A Campbell River whale-watching business has won hotel and tourism business of the year twice in a row.
Campbell River Whale Watching received the award in Victoria on March 17 in Victoria. The award, presented by Grant Thornton LLP Vancouver Island Business Awards, was a surprise win for the company after the awards were canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Co-owners Tyler Bruce and his wife Nicole said the win was big with new competition.
“We had some tough competition this year, including our own local Campbell River tourism partners – Dolphins Resort and Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community of Courtenay,” Bruce said.
“We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of Vancouver Island’s tourism industry or happier to see so many of our industry partners still going strong after the challenges we’ve all faced. together for the past two years. »
Co-owner Stephen Gabrysh said it hasn’t been an easy journey over the past two years and congratulates his team.
“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, we have stayed the course and successfully expanded our operations and welcomed Wildcoast Adventures and Discovery Marine Safaris into the Campbell River Adventure Tours group of companies,” Gabrysh said.
“The island’s hospitality and tourism industry is home to some incredible businesses and individuals who are committed to business excellence and first-class experiences,” said Bruce. “Collectively, we have all played our part in making Vancouver Island a popular destination for visitors from around the world.
The company continues its plans to minimize its environmental impact, becoming the island’s first carbon neutral company in 2018.