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  • Ottawa Convention Centre Receives Cash Injection

    Ottawa’s Shaw Centre will receive up to $2 million this year to support its continued operation and maintenance. The funding injection is part of $8 million in newly announced tourism support from the Ontario government. “This funding will enable the Shaw Centre to continue to adapt and respond to the new realities facing tourism businesses — ensuring that, when it is safe to do so, they are prepared for a renewed travel interest in Canada’s capital,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister…

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  • New Virtual Tool Helps with Event Planning in Ottawa

    Ottawa Tourism has launched an interactive tool, Virtually Ottawa, with the goal of inspiring conference planners from around the world to consider Canada’s capital for future events. “Ottawa Tourism’s business events team is proud to launch this tool, which allows them to show-off Ottawa’s assets in a safe and secure, accessible way to meeting planners both near and far,” says Ottawa Tourism president and CEO, Michael Crockatt. “Given that many meetings are booked years in advance, this allows our staff…

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  • EY Centre Names New Show Services Provider

    Eastern Ontario’s largest exhibition centre has a new show services provider. EY Centre announced its official partnership with Stronco on April 15. “It was paramount for us to choose an experienced partner who has a depth of experience and reputation for service excellence to seamlessly support our customers through post-pandemic recovery,” says EY Centre general manager, Neill Bales. “Stronco’s solid roots in the industry, especially in the Ontario market, made (it) the ideal partner of choice for our facility. The…

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  • Hybrid City Alliance Grows to Include Another Canadian Destination

    A second Canadian city has joined the Hybrid City Alliance, a global coalition of destinations working to organize safe in-person and virtual events. Edmonton is one of eight new members. Others include Antwerp, Belgium; Cannes, France; Durban, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Sydney, Australia; and Lausanne-Montreux and Zurich, Switzerland. They join co-founders The Hague; Geneva; the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague; and Ottawa, expanding the alliance’s reach to now include destinations across five continents. “(We are) proud to be…

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  • VIA Rail launches more departures between Toronto and Ottawa

    Starting November 5, VIA Rail will be offering 20 weekday departures between Toronto and Ottawa thanks to the addition of a 10th round-trip, giving Canadians even more options for their travel. As well, a new evening departure from Toronto to Kingston will be added, along with additional stops in Trenton Junction and Guildwood. “For the third time in three years, new departures will be added between Toronto and Ottawa, allowing more passengers to make the sensible choice to leave their…

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  • World-Class LRT Network will make Exploring Ottawa even Easier

    The City of Ottawa is on track with its ambitious plans to develop a light rail transit (LRT) system within the capital region. In development since spring 2013, the $2.13 billion transportation initiative, dubbed the O-Train Confederation Line, will see Ottawa’s Bus Rapid Transit system replaced with a new, world-class LRT network that will shuttle residents and tourists across the city via 13 stations. “The Confederation Line will better link communities along its route, leading to enhanced development opportunities and…

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  • Ottawa Celebrating 150 Years with Landmark Projects

    There are reasons to celebrate in Canada’s capital city this year. In addition to being at the epicentre of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Canadian confederation, Ottawa is toasting several new venues and projects that have made it a top destination for pleasure visitors and meeting planners alike. “The 2017 celebrations brought a focus to many of Ottawa Tourism’s members who deal with meetings and conventions,” says Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “Over the past several years,…

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  • Celebrating Canada’s Birthday and Record Tourism in Ottawa

    It’s a banner year in the nation’s capital as Ottawa celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation with record-breaking growth in its meetings and conventions industry. By January 2017, the city recorded a 220 per cent increase in large-scale event bookings compared to two years before – a success its hosts attribute to a strong vision and historic timing. “2017 has been a record-setter for us, no question,” agrees Glenn Duncan, Vice President of Ottawa Tourism. “Of course, a large…

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  • In the business of giving back

    Shaw Convention Centre offers a case study in community building Convention centres are uniquely positioned to promote growth and prosperity within their communities. Hosting thousands of people a year, they are often left with an abundance of food and event collateral that can be given to those in need, and their connections within the industry are fertile ground for charitable partnerships. “I believe it’s everybody’s responsibility to give back to their community if they are in a position to do…

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  • VIA Rail to offer increased train capacity in the Quebec-Windsor corridor

    The number of departures offered by VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) between Ottawa – Montréal – Quebec City recently increased from 10 to 40 per week, with a new added feature: direct connections on weekends. These changes will enable VIA Rail to reduce average trip times in this market. The new, direct connections will make planning a round trip between Ottawa and Quebec City easier than ever before. Between Ottawa and Toronto, the successful additional frequencies introduced last fall will…

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