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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 »

Travel Alberta

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 »

Silverbirch Hotels & Resorts

Meetings for Castle Parks Area Move Forward

Recreational planning, conservation efforts and habitat protection were all discussed in stakeholder meetings held March 8 in the Crowsnest Pass area. The meetings were part of the new Southern Alberta Recreation Management Planning Process announced on March 1. The process involves public information sessions and stakeholder meetings to examine wider conservation... Read More »

Government of Alberta

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 year industry goal to bring in 20 million visitors by 2020. Seeing this much progress... Read More »

Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Canadian Tourism Award Nominations Now Open

Attention all outstanding tourism businesses, events and individuals! The Canadian Tourism Awards (CTA), presented by the Toronto Star, have become the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in the travel industry, showcasing the nation's best tourism products, services and experiences. Being a CTA finalist is great way to boost recognition... Read More »

Tourism Industry Association of Canada

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