Alto Awards


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19th Annual Alto Awards

The Alto Awards recognize individuals and organizations committed to enriching Alberta's tourism industry and inspiring others by demonstrating what can be achieved by working together.
The Alto Awards are presented in ten categories in conjunction with the 20th annual Travel Alberta Industry Conference in Banff, October 27–29, 2019. The event also celebrates the Alto Ambassador, a peer nominated award recognizing an exceptional Albertan making an outstanding contribution to our tourism industry.

2019 Alto Ambassador: Bob Williams

Bob Williams named 2019 Alto Ambassador.

Every year one member of Alberta’s tourism community is recognized for their exceptional contribution to the industry. This year’s Alto Ambassador is Bob Williams, General Manager of Calaway Park, Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park.

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Photo: MLA Miranda Rosin, Banff-Kananaskis, Cindy Brown, Director, Air Service Development, Bob Williams, General Manager, Calaway Park and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Alto Ambassador

Tourism Content

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Chris Foster, Edmonton Tourism, Judy Glowinski, External Relations Manager, Parks Canada and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Tourism Content

Tourism Event or Festival of the Year

The Alto for Tourism Event or Festival of the Year award is designed to celebrate events and festivals which drive tourism attendance to their region, highlight unique Alberta programming and brings an economic impact to their community.

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Mark Hendrikse, Pursuit Collection, David Seidel, On-Mountain Sales & Marketing Supervisor, Ralph Scurfield, President, Kendra Scurfield, Media and Communications Manager, Banff Sunshine Village and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.


Tourism Event or Festival

Marketing Excellence Campaign or Project (Budget up to $20,000)

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Kelly Mytz, Corporate Director of Sales, Pomeroy Lodging, Sasha Berrington, Campaign and Partnerships Specialist, Tourism Jasper and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

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Marketing Excellence Campaign or Project (Budget Between $20,000 - $75,000)

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Richard Main, Board Chair, Calgary Hotel Association, Nykala Shone, Campaign Manager, Edmonton Tourism and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Marketing Excellence (Budget between $20,000 and $75,000)

Marketing Excellence Campaign or Project (Budget Over $75,000)

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Lisa Francouer, Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre, Oksana Gowin, Head, Marketing & Communications, Royal Alberta Museum and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism

Marketing Excellence (Budget over $75,000)

Marketing Partnership

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Leanne Shaw, Chairman of the Board, AHLA, Kevin Kisilevich, Marketing Manager, Go East of Edmonton and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Marketing Partnership

Outstanding Sustainable Tourism

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Dave McDonough, Executive Director, Mountain Parks, Parks Canada, Alison Archambault, Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications, Calgary Zoo and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

 

Outstanding Sustainable Tourism

Service Excellence

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Sacha Anderson, Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, Shelley Zucht-Shorter, VP, In-Destination & Events, Tourism Calgary and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Service Excellence

New Tourism Experience

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Dr. Sarah Newstead, Vice Chair, Travel Drumheller, Keith Robinson, President & Co-founder, Dark Sky Guides and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

New Tourism Experience

Alberta Pride

2019 FINALISTS:

Photo: Carmen Donnelly, Director, Passenger, Markets & Air Service Development, Edmonton International Airport, Peter McMahon, General Manager, The Jasper Planetarium and the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Alberta Pride