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In this June photo, former Brandon resident Steve Langston is seen in his Osborne Village apartment that doubles as the offices of Dirty T Shirt Productions, which produces videos and websites for a wide variety of tourism organizations and events. Langston won Manitoba Tourism’s aspring youth award at a banquet Monday.
Former Brandon resident Steve Langston has won Manitoba Tourism’s aspiring youth award.
The website entrepreneur and cycling adventurer was recognized "for his passion for the province and telling the Manitoba story as the owner/operator of Dirty T Shirt productions, which produces videos and websites for a wide array of tourism organizations and events."
The winners of Travel Manitoba’s 14th annual Manitoba Tourism Awards, presented by Manitoba Lotteries, were announced Monday evening at a gala event at the Radisson Downtown Winnipeg.
The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the provincial tourism industry, including promoting Manitoba as a destination, providing memorable service to visitors and developing the tourism industry.
Other Westman finalists included Allan Drysdale of Neepawa, who was nominated for the volunteer of the year award; Tanis Chalmers of Melita, nominated for the aspiring youth award; and the Melita and Area Tourism Committee, nominated for the marketing excellence award.
Some of the other winners included:
• Volunteer of the year award — Tim Lewis was recognized for his commitment to Manitoba’s only professional rodeo, the Manitoba Stampede. Among his many roles, Tim has served with the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition for more than 35 years, implementing policies and procedures as well as a constitution to ensure the event was always a top quality success.
• Aboriginal tourism award — Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. was recognized for raising awareness and appreciation of aboriginal culture and heritage through its annual festival that showcases a wide range of aboriginal music, art and culture from across Canada, the United States and internationally.
• Event of the year award — Folklorama was recognized for being the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world and for its commitment to partnering with other Manitoba tourism businesses to create opportunities for visitors to experience many activities while visiting the province. Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Folk Festival was recognized for its multi-generational musical festival that, for the last 35 plus years, has encapsulated the organization’s values of inclusiveness, artistic excellence, creative expression and commitment to community.
• Marketing excellence award — Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre was recognized for increasing awareness about the importance of wetlands and the programming being offered at the centre through a variety of different marketing initiatives, including social media, email campaign and new partnerships.
"Manitoba’s success as a tourism destination is linked directly to the achievements of those businesses and individuals who have been recognized by the Manitoba Tourism Awards," said Travel Manitoba president and CEO Colin Ferguson.
"What all of the nominees, finalists and winners have in common is the ability to offer exceptional service and engaging and distinctive experiences that are the core of our province’s tourism industry."
Nominations for the Manitoba Tourism Awards are submitted by industry peers and finalists and winners were selected by an industry-based judging panel. Winners received a trophy and the right to use the Manitoba Tourism Award symbol for advertising and promotion as well as promotion on Travel Manitoba’s website.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 12, 2012