Quebec Knows How To Celebrate Travel

with J’ai mon voyage

Lina DeCesare, Paul Simier &  Monique Audet

Air Canada rouge flight attendants welcome guests with a glass of bubbly

Award recipients Éric St-Pierre, RCI & Julie Carpentier, Voyages Mille et Une Nuits


The Quebec travel industry showed ROC how to do a do with a red carpet gala that brought out a who's who of the Belle Province. It was the 3rd edition of the Gala Uni-Vers, an awards event hosted by the Quebec Association of Travel Agents (AAVQ) - (an association which grew out of dissatisfaction with the ruling ACTA party).

The annual event aims is to recognize and honour the Quebec travel industry's best and brightest for the current year. Consumers were invited to vote for their favourite airline, cruise line, resort chain and destination on the AAVQ website over a 2 wk. period, following  an advertorial published in La Presse, one of the event's major sponsors. Travel professionals were also invited to vote.

This year's gala was particularly glamourous, with a red carpet leading to the Rialto Theatre's entrance where Air France and Air Canada rouge crews welcomed the 300 attendees. Guests were welcomed with a glass of Drapier champagne, sponsored by Atout France.

Recently voted one of the best chefs in the world Jerôme Ferrer (owner of Ferrera in Montreal)  was in charge of the food, compliments of Air Canada. A great band, singers and dancers entertained throughout the evening adding to the festive atmosphere. Following the award ceremony, 3 industry pioneers were inducted into the Transat Travel Industry Hall of Fame; Monique Audet (for her crucial role with the recognition of the value of travel counsellors); Lina Di Cesare (for her role in building Transat to where it is today) and travel journalist Paul Simier (recognizing his passion for travel throughout his 40 yr. career).

The winners voted by consumers are: 

Airline of the year : Air Transat
Finalists: Air Canada, Air France, Sunwing & WestJet.

Cruise Line of the year : Royal Caribbean International
Finalists: Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line & Princess Cruises.

Hotel chain of the year:  RIU Hotels & Resorts
Finalists : AMResorts, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts & Melia Hotels & Resorts.

Destination of the year: Italy
Finalists: Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.


Awards voted by travel professionals

Sales Representative of the year:  Eric St-Pierre, Royal Caribbean International.
Finalists : Christopher Jeffrey-Racine, Transat Tours & David Côté, ACV. 

Travel Counsellor of the year: Julie Carpentier, Voyages
Mille et Une Nuit
Finalists : Nathalie Ettesone, Voyages AML & Nathalie Lahaie, Voyages Arc-en-ciel

Travel Agency of the year : Voyages Marinair Club Voyages
Finalists : Voyages Excellence & Voyages Laurier Du Vallon.

Corporate Agency of the year : Vision Travel Solutions
Finalists : Groupe Encore Travel &Groups Mondesa.

Speciallty Agency of the year: Voyages Louise Drouin
Finalists : Voyages Gendron & Voyages Sindbad.

Tour Operator of the year: Transat Tours Canada
Finalistes: Tours Chanteclerc & Air Canada Vacations.

Travel related services provider of the year: Manulife Insurance
Finalists : Transat Insurance & Blue Cross Insurance.

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