From boil ups on the beach to fine dining at Raymonds: St. John's tourism recognized

In the 'City of Legends,' the tourism industry shares some of those legends – and legendary experiences – with visitors. For the 25th year in a row, the City of St. John's handed out its Tourism Awards at city hall Thursday.

Lori McCarthy of Cod Sounds among the winners

Local operations were recognized by the St. John's Tourism Awards Thursday. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

In the 'City of Legends,' the tourism industry shares some of those legends – and legendary experiences – with visitors. 

For the 25th year in a row, the City of St. John's handed out its Tourism Awards at city hall Thursday. 

"Tourism plays an increasingly important role in the City's economy," said Coun. Dave Lane.

"We are pleased to recognize those who make substantial contributions to the industry, providing a welcoming and high quality experience for guests visiting our beautiful city."

The accolades honour businesses and individuals for their contribution to boost tourism in the city in 2015. 

Lori McCarthy, owner of Cod Sounds – a culinary experience company – took home the Discovery Award for innovative tourism-related products.

"I remember telling my mom when I was going to start this company, 'I think I am going to take people out for boil ups on the beach,' she was going, 'honey, that's not going to work,'" McCarthy said with a laugh.

Lori McCarthy won the Discovery Award for innovative tourism-related products for her business Cod Sounds. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

"It's interesting that something that was so simple to the people here, a boil up on the beach, has become something so special for people who visit."

"And when I get to take them out it becomes a really special moment for me too to showcase that," she said. 

McCarthy's business is fairly new, but she's worked in the tourism industry for 15 years. 

"It's really interesting to see this side of it grow. Places like Raymonds, and with Jeremy Charles and what they are doing, and Todd [Perrin], and Chinched Bistro," she said.

"It's a big movement in terms of pushing our cultural food and putting it front and centre in our tourism industry."

It's the 25th year the Tourism Awards have been handed out in St. John's. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

Other winners included: 

  • Chef Jeremy Charles received the Legend Award for outstanding enhancements to the tourism industry
  • Event of the Year was the Confederation Hill Music Festival - Mighty Quinton Promotions
  • The Signal Award for outstanding contribution to the cruise industry went to St. John's Marine Pilots Lou Power, Paul Kean and Ramsey White
  • Darren Steele of Newfoundland Tours received the Victoria Wagon Award
  • The Sport Tourism Award was given to the Newfoundland & Labrador Athletics Association for the Tely 10
  • Destination St. John's Award of Distinction for Anthony Patey of Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association