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    Destination Toronto Welcomes Paula Port

      Following a strategic search, Destination Toronto has announced Paula Port as its new VP of global marketing. With more than 20 years of experience and expertise at Destination Toronto, Port will lead the strategic development and implementation of marketing and communications for the destination. In her most recent role as director, brand and content, Port established content marketing as a core function of the organization, launching the re-imagined content hub DestinationToronto.com that prioritizes diversified content and editorial contributors; and,…

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    McInnes Assumes VP Role, Destination BC

      Neil McInnes has been appointed to the permanent role of vice president, corporate development at Destination BC. For the past year McInnes has served as acting vice president, corporate development during one of the industry’s most challenging times. He consistently demonstrated his strengths and capabilities while leading the comprehensive range of core corporate activities that comprise the five areas of responsibility of the corporate development division – corporate services, people and development, research and analytics, corporate communications, and corporate…

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    Victoria Honours Tourism Leaders

      Two leaders with long-standing connections to tourism have been honoured for their contributions by Destination Greater Victoria. Tourism industry veteran Randy Wright, president of Harbour Air, has been given Destination Greater Victoria’s highest honour, its Life Member Award, during the organization’s annual general meeting on Friday April 29, 2022. The award goes to an individual or organization that has demonstrated leadership within the tourism industry. Previous Life Member Award winners include Paul Hadfield, Hugh MacDonald, Ian Powell and Terry…

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    MTCC Will Host 19 Conventions Next Year

      Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is set to host more citywide conventions in 2023 than in most pre-pandemic years. MTCC’s strong booking calendar in 2023 signals the potential for a positive recovery for the business events industry in Ontario. The success of the meetings and events industry is vital for economic recovery. The 19 citywide conventions that are set to take place at the MTCC in 2023 will generate an estimated $219 million in direct spending economic impact for the…

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  • Montréal

    Montreal To Host 2023 Virtuoso Event

      Montréal and its partners are set to host the Virtuoso Symposium, organized by the industry’s leading luxury travel network, from May 15 to 21, 2023. This event brings together more than 400 local and international delegates annually for four days to meet and discuss the sector, while discovering the host destination. “Our destination is a natural choice thanks to its diversified offer of luxurious and authentic experiences, its rich cultural scene, its renowned gastronomy, its world-class facilities and its…

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    Michele Saran is CEO of Explore Waterloo

      Michele Saran has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Explore Waterloo Region. Saran comes to Waterloo Region after serving as the CEO of Tourism Nova Scotia. There she was focused on establishing strong relationships with industry stakeholders, making research-based decisions and leveraging local, regional and national partnership opportunities to support and grow Nova Scotia’s tourism economy. Prior to COVID-19, the province broke records for both revenue and visitation following the strategy which she worked to create.…

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    B.C. Business Events Receive Funding

      Business events and workforce support initiatives, such as hiring and retaining employees, in the tourism sector will receive more than $9.3 million over the next two years as part of B.C.’s Tourism Recovery Initiatives Action Plan. The Tourism Recovery Initiatives Action Plan is B.C.’s comprehensive plan to support the survival, recovery and growth of the sector. This action plan is part of government’s quick response to the Tourism Task Force’s recommendations that demonstrates continued commitment to the recovery and…

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  • Travel Alberta Welcomes Jon Mamela

      Jon Mamela joins Travel Alberta as senior vice president, chief commercial officer, leading tourism and destination development, effective March 14, 2022. Mamela brings a unique blend of public and private experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. He comes to Travel Alberta from Destination Toronto, where, as executive vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO), he worked with government and industry groups to promote the city. Prior to that, Mamela was CMO and senior vice president, marketing and sales…

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    David McKenna Joins Rocky Mountaineer

      David McKenna has joined Rocky Mountaineer as chief executive and president. A respected leader and innovator in the tourism industry, he was formerly president at the Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit where he led notable tourism expansion and acquisition projects in the Canadian Rockies. McKenna currently serves as the chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. As chief executive of the luxury train operator, he will not only lead the company in rebuilding the business from the impact…

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  • Destination BC

    Destination BC Launches Digital Mentorship Program 

    Destination BC is helping tourism businesses to “Power Up” across the province through a new digital mentorship program which will award successful applicants a digital service package valued at up to $5,000. The Power Up! application-based program will provide 75 eligible B.C.-based, small and medium sized tourism businesses, sole proprietors, and non-profits across the province with free access to digital audit and technical services designed to improve their digital marketing activities and use of technology. “Power Up is the latest…

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