Dam dynamics often fail fish

It seems strange how little we know about fish, their habits and whether the help we’re trying to give them is actually helpful

Dam dynamics often fail fishMany of us who received our education on fish migration via TV nature programs have missed a few important things. All I remember is that salmon can leap several feet in the air over cascades to get upstream to spawn. Somewhere in these documentaries I recall an industrialist taking full credit for installing a fishway…

Loss of international students a blow to Canadian schools

Foreign students spent about $23.6 billion in Canada last year and much of that income will be lost as a result of COVID-19

Loss of international students a blow to Canadian schoolsSome industries are obvious victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Everybody knows that businesses in the travel and hospitality sector, especially at the international level, have taken a serious if not lethal blow. Even with government aid, airlines, cruise ships, hotels and tourist attractions will have great difficulty rebuilding and even…

Tourism sector fears losing summer travel season and beyond

Tourism sector fears losing summer travel season and beyondCharlotte Bell, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, is at the helm of the organization that is the champion of Canada’s tourism industry. Travel generates $1.2 billion a year and employs one in 10 Canadians, making it the fifth largest industry in the country. Travel Like This asked Bell a series…

Alberta tourism targets $20 billion in revenue

Fostering positive working relationships with other industries, communities and businesses is central to the province’s ability to grow the visitor economy: Tourism Alberta CEO

Alberta tourism targets $20 billion in revenueTravel Alberta has outlined an ambitious plan to grow tourism revenue in the province to $20 billion by 2030. The goal was revealed to almost 600 industry partners at the 20th annual Travel Alberta Industry Conference in Banff on Monday. “Alberta entrepreneurs and tourism-related businesses are the backbone of our industry,” said Royce Chwin, CEO…

International tourists spent $2.2 billion in Alberta in 2018

And 2019 shows signs of being an even better tourism year for the province, according to an ATB report

International tourists spent $2.2 billion in Alberta in 2018Alberta offers international tourists numerous places to visit. And international visitors seem to love coming to this province. Last year, international visitors (including business travellers) spent almost $2.2 billion in the province. And spending in the first three months of 2019 was 26 per cent higher than during the same period last year, says a…

Discover Alberta’s foothills, tourism association beckons

Tourism expenditures in the Foothills Region could increase from $29 million to $40.1 million over the next five years alone, says the Foothills Tourism Association

Discover Alberta’s foothills, tourism association beckons[smartslider3 slider=80] Visitors to Alberta often focus their attention on the Rocky Mountains. Now, a tourism organization is pushing tourists to discover the wonders in the foothills next door. The Foothills Tourism Association's new strategy aims to increase tourism to the area just east of the mountains with a goal to expand economic stability, growth…

Alberta fourth most visited province by Canadian tourists

Ontario, Quebec and B.C. all drew more visitors, according to StatsCan

Alberta fourth most visited province by Canadian touristsCanadians took 316 million trips in Canada and abroad, spending $83.8 billion in 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Tuesday that Canadians made 278 million domestic trips in 2018, representing 88 per cent of all trips made by residents of Canada. Spending by Canadians on trips within Canada totalled $45.7 billion,…

Air Canada buying Transat A.T. Inc. for $520 million

Will create a Montreal-based global travel services company in leisure

Air Canada buying Transat A.T. Inc. for $520 millionHot on the heels of the announcement this week that Calgary-based WestJet is being sold in a $5-billion deal to Onex Corp., Air Canada announced on Thursday that it intends to buy Transat A.T. Inc. for about $520 million or $13 per share. In a news release, Air Canada said it will create a Montreal-based…

Alberta hotel market growing despite economic challenges

Supply and demand growth in Alberta in 2019 are projected at 0.7 per cent and one per cent respectively for Edmonton and Calgary.

Alberta hotel market growing despite economic challengesAlberta’s hotel market continues to experience challenges in the wake of the province’s economic downturn, but Edmonton and Calgary are beginning to develop green shoots, according to a new report released Tuesday by commercial real estate firm CBRE. The report said supply and demand growth in Alberta in 2019 are projected at 0.7 per cent…

Turning Calgary into the convention city of choice

Clark Grue talks about the Calgary Telus Convention Centre’s impact on downtown and its plans for the future

Turning Calgary into the convention city of choiceClark Grue is president and CEO of the Calgary Telus Convention Centre. Can you give me a sense about the activity at the convention centre in the past year? How many people attended and how many events? And how that compares to the previous year? Grue: We set an organizational goal to increase the amount…
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