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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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  • Airbnb platform attracts millions of dollars for Montreal tourism

    Press Release A new study shows Montreal’s homesharing economy provides a significant boost to the Quebec economy and Montreal tourism through Airbnb guest stays. The GLS Réseaux study on behalf of Airbnb reveals that total spending through all Airbnb operations amounted to $653 million in Montreal last year. Travellers who stayed with Airbnb hosts in Montreal spent $475 million in the city, higher than recent studies indicated for Toronto and Vancouver. “The numbers clearly show Airbnb is having a meaningful…

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  • Hospitality research: 2018 investment forecast for the GTA

    Large events draw travellers to Toronto, bolstering investor interest Heightened tourism drives occupancy, revenue growth throughout the Great­er Toronto Area (GTA). Record-breaking visitation to Toronto in 2017 spurred signifi­cant increases in hotel occupancy, RevPAR and ADR. International visitation to the area reached a high last year, aided by a jump in visitors from Mexico as visa requirements to visit Canada from the country were eliminated. Large conferences and major events, including the Invictus Games and North American Indigenous Games, drew…

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  • Tourisme Montréal signs a memorandum of understanding with its Mexican counterpart

    Tourisme Montréal and the Mexico Tourism Board have just signed a memorandum of understanding. This occurred while several representatives from Montréal’s business sector were on a trade mission to Mexico City. “Tourism is a major driver of economic and social development for both Quebec and Mexico. Today, we are confirming our desire to increase bilateral trade and support growth in the tourism industry, for which the outlook is very promising. This agreement is very good news for both organizations!” said Yves Lalumière, President and…

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  • Best year ever for Canadian tourism

    Canada welcomed a record breaking 20.8 million tourists in 2017, the highest ever in Canadian history. The preliminary data, released on Feb. 20 by Statistics Canada, shows that Canada has surpassed the previous record set in 2002, by almost a million. “Today’s results are yet another reminder of what has been clear for a while now: Canada is back. And more and more, the world wants to come and visit. We are excited to share our vibrant cities, beautiful natural attractions, diverse cultures and proud…

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  • WestJet adds six dozen flights to Calgary hub

    Calgary’s largest airline continues to shape YYC hub with the most seats, flights and destinations WestJet has again enhanced its schedule and connectivity out of its Calgary hub to key business and tourism destinations in Canada and the U.S., adding 72 more weekly flights. WestJet already offers more flights to more destinations from Calgary than any other airline, and these flight additions once again make YYC its largest hub. “WestJet will increase service from Calgary, our largest hub, by six dozen weekly flights this summer,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet…

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  • WestJet is conveniently connected in YYZ

    Airline adds 28 more flights to domestic, transborder and international destinations out of Toronto WestJet has announced that it has again enhanced its schedule and connectivity out of its Toronto hub to key business and tourism destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, adding 28 more weekly flights. “WestJet is again providing additional service to benefit both the business traveller as well as the leisure guest,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “This additional service means business travellers will be…

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  • Toronto breaks tourism record in 2017

    Toronto welcomed more than 43 million visitors, spending $8.8 billion – both record numbers Tourism in Toronto had a record-breaking year in 2017, with 43.7 million visitors welcomed to the region. For the first time, overnight visits in Toronto surpassed the 15 million mark (15.5 million), joined by 28.2 million same-day travellers. Visitors to Toronto spent $8.8 billion – the most economic activity ever generated by the region’s tourism industry and represents $700 million more in hotel rooms booked, attractions seen and restaurants experienced than in 2016. Another milestone was set in…

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  • Toronto and New York City sign city-to-city partnership to boost travel between the two destinations

    To celebrate the partnership, Air Canada offers sale fares between the two destinations Tourism Toronto and NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organizations for their respective cities, have signed an official partnership to boost tourism between Toronto and New York City. This is the first ever city-to-city tourism partnership of its kind for Toronto and the first Canadian partnership for NYC & Company. The two-year alliance includes a collaboration agreement between the two destination marketing organizations, the exchange of marketing…

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  • Creative Group Activities in the Outaouais

    Eight ideas for team building, networking or post-meeting playtime Planning group activities is an effective way to infuse energy and fun into a corporate event. Attendees now want an experience that enhances their learning in a unique way. They want to grasp new industry knowledge, but they also want to mingle with colleagues in unusual settings. Rather than discuss a morning’s worth of seminars in the back of a conference room, get people talking to each other at a wine…

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