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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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  • What it’s Like to Open a Hotel during the Pandemic

    Despite the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it’s had on Canada’s hospitality and travel industries, several brave brands have forged ahead with ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new hotels. This includes Vancouver-based Northland Properties Corp., which opened not one but two hotels last month, though the celebratory occasions were more low-key. On Sept. 8, the company introduced its first Signature-branded hotel, Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel, in Saskatchewan. On the same day, Atlantic Canada welcomed the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax. “We are…

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  • Toronto Hotel Earns Five Stars for Eighth Year Running

    Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has again received five stars from Forbes Travel Guide. This is the eighth consecutive year the hotel has been recognized with the accolade. “We strive to achieve these coveted star ratings and it gives me immense pride in our team to receive these designations year over year,” says hotel general manager, Konrad Gstrein. “We are delighted to stand tall among the best in class.” The Four Seasons’ flagship is situated in the heart of Yorkville. Soaring…

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  • City Council Throws Winnipeg Convention Centre Financial Lifeline

    Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre is getting a much-needed injection of cash. City council has agreed to loan the 260,000-square-foot facility $7.5 million to help keep it afloat during the COVID-19 economic downturn. The financial assistance will go toward covering losses that may continue through to next year. The city-owned convention centre has experienced cancellations and postponement of events that have devastated operations. Councillors who voted in favour of the loan guarantee say they did so because the downtown convention centre is…

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  • Quebec Congress Centre to Adopt Hybrid Solutions when Operations Resume

    A Montreal convention centre is preparing to reopen by hosting hybrid events. The Palais des congrès made the announcement June 10, in response to the safety concerns and social distancing requirements shaking up the convention industry. “Despite the undeniable impact COVID-19 has had on the Palais’ operations, the current situation is serving as a springboard for going forward with new digital opportunities that will enable us to further make our mark globally,” says Palais des congrès de Montréal CEO, Robert…

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  • Stronger growth in tourism expected this year after a weak 2018

    Press Release The number of overnight visits from both within Canada and international markets is projected to increase by 2.0 per cent in 2019, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Travel Markets Outlook reports. While Canadian households are expected to face growing economic and financial challenges heading into 2019, domestic travel volumes are still projected to increase. According to our travel intentions survey, a growing share of Canadian households plan to take a winter vacation, and among those, a slightly higher share plan to…

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  • Tourism remains one of Montreal’s most dynamic industries

    The tourism industry continues to drive Montreal’s economic vitality. According to projections from Tourisme Montreal and the Conference Board of Canada, tourism spending in the city will post a 9.9 per cent increase to reach $3.6 billion in 2017, representing $2.88 billion in economic spinoffs (added value) and approximately 48,700 jobs across the province. Additionally, $1.49 billion in tax revenues are expected. “Tourism remains one of Canada’s industries with strong growth potential, which is great news for Montreal’s tourism sector,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montreal.…

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