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Early bird registration for the 2016 TAIC is now closed, but you can still register and book your room at the Fairmont Banff Springs. This year’s conference will provide more than 700 Alberta tourism industry operators with an opportunity to network, learn and celebrate individuals and organizations excelling in and... Read More »
The allure of Alberta’s breath-taking scenery, wildlife viewing, outdoor adventures and urban experiences is continuing to drive tourism from the United Kingdom with new statistics from Destination Canada showing an 8.2 per cent increase in visitation since last year. The recent addition of more direct flights to Alberta and a strong... Read More »
Trains have always been a big part of Jason Thornhill’s life. Canadian Pacific Railway tracks ran along his backyard when he was growing up on a farm near Mossleigh, Alberta. “My dad would carry me on his shoulders to see the train,” he says. “It was a weekly thing to catch... Read More »
SHiFT, Travel Alberta’s experiential travel training program, comes to Drumheller March 6-9, 2017. The program is designed for tourism businesses and organizations who want to learn the key ingredients to creating experiences that deliver goosebump moments and transform travellers into raving fans. The course is an immersive, hands on opportunity... Read More »
Earlier this year, travel intelligence organization Skift Inc. announced that "food is now the leading hook in travel" due to its strength in connecting travellers with the local culture through the context of its regional food and drink. Every tourist has to eat, and an increasing number of tourists can be considered... Read More »
Alberta's Alto Award finalists have been announced, recognizing 27 tourism operators and organizations across Alberta for great service, marketing and more. The 2016 Alto Awards will be presented in nine categories, and to the 2016 Alto Ambassador, at the Alto Awards gala, October 24, 2016, in conjunction with the 16th annual... Read More »
The Canadian government will open seven additional visa application offices across Canada to help service the growing number of Chinese tourists visiting Canada. The Alberta Government’s latest edition of the Alberta Tourism Market Monitor highlights the potential of Chinese markets to Alberta. At present, China is the third largest international market for... Read More »
Chinese tourism is growing fast in Alberta, and our free online training programs can help you prepare. Working with BMG, a tourism industry leader in cultural awareness education, Travel Alberta is offering four free online training to help Alberta managers, customer service and frontline staff gain the knowledge, understanding and capacity... Read More »
Whether to see their friends and relatives, for business or for pleasure, 34.7 million total person visits were made in 2014 to destinations in Alberta by residents of Alberta, other parts of Canada, the United States and overseas countries. To better understand the volume and characteristics of these visitors, Alberta Culture... Read More »
As part of the celebrations, all provincial historic sites and museums that are open for the weekend will be offering free admission and family-friendly activities for visitors. “Alberta Culture Days is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our province’s heritage, arts community, volunteerism and so much more. It’s also an opportunity to... Read More »