record as the "World's Highest External
Walk on a Building", a full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m)
wide ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower's main pod, 356m, (1168
ft , 116 storeys) above the ground. This adrenalin-fueled experience
allows thrill seekers to walk the edge of one of the world's greatest
man-made wonders. www.cntower.ca; www.edgewalkcntower.ca
Canada Lands Company
The CN Tower is owned and operated by Canada Lands Company (CLC) and
EdgeWalk at the CN Tower is the newest initiative of the company. CLC
is a federal Crown corporation that optimizes the financial and
community value obtained from surplus strategic properties no longer
required by the Government of Canada. The company is self-financing and
implements innovative property solutions to create strong and
competitive communities wherever it operates. www.clc.ca
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is the only national
organization representing the full cross-section of Canada's $74
billion tourism industry. TIAC's members include air and passenger rail
services, airport authorities, local and provincial destination
authorities, hotels, attractions and tour operators.
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