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Celtic Colours has golden touch

Laura Jean Grant – The Cape Breton Post

Festival named event of the year at Tourism Industry Association of Canada national awards

SYDNEY – The Celtic Colours International Festival took home a big
honour from the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s national
awards ceremony Monday night.

The
festival — a nine-day celebration of Celtic music and culture held each
fall across Cape Breton — was named the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Event of the Year at a gala dinner during Canada’s Tourism Leadership
Summit 2007 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C.

Celtic Colours was a finalist for the same award in 2006.

“It
was very exciting. You’re in a big banquet room full of Canada’s
leading tourism people and it’s very nice to hear the name of Celtic
Colours being called out and getting up to accept this beautiful, huge,
crystal award,” said festival co-director Max MacDonald, who attended
the ceremony and said he accepted the award on behalf of the many
Celtic Colours volunteers.

Drawing approximately 7,000 visitors to the island each year, MacDonald described Celtic Colours as a cultural tourism event.

“It
does demonstrate that culture and tourism together can make beautiful
music,” he said. “We’re just really pleased that the music and culture
of Cape Breton contributes significantly to the economy of the island
and to see that recognized with a national award is a really nice
thing.”

It was a big night for other Nova Scotia nominees at the
national conference as the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and
Culture received the Deloitte Innovator of the Year award and Cape
Chignecto Provincial Park in Amherst, won the Parks Canada Sustainable
Tourism award. MacDonald said the Nova Scotia contingent sat together
at the gala and were three-for-three when it came to the awards.

“We all won so Nova Scotia was looking pretty good on the national front,” he said.

A
total of 13 organizations and individuals from across Canada were
recognized for outstanding contributions to the Canadian tourism sector.

The
TIAC National Awards for Tourism Excellence presented by The Globe and
Mail were developed in 2003 by the Tourism Industry Association of
Canada, the national private-sector advocate for Canada’s $66.9 billion
tourism sector, to recognize and foster Canadian tourism excellence.

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