Flight plan

Kenora Air­port in the run­ning for na­tional tourism award.

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - RYAN STELTER rstel­[email protected]­media.com

The Kenora Air­port re­ceived some na­tional recog­ni­tion re­cently.

At the Cana­dian Tourism Awards in Gatineau, Que­bec the Kenora Air­port was named a fi­nal­ist for the Air­port In­no­va­tion and Ex­cel­lence Award. Kenora was up against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion in Van­cou­ver and Que­bec City’s air­port. The award is given to an air­port or air­port au­thor­ity whose strat­egy or pro­gram en­hances the ex­pe­ri­ence and/or the safe fa­cil­i­ta­tion of trav­ellers, thereby contributing to Canada’s rep­u­ta­tion as a top in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion. In­no­va­tions can in­clude ex­cel­lence in cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, op­er­a­tions, non-aero­nau­ti­cal de­vel­op­ment and tech­nol­ogy.

With the open­ing of the new $6.4 mil­lion ter­mi­nal at the Kenora Air­port busi­ness de­vel­op­ment in­tern at the air­port Ste­fan Robin­son put in an ap­pli­ca­tion for the award.

“We were a per­fect fit for the in­no­va­tion award,” Robin­son said.

The Cana­dian Tourism Awards are pre­sented an­nu­ally by the Tourism In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada to rec­og­nize suc­cess, lead­er­ship and in­no­va­tion in Canada’s tourism in­dus­try, and to re­ward those peo­ple, places, or­ga­ni­za­tions and events that have gone above and be­yond to of­fer trav­ellers su­pe­rior tourism ex­pe­ri­ences in Canada. Ryan Rey­nard was at the cer­e­mony on be­half of the Kenora Air­port.

Robin­son said they are in the process of putting in a re­quest for pro­posal to se­cure air­lines at the Kenora Air­port. Right now, Robin­son is work­ing on get­ting the help of a con­sul­tant to beef up their pro­pos­als to air­lines. Robin­son said they want to find the right con­sul­tant be­cause he said, “you only get one shot with air­lines.”

The recog­ni­tion of be­ing named a fi­nal­ist will help Kenora’s bid to se­cure air­lines.

“The fact that we made it that far is hon­estly the most im­por­tant thing. It’s def­i­nitely some­thing we’re proud of,” Robin­son said. “The pure pub­lic­ity of it to the air­lines is help­ful be­cause it shows we’re on the right track here. With us be­ing such a tourism fo­cused area now hav­ing some­thing of this cal­i­bre is very much a no­tice­able thing for the re­gion.”

Robin­son said they are still look­ing for let­ters of sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

These let­ters es­sen­tially de­tail how the Kenora Air­port can be bet­ter uti­lized to ser­vice the area. Let­ters can be sent to Robin­son via email at kenora.air­port­in­[email protected]

RYAN STELTER/DAILY MINER AND NEWS

From left, Michael Zroback air­port man­ager, Don McDougald chair of the Kenora Air­port Au­thor­ity and Ste­fan Robin­son the busi­ness de­vel­op­ment in­tern stand in front of the new ter­mi­nal af­ter the of­fi­cial grand open­ing of the new $6.4 mil­lion build­ing.

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