Large Business of the Year
Winnipeg Tourism Large Business of the Year Award of Distinction
Presented to a tourism business, facility, event or attraction with more than 20 employees that provides exceptional visitor experiences that result in high levels of customer satisfaction through product development and/or services.
Award Winner - Winnipeg Art Gallery
Holiday Inn Winnipeg South
Built in 1977, the Holiday Inn Winnipeg South neared completion of a 2½-year, $10-million renovation in 2016. A contemporary flair now permeates the hotel’s 170 refurbished guest rooms, and the completely renovated lobby beautifully addresses the needs of today’s business and leisure travellers. These efforts helped contribute to solid year-over-year gains. Comparing 2015 to 2016, revenue grew by 13 per cent, and occupancy increased by 10 per cent; Facebook likes spiked 20 per cent; and the Tripadvisor ranking jumped over 11 spots.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
The WAG presents internationally renowned exhibitions supported by innovative programs, events and partnerships. A partnership with the governments of Nunavut and Manitoba in 2016 saw Nunavut’s 7,300-piece collection of Inuit art come to the WAG on long-term loan. Additionally, the WAG commenced new partnerships and outreach initiatives in 2016, with the opening of satellite locations at two popular Winnipeg attractions: WAG@TheForks and WAG@ThePark. More than 125,000 people come through the WAG’s doors annually. More are reached through outreach and education programs, and over 25,000 students participate in educational activities.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ commitment to service is one of four founding pillars. Staff take training to foster a culture of service whereby “…every Museum representative is empowered and skilled to effectively engage and enhance our visitors’ ability to have inspiring encounters with human rights.” The CMHR sought to drive visitation during the post-summer slowdown by offering free guided tours with admission purchase. The result? Participation in one of three daily tours doubled in a comparison between 2015 and 2016.