The 23rd edition of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois pays tribute to its regional winners

    MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Last night at the Montréal Science
Centre, the regional winners of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois were
honoured in the presence of Raymond Bachand, Minister of Tourism and MNA for
Outremont. Hosted by Mireille Deyglun, this 23rd ceremony of the Prix Ulysse
recognized individuals and businesses in the industry that distinguish
themselves through outstanding tourism products and services.
    With Jacques Parisien, Chairman of the Board of Tourisme Montréal and
Charles Lapointe, President and CEO looking on, this delightful evening was
full of surprises, emotion and special appearances from well-known performers,
including singer Ima who filled the hall with her sultry voice.
    "Each year, I am filled with pride and joy by this contest which
celebrates the talent and dedication of exceptional individuals," said Charles
Lapointe. "Montréal's reputation on the international tourism scene depends on
these dynamic tourism industry members, who through their warm hospitality and
quality of services help attract a growing number of visitors to our
    The regional winners automatically advance to the provincial round of
this prestigious competition, allowing them to enjoy even greater visibility.

    The 2008 Grands Prix du tourisme québécois Regional Winners

    Outdoor and Leisure Activities

        Vélo Québec Association for the Route verte


        Parc Jean-Drapeau

    Tourist Attractions - less than 100,000 visitors

        Château Ramezay Museum

    Tourist Attractions - 100,000 visitors or more

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


        Montréal Science Centre

    Festivals and Tourism Events - operating budget of less than $1M

        Montreal Musician and Musical Instrument Show

    Festivals and Tourism Events - operating budget of $1M or more

        Festival TransAmériques

    Accommodations - 4- and 5-star establishments

        W Montréal

    Accommodations - 3-star establishments or less

        Auberge de La Fontaine

    Accommodations - Tourism Residences

        Residence Inn by Marriott - Montréal Downtown

    Dining - Tourism Development

        Restaurant Carte Blanche

    Tourism Services

        Bureau du Patrimoine, City of Montréal for:
        The Official Tourist Map and display areas of Old Montréal

    Human Resources - Tourism Employee

        Renée Charbonneau - Montréal International Youth Hostel

    Ulysse Trophy

    The prestigious Ulysse Trophy, the highest distinction of the Grands Prix
du tourisme québécois, was awarded to Michael L. Richards, for his dedication
and involvement in organizing the Presidents Cup. This distinguished golf
tournament, which pits the best American players against their international
counterparts (excluding Europe), has attracted the biggest names in the sport
to Montréal and has become an unparalleled success, generating significant
economic spinoffs as well as enhancing the city's reputation worldwide.
    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.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Bellerose, Vice President, Public
Relations, Product Research and Development, Tourisme Montréal, (514)

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