Pas­sion Play wins Tourism Cham­pion Award

The Drumheller Mail - - DRUMHELLERWORKS.COM - Tracy Clyne 403-533-3930 Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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The Pas­sion Play has been awarded once again, this time by Cana­dian Bad­lands with the Cindy Amos Tourism Cham­pion Award.

Amos served as Cana­dian Bad­lands’ ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor through the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s for­ma­tive growth. The cri­te­ria for the award is re­flec­tive of her skill set that guided Cana­dian Bad­lands in­clud­ing vi­sion, drive per­se­ver­ance and pas­sion.

Lance Neu­dorf, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of The Cana­dian Bad­lands Pas­sion Play ac­cepted the award at the Cana­dian Bad­lands Tourism Con­fer­ence from March 15-17 in Brooks. Neu­dorf was also a run­ner-up for the in­di­vid­ual Cindy Amos Tourism Cham­pion Award.

“It is ba­si­cally for groups that are do­ing some­thing unique and for­ward think­ing in the way of tourism,” said Neu­dorf.

While it was a tough year for the Cana­dian Bad­lands Pas­sion Play, its 23 year his­tory has been fruit­ful. To con­tinue to be suc­cess­ful, one of th­ese ideas is to add a lit­tle rock and roll.

In 2015, it launched the Cana­dian Icons in the Bad­lands with Tom Cochrane and Red Rider. It fol­lowed it up last sea­son with Blue Rodeo. To fa­cil­i­tate this they have cre­ated the en­tity, the Bad­lands Am­phithe­atre.

“It was about putting the whole con­cert se­ries to­gether and keep­ing it go­ing de­spite some ad­ver­sity and mov­ing it for­ward,” said Neu­dorf.

This is one more dec­o­ra­tion for the iconic Drumheller tourism in­sti­tu­tion. Neu­dorf says from 2009-on they have ei­ther been nom­i­nated or awarded for its ef­forts by myr­iad of or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Bob Long of Cana­dian Bad­lands presents Vance Neu­dorf of the Cana­dian Bad­lands Pas­sion Play with the Cindy Amos Tourism Cham­pion Award. submitted

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