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Lifetime Achievement


Winnipeg Tourism award of distinction Lifetime Achievement Award Designated by Tourism Winnipeg

Presented to an individual, organization or business that contributes to Winnipeg’s tourism industry. The nominee is an advocate of tourism who demonstrates a strong commitment to the growth and success of Winnipeg’s tourism industry.

Award Winner
Don Finkbeiner

Don Finkbeiner is the ultimate ambassador for our city. He has been active in Winnipeg’s travel and tourism industry since 1974 as owner and manager of Heartland International Travel and Tours, and has always been a passionate advocate for Winnipeg, the province and our industry.

His unwavering support of Team Winnipeg and mentorship of many young professionals in the tourism industry truly exemplifies why Don is the most deserving of this year’s award.

Don, who has all the insights into Winnipeg, always delivers a memorable experience to visitors with his ability to tell a compelling story and his great sense of humour.

He’s also played a key role in expanding Winnipeg experiences.  Don was pivotal in the development of the Hermetic Code tour of the Manitoba Legislative building with Dr. Frank Albo and worked tirelessly to represent the city on an international stage as Winnipeg’s first Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada.

His devotion to our industry is seen through his countless volunteer hours on industry board of directors, local host planning committees and, most of all, through his infectious enthusiasm for our city.