Member's Statement: Tourism Excellence Awards

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA, The Strait-White Bay North
Private Member’s Statement
Tourism Excellence Awards
March 12, 2012

Mr. Speaker,

I am delighted to recognize two business in my district for their contributions to the province’s tourism industry:

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador hosted the Tourism Excellence Awards Gala on February 25.

Barbara Genge of Tuckamore Lodge in Main Brook was this year’s winner of the PRIDE award, given to an individual or business for raising the profile of the Bed and Breakfast industry.

Mr. Speaker, Barb Genge has operated the Tuckamore Outfitting and Wilderness Lodge for the past twenty-six years and can truly be considered a leader in our province’s tourism industry.

The H. Clayton Sparkes Accommodator of the Year Award, recognizes dedication to service, commitment to the tourism industry, and community contributions. This year, the award was given to Hotel North of St. Anthony and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Judy and Lloyd Hillier invested in the region when they purchased the vacated Vinland Motel in St. Anthony. Now renamed Hotel North, the purchase is a thriving addition to the Hilliers’ chain.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Honourable Members to join me in congratulating these award winners.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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