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Whistler racks up unprecedented string of awards: Recognized for accommodation, dining, meetings space, events, activities and amenities

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Whistler, B.C. - Whistler is ‘the’ place to enjoy summer and, if the bustling crowds aren’t proof enough, the resort just locked up a string of awards from magazines such as Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, up! and Departures – reaffirming its status as a top year-round destination.

“Tourism Whistler congratulates its members on the recognition received by such prestigious outlets,” said Breton Murphy, senior manager of communications for Tourism Whistler. “We’re proud that leading journalists in the travel industry, and visitors who’ve chosen Whistler as their destination, are encouraging others to experience what we have to offer. Endorsements like these reflect a real commitment by our community to provide an exceptional experience for our visitors.”

Departures, the luxury U.S. lifestyle magazine published by American Express, recently named Whistler as one of the 10 perfect summer mountain towns , highlighting the Nita Lake Lodge, Slow Food Cycle Sunday, Kokanee Crankworx mountain bike festival, Rim Rock Café, Bearfoot Bistro, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Ziptrek Ecotours.

Readers of Westjet’s inflight magazine, up!, selected Whistler Blackcomb as one of the best-value travel experiences in Canada. Notes the magazine: “Readers remain smitten with the epic terrain and 10 metres of annual white stuff that blankets this West Coast ski resort like a fluffy duvet. Top marks also went to the 18 on-the-hill restos.”

Travel + Leisure named the Four Seasons Resort Whistler to its list of the top resorts in Canada and the United States. The hotel was only one of three Canadian properties to make the list, and came in at number 25, moving up 11 spots from last year’s list. “The Four Seasons’ first Canadian ski resort hugs the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a short walk to the Whistler-Blackcomb lifts and the shops and restaurants of the quaint Whistler Village,” reads the magazine’s acknowlegment. “The 273 spacious and warm rooms are done up in ochre red, earthy green and golden brown and have cherrywood doors, roaring fireplaces, and trim, private balconies.”

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler was also recognized last month by Condé Nast Traveller magazine’s UK readers, ranking its spa at as one of the top 10 hotel spas in the Americas and the Caribbean.

This spring the Toronto Sun tipped its hat to Nita Lake Lodge as one of Canada’s Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels , noting: “This luxury lodge is close to the best Whistler has to offer, from golf courses to skiing.”

Vancouver Magazine’s 2011 restaurant awards saw Araxi selected as the Best Whistler Restaurant with finalists including Bearfoot Bistro, Sidecut, Fifty-Two 80 Bistro & Bar and Aura.

Araxi, one of Whistler’s most acclaimed restaurants, was also named the Best Whistler Restaurant in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards and earlier this year, received the Silver Wine List award from the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (with honourable mentions to The Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Wine Room and Ric’s Grill).

On the Meetings and Incentive front, Whistler has also been recognized as a top meetings destination, receiving a number of nods from the Northwest Meetings + Events magazine, the premier magazine for meetings and events professionals.

The magazine released its Readers’ Choice awards for 2011 and Whistler tops the list with the Best Attraction award for British Columbia. “The quintessential British Columbian experience can be found at Whistler Village,” notes the magazine. “Guests can experience skiing, hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and even try their hand at the biathlon course.”

Runner-up in the Best Conference Venue category was the Whistler Conference Centre and Best Resort award went to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The magazine also highlighted Whistler meeting facilities including the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

To find out more about what Whistler has to offer this summer, visit www.whistler.com or call 1.800.WHISTLER. Local reservation agents can help build the ideal vacation package.

Media can visit whistler.com/media for Whistler facts, media releases, story starters, local personality profiles and access to images and B-roll.

Whistler is Canada’s premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America for the past 12 years in a row, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 9,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Tourism Whistler Media Contacts

Kerry Duff
Manager, Destination Media Relations
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E: kduff@tourismwhistler.com

Leah Adams-Chute
Coordinator, Media Relations
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E: ladams-chute@tourismwhistler.com

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NEW MEETING AND GROUP EVENT VENUE TO OPEN AT CARRIAGE HILLS RESORT NEAR TORONTO

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Shell Vacations Hospitality’s Carriage Hills Resort to Open New Meeting and Event Space in April 2011

BARRIE, ONT. (March 30, 2011) – Carriage Hills Resort welcomes spring 2011 with extensive renovations, including the opening of the Horseshoe Valley’s newest state-of-the-art meeting venue, The Stanhope. Located one hour north of Toronto and 15 minutes from Barrie, Canada, Carriage Hills Resort has long been a preferred destination for businesses and groups seeking a calm getaway to meet their needs – from wedding and event space to team building and corporate meetings.

The Stanhope, opening April 22, will offer 1,500 square feet of meeting and event space, with more than 1,200 square feet dedicated to barrier-free function space. The design will reflect the vacation elegance and design of the resort, with exterior wood decking, abundant windows for natural light and a rich color palette.

