Congratulations 2013 Alto Award Winners

On October 28th, the 2013 Alberta Tourism Awards, known as the "Altos," were presented at the Alto Awards Gala showcasing excellence in tourism. Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Dr. Richard Starke presented the Alto Ambassador, along with winners in eight different categories, with an Alto.

Ambassador (Sponsored by Calgary Airport Authority):
Quinton Crow Shoe, Fort Macleod 

Alberta Pride (Sponsored by Legislative Assembly Office of the Alberta Legislature)
Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Drumheller
(Finalists: Calgary Stampede; Sinister 7 Ultra, Blairmore)

Marketing Excellence (Up to $10,000) (Sponsored by Foundry Communications):
Tourism Jasper – “#MyJasper”
(Finalists: Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival, Andrew; Parkland County – “Tri-Region Tourism”)

Marketing Excellence ($10,000 - $50,000) (Sponsored by Calgary Hotel Association):
Tourism Jasper – “Jasper Dark Sky ‘Star Correspondent’”
(Finalists: Banff Lake Louise Tourism – “Break Into Banff Social Media”; Banff Lake Louise Tourism – “Snow Days 2013)

Marketing Excellence (Over $50,000) (Sponsored by Brewster Travel Canada):
Tourism Calgary & Partners – “Calgary, Our Doors Are Open”
(Finalists: Calaway Park, “2013-D”, Calgary; Northlands, “K-Days”, Edmonton)

Marketing Partnership (Sponsored by Edmonton Airports):
Hotels Red Deer
(Finalists: Edmonton Attractions Consortia – “Edmonton Attractions Pass”; Tourism Calgary & Partners – “Right Here – Calgary’s New Destination Video”)

Service Excellence (Sponsored by Via Rail):
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, Canmore
(Finalists: Phoenix House Bed and Breakfast, Stettler; Tourism Jasper – Jasper Visitor Information Centre)

Sustainable Tourism (Sponsored by Parks Canada):
Sinister 7 Ultra, Blairmore
(Finalists: Calgary Tower; Jasper Dark Sky Preserve)

Tourism Community of the Year (Sponsored by Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association):
(Finalist: Red Deer 2013 Centennial)

Tourism Media (Sponsored by Northlands):
Jerry Kobalenko and Ryan Creary – “Land of Slope and Glory”, Holland Herald
(Finalists: Tammy Burns – “Behind the Scenes at Stampede”,; David Tait – “Happy Travel Tales”,

To read more about the 2013 ALTO Awards, click here.