Lund Resort at Klah ah men was recently recognized at the 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) Awards Gala in Kelowna.
The event honours leaders and exceptional Indigenous tourism experiences from coast to coast to coast, and this year both the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) celebrated award winners and nominees on Thursday, November 14.
Lund Resort received the award for Most Outstanding Indigenous Accommodations, which was presented to Tla’amin Nation’s interim CEO of management services Grace Adams and resort general manager Scott Wilshaw. According to a media release, the award recognizes a regional tourism operation for providing excellent lodging experiences for guests while incorporating Indigenous themes, design elements and cultural experiences.
“This is an award everyone at the nation can be proud of, as it is the dedication and commitment of all since the acquisition of the resort, which has brought us this honour of distinction,” stated Adams in the release. “2019 has been an exciting year and this award has laid the footprint for our Lund Resort going forward. On behalf of Scott and myself we would like to thank our dedicated staff, aventus Hospitality, Vaka Marketing, both the holdings and operating board as well as Tla'amin Nation for their support of the transition of The Lund Resort. Cheh cheh hah tahn nah pesht (we thank you ).”
Lund Resort at Klah ah men was also recognized as one of three finalists in the national category of Most Improved Business. The category acknowledges Indigenous tourism businesses that have significantly improved their market/export readiness, allowing for a stronger business opportunity, while professionally demonstrating Indigenous tourism’s ability to meet and exceed consumer and travel trade expectations.
The gala was held on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Nation.
Formerly known as the Historic Lund Hotel and Marina, The Lund Resort at Klah ah men is located at the northernmost tip of BC's Sunshine Coast, at the gateway to Desolation Sound. The hotel was built in 1905 and sits at the heart of the village of Lund, once again known as Klah ah men.