Media Release

Tourism Winnipeg Congratulates Hubert Mesman on his Induction into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame

November 3, 2010: Winnipeg, MB – The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) inducted Travel Manitoba President and CEO, Hubert Mesman, into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame at a ceremony held during Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit in Gatineau, Quebec yesterday.

"Tourism's most valuable assets are the people who are driven to create some of the best tourism products, services and experiences in the world,” says Marina R. James, President and CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. “Hubert has been instrumental in elevating the Canadian tourism sector. We celebrate Hubert's outstanding work and exceptional life-long contribution and congratulate him on being inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame.”

For more than 35 years, Hubert Mesman, who announced his impending retirement earlier this year, has dedicated his professional life to a variety of tourism marketing and consulting positions. He has championed a wide variety of projects within Manitoba’s tourism and business community and continues to be actively involved in major event bid acquisitions in partnership with Tourism Winnipeg.

“Tourism Winnipeg works cooperatively and collaborates with Travel Manitoba to increase tourism expenditures and initiatives into Winnipeg and Manitoba,” says Marina R. James, President and CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. “Hubert is a friend to Manitoba and Winnipeg's tourism stakeholders and he has made it his life's work to actualize the tourism sector in our province. Our strength in the tourism sector can be directly attributed to his perseverance and intelligence."

The 2010 inductees honoured last night also include Don Cudmore, President and CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, and Jim Storie, President and CEO of The Vancouver Trolley Company. Hubert Mesman is the first Manitoban to be inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame.

Created in 2006 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame publicly recognizes those individuals who have made tourism an important part of their life’s work and whose actions have had a positive impact on the tourism industry. Honourees are voted on by TIAC’s Board of Directors, based on recommendations from TIAC’s membership.

TIAC was founded in 1930 to encourage the development of tourism in Canada and serves today as the national private-sector advocate for this $70 billion industry, representing the interests of the tourism business community nation-wide.

For more information on the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame, please visit the Tourism Industry Association of Canada website at www.tiac-aitc.ca.

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About Tourism Winnipeg
Tourism Winnipeg is a division of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., an arm’s-length, not-for-profit organization focused on economic development and tourism development, led by a private sector board with core funding from the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba. Tourism Winnipeg is strategically focused on promoting economic growth in Winnipeg through tourism-related initiatives and investment. www.tourismwinnipeg.com

For further information contact:

Julia Adams
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
P: 204.954.1977
C: 204.294.1752
julia@economicdevelopmentwinnipeg.com

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