MONTREAL — The spotlight shone brightly on Quebec’s travel and tourism partners last night at the third annual Gala Uni-Vers in Montreal.
Travel professionals, suppliers and media all came out for the formal event at Theatre Rialto.
The awards ceremony included honours for suppliers, travel agents and more. Consumers voted on their favourite airline, cruise line, resort chain and destination. Consumers voted Oct. 1 – 15 on AAVQ’s website following a campaign supported by the daily La Presse. Industry professionals voted Oct. 1 – 19 and due to a high volume of votes, the AAVQ extended the voting for five days.
Here’s a look at the winners’ circle.
Airline: Air Transat
The Airline award was sponsored by the Martinique Tourism Committee. Finalists were Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat, Sunwing and WestJet.
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
The Cruise Line award was sponsored by Soft Travel. Finalists were Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.
Resort Chain: RIU Hotels & Resorts
The Resort Chain award was sponsored by Sunwing. Finalists were AMResorts, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Melia Hotels & Resorts and RIU Hotels & Resorts.
The Destination award was sponsored by Melia Hotels International. Finalists were Cuba, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico and the D.R.
Sales Representative: Eric St-Pierre (ROI).
The Sales Representative award was sponsored by Travel & Profession Travel. Finalists were Christopher Jeffrey-Racine (VAT), David Côté (VAC) and Éric St-Pierre (ROI).
Travel Counsellor: Julie Carpentier
The Travel Counsellor award was sponsored by the Office of Mexico’s tourism promotion. Finalists were Julie Carpentier, Travel Miles and One Nights, Nathalie Etesone, ALM Travel, Nathalie Lahaie, Voyages Arc-en-ciel.
Retailer Agency: Marinair Club Voyages
The Retailer Agency award was sponsored by Club Med. Finalists were Club Voyages Excellency Marinair Club Voyages and Voyages Laurier-Duvallon.
Corporate Agency: Vision Travel Solutions
The Corporate Agency award was sponsored by Air France. Finalists were Vision Travel Solutions, Groupe Encore Travel and Groups Mondesa.
Specialized Agency: Louise Drouin
The Specialized Agency award was sponsored by Manulife. Finalists were Gendron Travel, Travel Louise Drouin and Sindbad Voyages.
Tour Operator: Transat Tours Canada
The Tour Operator award was sponsored by La Presse. Finalists were Chanteclerc Tours, Transat Tours Canada and Air Canada Vacations.
Related Service Provider: Manulife Insurance
The Related Service Provider award was sponsored by the Office of Tourism of Tunisia. Finalists were Manulife Insurance, Transat Insurance and Blue Cross.