Congratulations to all partners, associates and winners of the 2014 Tourism Challenge for another successful year.

Thank you to the fantastic volunteers who stepped up this year to thoroughly check id and do stamp counts for a record number of Privilege Pass redeemers.

And a very special thank you to the staff and management at the Vancouver Lookout who helped facilitate the Redemption Centre.  

And a huge thank you to Destination BC and go2 – the resource for people in tourism – who for a third year sponsored the second camera and printer and new this year the second bar code scanner which made this year’s renewal process smoother than ever, their support continues to improve the process and reduce wait times.

Best wishes for a great season -

Your Tourism Challenge Committee


35 Something:

Grand Prize – this amazing prize includes: 2 day Rocky Mountaineer RedLeaf Service, 2 nights hotel accommodation (Kamloops and Banff), 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard the train, rail station transfers in Kamloops and Banff and a transfer from Banff to the Calgary airport.
Gwen Ng – Van Dusen Gardens

25 Something:

Canadian Outback Adventures & Events – gift voucher for 2 people to raft free on either the  “Elaho Exhilarator” or “Cheakamus Splash” trips.  
Elaine Huang – River Rock Casino

Hostelling International - 2 Life HI Memberships and an overnight for four in a shared room at HI-Whistler.  Maggie Mznkowski – Rocky Mountaineer

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Prize Package Two full season’s subscriptions to the VSO’s Masterworks Gold series. The series contains 5 concerts.
Bonita Perko – Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Bard on the Beach Two lucky winners have won a pair of tickets to see all four productions at Bard on the Beach. 2013 season: Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure for Measure and Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley.
Vincent Wheeler – Tourism Vancouver and Leah Adams Chute – Destination BC

Vancouver Opera - Enjoy a night out at the Opera! One lucky winner will receive two complimentary tickets to any weeknight or matinee performance of a 201514 Vancouver Opera production of Carmen 
Emily Rettich – VPR

Rockwood Adventures Coast Rainforest Adventure - The road less traveled. Majestic, this protected rainforest showcases Vancouver’s roots. This educational walk through a primitive ecosystem will keep you captivated with vistas and tidbits to write home about! 
Peter J Van Meenen – Sutton Place Hotel 

Greater Vancouver Zoo – “Behind the Scenes Tour” with either the hippos, cats or giraffes. This fantastic experience which includes: admission for two people into the Zoo, time with animal and keeper to learn more about them, possibly an enrichment activity or opportunity to assist with feeding for the day and photos taken / provided by CD or DVD.  Matt Jones – Rocky Mountaineer

Arts Club Theatre Company Prize Package  Win 4 tickets to the infectiously fun rock ‘n’ roll musical Red Rock Diner at the Granville Island Stage from June 19 to August 2! Set in 1957 Vancouver, five teens come of age while DJ Red Robinson plays the biggest hits of the time—from the raucous “Great Balls of Fire” and “Jailhouse Rock” to ballads like “Diana” and “Crying”   Wesley Bates–Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Coast Hotels Package Enjoy your refreshingly local™ Coast Hotels experience with a two-night stay at the hotel of your choice. At Coast Hotels, it’s the differences that make things interesting. Each one of our hotels is as unique as the cities they’re located in, yet they all have something in common: a full-service experience and a host of amenities. Coast offers properties throughout Steve Cheung – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium Sea Lion Encounter - Take a walk on the wild side with the sea lions! Experience first-hand what it is like to be a marine mammal trainer and work with such charismatic animals. You’ll then get to know the sea lions up close and visit behind the scenes to learn about the Aquarium’s many research, conservation and animal care projects.  Cory Winkelmans – Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

Prince of Whales Whale Watching - The most rewarding and relaxing way to get between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria is on the Adventure Crossings with Prince of Whales. 2 Round trip Adventure Crossings!   Jacqueline Lam – Tourism Vancouver

PoshTours- Shop Like a Rockstar! - Experience Vancouver’s newest and most fashionable way to shop with Posh Shopping Tours. 4 guests will enjoy a pampered VIP style afternoon out on the town boutique shopping. You’ll be introduced to a variety of shops that showcase Vancouver’s hidden gems & designer delights. This 4 hour tour will include Posh Perks like exclusive discounts, complimentary transportation and signature swag bags.
Jake Fuhrmann – Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

