Mr. Speaker, the 24th annual Desjardins tourism awards for the Eastern Townships were handed out on March 20.
Many of the winners in the 18 categories are from my riding.
I would like to congratulate the Chocolatière d'Hatley on its award in the lodging—bed and breakfast category; Camping de Compton in the lodging—camping category; Fitch Bay's Bleu Lavande in the agrotourism and regional products category; and the Eastern Townships tourism office in the tourism services category.
In 2008, businesses in the region took home five gold awards, more than in any other region in Quebec. I believe that our regional representatives will perform well during the national gala on May 15 in Quebec City.
These businesses have a significant impact on our region's tourism and economy. I would therefore like to wish them the best of luck.