A royal themed celebration honours best tour operator, travel journalist and more.
Curtsy if you like, too, but it’s time to salute the winners of this year’s British Annual Canada Travel Awards (BACTA). The awards are run by the UK office of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) and the 22nd iteration’s luncheon took place this year at 30 Pavilion Road, just behind Harrods in central London.
There was a royal theme this year after the huge publicity around the 2011 Royal Tour in Canada by their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William and Kate lookalikes greeted attendees at the door, who were each given—as a member of the Canadian travel-industry aristocracy—a coloured sash to wear for the occasion. The menu also included a version of the Charlevoix lamb dish that the royal couple cooked during their stay in Quebec.
A panel of travel agents decided the winners after a series of ads in the travel-trade press as well as e-newsletters sent to Canada Specialist Program agents.
Take a bow, then:
“The 2011 Royal Tour crowned a great year of media coverage of Canada in the UK, which is still CTC’s largest overseas market,” says Rupert Peters, CTC regional managing director, Core Markets. “These awards continue to reflect the passion of our industry partners for Canada and the media’s imaginative way of capturing the diversity of experiences here.”