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Winter vacation planning season is here and we are urging partners to get their winter offers into the Alberta Tourism Information Service (ATIS) as soon as possible in order to take advantage of peak winter planning periods. Offers help convert traveller interest in your product into sales. If you haven’t added... Read More »
Doug Bos and Debbie Rowland never planned to be zookeepers. After almost accidentally falling into the role, the couple and their daughter now run one of central Alberta’s largest attractions. Home to about 150 animals, Innisfail’s Discovery Wildlife Park welcomes about 40,000 visitors a year from May to October, and has... Read More »
Whether it is tantalizing barbecue under a blue Alberta sky or a trail ride through picturesque rural landscapes, family fun options will abound during Open Farm Days 2016. The gates will swing open at a record number of host sites across the province August 20 and 21 as farmers, ranchers and... Read More »
The Alberta Government's latest edition of the Alberta Tourism Market Monitor shows that the occupancy rate for Edmonton ticked up in May, but the majority of Alberta (excluding Resorts) continued to struggle. Keep a tab on Alberta’s tourism industry with monthly updates on key indicator data: Accommodation occupancy... Read More »
Highlights from the 2016 National Tourism Indicators released by Statistics Canada on June 29, 2016. Key Messages Total tourism demand increased 3.5% in Q1 2016, totaling $17.7 billion of expenditures, thanks to robust growth in tourism exports. Tourism employment rose slightly (+1.8%) during Q1 relative... Read More »
If you are a Canadian tourism organization looking to showcase your unique experience, Go Media Canada is the event for you. Taking place in Montreal October 16-20 2016, Go Media is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with top domestic and international travel media. For registration details visit http://www.media.gomediacanada.com/. Read More »
The Alto Awards recognize individuals and organizations committed to enriching Alberta’s tourism industry and who by their actions inspire others and demonstrate what can be achieved by working together. The Alto Awards will be presented in nine categories, and to the 2016 Alto Ambassador, at the Alto Awards gala, October 24,... Read More »
When the provincial budget was rolled out this past April, the allocation of budget to Travel Alberta was reduced by nine per cent from the previous fiscal year. With a $49.5 M total operating budget, the Travel Alberta team was faced with making the difficult decision of where to make... Read More »
Save $100 on registration for the 16th annual Travel Alberta Industry Conference in Banff, October 23-25, 2016. Early Bird deadline is September 23rd. The Travel Alberta Industry Conference provides opportunities to network, learn, and celebrate individuals and organizations excelling in and enhancing our tourism industry, and is attended by more... Read More »
Five Provincial Recreation Area’s (PRAs) within the Ghost Public Land Use Zone in the Kananaskis region will receive $2.5 million for upgrades. Funding will be used to widen campground roads and campsites to accommodate large recreation vehicles and provide bear-proof garbage receptacles as seen in Kananaskis and new washroom facilities. There... Read More »