A St. John’s hotel manager with more than four decades in the hospitality industry was given the Legend Award at the city’s annual tourism awards Thursday.
Anne George, manager of the Holiday Inn, was presented the award — given annually to a person or group who has made significant contributions to the St. John’s tourism industry — in city council chambers Thursday afternoon.
George called the award a “huge honour,” and thanked family, friends and colleagues — some of whom were in the audience, which rose for a standing ovation when the award was presented.
“Most importantly, I want to thank my partner, Emily Hall, of over 39 years, for her patience, love and support,” she said. “She has spent many long days and nights alone. There were times when I came home from work after working 80 hours a week that the dog didn’t know who I was.”
Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony:
- Event of the Year: The 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships, which brought 800 players, coaches and staff to the city in June 2013. The city says the tournament generated $1.3 million for the local and provincial economies.
- Signal Award (for contributions to the cruise ship industry): MUN Botanical Garden, honoured as a favourite destination for cruise ship visitors.
- Victoria Wagon (to a taxi driver with exceptional customer service): Ester Taylor, a driver and dispatcher of City Wide Taxi, winner for exceptional service and promoter of tourism.
- Discovery Award (for new tourism products, services or activities): St. John’s Trolley Line, a new transportation service that links major tourism attractions, locations and shops.
- Destination St. John’s Award of Distinction (for the chairs/committee of a conference that provides economic benefits and increases the city’s profile): Anne Roswell and Cheryl Harding, co-chairwomen of October’s conference of the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists.