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Alto Finalists Announced

Excellence in Alberta tourism is being celebrated with the announcement of finalists in the 2011 Alberta Tourism Awards (Altos). Determined by an independent evaluation by a team of 24 industry volunteer judges, the finalists are:

Alberta Pride (Sponsored by Legislative Assembly Office of the Alberta Legislature)
Anderson Vacations, Calgary
Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Drumheller
Great Canadian Barn Dance, Hillspring

Friends of Tourism (Sponsored by Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association)
Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta, Edmonton
Grande Alberta Economic Region, Edson
Mensa Canada’s 2011 Annual Gathering - “Majesty in the Mountains”, Calgary

Marketing Excellence (Up to $5000) (Sponsored by Brewster Travel Canada)
Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association - “The Backyard Tourist”, Grande Prairie
Mensa Canada’s 2011 Annual Gathering - “Majesty in the Mountains”, Calgary
Town of Devon - Bike Town AB Spokesperson Campaign, Devon

Marketing Excellence (Over $5000) (Sponsored by Karo Group)
Banff Lake Louise Tourism - “Australian Social Media Campaign”, Banff
Calaway Park - “WOW, We’re 30”, Calgary
Northlands - Capital EX, Edmonton

Marketing Partnership (Sponsored by Edmonton International Airport)
Brewster Travel Canada - “Unplug and Explore”, Banff
Royal Tyrrell Museum - “Drumheller – days and days of discovery”, Drumheller
Tourism Calgary and Member Partners - “Experience WOW”, Calgary

Service Excellence (Sponsored by Via Rail)
Calaway Park, Calgary
Falcon Crest Lodge, Canmore
Heritage Park Historical Village, Calgary

Sustainable Tourism (Sponsored by Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta)
Discovery Wildlife Park, Innisfail
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation - “Fresh”, Edmonton

Tourism Media (Sponsored by Calgary Hotel Association)
Mike Fisher – “Into the Wild”, Up! Magazine, Calgary
Susan Mate – “Cycle the Icefields Parkway”, Calgary Herald, Calgary
Paul Matwychuk and Ian Jackson – “The Play’s the Thing”, Canadian Geographic Magazine, Edmonton

The 2011 Alto Awards will be presented in these categories, as well as the 2011 Alto Ambassador Award (sponsored by Calgary airport Authority) to Ms. Beth Russell-Towe of Waterton, at the Alto Awards Gala, Oct 24 at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Tickets to the Gala are still available. For more information, please visit: Industry.TravelAlberta.com/Alto

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