North Central Manitoba – June, 2012 - The Thompson Trailbreakers snowmobile club, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Churchill Wild and McCreedy Campground were recently nominated for a 2011 Manitoba Tourism Award. The Manitoba Tourism Awards recognizes excellence in the promotion and delivery of quality tourism experiences in Manitoba. Awards finalists are acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to the provincial tourism industry, including promoting Manitoba as a quality year-round destination, ensuring an exceptional visitor experience and fostering a professional tourism industry.
The Thompson Trailbreakers (www.thompsontrailbreakers.org), McCreedy Campground (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Churchill Wild’s Arctic Safari were all nominated in the Product Development category. The Trailbreaker’s for their tireless work to expand and maintain the snowmobile trail system in northern Manitoba, this past winter they groomed 230 kms of new trails, almost doubling the existing trail system in the area and creating a key piece of tourism infrastructure. McCreedy Campground was nominated because of their diversity and expansion in tourism (camping, tours, events, shuttle service and storage) and excellence in customer service. Churchill Wild’s Arctic Safari (www.churchillwild.com) was nominated for creating a new wildlife encounter expedition that takes guests across 20,000 square kilometers of Manitoba’s most spectacular northern regions.
The Churchill Northern Studies Centre (www.churchillscience.ca) was nominated in the Sustainable Tourism category. In 2011 the Centre accomplished a goal that at one time seemed unattainable - they held their grand opening for their new state-of-the-art facility. The new building is a stellar example of environmentally friendly practices and has applied for LEED Gold certification. The Centre provides logistical services to scientific researchers and also offers learning vacations where the visitor has the ability to work alongside a scientist on a day-to-day basis.
The Trailbreaker’s and Churchill Northern Studies Centre nominations were put forward by Community Futures North Central Development (CFNCD). CFNCD coordinates Tourism North efforts in northern Manitoba, a regional tourism association with the goal in mind of positioning northern Manitoba as a quality tourist destination. For more information on either of these organizations, visit websites www.northcentraldevelopment.ca or www.visitnorthernmanitoba.ca.
The McCreedy nomination was put forward by Thompson Unlimited through the Thompson Tourism Committee. Thompson Unlimited is also a member of the Tourism North regional tourism association. For more information visit www.thompsonunlimited.ca.
Finalists will be honoured at the annual award celebration, scheduled to take place this coming fall in Winnipeg, MB. For list of finalists (coming soon) please visit www.manitobatourismawards.com