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Stay connected with tourism-related news generated by Travel Alberta and our industry partners. This news page keeps Team Alberta updated, in touch and informed.

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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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

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 »

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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 »

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BC wildfire update

Our thoughts are with the communities, first responders and tourism industry colleagues affected by the forest fires currently burning throughout British Columbia. We are committed to sharing any relevant information on our consumer and industry websites. Information and Resources  July 24, the operational closure of Sunshine Village will... Read More »

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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

Yahoo! Hats off to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, issued the following statement about this year’s Calgary Stampede: “As Minister of Culture and Tourism, I would like to welcome everyone to the world-renowned Calgary Stampede. Come celebrate our western roots and rural agriculture community during Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. “With a new Bollywood... 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

Connect through content - part two

Capturing the attention of potential travellers is more critical than ever. If you want to make a connection, you’re going to need to know how to tell a good story that works across channels (Facebook, website, Instagram etc.).  If you have already discovered your story, it’s time to learn how to... Read More »

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