Antonson and Hutchison honoured at IMEX Academy Awards


Posted: Fri 27 May, 2011 2:49 PM

Antonson and Hutchison honoured at IMEX Academy Awards

Rick Antonson, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver as well as member of PATA Executive Board and chairman of PATA’s Government Committee; and Jon Hutchison, PATA Life Member and CEO of Business Events Sydney, were honoured for their career achievements at the IMEX 2011 Academy Awards in Frankfurt, Germany on May 25.

The IMEX Academy Awards are given to industry professionals recognised for reaching consistently high standards throughout their careers and for setting an excellent example for others. Rick Antonson received the IMEX Academy Award for the Americas for his valuable contribution as an ambassador of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, serving in various boards and advisory councils, and authoring three books, one of which spent twenty three weeks on the BC Books Bestseller list in the Vancouver Sun.

Jon Hutchison was given a Special Academy Award, an additional award included this year. Hutchinson was recognised for his outstanding work in the airline industry, tourism and convention bureaus, and contribution to the Sydney Olympics, initiating numerous national programmes along the way. Hutchison adds the Special Academy Award to his list of achievements, which include chair of two major international associations, PATA and DMAI, and being given the ‘Member of the Order of Australia’ in 2006 for his services to business and for promoting Australia.

The Academy Awards were presented at the IMEX 2011 Gala Dinner. Other awards that were given include Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) Unity Award, Site Master Motivator, and MPI Foundation Youth Award.

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