Recognizing individuals, companies and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the success of the sport tourism industry
Ottawa, ON, March 31, 2015 — The eight recipients of the 2015 PRESTIGE Awards (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events), announced today by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), were celebrated by their peers in Toronto at Canada’s largest annual gathering of sport and tourism professionals, event managers and industry suppliers, Sports Events Congress 2015.
The 9th edition of the PRESTIGE Awards take on even more meaning in 2015, Canada’s Year of Sport.
“Each of the PRESTIGE recipients, finalists and indeed the PRESTIGE Luncheon sponsors, are building Canada’s reputation as a world-leader in sport tourism—a highly competitive market which contributes an impressive $5.2 billion dollars to the Canadian economy annually. The PRESTIGE Awards Luncheon unites Canadians from coast to coast in order to celebrate the vision, community building and leadership that excellence in sport tourism requires. The CSTA congratulates the recipients and all the builders that fuel Canada’s sport tourism industry,” said Rick Traer, CSTA CEO.
2015 PRESTIGE award recipients are:
CSTA SPORT EVENT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD Presented by Sheraton Centre Toronto:
Ken Hall – Tournament Chair, 2014 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey International Women’s Cup (Brampton, ON)
CSTA SPORT TOURISM CHAMPION AWARD Presented by Tourism Toronto:
John Winston (General Manager, Tourism London)
CSTA CANADIAN SPORT EVENT SPONSOR OF THE YEAR AWARD Presented by Adup Display:
Petro-Canada – Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif (Ottawa, ON)
CSTA SPORT TOURISM ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD Presented by WestJet:
SCORE – Sport Charlottetown (Charlottetown, PE)
CSTA CANADIAN SPORT EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD [Event Budget Less than $1 Million] Presented by Edmonton Events:
2014 Canada 55+ Games (Strathcona County, AB)
CSTA CANADIAN SPORT EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD [Event Budget Greater than $1 Million] Presented by Edmonton Events:
Subaru Ironman 70.3 World Championship (Mont-Tremblant, QC)
CSTA INTERNATIONAL SPORT EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD Presented by Regional Sport Tourism Office (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph):
2014 TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final (Edmonton, AB)
CSTA SUSTAINABLE SPORT EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD Presented by The Ann Duffy Group:
Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games (Vancouver, BC)
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A list of finalists in each award category can be found at: http://canadiansporttourism.com/prestige-awards/2015-prestige-awards-finalists.html
The CSTA was pleased that many high profile athletes and sport media were in attendance at the PRESTIGE Awards luncheon including: Jennifer Hedger, TSN Sportscaster who hosted the luncheon and athletes Elena Bales, modern pentathlon; Kelly Fitzsimmons, modern pentathlon; Chelsey Gotell, swimming; Andrew Haley, swimming; Eleanor Miller, athletics; Anastasiya Muntyanu, gymnastics; Anjelika Reznik, gymnastics; and Samantha Sendel, trampoline.
About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as an economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 400 members across Canada, including 145 municipalities, 200 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.
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