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On the evening of May 24th, 2012 in a room packed with tourism
professionals, The Tourism Association of NB (TIANB) recognized the
accomplishments and the hard work of a number of people who have shown
impressive commitment to the tourism industry in NB. The Pioneer Awards Gala
is a three hour celebration honouring Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Technology,
Tourism Pioneer, emerit Professional recognition, Business Recognition Awards,
New Tourism Initiatives and TIANB scholarships.
Throughout the evening a total of over 40 individuals and businesses were
honoured for their professionalization of the tourism sector in NB. The top three
TIANB Pioneer Award presented to Mr. Jack Saunders, Chairman of the Meet & Greet Committee with the Saint John Port Authority, has been awarded the prestigious Pioneer Award for his long time commitment and outstanding dedication to the tourism industry in New Brunswick. Jack has been part of the Meet & Greet since the first cruise ship call in 1989, and has been the driving force behind this Committee for 23 years. Since Jack's involvement with cruise there have been over 800 cruise ship calls totalling almost 2 million cruise passengers and over 700,000 crew members!
Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award presented to Vision Alma for harmonizing economic objectives with the protection and enhancement of our natural and cultural heritage. By recognizing the unique nature of their area, Vision Alma has shown that nature, culture and tourism are what makes NB unique and what makes our province a place that can compete with any other place in the world.
ACOA Tourism Technology Award presented to L'Association Touristique de la Péninsule Acadien for successfully engaging technology to enhance the travel experiences of visitors to New Brunswick. The ATPA have embraced technology in a number of ways from using social media to making the most of standard technology platforms. Combing the use of celebrities and social media, ATPA have shown that a targeted approach has generated attention and thus increased the visitors to the Acadian Peninsula. With this kind of innovative approach ATPA have been able to reach people who have an interest in visiting their region.
"These Award winners, those who have earned their professional certification and our new scholarship winners are wonderful examples of how diverse and innovative our tourism industry is in this province." Said Kathy Weir, President of TIANB "We take a great deal of time and effort in seeking nominations for these awards and we are very proud of those who have earned the recognition. We also take some time to recognize those who were nominated. Making the selection was difficult and any one of the nominees could have been the winner." Continued Weir.
Each year, TIANB recognizes organizations that have made training an integral part of their business plan. These awards are designed to recognize those organizations that have made training an integral part of their business plan this past year. We have modified the criteria for this award this year to recognize all types of tourism professional development.
The organizations recognized at the 2012 Annual Confernce have taken an active role with TIANB to enhance their service through both existing and customized training:
Atlantic Host Hotel
Greater Moncton International Airport
Pays de la Sagouine
Ramada Crystal Palace
Roads to Sea Guided Tours
Rood Miramichi River Hotel
Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Saint John Airport / Diamond Taxi
Saint John Board of Trade
Village Historique Acadien (Ready to Work initiative)
Congratulations once again to all these industry members. Your commitment to excellence is what makes tourism a vibrant and viable industry that all New Brunswickers can be proud of!