And the Winner is…
Discover France has been fortunate to be recognized many times this year for all their hard work. The past 3 months have been especially exciting with awards:
At the annual ATOUT FRANCE French Affairs convention held in San Francisco, CA in October 2011, DF happily accepted the “Most Creative Tour Operator on Social Media” award. Wondering what the ATOUT FRANCE is? ATOUT FRANCE is France’s national tourism board. For seven years now this 2 day event has provided tour operators and suppliers in France a unique chance to connect face to face and also includes presentations, panels, lectures, activities, and trade shows. As you can see, this event is very well attended and this is a prestigious award. Discover France was also nominated for the “Most Extensive Offer,” but unfortunately did not take home the trophy for that award. The whole team was very excited. Below is a picture of the Scottsdale office with the award:
A few days later, but thousands of miles away, the France office and Cyrpeo, Discover France bike shop and bike school in southern France, was accepting another award: the “Lead” category award at the 8th edition of the Tres Petite Enterprise / Small Company. This rewards good company management, organization of the company leader amongst other requirements. However, this was only the preliminary award; fear not, a month later Cyrpeo locked in the overall award.
Cyrpeo was awarded Small Business of the Year in the Herault Department for 2010 (TPE 2010). Thomas Boutin, the France General Manager, and Loren Siekman, the USA General Manager, were present in Montpellier on Wednesday night for the presentation. Thomas accepted the award on behalf of the French staff and business generated for the department by the operations of Cyrpeo. This is a very important award, and great recognition for the efforts to develop cycling and cycling travel in the south of France. The local offices of tourism are very proud and numerous business people came to offer their congratulations. Below are pictures of the award ceremony: