Leaders from Montréal’s tourism industry were honored yesterday at the Distinction Awards, an annual gala celebrating innovative business strategies. The event, which took place at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, was organized by Tourisme Montréal and presented by Air Canada.
“Tourisme Montréal wishes to commend its industry partners for their outstanding work. Thanks to them, Montréal is considered one of the most attractive urban destinations in North America and is known around the world for being an open, vibrant and creative city,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
The event included a special tribute to Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada. Under his leadership, Canada’s leading air carrier has increased Montréal’s international connections, making it one of the world’s top 50 megahubs.
The 2018 winners are:
Bill Brown Leader of Tomorrow Award: Angèle Vermette, Guidatour
Tourism or Hotel Management Student Award: Alexandra-Jade Girard, ITHQ
Concierge Award: Yannis Triantafyllou, Hôtel Le St-James
Hospitality Award: Hôtel Monville
Destination Marketing Award – Under 50 employees: Festival MURAL
Destination Marketing Award – Over 50 employees: Festival International de Jazz
Innovation Award – Under 50 employees: MU
Innovation Award – Over 50 employees: Phi Centre
Business Meetings and Conventions Award: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Synergy Award: MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and ITHQ
Museum Award – Over 50,000 visitors: Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex
Sports Tourism Development Award: Olympic Park
Special Tribute: Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada, member of the Order of Canada
The Distinction Awards were made possible thanks to support from the following partners: Air Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Aéroports de Montréal, Le Journal de Montréal, Re Le Traiteur, Colette Grand Café, Restaurant Le XVI XVI, and the students of LaSalle College.