With record-setting cruise ship visits and a banner season for attractions like the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, 2016 is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent history for the local tourism sector. To recognize the individuals and groups responsible for this feat, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is calling for nominations for its 14th annual awards.
Nomination forms for the 2016 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards are available online at www.saulttourism.com The deadline to nominate an individual or organization is Wednesday, October 19. This year’s awards include:
Tourism Award of Excellence – This award is for an individual who has significantly impacted the development of tourism in Sault Ste. Marie. He or she has provided longstanding and exceptional service, has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and integrity, and has established a strong legacy through passing on their experience to others to further benefit the tourism sector. This individual has gained respect of those in the tourism industry.
Business of the Year Award – This for-profit business in the private sector has demonstrated leadership by investing equally in both staff and customers through staff training or special programs and through value-added undertakings for the customer. The presence of this business leads to the provision of a better total tourism product in Sault Ste. Marie.
Customer Service Award – This award recognizes an individual employed in the tourism industry who has contributed to the betterment of the tourism experience for visitors. He or she exhibits a courteous and friendly manner, is customer-service oriented, and regularly goes beyond the expected duties and performances of their job responsibilities. Three finalists will be chosen with the winner to be announced on the night of the awards.
Tourism Ambassador Award – This award recognizes an individual or group who, while functioning as a volunteer(s), has made a significant contribution towards strengthening our local tourism economy, helping to achieve impressive results. This individual or group has undertaken their work in the capacity of a volunteer and not as part of their regular paid employment.
Sault College Culinary Management Program Award ($500 Scholarship) – This award is designed to recognize a second-year Sault College student in the Culinary Management Program. It is selected by the faculty of Sault College based on academic performance in the first year and the cooperative education work term. In addition, the recipient must have demonstrated a positive contribution to the program and the hospitality industry within Sault Ste. Marie.
“This year has been considerably bright for the local tourism sector, and we encourage our industry partners and citizens to nominate a person or group who deserves to be recognized for helping to make this possible,” said Ian McMillan, Executive Director of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie. “Our annual awards acknowledge the individuals and organizations that go above and beyond to advance the tourism sector, and I look forward to congratulating this year’s winners in November.”
The 2016 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards ceremony is taking place Thursday, November 10 at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. The award presentations will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or $350 for a table of eight. To order, please visit www.reservations.saulttourism.com or contact Megan Parlowe, Events Coordinator for Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, at 705-541-7320 or [email protected].