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 beckonsVisitors 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 and employment.…

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…

Alberta hotel transactions total $154 million in 2018

Canada’s hotel industry has a positive outlook, says report from commercial real estate firm Colliers International

Alberta hotel transactions total $154 million in 2018Transaction volume for Alberta hotels fell by 19 per cent year over year in 2018, according to a new report by commercial real estate firm Colliers International. The company’s 2019 Canadian Hotel Investment Report said there were 19 hotel transactions in 2018 for a dollar volume of $154 million in the province. That involved 1,860…

Alberta hotel operator Clique expands in Calgary, Canmore

Takes over the 225-room hotel near the Calgary International Airport, rebrands it the Acclaim Hotel

Alberta hotel operator Clique expands in Calgary, CanmoreAlberta hotel operator Clique Hotels and Resorts continues to expand in the Calgary and Canmore markets. The company has been selected by Temple Hotels Inc. to operate the Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport on Barlow Trail. Clique takes over the 225-room hotel near the Calgary International Airport that it built in 2009 and sold in 2013.…

2018 record year for Canada’s tourism industry

Tourism generates 745,300 jobs across the country and creates an estimated $102.5 billion in income

2018 record year for Canada’s tourism industryTourism in Canada had its second consecutive record-breaking year in 2018 with 21.13 million travellers to Canada, according to a report released on Thursday by Destination Canada. The organization said tourism generates 745,300 jobs in communities across Canada and contributes an estimated $102.5 billion to the economy. “The results released today once again demonstrate that…
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