A few weeks ago, we told you that RFT Founder and Editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring, was one of three finalists in 2013 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence. Well, she won the Travel Media Award of Excellence. The announcement was made at the annual awards dinner in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The annual 2013 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence were established to recognize and foster excellence in the province’s tourism sector. More than 110 nominations were received for this year’s honors.
Bobbie won for a series of stories she wrote about the Regina area, including “The 24-Hour Royal Canadian Mountie,” “Hotel Saskatchewan: Royal Elegance in Regina,” “Fortuna Ristorante Itaniano: A New Italian Winner in Regina, Saskatchewan,” and “Italian Star Deli, Regina, SK: Authentic Italian Deliciousness” published on www.realfoodtraveler.com and “Why Regina, SK is Canada’s New Foodie Hot Spot” published on vacay.ca.
Bobbie was on a trip to Granbury, Texas, on awards night, so was unable to attend the awards dinner to accept the honors. However, Alison Fraser of the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission, delivered her acceptance speech in which Bobbie said, “I was deeply moved by the people of Saskatchewan, the prairie people. The weather can be fierce out here and prairie people have grown up learning to open their doors and their hearts and welcome others in. The people of Saskatchewan are warm, open, and inviting and they welcomed me with open arms. I look forward to returning to Saskatchewan and writing more about its beautiful places and your inspiring prairie people.”
Two weeks ago, Bobbie was also honored in New York City by the Canada Tourism Commission with a First Place in Online Culinary Writing in the Northern Lights Awards for her story “A Chinese Food Marathon in Richmond, BC.”
Congratulations to Bobbie.