Five local businesses recognized at Tourism Kamloops hospitality awards

Tourism awards handed out

Tourism Kamloops handed out its 2022 hospitality awards on Wednesday, recognizing the work of five local businesses.

The Bold Hospitality Awards were presented at a reception Wednesday at Norkam Mechanical Lounge inside Sandman Centre.

“Every industry has its frontline, and it is undeniable that the frontline is always the first encounter, the biggest impression makers and usually the last celebrated,” Tourism Kamloops CEO Monica Dickinson said in a news release.

“The Bold Hospitality Awards were created to change that. These awards ensure that we recognize and show our gratitude for the individuals that showcase the best of Kamloops as a destination.”

Amandeep Kaur of Travelodge Mountainview earned the Accommodation Front of House Award and David Nsanzimana of the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre received the Accommodation Back of House Award.

Tawny James of Bright Eye Brewing was presented the Food and Beverage Front of House Award and Nicole Mackey of Salty Fig Catering received the Food and Beverage Back of House Award.

TasteFull Excursions won both tourism awards, with Maatje Stamp-Vincent recognized as Tourism Services Leader of the Year and Gordon Stamp-Vincent named Tourism Attractions Leader of the Year.

“Kamloops is known for its warm and welcoming people,” said Percy Amaria, Tourism Kamloops’ board director.

“Our winners are clear examples of these characteristics.”

According to Tourism Kamloops, 64 nominations were received — an increase of nearly 50 per cent from 2020.

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