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Fort Museum, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump receive tourism awards

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Erin Crane from Economic Development Lethbridge presents the award for Outstanding Events and Conferences Employee to Quinton Crowshoe of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.

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Dory Rossiter of CTV presents the award for Attraction of the Year to Sandi Davis of The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police.

A Fort Macleod institution was among the winners Wednesday at Chinook Country Tourist Association’s Southwest Service and Tourism Awards.
The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police was named Attraction of the Year.
Quinton Crowshoe of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump received the employee award for outstanding events and conferences.
Marcus Healy of Head-Smashed-In received the award for outstanding attraction employee.
Chinook Country presented the awards at the Yates Theatre in Lethbridge to honour those in the service and tourism industry.
The Southwest awards recognize outstanding customer experiences in the region as well as outstanding businesses that enhance the awareness of southwest Alberta as a destination.
There are 19 categories to celebrate these accomplishments.
The categories range from Restaurant of the Year and Event of the Year to individuals who excel in customer service such as retail, attractions, and adventure tourism.
All nominees were presented a certificate and the winners were presented with a trophy.
“Although you may not recognize it, let me assure you that not only are the services of these hard workers essential to the livelihood of our growing population but the fashion in which they deliver them is unrivaled through the rest of Canada,” Chinook Country board president Richard Chevrier said. “Your friendly demeanor, your tendency to take the time to listen to customers and your welcoming southern Alberta way are hallmarks to this important industry.
Chinook Country Tourist Association Visitor Information Centre assists around 20,000 visitors each year, providing a variety of information from maps of the area, to relocation information to where to eat or sight see.
Tourism is the world’s fourth fastest growing industry, generating $80-billion per year in Canada.
Across Canada more than 600,000 people are employed in tourism.
“Southwest Alberta has approximately 1,000 tourism related businesses and employs about 6,000 people in the industry,” Chinook Country director of client relations Jaci Zalesak said. “The region has an abundance of events and unique attractions including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.”
“Tourism influences people when they are considering relocating to a new community or starting a new business. We are proud to take the steps to honour the people and businesses that make tourism in our region successful and southwest Alberta such a great place to live and visit.”
Other winners and categories are as follows:
• Outstanding Visitor Information Services — Riley Hansen, Waterton Natural History Association.
• Outstanding Travel and Transportation — Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co.
• Outstanding Accommodation Employee — Deanna Baulch, Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort.
• Outstanding Food and Beverage Employee — Tracey Rogerson, Montana’s Cookhouse.
• Outstanding Retail Employee — Tyler Wammes, Pat’s Waterton.
• Volunteer Champion — Lori Harasem, City of Lethbridge.
• Tourism Champion — Lethbridge Public Library.
• Restaurant of the Year — Roy’s Place, Claresholm.
• Retail Store of the Year — Josse’s Handmade Imports, Lethbridge.
• Outstanding Adventure Tourism — Castle Mountain Resort, Pincher Creek.
• Outstanding in Media — Terry Vogt, CTV.
• Outstanding Sports and Recreation — Lethbridge Bulls.
• Accommodation of the Year — Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort.
• Festival or Event of the Year — Sinister 7 Ultra, Full Moon Adventure, Crowsnest Pass.
• Outstanding Business — BRZ Clean Sweep Program, Lethbridge.
• Municipality of the Year — Town of Okotoks.

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