The Grands Prix du tourisme Desjardins des Cantons-de-l’Est

2011-04-13, from Tourism Eastern Townships

Sherbrooke, April 12, 2011 –  Tourism Eastern Townships has staged its first ever conference entitled Tourisme durable et l’Art de vivre (Sustainable Tourism and the Art of Living) and it took advantage of the timing to host the 26th edition of the Grands Prix du tourisme Desjardins des Cantons-de-l’Est, an annual event showcasing the best tourism enterprises (based on a number of categories) in the region.

 

Themed under « Rayonnez à l’année » (« Highlights of the Year), more than 200 people attended the awards ceremony which was hosted by Véronique Saumure (a local television personality) at the Granada Theatre in Sherbrooke. The attendees were treated to a taste of regional produce, prepared especially for the occasion by renowned chefs Danny St-Pierre, Alain Labrie and Geneviève Filion. Rounding out the evening were recitations of touching, passionate poetry, by Sherbrooke rap artist, David Boudreault.

 

A jury of three people selected 14 winners from the 27 enterprises that submitted their applications. The president of the jury, Mr. Michel Vachon, former regional vice-president of Mouvement Desjardins, was assisted in the task of choosing the winners by Ms. Jocelyne Jacques, regional director for Quebec’s  Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women and Mr. Denis Leclerc, a consultant and former president of Valcourt’s Grand Prix Ski-Doo.

 

The jury decided to award  a « Coup de cœur » prize (roughly translated as the Jury’s Favorite) to the people behind the Route des Sommets (Summit Drive) for their sterling efforts during the past few years, to promote the region of Granit and putting it on the map.

 

 

 

The winners of the 26th edition of the Grands Prix du tourisme Desjardins des Cantons-de-l’Est are :

Hébergement – Gîtes (Accommodation – Vacation homes)

LA CHOCOLATIÈRE D’HATLEY

 

Hébergement – Pourvoiries (Accommodation – Outfitters)

AU DIABLE VERT « STATION DE MONTAGNE »

 

Hébergement – Résidences de tourisme (Accommodation – Tourist residences)

LES RÉSIDENCES DE TOURISME DU VAL-SAINT-FRANÇOIS (Au Balcon Vert)
LES RÉSIDENCES DE TOURISME DU VAL-SAINT-FRANÇOIS (Au Sous-Bois d'Ulverton)


Hébergement – Campings (Accommodation – Camping)

DOMAINE DES CANTONS

Hébergement – Établissement 1 à 3 étoiles (Accommodation – 1-3 star Establishement)

AUBERGE DES APPALACHES

Attractions touristiques – moins de 100 000 visiteurs (Tourist Attractions – fewer than 100,000 visitors)

MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE SHERBROOKE

 

Agrotourisme et produits régionaux (Agritourism and Regional products)

VERGER CHAMPÊTRE

Activités de plein air et de loisir (Outdoor and Leisure activities)

LES SENTIERS DE L’ESTRIE
 

Écotourisme et tourisme d’aventure (Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism)

L'AUBERGE D'ANDROMÈDE

Festivals et événements touristiques – Budget d’exploitation moins de 1 M$ (Festivals and Tourism events with a budget under $1mn)

FESTIVAL DES TRADITIONS DU MONDE DE SHERBROOKE

 
Festivals et événements touristiques – Budget d’exploitation 1 M $ ou plus (Festivals and Tourism events with a budget of $1mn and over)

FÊTE DES VENDANGES MAGOG-ORFORD

Restauration – Développement touristique (Restaurant business – Tourist development)

LA RUÉE VERS GOULD

Services touristiques (Tourism services)

BUREAU D’INFORMATION TOURISTIQUE DU VAL-SAINT-FRANÇOIS

Tourisme durable (Sustainable tourism)

ROSE DES CHAMPS

Prix Spécial du Jury (Special Jury Prize)

CLD DE LA MRC DU GRANIT – ROUTE DES SOMMETS

 
Ms. Jocelyna Dubuc, president of Tourism Eastern Townships, emphasized that these prizes represent an important recognition for the winners and added that the region « sets great store by» this event. As an example, she pointed out that some of the categories don’t actually apply to the province-wide Grand Prix, but only to the Eastern Townships. The Ministry of Tourism and the ATR Associées du Québec (the provincial  tourism assocations) are, in fact, currently thinking of changing the categories for the province-wide Grand Prix awards in 2012.

 


Source:

Danie Béliveau
Relations médias
Tourisme Cantons-de-l’Est
db@atrce.com
819 820-2020 / 1 866 963-2020


 
 

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