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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. 

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ATIS: New features are coming

Travel Alberta will be rolling out new features and improvements to the ATIS platform over the next few months. These changes will enhance your experience and provide you with more tools to manage your content more effectively.    Additional features and tools will include: Introduction of a listing health... Read More »

Travel Alberta

Register now for the 2017 Travel Alberta Industry Conference

Save $100 on registration for the 17th annual Travel Alberta Industry Conference in Banff, October 22-24, 2017. Early bird deadline is September 22. We have an exciting line up this year, including Josh Linker, Joey Coleman, and Curt Steinhorst, and over 25 concurrent sessions to choose from. This award-winning conference is... Read More »

Travel Alberta

Castle parks improvements underway

New picnic tables, an expanded day-use area and 184 refurbished campsites are now open in Alberta’s new Castle parks. The province established the Castle parks in January, committing to improved conservation and offering new and better experiences for the thousands of Albertans who visit the region each year. “Albertans have loved the... Read More »

Alberta Environment and Parks

How much was the national tourism industry worth in 2016?

National Tourism Indicators are in for 2016 and the answer is that tourism is worth a lot, to the tune of $91.6 billion – the equivalent of more than $2,500 per Canadian injected into our national economy.  Where is the money going? Domestic expenditures saw an increase of 2.5 per cent year... Read More »

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WestJet Invests in YYC as its Strategic Hub

Today, WestJet announced its winter schedule with a significant investment into YYC Calgary International Airport. With an emphasis on building Calgary as their connecting hub, they announced several additions to frequencies on popular routes across Canada and sun destinations, along with adding a new weekly service from Calgary to Belize. “We... Read More »

Calgary Airport Authority

Calgary Folk Music Festival contributes to Calgary economy

Calgary Folk Music Festival an important contributor to Calgary’s cultural and visitor economies 2016 edition generated $6 million in economic activity in Calgary, including $4.3 million in visitor and operational spending July 20, 2017 – As organizers prepare for the 2017 edition of the Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 27 to 30),... Read More »

Tourism Calgary and Calgary Folk Music Festival

K-Days are coming

The K-Days is Edmonton's biggest summer festival and features everything from live music and midway rides to rodeos, Pow Wows and an amazing array of food. Festivities are set to kick off on Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. with the annual parade, running through the heart of downtown this year... Read More »

Travel Alberta

New partnership, new dates for next SHiFT program

SHiFT, Travel Alberta’s annual experiential travel training program, has been the genesis of more than 24 new tourism experiences since its inception in 2015. Experience development gives the tourism industry a competitive advantage as we work to increase tourism revenues to $10 billion by 2020. Travel Alberta, together with partners... Read More »

Travel Alberta

Patio season heats up with fewer rules

It is now easier for licensed venues to offer the type of patio experience customers want, thanks to new policy that includes fewer restrictions on how patios are built. Minister Joe Ceci and Alain Maisonneuve announce new patio rules at an event during the Calgary Stampede. Licensed restaurants and bars in Alberta... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Mexico presents more opportunities for Canada

Destination Canada was in Mexico this week with 11 provincial, destination and industry partners to continue to build on 2017’s strong start.    The two-day trip allowed Destination Canada and Canadian industry partners, to develop new and existing relationships, and learn more about the Mexican market through business sessions with in-market trade,... Read More »

Destination Canada

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