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Canadian Tourism Commission reports travel bookings tied to Olympic tourism strategy

VANCOUVER, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Travellers are putting down their money to vacation in Canada in the afterglow of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Awareness of Canada as a tourism destination, created through the Games, is translating into travel bookings in the Canadian Tourism Commission's (CTC) core... Read More »

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CTRI:Social Media and Mobile Travel

The Canadian Tourism Research Institute (CTRI) has been tracking the level of online travel booking and researching since 2000. Their latest survey found that 77% of Canadian travellers plan to book at least part of their winter 2010/11 vacation online. In 2000, online travel booking was still an emerging activity,... Read More »

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Brewster shares Glacier Discovery Walk plans

Brewster Travel Canada was in Jasper recently to share with the public their proposal to build the Glacier Discovery Walk on the Icefields Parkway according to a recent article by Carrie White in Jasper's Fitzhugh on February 10. The attraction will consist of a 400 metre interpretive boardwalk and a glass-floored... Read More »

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Historic Smoky Lake general store moved to Ukrainian Village

Edmonton ... The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village added a new building and another unique chapter of Alberta’s past to its historical townsite this past week. Andrij (Andrew) Shymko’s United Merchants of Alberta (UMA) general store, a gift from the Town of Smoky Lake, was moved to the village in a... Read More »

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Canada’s tourism industry supports Canada-U.S. border policies

Ottawa  –The Tourism Industry Association of Canada supports the initiative announced February 4th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama which aims to allow for freer mobility of travellers and goods between the two countries. “Tourism is one of Canada’s key exports industries, and one with incredible upside,”... Read More »

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Update: Drumheller’s Tourism Master Plan near completion

Residents had a chance on February 1 to have a look and offer input into the Town of Drumheller’s Tourism Master Plan according to an article by Pat Kolafa posted on the Drumheller Mail.com website on Feb 5. Since June of last year, a stakeholders committee has been working with consultants... Read More »

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Banff Squirrel on Twitter leads DMO to Top 10

BANFF, ALBERTA, CANADA, February 4: An unlikely spokes-squirrel from Banff National Park has emerged as the world‟s most influential destination marketing organization (DMO) on Twitter, according to Influencers in Travel. Measured by Klout score, the @Banff_Squirrel Twitter account ranks in the Top 10 of all Travel Companies Worldwide on Twitter,... Read More »

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Bayshore Inn changes name and opens Waterton’s only full service spa

Waterton Lakes Park, Alberta (February 02 2011) – “We changed our name to Bayshore Inn Resort & Spa to better reflect the renovations we’ve made to the hotel including the addition of the Serenity Spa, Waterton’s only full service spa,” says Shameer Suleman, General Manager, Bayshore Inn Resort & Spa... Read More »

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Air Canada increases Calgary – Tokyo non-stop flights; plans year-round service in response to strong demand

CALGARY /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada has announced that it is boosting its Calgary – Tokyo non-stop flights in response to strong demand after introducing the new route last summer. Air Canada will increase its existing schedule to five weekly flights from three effective March 26, 2011, as it takes... Read More »

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New Project Proposal for Icefields Parkway

Brewster Inc. is inviting the public to give input on their proposed Glacier Discovery Walk Project. On January 31, Brewster Inc. will host an open house in Jasper to provide information on their proposed project. According to a recent release, Brewster Inc. (Brewster Travel Canada) is proposing to develop a new... Read More »

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