Stay connected with tourism-related news generated by Travel Alberta and our industry partners. This news page keeps Team Alberta updated, in touch and informed.
Top news stories of the week are collected and shared in our weekly Buzz industry e-newsletter. We also include various news stories from this page in our monthly Connections industry e-newsletter.
Do you have news to share?
Send us your Alberta tourism news or story ideas using the Submit Your News section below.
Down, But Not Out: Fort McMurray Tourism Rebuilds While many Albertans — and much of the world — think Fort McMurray is all about the oilsands, Fort McMurray Tourism (FMT) is diligently promoting awe-inspiring tourist adventures in the rugged northern playground of the Wood Buffalo region. This year, the close-knit team... Read More »
The Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance (ACTA) received the Restaurants Canada Culinary Tourism Experience Award last night at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s (TIAC) Canadian Tourism Awards in Gatineau, Quebec. This is the first time that the award was presented, and other finalists included Alberta Food Tours and the Ontario Culinary... Read More »
Travel Alberta’s thriving marketing partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is raising awareness of year-round Alberta experiences and driving visitation from the Netherlands. This winter’s promotional campaign is aimed at developing opportunities provided by new non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Edmonton, which have increased seat capacity to Alberta by 37 per... Read More »
2016 Summer Travel Snapshot from TIAC and Visa Canada shows that US and Chinese Visitors are Top Spenders
International Visa cardholders spent $3.9USD billion in Canada from May to September 2016, according to the 2016 Summer Travel Snapshot released today by Visa Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) at the annual Tourism Congress. The report highlights the 9.2% increase over what visitors spent in 2015... Read More »
New data shows that Albertans continue to eat out despite the economic downturn. Total receipts from restaurants and bars across Alberta were $747 million in September. That’s slightly below August’s total, but one per cent greater than the 12-month average. Receipts are above where they were at this point last year... Read More »
First Global Partnership between Destination Canada and Air Canada Expected to Boost Canadian Tourism Industry Growth
Destination Canada and Air Canada today announced that they have entered into a major global partnership to market Canada to the world. Reached on the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday, this innovative, three-year partnership draws upon the complementary strengths of the two organizations. As Canada’s tourism marketing organization, Destination Canada... Read More »
Positive news from Destination Canada’s most recent Tourism Snapshot. From the most recent data available, September 2016 matched September 2000 for the highest number of September international arrivals and set a new record peak for overseas September visits. The Tourism Snapshot provides a monthly and year-to-date update on key Destination Canada... Read More »
Today the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and HLT Advisory (HLT) released the 2016 Annual Report on Canadian Tourism. Focusing on the potential opportunity to target American travellers, this fifth annual collaboration reviews the parameters powering global industry growth in contrast to the perennial factors constraining Canadian performance. Insights from the... Read More »
Both ATB Financial and Toronto-Dominion Bank predict a modest recovery for Alberta’s economy in 2017. In addition, the Conference Board of Canada’s autumn 2016 Travel Market Outlook for Metropolitan Areas, forecasts that overall overnight visits in Calgary and Edmonton will increase by 2.6% and 2%, respectively, in 2017, compared to... Read More »
Registration for the 7th Annual Canadian Badlands Tourism Development Conference & 2017 Annual General Meeting is now open
March 15-17, 2017 Brooks AB Heritage Inn Hotel and Conference Centre Featuring... Jon Montgomery (Canadian Olympian & Host of the Amazing Race Canada) Julie and Lowell Taylor (Contestants, Amazing Race Canada Season 4) Doug Griffiths (Community Builder, Motivator, and Author) Mark Sutherland (“Turning your Passion into Product”) Tom Jackson (“Uncovering the Spirit of the Badlands”) And more… To register, or for more information, visit www.cblconference.com... Read More »