On Friday, 10.02.2012., during the tourism exhibition „Balttour 2012” opening event, the official ceremony of the awarding the prizes of „The Person of the Year 2011 in Tourism” took place.

The European regional tourism institution Ltd in cooperation with the State tourism development agency and the tourism branch associations already for the ninth time in succession carry out the survey of the professionals in the tourism branch, in order to determine the Person of the Year in tourism in the Latvian tourism branch.

The prize-winners of the „Person of the Year 2011 in Tourism” were determined in the seven categories – the absolute category, the tourist information center manager, the manager of the travel agencies and operators, the accommodation manager, the restaurant manager, the tourism journalist and the Internet web-site. The prize in the category of the restaurant manager, which this year was presented for the fourth time, was won by the „Vincents” restaurant director / executive chef - Martins Ritins.

The prize-winners of the Person of the Year 2011 in Tourism received the diploma and the artist Ieva Strazdinya’s statue „Tourism Oscar”, which symbolizes the traveling idea.