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Government Reins in Agency CEO Pay and Benefits

The Alberta government is cutting salaries and eliminating bonuses for the highest paid top executives of agencies, boards and commissions.  These changes set salary bands for CEOs at 23 of Alberta’s agencies, boards and commissions, bringing their pay in line with public sector equivalents. The changes also mandate the following: ... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Proposals for Breakout Sessions Wanted for 2017 TAIC

Travel Alberta invites individuals and organizations to submit education breakout session proposals for the 17th Annual Travel Alberta Industry Conference in Banff, October 22-24, 2017. This conference is an educational and networking event attended by more than 650 people from across Alberta. We invite presentations on the following topic areas: marketing (including... Read More »

Travel Alberta

New Support for Grande Prairie Entrepreneurs

Grande Prairie is the second location to receive business incubator funding under the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program. The Spark! Business Incubator will receive $400,000 over two years to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in northwestern Alberta. Several regional incubators are planned across the province through the Alberta Jobs Plan. “Entrepreneurs are people... Read More »

Government of Alberta

New funding to boost northern economic growth

The Alberta government is helping northern Alberta communities grow and diversify their local economies with support from a new grant program. Through the new Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program, communities across the province have access to $30 million over two years. The funding supports locally developed projects that promote... Read More »

Government of Alberta

Local Tourism Company Wins Alberta Entrepreneurship Challenge

If you’ve ever watched the reality television series Dragon’s Den, you may have wondered what it would be like to present an idea to a group of business experts and wait to see if they’ll award you some money to help kick-start the project. Two local entrepreneurs got a taste... Read More »

Tourism Red Deer

Canadian Tourism Arrivals Hit 14-year High

The numbers are in: in 2016, Canada welcomed 19,979,334 travellers – the highest number since 2002 and second highest ever. International arrivals increased by 16% in Destination Canada’s overseas markets, and 10% in the US market, for an average of 11% growth across the board. "Congratulations to the Canadian tourism industry... Read More »

Destination Canada

Canadian Tourism reaches New Milestone with nearly 20 Million Inbound Visitors

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is excited by new Statistics Canada numbers showing that Canada welcomed almost 20 million inbound visitors in 2016, a 14 year high. In 2015, TIAC set a five (5) year industry goal to bring in 20 million visitors by 2020. Seeing this much... Read More »

Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Destination Canada Announces New Agencies In Marketing

Destination Canada has two new agency partners who will inspire travellers to come and explore Canada. The two strategic marketing agencies selected are Ogilvy & Mather Canada and Cossette. “We are observing dramatic changes in the digital landscape and in the way consumers behave in the travel purchase journey. The global tourism... Read More »

Destination Canada

The HAC Recognizes the 2016 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Recipients

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence winners. The Hall of Fame Awards is an opportunity for the HAC to recognize the brightest stars of the industry, those that have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to... Read More »

Hotel Association of Canada

123 Alberta Hotels Recognized as Employers of Choice

The Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has announced this year’s list of Employer of Choice (EoC) designates. Employers who receive the designation have gone above and beyond minimum Human Resources requirements to create a safe and fair workplace, proving that their employees come first. Those who participated but did... Read More »

Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association

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