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  • Travel Alberta Taps Tourism Champ as New CEO

    Six months after losing then-president and CEO Royce Chwin to Tourism Vancouver, Travel Alberta has named his successor. David Goldstein officially joined the province’s destination promotion organization Nov. 16, at a crucial time for the tourism industry. “David brings tremendous knowledge and sector-specific experience that will be vital to support our industry through this important time,” says Travel Alberta board chair, Linda Southern-Heathcott. “(His) connection and passion to tourism in Canada will ensure Alberta is well-positioned to once again welcome…

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  • Calgary Convention Venues Earn Coveted Facility Accreditation

    Two of Alberta’s largest convention centres have received the event industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery certification, GBAC Star. The Calgary Telus Convention Centre (CTCC) and BMO Centre at Stampede Park join an exclusive group of international leaders who have implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in their facilities. “We want to ensure clients are comfortable and safe hosting events in our venues and for that we need to meet the highest standards…

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  • Six Considerations Before Hosting a Live Event in the Coronavirus World

    With Alberta greenlighting indoor trade shows and exhibiting events, and other provinces likely to soon follow-suit, you may be eager (and have the opportunity) to squeeze an event in before the year is out. And rightfully so! Since March, the events industry has made do with virtual options, which, although effective, do not compare to the magic of a live event. But much has changed since pre-COVID-19. Where do you start? Here’s what you should consider as you embark on…

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  • Alberta Issues Event Guidelines as Trade Shows, Exhibits get Green Light

    Indoor trade shows and exhibiting events are allowed again in Alberta. The announcement was made July 16, at a press conference. The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said after studying other jurisdictions that have reopened such activities, it was found events don’t seem to be large spreaders of the coronavirus. The government has developed guidelines to support event organizers in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among workers, volunteers, patrons and the general public. Organizers…

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  • Edmonton Venues Commit to Achieve GBAC Star Certification

    A pair of convention centres in Alberta’s capital will become two of the first venues in Canada to pursue the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery. The announcement by the Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton Expo Centre comes less than a month after the Toronto Congress Centre committed to the standard, and just days before the provincial government announced the resumption of trade shows and exhibits, effective July 17. GBAC Star is considered the gold standard…

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  • Edmonton Venue Sets GHG Emissions Goal

    The Edmonton Expo Centre has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2035. “As the largest venue of its kind in Western Canada, we recognize that our venue has a substantial ability to contribute to the greenhouse gas reduction goals outlined by the City of Edmonton,” says Arlindo Gomes, vice-president of venue management for Edmonton Economic Development Corp. Built in 1984, and expanded in 2009, the Edmonton Expo Centre is a 522,000-square-foot facility that integrates…

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  • Edmonton selected to host GO WEST 2019

    Highly successful gathering of event professionals will stay in Edmonton for its second year. GO WEST will return to Edmonton in 2019. Timewise Event Management has announced the city and date for the second year of its much anticipated event designed for event professionals. They are thrilled to announce GO WEST 2019 will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on January 21-22, 2019. “We received strong interest from several cities across Western Canada to host 2019,” says Arlene Schilke, Executive Producer…

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  • WestJet moves Whitehorse service to Calgary

    Airline offers Yukoners more connections via YYC WestJet has announced that it will move its non-stop seasonal service between Whitehorse and Vancouver to YYC Calgary International Airport, effective June 29, 2018. For the first time, flights between Whitehorse and Calgary will be available for purchase as of January 29, 2018. “WestJet has been serving Whitehorse with seasonal summer service to Vancouver since 2012,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “As we continue to expand our…

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  • Travel Alberta named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures

    Travel Alberta, the provincial marketing organization of Alberta, has been named as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures for 2017 in the Broader Public Sector category. This prestigious national recognition, awarded by Waterstone Human Capitol, recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizational culture. “Culture is the foundation of our success at Travel Alberta, and recognition on this level reflects the exceptional efforts of our high-performance team,” said Royce Chwin, CEO, Travel Alberta. “Our team culture thrives despite a challenging economy and the ever-changing nature of the tourism…

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  • Crescent Hotels & Resorts Latitudes Collection adds three independent lifestyle hotels to Crescent Canada portfolio

    Crescent Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage the Matrix, Metterra, and Varscona hotels in Edmonton. Crescent, with offices in Toronto and Fairfax, Virginia, is a nationally recognized elite operator of hotels and resorts throughout Canada and the United States. While all three hotels are upscale boutiques centrally located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, they offer three very different experiences. The 184-room Matrix is situated between the business and government districts for the convenience of the corporate traveler.…

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