Minister Stan Hagen Applauds British Columbia's winners of Conde Nast Travelers' 20th annual Readers' Choice Awards

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Vancouver
Island were among the British Columbia locations that were recognized at the
20th anniversary edition of Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards held
last night in New York City at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The
results are derived from a large independent poll of consumers' preferences,
the Readers' Choice Survey, second in size only to the U.S. Census. Over
28,000 travelers voted this year, a new record for the survey.
    Among the top cities in the Americas, Vancouver and Victoria finished 2-3
just behind Buenos Aires, Argentina. In citing the best islands in the
Americas, Vancouver Island was the winner yet again, besting Kiawah, South
Carolina and Nantucket, Massachusetts.
    Several British Columbia-based properties were recognized for their
excellence as well. In the category for best hotel in Canada, The Fairmont
Vancouver Airport came second, with Victoria's Magnolia Hotel & Spa ranking
third. The winner in this category was the Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec
    All of the top resorts for Canada were from British Columbia. First place
went to the Pan Pacific Whistler (Village Centre), second place was perennial
favourite Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino and the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler
rounded out the top three.
    "To maintain competitiveness in the worldwide tourism marketplace, you
need to provide the best experiences possible," commented Stan Hagen, Minister
of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. "This highly-regarded recognition of so many
of British Columbia's tourism assets is clear evidence that we are not only
able to compete globally, but we are leading the way."
    The complete results of the awards can be found in the November issue of
Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands October 25th.

For further information:

For further information: Josie Heisig, Travel Media Relations, Tourism
British Columbia, (604) 660-0565,

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