Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:04

Tourism Sask. honours two southwest businesses

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Ghostown Blues won big last Thursday. Ghostown Blues won big last Thursday. Contributed

Two southwest businesses were honored at the Tourism Saskatchewan's 2017 Awards of Excellence Gala last Thursday night.

With the Gala being the province’s largest gathering of tourism operators, representatives and stakeholders, more than 300 people gathered in Regina on April 12 to pay tribute to the award finalists and recipients for their exceptional work and leadership in 2017.
In the Southwest corner of our province, hides some fantastic places to visit that are not far off the beaten path and now recipients of provincial awards.
“Hosting the annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala is a privilege and honour,” Tourism Saskatchewan CEO Mary Taylor-Ash said.
“This occasion provides a rare opportunity to assemble tourism operators and representatives from across the province, and celebrate those who raise the bar on the delivery of great hospitality, customer service and guest experiences. Tonight’s honourees are exceptional ambassadors for Saskatchewan. Tourism Saskatchewan is proud to showcase their achievements.”
Scott and Theresa Reesor  of the Historic Reesor Ranch near Maple Creek were awarded the Business of the Year Award as a business with fewer than 20 full-time employees.
The Ranch claims to have “cowboy comfort with history and hospitality” and Saskatchewan agrees with them.
Since 1904 the Historic Reesor Ranch has been a monument to the Reesor family, reflecting the heritage of ranch life in the Cypress Hills. They offer horseback adventures, guided ATV tours, historic walking tours, ranch-style meals and cowboy poetry.
“We are certainly overwhelmed by the honor and really pleased about the whole thing. It was definitely a surprise and we are very thankful for it”, said Theresa Reesor, owner.
“Our busiest season is from May to September. We have five full-time wranglers and part-time help. Scott’s mother started the Bed and Breakfast in 1991 and she did that for seven years. We moved in to the house in the fall of 1997. This year is 20 years for us in the Bed and Breakfast”.
Greg Hisey of Ghostown Blues near Maple Creek was recognized and awarded the Service Excellence Award.
Ghostown Blues is a full service bed and breakfast nestled in the Cypress Hills.
The historic wagons and structures that have been restored with high quality craftsmanship provide unique and truly western accommodations.
“It’s not about me. It’s about the team and the service they offer to the eclectic people that come through. It’s direct results of what the people bring to my business. They are involved in every aspect of everything we do. They have tremendous business sense and great personalities”, said Hisey.
“I’m proud of my help. I want the credit wholly to go to go to them. It comes down to them and how they interact with our guests. The service award is about your staff being great. It’s about a clean place and breakfast on time. I’m proud of my staff. I’m glad we have what we have.”

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