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Southwest Sask. well represented in Tourism Saskatchewan 2016 award nominations

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Nomination finalists for the coveted Tourism Saskatchewan Awards were announced February 23.

This year included not only members of the Cypress Hills Destination Area Inc., but, once again, the Destination Marketing Organization itself which was nominated for the Fred Heal Tourism Ambassador Award (Executive Director, Gail Kesslar), Tourism Employee of the Year Award (Finance Manager, Kristine Scheller), and the Gil Carduner Marketing Award.

Joining the CHDA on the list of Award finalists are:
 The Resort at Cypress Hills, Maple Creek - Business of the Year Award (Over 20 Employees)
The Harvest Eatery & Fresh Market, Shaunavon - Business of the Year Award (Under 20 Employees)
Grotto Gardens Country Market, Maple Creek  - Rookie of the Year Award, 
Cafe Terra, Eastend - Rookie of the Year Award

A list of 33 finalists were taken from 100 nominations received in the 12 award categories that acknowledge quality in marketing, service, business practices, human resource development and other areas.

The finalists and award recipients will be honoured at the 28th annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala, which will be celebrated on April 5 at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel. The gala will be held in conjunction with the HOST Saskatchewan Conference, which takes place on April 5-6 in Saskatoon.

"The award nominations are a testament to the exciting growth and innovation our member businesses are exhibiting here in the Cypress Hills Destination Area," says Executive Director Gail Kesslar.  "The fact that our Area and it's members were finalists in 6 of the 12 awards given out is also a testament to the hard work of all of the business owners and of their employees within the Cypress Hills Destination Area."

"Our Board of Directors is greatly honoured that Tourism Saskatchewan has selected Cypress Hills Destination Area Inc. as a finalist for the Fred Heal Tourism Ambassador Award, the Tourism Employee of the Year Award, and the Gil Carduner Marketing Award," adds CHDA Board Chair Royce Pettyjohn.  "We feel this recognition has come in great part as a result of the superb work that our employees Gail Kesslar and Kristine Scheller have undertaken, and their dedication to their roles. Cypress Hills Destination Area Inc. is also very happy to see that four of our member attractions have also been recognized as finalists, and we wish to congratulate The Resort at Cypress Hills, the Harvest Eatery & Fresh Market, Grotto Gardens Country Market, and Cafe Terra.  The Cypress Hills Destination Area is well represented again this year, which is proof positive of the excellent visitor services and experiences that our area has to offer."

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