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2013 TOURISM CHALLENGE
Congratulations to all partners, associates and winners of the 2013 Tourism Challenge we have had 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 Convention Centre who helped facilitate the Redemption Centre, what an amazing venue, and the view almost made the wait enjoyable!!
And kudos to Destination BC and go2 – the resource for people in tourism – who once again sponsored the second camera and printer, their support continues to make the process smooth and efficient.
It was an astounding year, we once again surpassed our expectations and set another record - approximately 19,000 Passports were distributed to staff and management at 155 participating industry partners who issued over 250,000 stamps between April 21 and May 31. This year 11,000 Privilege Passes were issued – over 6,000 NEW cards were printed and close to 5,000 Privilege Passes were validated, which is an all-time high redemption rate of 58% this year!!
... And the winners are....
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.
Karina Muftigil – Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel
Canadian Outback Adventures & Events – gift voucher for 2 people to raft free on either the “Elaho Exhilarator” or “Cheakamus Splash” trips. www.canadianoutback.com
Ben Lai – Westin Wall Centre Hotel
Hostelling International - 2 Life HI Memberships and an overnight for four in a shared room at HI-Whistler. Prize Value approximately $500. www.hihostels.ca/whistler
Catherine McIntosh – Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Prize Package - Two full season’s subscriptions to the VSO’s Masterworks Gold series. The series contains 5 concerts. www.vancouversymphony.ca
Christine Pennington – Bard on the Beach
Ballet BC – A pair of season tickets to Ballet BC’s exciting 2013-14 Season. Season Ticket Package includes all 3 Ballet BC productions. www.balletbc.com
Barbara Stewart – Burnaby Village 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. www.bardonthebeach.com
Mathew Chu – Bill Reid Gallery and Tom Kucan – Hyatt Hotel
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 2013-14 Vancouver Opera production. (Approximate value $350). www.vancouveropera.ca
Heather Brody – Tourism Langley
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! www.rockwoodadventures.com
Shannon Stensgarrd – Hostelliing International
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. www.gvzoo.com
Daniel Gowryluk – Britannia Mine Museum
Arts Club Theatre Company Prize Package - 4 tickets to the Broadway musical for adults, Avenue Q, starting June 20 at the Granville Island Stage! Value $236. www.artsclub.com
Maki Komatusu – Harbour Cruises
Coast Hotels - 2 Nights Accommodations at the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel www.coasthotels.com
Robin Rauh – Science World
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. www.vanaqua.org
Gloria Loree – CTC
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! www.princeofwhales.com
Xiaofan Li – Four Seasons Hotel - 604-609-5459
Privilege Pass Redemption Winner – LAND AND SEA EXPERIENCE - This exclusive prize package includes a one-hour private horse-drawn carriage ride through the natural beauty of Stanley Park with a White Vis-à-Vis Style Coach courtesy of the Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours. Winners will also enjoy an Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise for two, courtesy of Harbour Cruises and Events. This 4 hour tour of Vancouver’s calm inland waters will take you into the coastal fjord of the Indian Arm.
Vancouver Attractions - On Line Prize package
Sunday Brunch for Two at Herons West Coast Kitchen + Bar at The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Marcia Lui – Fort Langley National Historic Site
Weekend Getaway at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel – one complimentary night in an executive room plus complimentary breakfast room service
Grant Cunliffe – The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Private Tour of the Power House at Stave Falls for 10
Margaret Leung – YVR Volunteer
Burnaby Village Museum Gift Basket
Kristine Kavalec – Arts Club Theatre Company
A collection of Burnaby Art Gallery Goodies -
Jean Lubin – Museum of Anthropology
Helijet Package Roundtrip for two on Helijet’s scheduled service between Vancouver and Victoria.
Shanie Fradette – Vancouver Aquarium
Pacific Coach Lines Prize Package - return transportation for two onboard Pacific Coach’s Whistler Express between downtown Vancouver and Whistler Village and return transportation between Vancouver and Victoria Crosswater
Shania Zeng – Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre - Lunch for 2 at the Thunderbird Café in the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Fraser Copping – Vancouver Aquarium
Cantrail Coach Lines – Two round trip tickets from Vancouver to Seattle on Cantrail Coach Lines regular scheduled coach service
Maureen Healey Downtown BIA
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.
Tony Cheung – Rocky Mountaineer
Bill Reid Gallery Package a private gallery tour with three of your friends at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.
Barb Hindley – The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites Package Romance Package – Overnight stay in a premium water-view one-bedroom suite, breakfast for two and sparkling wine and chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival.
Cameron Chalmers – Squamish Chamber of Commerce
Hyatt Regency Package - One night deluxe accommodation for 2 including breakfast buffet
Arlene Clark – Van Dusen Gardens
Vancouver Trolley - Two tickets on Vancouver Trolley’s Haunted Vancouver Tour AND two tickets on the Karoke Christmas Tour.
Sarah Kae – Westin Bayshore
Vancouver Police Museum - Two complimentary passes for the Vancouver Police Museum’s Sins of the City Tour PLUS a 750ml bottle of Hendrick’s Gin.
Trev MacFarlane – Landsea Tours & Adventures
Canadian Tourism Commission Experience Package of goodies
Kelsey Mok – Prestons – Coast Coal Harbour
Canada Place and Port Metro Vancouver Goodie Basket
Konrad Grueger – Helijet
Granville Island Ferries - False Creek Luxury with a private one hour tour for 12 passengers on a Granville Island Ferry
Cindy McCarthy – Port Metro Vancouver
Gulf of Georgia Cannery Prize Package including 4 coffee mugs featuring designs of historic salmon can labels along with a pound or two of Cannery blend coffee
Jimmy Avena – The Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Georgian Court Hotel Prize Package - Complimentary One Night Stay in our Deluxe room with breakfast for two
Monica Dulay – Vancouver Convention Centre