Vancouver Trolley Package A Tour for All Season’s – two guests will enjoy a year of specialty tours with Vancouver Trolley the prize package includes the Sunset Evening Combo Tour to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, plus two very popular seasonal tours, the Haunted Vancouver Tour, where you will tour some of Vancouver’s most haunted sites AND the Karoke Christmas Tour highlighting Vancouver’s best light displays the City has to offer!   Rika Akamatusu – JTB International 

West Coast Sightseeing –  Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour  - One lucky winner and a friend where they will have free time to enjoy the sights after a visit to World reknown Butchart Gardens. will enjoy a ferry cruise through beautiful Active Pass in the Gulf Islands to B.C.’s quaint capital - Gary Ma – Rosedale on Robson 

West Coast Sightseeing – Whistler While two more winners will enjoy two seats on WESTCOAST Sightseeing Whistler Tour where they will enjoy the breathtaking views and scenic stops along the thrilling Sea-To-Sky Highway including a stop at the spectacular 335-meter Shannon Falls and a 3 hour stop in Whistler’s town centre, plenty of time for lunch, shop, ride a bike or stroll the trails. 
Isao (Tak) Naga – JTB International and Su Lin Chen – Dr. Sun Yat Sen  Classical Chinese Garden

Harbour Air Enjoy round trip air fare from Vancouver to Victoria plus one night’s premium accommodation at a Victoria Hotel.  Candice Wiseberg – Pan Pacific Vancouver 

15 Something:

Weekend Getaway at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel – one complimentary night in an executive room plus complimentary breakfast room service Louisito Aguas – Vancouver Convention Centre

Burnaby Village Museum Gift Basket
Dana Skogstad Fairmont Pacific Rim

A collection of Burnaby Art Gallery Goodies - 
Kazanori Sumita – Kintetsu International Express

Helijet Package Roundtrip for two on Helijet’s scheduled service between Vancouver and Victoria. Kevin Shih – Vancouver Aquarium

Pacific Coach Lines Prize Package – 2 prize packages, one included return transportation for two onboard Pacific Coach’s Whistler Express between downtown Vancouver and Whistler Village and the other included return transportation between Vancouver and Victoria Crosswater  - Patrick Marcelo – Hostelling International and Nicole Bennett- Hall – Pan Pacific

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre - Lunch for 2 at the Thunderbird Café in the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre - Kevin Katryniuk – Coast Coal Harbour

Cantrail Coach Lines Two round trip tickets from Vancouver to Seattle on Cantrail Coach Lines regular scheduled coach service.  Remi Lajoie - Vancouver Airport Marriott

BC Ferries Vacations - round trip travel for an under-height car, driver & passenger – valid on all routes except routes 10, 40 and 11 – also receive BC Ferries Vacations Captain’s Hat.  Vikki Leung – Tourism Vancouver

Bill Reid Gallery Package a private gallery tour with three of your friends at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Mildred Greggor – UBC Botanical Garden

Canadian Tourism Commission Experience Package of goodies.  Justine Clark – Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Foodie Tours - Two Tickets to Vancouver Foodie Tours’ Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour where you will be treated to “A Slice of Heaven” and sample some of Vancouver’s best gourmet treats. Mike Starr  - Fort Langley

Landsea Tours & Adventures - 3 lucky winners, and one friend each,  will enjoy a full day on the NEW Landsea Tours & Adventures Sea to Sky Tour. This exciting adventure day includes admission to the Britannia Mine Museum and the NEW Sea to Sky Gondola!!  Teresa Yu – Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel,  Suzanne Lord – Pan Pacific and Salesh Lal – Delta Vancouver Suites

Maplewood FarmOne lucky family will enjoy a whole year of wonderful adventure and discovery at Maplewood Farm with a Family Annual Pass.   Odette Mendoza – CTGA

Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown Vancouver -  Enjoy a one night stay with breakfast for two. Justin Schneider – Bloedel Conservatory

Big Bus & Pink Bus Hop-on Hop-off - 4 Lucky winners will have a chance to explore the most happening areas in Vancouver with our unlimited hop on hop off bus service on vintage double-deckers and open tops. 23 stops downtown with frequent departures your all day ticket will give you and your guest plenty of time to enjoy our City.
Philip Lam – Intercruises, Lewis Porter – Rosewood Hotel Georgia,  Andrea Lawin – Fairmont Pacific Rim and Vincent Ho – Vancouver Aquarium

Homer Street Café & Bar from the Loden Hotel - Enjoy dinner for two or more with a $150 Certificate to visit this NEW restaurant.  Tim Mossey – Harbour Air 

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel - Enjoy one night Deluxe Accommodation for two.  Mae Whyte – Tourism Vancouver


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