The Outaouais Tourism Industry Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence!

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The Outaouais Tourism Industry Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence!

Outaouais Region, April 10th, 2010 – To celebrate the 25th Grands Prix du tourisme de l’Outaouais
gala, Outaouais Tourism and the entire tourism industry of the Outaouais Region enthusiastically
crowned 22 prix Ovation winners! Among the winning enterprises, hardworking businessmen and
businesswomen, who have strived for excellence over the past year, 19 will proudly represent the
Outaouais Region at the provincial gala of the Grands Prix du tourisme Québecois on May 7th, 2010,
where each will have the chance to bring home the most coveted award of the province’s tourism
industry!

“Tonight, we celebrate our tourism industry’s excellence and, more importantly, recognize the people
who make it happen,” stated Ms. Louise Boudrias, Outaouais Tourism’s Chairman of the Board. “Our
industry is now recognized as a major player in the economic development of the region, and we can
all take pride in this accomplishment!”

Hosted by town crier Daniel Richer and sponsored by the Casino du Lac-Leamy, the gala had many
surprises for the 400 guests, including two performances by French-Canadian singer and Outaouais
region’s spokesperson, Luce Dufault.

Local and international artists and athletes shared their passion for the Outaouais Region as well as
their favourite moments and memories for this 25th anniversary special edition. Another beautiful
evening filled with emotions brought to you by Outaouais Tourism.

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Information:

José Lafleur
Assistant Director– Communications and public relations
819-778-2530, ext. 207 / Cell 819-775-0415
jlafleur@tourisme-outaouais.ca / www.outaouaistourism.com
      Here are the 2010 regional prizewinners of the
     25th Grands Prix du tourisme de l’Outaouais gala:

          ECOTOURISM AND ADVENTURE TOURISM
                        Eco-Odyssée
             Contact: Michel Leclair 819-459-2551
                   www.eco-odyssee.ca

          FESTIVALS AND TOURIST EVENTS:
 OPERATIONAL BUDGET OF LESS THAN 1 MILLION DOLLARS
                    Outaouais Rock
           Contact: Alex Martel 819-423-6291
                www.pnrockfest.com

               FESTIVALS AND TOURIST EVENTS:
 OPERATIONAL BUDGET OF MORE THAN 1 MILLION DOLLARS
               Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
Contact: Brigitte Michaud 819-243-2331, ext. 1-2, 1-800-668-8383
               www.montgolfieresgatineau.com

         AGROTOURISM AND REGIONAL PRODUCTS
                      ChocoMotive
             Contact: Luc Gielen 819-423-5737
                 www.chocomotive.ca

       TOURISM DEVELOPMENT: RESTAURANT SECTOR
                  Le Buffet des Continents
      Contact: Tony Priftakis 819-561-1099, 1-877-561-1099
                       www.lebuffet.ca

   TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: LESS THAN 100 000 VISITORS
                   Le Nordik – Nature Spa
 Contact: Daniel Gingras 819-827-1111, ext. 331, 1-866-575 3700
                     www.lenordik.com

   TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: MORE THAN 100 000 VISITORS
            Maison de la culture de Gatineau
      Contact: Julie Carrière 819-243-2345, ext. 2494
               www.maisondelaculture.ca
                      TOURISM RELATED SERVICES
                             City of Gatineau
                    Contact: Marc Bureau 819-595-7100
                            www.gatineau.ca

                        TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
                          Réservation Outaouais
           Contact: Diane Duciaume 819-778-2344, 1-888-278-7777
                          www.votreforfait.com

                    OUTDOOR AND LEISURE ACTIVITES
                         Parc des Chutes Coulonge
          Contact: Christine Mitchell 819-683-2770, 1-888-683-2770
                        www.chutescoulonge.qc.ca

                          1 TO 3 STAR LODGING:
                      Auberge Couleurs de France
                Contact: Yves Courtemanche 819-743-5878
                   www.chaletcouleursdefrance.com

                         4 AND 5 STAR LODGING:
                    Fairmont Le Château Montebello
                Contact: Nathalie Beauchamp 819-423-3004
                     www.fairmont.com/montebello

                        LODGING: BED&BREAKFASTS
                          Au gîte du Vieux-Moulin
Contact: Danielle Belec and Jean-Pierre Lanctôt 819-648-5422, 1-888-648-5422
                       www.augiteduvieuxmoulin.com

                 LODGING: VACATION HOMES & LODGES
                             The Nordik Lodge
        Contact: Daniel Gingras 819-827-1111, ext. 331, 1-866-575 3700
                            www.lenordik.com

                         SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
                     Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
      Contact: Brigitte Michaud 819-243-2331, ext. 1-2, 1-800-668-8383
                     www.montgolfieresgatineau.com
                                 TOURISM EMPLOYEE
               Frédéric Larue, High bidders lounge - Casino du Lac-Leamy
                       Coordinates: 819-772-2100, 1-800-665-2274
                            www.casino-du-lac-leamy.com

                                 TOURISM SUPERVISOR
            Sylvie Côté, human resources manager− Le Buffet des Continents
                         Coordinates: 819 561-1099 1-877-561-1099
                                    www.lebuffet.ca

                    THE JEAN-THIFFAULT TOURISM RECRUIT AWARD
        Véronic Villeneuve, front desk manager, Ramada Plaza Manoir du Casino
                       Coordinates: 819-777-7538, 1-800-296-9046
                             www.ramadaplaza-casino.com

                        PERFORMANCE IN MARKETING AWARD
                          Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train
                   Contact: André Groulx 819-778-7246, 1-800-871-7246
                                  www.steamtrain.ca

                               JURY’S SPECIAL MENTION
                                 Centre Creative Wheel
                       Contact: Dominique Larocque 613-820-1919
                                 www.creativewheel.ca

                               PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
                          Maison de la culture de Gatineau
                     Contact: Julie Carrière 819-243-2345, ext. 2494
                              www.maisondelaculture.ca

                      2010 TOURISM PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
                       Guy Blain from L’Orée du Bois restaurant
                              Coordinates: 819-827-0332
                           www.oreeduboisrestaurant.com

Congratulations to all of our regional winners, and best of luck on May 7th at the 25th
                Grands Prix du tourisme québécois provincial gala!