Goway Travel was one of the big winners at Switzerland Tourism’s Gold Flower Award ceremony, held in Lucerne last night (Oct. 20) ahead of the opening ceremony for Switzerland Travel Mart.
The awards, which take place every two years in conjunction with Switzerland Tourism’s most important travel trade event, recognize the efforts of top tour operators offering innovative and notable itineraries to the European destination.
“Goway has launched numerous new Switzerland itineraries including the Grand Tour of Switzerland by electric cars and by scenic trains,” said Pascal Prinz, Director Canada and Trade Manager Central USA for Switzerland Tourism, who presented the award to Craig Canvin, Vice President UK-Europe at Goway. “Additionally, they have launched wonderful winter experiences such as Christmas markets, skiing and city trips.”
Two US-based winners were also announced during the gathering: TAUCK and EuroBound.
“After a record-breaking year in 2018, the overnights are exceeding our expectations with a growth of 9.7% for the United States and 3.2% for Canada (January to August) so far this year,” said Claudio Zemp, the new Director Americas for Switzerland Tourism. “We are thrilled that the cooperation between Switzerland Tourism and its partners generate the perfect products to stimulate desire and showcase Switzerland at its best. With the Gold Flower Awards we recognize the most innovative Tour Operators.”
Ahead of the conference, the Canada Delegation, which also includes Harry Goetschi, Tours Chanteclerc; Mark Harris, Butterfield & Robinson; Markus Bill, Prime Travel, a division of International Sports Tours Ltd.; Emilie Prudhomme, Exotik Tours/Travelbrands; Steven Bergin, Tours Altitude; Marc Sison, Kensington Tours; and Diane Ascenzi, CIT Tours; participated in a pre-tour to Lausanne, taking in highlight like The Olympic Museum and Chaplin’s World, a museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin’s life.
Pictured in Switzerland are:
1) Goway’s Craig Canvin, middle, receives Switzerland Tourism’s Gold Flower Award from Claudio Zemp, left, and Pascal Prinz, right.
2) Meet the Canadian delegation on hand for STM 2019.
3) The scenic terraced vineyards of Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, found in the district of Vaud.
4) Pascal Prinz at Chaplin’s World, a popular interactive museum honouring the life and works of Charlie Chaplin in his former home.