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Working with Receptive Tour Operators

The normal route for European or Asia Pacific tour operators booking Canadian product is to purchase it from a receptive operator, such as Anderson, Jonview, JAC, Discover Holidays, JTB (Japan) , Prime World Tours (Korea), CYTS (China) or Brewster. There may be some avenues with these sorts of companies that... Read More »

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Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative - update

GRANDE PRAIRIE – The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative, a partnership between federal, provincial and municipal governments in the Peace Country of Alberta, celebrated a major milestone on its path to creating a world-class dinosaur museum near Wembley, AB. On March 17, The Honourable Col. (Ret’d) Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor... Read More »

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3rd highest bid total of all time - GMC Rangeland Derby Canvas Auction

Confidence in Calgary’s economy has translated into the third highest bid total of all time for the GMC Rangeland Derby Canvas Auction. The annual auction took place Thursday evening in the Boyce Theatre on Stampede Park, with nearly 170 registered bidders looking to put their company logo on the side... Read More »

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Tourism Economic Impact Study

Economic Impact Study of Tourism for Grande Prairie & Region - Results to be Released DATE: Thursday, March 31/2011 TIME: 9:30 am LOCATION: Centre 2000 Foyer Background Econometric Research Limited was commissioned to prepare an independent analysis of the importance and contributions of the tourism sector to the City, Region... Read More »

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Vulcan Tourism lining up the stars for Walk of Fame

Vulcan Tourism plans to create a Walk of Fame of Star Trek alumni in Vulcan. The Walk of Fame, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, would include about 20 Star Trek alumni, with their pictures and signatures being placed directly into the sidewalks, said tourism co-ordinator Catherine Pooley at... Read More »

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Japan Update as of March 25

A survey of key Japanese tour operators this week indicates that most booking cancellations as a result of the earthquake/tsunami crisis were for travel to destinations other than Canada. More than 900 cancellations for travel to Canada have been recorded, predominantly in March and April. To date, there have not... Read More »

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M├ętis Nation is pleased with long awaited stimulus announcement

OTTAWA, March 25 /CNW/ - The federal government has announced two major stimulus projects for the Métis Nation which will help improve Skills and Training opportunities for Métis in British Columbia and boost the heritage/tourism industry at Métis Crossing in Alberta. Métis National Council President Clément Chartier says, "The Métis... Read More »

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Busy year ahead for Athabasca Country Tourism

Athabasca Country Tourism coordinator Kathy Wright has a busy year ahead with plenty of opportunities to market and promote the region as a preferred tourist destination. In March alone, Kathy has three major out-of-town trade shows to attend; two in Edmonton and one in Calgary. “I’m definitely getting knowledgeable about... Read More »

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Ottawa pledges $5M to attract Stampede tourists

Canada's most famous rodeo could be roping in even more foreign tourists next year, as long as they're gunning to live large - and spend big - in Stampede city. The federal government pledged $5 million in Tuesday's budget to round up affluent international tourists to attend the Calgary Stampede's... Read More »

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Japan Update

On March 10th, Japan experienced the most powerful earthquake in Japanese history, affecting Northern Japan, including Tokyo, to great extent. The resulting tsunami, which also caused serious damage to nuclear reactors, has complicated the already serious situation in Japan which is a core tourism market for Alberta. Travel Alberta’s Market... Read More »

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