Hospitality Industry Turns Out To Salute It’s Own

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It had been a long time in the making but the region’s hospitality and tourism professionals were out for an
evening of celebration, and celebrate they did. A total of 22 winners went home with honours, in the form of
original artwork by Saint John artist Adam Gavel, as Hospitality Saint John Inc. hosted their Tourism Awards
Gala at the Delta hotel in Saint John on Thursday.

The annual event, curtailed for the past two years by the pandemic, began with a spotlight on past winners of
Loved The Service Awards. Handed out to front line staff nominated by their customers for outstanding service,
the ‘LTS’ awards were the one category the association continued to present – albeit privately – throughout the
pandemic. Previously announced winners from 2020 and 2021 were invited to join in this year’s celebration.
Over the course of the evening ten more winners, the class of 2022, were introduced, including Nikita Joshi
from Pizza Delight Loch Lomond and Tim Merzetti of Lock Stock & Barrels, who both picked up their third
win in the category.

Top accommodations providers, based on Trip Advisor rankings, were recognized in two categories and the
“Locals Know” awards for top restaurant and attraction in the region were handed out to operators selected
based on local social media campaigns.

Community organizers were recognized in three categories; Meetings & Conventions, Festivals, and Sporting
Events. And Port Saint John honoured Danielle Timmons as Cruise Champion and presented the cruise-focused
Rising Tide Award to the AREA 506 Waterfront Container Village – the evening’s big winner, also taking the
top attraction award and collecting top festival honours for their summer concert series.

The program wrapped up with the presentation of the Economic Driver award to the 2022 Memorial Cup and
the Legacy award to Sculpture Saint John.

The Hospitality Saint John Tourism Awards are presented annually by HSJ, this year with the support of
sponsors including Envision Saint John, Port Saint John, Encore, Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John, the
Province of New Brunswick and The Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce.

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Complete list of winners below.
For further information: Mike Belliveau / [email protected]

2022 Hospitality Saint John Tourism Awards Winners

LOVED THE SERVICE AWARDS
Tanya Bartlett, Boston Pizza
Nour El Challah, Lily’s Lakeside Casual Dining
Ryan Fleiger, Lemongrass / Pepper’s Pub
Nikita Joshi, Pizza Delight Loch Lomond
Taylor Kyle, Gahan House
Katie Lennon, Taste Of Egypt
Tim Merzetti, Lock Stock & Barrels
Heather Nickerson, Envision Saint John Regional Welcome Centre
Cassandra Smith, Lemongrass / Pepper’s Pub
Deborah Stewart, Saint John Police Museum

SPORTING EVENT OF THE YEAR
41e Finale des Jeux de l’Acadie

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
AREA 506 Waterfront Concert Series

MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS AWARD
Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association

TOP ACCOMMODATIONS AWARD – HOTELS & MOTELS
Tie:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saint John Harbour Side
Best Western Plus Saint John Hotel & Suites

TOP ACCOMMODATIONS AWARD – INNS & B&Bs
Chipman Hill Suites

CRUISE SAINT JOHN RISING TIDE AWARD
AREA 506 Waterfront Container Village

CRUISE SAINT JOHN CRUISE CHAMPION
Danielle Timmons

LOCALS KNOW AWARD – TOP ATTRACTION
AREA 506 Waterfront Container Village

LOCAL KNOW AWARD – TOP RESTAURANT
VEGolution

ECONOMIC DRIVER AWARD
2022 Memorial Cup

LEGACY AWARD
Sculpture Saint John

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