“Our groups frequently ask that we expand our meeting and event space for social and business occasions,” said Tara Woodward, Area Director of Sales & Marketing for Carriage Ridge & Carriage Hills Resort.  “With the opening of The Stanhope, we will be able accommodate those groups in new ways, from increased flexibility with catering to more elegant spaces for events.”

The Stanhope is built to offer improved flexibility for events of all types and sizes. The interior is catering-friendly with easy access to a galley kitchen. The space also boasts state-of-the-art audio visual features including wireless projection capabilities, the latest surround sound system, and Blu-ray audio visual and internet services.

With neighboring Carriage Ridge Resort, the combined properties offer 491 suites, the largest accommodations in Simcoe County. Guestrooms at both Carriage Ridge Resort and Carriage Hills Resort feature one and two bedroom suites with full-size kitchens, Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Plus, the resorts offer a plethora of nearby activities, luxurious amenities and, in April, revitalized group spaces.

About Shell Vacations Hospitality:

Shell Vacations Hospitality offers a collection of 25 resorts, hotels and lodges ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, retreats, reunions and business trips. Visitors may stay at hotels and resorts in popular destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada from San Francisco to Whistler. Shell Vacations Hospitality is a subsidiary of Shell Vacations LLC, a premier developer of upscale vacation ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.shellhospitality.com.

Vote For The Perfect Summer Vacation Package—And Win It!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Shell Vacations Hospitality Hosts Its First Ultimate Summer Vacation Contest, Inviting Travelers to Vote for Their Perfect Getaway and Enjoy Their Favorite Resorts on Sale for Summer

Vote for your favorite Summer Vacation!

Vote for your favorite Summer Vacation!

Phoenix, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB ) April 20, 2010 — The days grow longer, flowers spring plentiful and the sunshine smiles on travelers: all signs that summer is quickly approaching. And, for most families, this means that the time has come to plan the annual summer vacation. From an adventure-packed getaway to the mountains of Canada to a week on the relaxing beaches of Hawaii, Shell Vacations Hospitality satisfies travelers’ every last need. And, for the first time ever, Shell Vacations Hospitality is letting families plan their own perfect getaways—and offering the chance to win the vacation package with the most votes!

Upon receiving travelers’ votes for their favorite destinations, Shell Vacations Hospitality will announce bottom-out prices for summer travel to their popular family-friendly resorts. Voters are also entered to win a vacation stay in Napa or San Francisco, as well as a variety of prizes including an iPod Touch, digital camera, and digital picture frame.

Participating destinations that will be voted on include:

  • Arizona: Come to the Grand Canyon State to explore the desert on a Jeep tour, tee off with Dad at the lusciously green golf courses, or take a dive in the refreshing pools.
  • Canada: see the world from a different perspective on a Zipline, through a canopy of trees, or enjoy nature’s best on a bicycle ride through the mountain trails.
  • Hawaii: learn how to surf in the Pacific’s crystalline water, or take the kids on a raft tour through the islands and dolphin coves. You will enjoy every sunrise and sunset in Hawaii.
  • Mexico: south-of-the-border, warm beaches will captivate your heart and an abundant array of activities, such as jetskiing, snorkeling, and parasailing, will quench your family’s thirst for adventure.
  • Nevada: Vegas awaits you and your family. You can choose to ride 25 thrilling rides and attractions at Adventuredome Theme Park, go on a shopping spree, visit the casinos, or simply relax poolside. Viva las Vegas!
  • New England: enjoy the vibrant variety of leafs’ colors and new Hampshire’s amenities. Also, this is the perfect destination to take mom and the kids on a tax-free shopping spree at the nearby shops and name brand stores.
  • Southern California: Play all day and night in this fun in the sun Anaheim, Calif. family vacation! Say “hi” to Mickey Minnie and the gang with an exciting fun filled day at Disneyland® Park.
  • Texas: Giddy up the family in San Antonio, at the Six Flags Fiesta, or Sea World San Antonio. Need to wind down? Float on a gondola, or s troll down on the cobble-stone streets of the Riverwalk.

“This is our first time offering a sale that puts our summer promotion in the hands of travelers,” says Karen Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shell Vacations Hospitality. “We are always looking for ways to improve families’ summer vacations and are excited to finally offer a sale that families have chosen themselves.”

Travelers can register to vote for their favorite family getaway destinations at www.UltimateSummerVacation.com. Each registered account can vote one time per day. All votes must be received by May 19, 2010. Contest rules and description can be found at www.UltimateSummerVacation.com.

About Shell Vacations Hospitality:
Shell Vacations Hospitality offers a collection of 26 resorts, hotels and lodges ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, retreats, reunions and business trips. Visitors may stay at hotels and resorts in popular destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada from San Francisco to Whistler. Shell Vacations Hospitality is a subsidiary of Shell Vacations LLC, a premier developer of upscale vacation ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.shellhospitality.com.

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