Woo Hoo! David MacLachlan!Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
ALGOMA KINNIWABI TRAVEL ASSOCIATION
Algoma Country president shines at the Ontario Tourism Awards
Last week in London, Ontario, two of Algoma’s partners were in the limelight when they brought home coveted Tourism Awards.
Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, as previously released, won top honours for the best printed collateral material and David MacLachlan also received top honours at the Ontario Tourism Awards Gala, receiving an Industry Award of Excellence, the Volunteer of the Year Award.
This award is given to one person in the province of Ontario that continually gives of themselves for the betterment of the tourism industry in Ontario.
Mr. MacLachlan is the president of the Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association (Algoma Country), chair of the Northern Committee of Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership and chair of the Northern Ontario RTO.
In his “real” life, he operates a remote lodge on Esnagi Lake, Lodge 88, which is part of a family-owned business, North to Adventure.
This family operation includes a fly-in air service, White River Air, two lodges, MarMac Lodge and Lodge 88, and also a series of outpost cabins located in the remote areas northeast of Lake Superior.
“David always stands up for what is right, he is a great listener, and a profound leader. He is very much a gentleman and a friend. Algoma is proud to call him our president,” says Carol Caputo, executive director of the Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association. “His ability to bring partners together is uncanny, and at the end of it all, his sense of humour and humility is a breath of fresh air. On behalf of the board of directors and staff team at Algoma, I say excellent choice Tourism Industry Association of Ontario as David is very well deserved of this award and congratulations David!”
“The McGuinty government wishes to thank David MacLachlan for his long record of service to Ontario’s tourism industry. I would like to congratulate him on this well-deserved award. His commitment to Northern Ontario tourism sets an example of achievement and leadership for the entire province,” stated Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.
Beth Potter, president & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, responded: “The tourism industry owes David a debt of gratitude for all of his time, effort and dedication to the tourism industry. His efforts are a shining example of what is special about our industry!”
Once again, Algoma would like to congratulate David and Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, for all their hard work!