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Edmonton Food Tours expands tour offerings with spring Strathcona Feast tour

On Saturday, March 25 Edmonton Food Tours (a division of Alberta Food Tours, Inc.) launches its new Strathcona Feast tour. Starting at El Cortez Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar with Mexican style brunch, the tour heads to the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market where guests will have tastings at 10 market... Read More »

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Extended highway closures currently in effect - March 16, 2017

What's Happening? Due to high avalanche hazard, the following extended road closures are currently in effect: The Icefields Parkway (93N)  from Niblock gate to Saskatchewan Crossing. The estimated time of re-opening is currently afternoon Sunday, March 19, with moderate confidence. The Icefields... Read More »

Government of Canada

Budget 2017 – Working to Make Life Better

Budget 2017 is focused on creating good jobs, making life more affordable for Albertans and protecting the programs and services families count on. Budget 2017 puts Albertans to work building long-overdue schools, hospitals, highways and bridges, while reducing the growth of government spending and maintaining a responsible plan to bring down... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Sylvan Lake Park Transfer Could Benefit Economy

A proposed transfer of Sylvan Lake Provincial Park to the Town of Sylvan Lake could provide a significant economic boost for the community. Sylvan Lake has requested control of the popular urban park to allow the town to better promote the area and to license and manage waterfront business activity. The proposed... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Alberta Hotels and Motels Weathered the Storm

Throughout the recession, tourism continued to be an enormous support to Alberta’s economy. New data from Statistics Canada shows the accommodation sector managed to navigate the downturn reasonably well. In 2015, Alberta’s hotels, motels and other forms of short-term accommodation did better than the Canadian average. The profit margin that year... Read More »

ATB Financial

Province Breaks Down Barriers to Parks Access

Albertans with physical disabilities will have five new parks to enjoy with their families this summer, plus a new place to fish in the Castle parks next summer. Albertans with physical disabilities will have five new parks to enjoy with their families this summer, plus a new place to fish in... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Industry Feedback Makes Team Alberta Stronger

The results are in from the 2016 Travel Alberta Client Satisfaction Survey, conducted late last year by Bannister Research, and we’re listening. Feedback from our tourism industry ensures our programs and services meet industry needs, helps us strengthen Alberta’s competitive advantage, grows tourism revenue for our province and drives organizational... Read More »

Travel Alberta

Drumheller shifts into action with Travel Alberta

SHiFT, an annual experiential travel training program offered by Travel Alberta, wrapped up yesterday in Drumheller. SHiFT is the only program of its kind in western Canada, acting as a catalyst for tourism operators and marketing organizations to craft compelling experiences.  The goal of SHiFT is to attract new customers... Read More »

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Government Funding to Support Rural Prosperity

The Alberta government is making life better for Alberta families and helping communities create jobs and diversify their local economy through the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program. Several communities will benefit from accelerated innovation and economic diversification thanks to $53,000 CARES funding to Sustainability Resources Ltd. to support their... Read More »

Government of Alberta

DoubleTree by Hilton™ West Edmonton Wins Global Awards for Leadership, Employer of Choice, Guest Experience and Services

Doubletree by Hilton™ West Edmonton has been recognized with four global awards. The awards include Employer of Choice, for the second consecutive year; Leader of the Year, recognizing General Manager Grant McCurdy; the CARE Cup, which recognizes hotels that “Create A Rewarding Experience” (CARE) for guests, fellow team members and... Read More »

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