The Eastern Townships Grands Prix du tourisme Desjardins awards the innovative winners

2013-03-07, De Tourisme Cantons-de-l'Est

 

 

 

News Release

 10 pm, March 7, 2013

 
The Eastern Townships Grands Prix du tourisme Desjardins awards the innovative winners

Sherbrooke, March 7, 2013  –  This evening Tourism Eastern Townships gave out awards to the winners of the 28th edition of the Grands Prix du tourisme Desjardins des Cantons-de-l’Est. This year’s theme was  « L’émotion au cœur de l’innovation », (« The emotion at the heart of innovation ») and close to 200 people attended the awards ceremony at the Granada Theatre in Sherbrooke, hosted by Véronique Saumure of  TVA’s local television station. Chefs from the Granby and Bromont regions were showcased and the attendees sampled a meal of delicious regional delights, courtesy of Chef Moreno Tomei from the Macintosh Pubs in Bromont and Granby, Chef Martin Gagnon from Granby’s Atelier Archibald and Jacques Poulin, the Executive Chef at Domaine Château-Bromont.

 

A three-person jury selected 12 winners from the 23 submitted applications. The president of the jury, Michel Trudel from Solutions T&T was assisted by Alain Roy, the Regional Director of MAPAQ-Estrie and Pierre Sormany, General Manager of Vélo Québec Éditions.  This year’s Grands Prix attracted several new, innovative projects and at least half of the participants won an award for the very first time since launching their business – an understandably emotional experience for these newcomers.

 

Mr. Pascal Bérubé, Minister of Tourism and Mrs. Joanne Lalumière, President of Tourism Eastern Townships revealed who had been chosen as the Tourism Personality of the Year. The board of directors decided accorded this honor to Mr. Charles Crawford, the visionary entrepreneur behind Domaine Pinnacle. This Frelighsburg enterprise, founded in 2000, has consistently expanded its range of offerings, which, in addition to products based on ice cider, includes two other brands - Coureur des Bois and Ungava, sold in over 50 countries around the globe. With this title, Charles Crawford joins the group of entrepreneurs who for decades have made our tourist region what it is today, namely, a peaceful, well known and innovative destination known far and wide for promoting the Art of Living.  

The winners of the 28th edition of the Grands Prix du tourisme Desjardins des Cantons-de-l’Est are :

 

Accommodation – Lodges

au diable vert – station de montagne

 

Accommodation – Fewer than 40 units

AUBERGE & SPA WEST BROME

 

Accommodation  – From 40 to 199 units

LE ST-MARTIN BROMONT

 

Accommodation – 200 units or more

CAMP VAL-ESTRIE

 

Agritourism and regional products

VERGER CHAMPÊTRE

 

Ecotourism and adventure tourism  

CENTRE D’ÉQUITATION JACQUES ROBIDAS

 

Tourism services

KAVA TOURS

 

Tourism Personality of the Year

MONSIEUR CHARLES CRAWFORD

 

Tourist Attractions – Fewer than 25,000 visitors

savonnerie des diligences

Camping and Outdoor, Sport and Leisure sites

PARC NATIONAL DU MONT-MÉGANTIC

 

Festivals and Tourist Events – Operating budget of $300,000-$1 million

LA TRAVERSÉE INTERNATIONALE DU LAC MÉGANTIC

 

Festivals and Tourist Events – Operating budget of more than $1 million

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA CHANSON DE GRANBY

 

Regional food – Créateurs de saveurs 

LE CINQUIÈME ÉLÉMENT

 

 

Mrs. Joanne Lalumière, President of Tourism Eastern Townships, congratulated all the winners. « Since the creation of the Grands Prix du tourisme, the Eastern Townships region has garnered the greatest number of awards in the whole of Quebec. In 2012, the Townships brought home 11 prizes, as well being the recipient of the Tourist Personality of the Year – the well-known businessman Mr. André L’Espérance. Judging by the list of recipients this evening, I’m confident that we will once again do well in the province-wide Grands Prix. »

 

The national Grands Prix du tourisme will take place on Tuesday, May 14, at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in the Outaouais region.   

 

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Source:

Danie Béliveau
Media relations
Tourisme Cantons-de-l’Est
db@atrce.com
819 820-2020 / 1 866 963-2020


 
 

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