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New support for Grande Prairie entrepreneurs

Grande Prairie is the second location to receive business incubator funding under the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program. The Spark! Business Incubator will receive $400,000 over two years to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in northwestern Alberta. Several regional incubators are planned across the province through the Alberta Jobs Plan. “Entrepreneurs are people... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Proposals for Breakout Sessions Wanted for 2017 TAIC

Travel Alberta invites individuals and organizations to submit education breakout session proposals for the 17th Annual Travel Alberta Industry Conference in Banff, October 22-24, 2017. This conference is an educational and networking event attended by more than 650 people from across Alberta. We invite presentations on the following topic areas: marketing (including... Read More »

Travel Alberta

New funding to boost northern economic growth

The Alberta government is helping northern Alberta communities grow and diversify their local economies with support from a new grant program. Through the new Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program, communities across the province have access to $30 million over two years. The funding supports locally developed projects that promote... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Local Tourism Company Wins Alberta Entrepreneurship Challenge

If you’ve ever watched the reality television series Dragon’s Den, you may have wondered what it would be like to present an idea to a group of business experts and wait to see if they’ll award you some money to help kick-start the project. Two local entrepreneurs got a taste... Read More »

Tourism Red Deer

Canadian Tourism Arrivals Hit 14-year High

The numbers are in: in 2016, Canada welcomed 19,979,334 travellers – the highest number since 2002 and second highest ever. International arrivals increased by 16% in Destination Canada’s overseas markets, and 10% in the US market, for an average of 11% growth across the board. "Congratulations to the Canadian tourism industry... Read More »

Destination Canada

Canadian Tourism reaches New Milestone with nearly 20 Million Inbound Visitors

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is excited by new Statistics Canada numbers showing that Canada welcomed almost 20 million inbound visitors in 2016, a 14 year high. In 2015, TIAC set a five (5) year industry goal to bring in 20 million visitors by 2020. Seeing this much... Read More »

Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Destination Canada Announces New Agencies In Marketing

Destination Canada has two new agency partners who will inspire travellers to come and explore Canada. The two strategic marketing agencies selected are Ogilvy & Mather Canada and Cossette. “We are observing dramatic changes in the digital landscape and in the way consumers behave in the travel purchase journey. The global tourism... Read More »

Destination Canada

123 Alberta Hotels Recognized as Employers of Choice

The Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has announced this year’s list of Employer of Choice (EoC) designates. Employers who receive the designation have gone above and beyond minimum Human Resources requirements to create a safe and fair workplace, proving that their employees come first. Those who participated but did... Read More »

Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association

Camping Season Kick-Off draws Record Numbers

Reservations for comfort camping in Alberta parks opened Feb. 13 and set a new record with 847 bookings. Comfort camping units, which range from yurts to cabins to canvas tents, offer users an upscale camping experience that includes such amenities as beds, dishes, cutlery and mini fridges. Campers can book provincial park... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Parks Canada and Roam Transit Announce Increased Public Transit Options in Banff National Park

Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150. As we prepare for the busy visitor season in 2017, Parks Canada is deploying measures to offer the best possible... Read More »

Parks Canada Agency

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