The nomadic life of retirement tourism

Among the many fascinating people found in San Miguel de Allende was a couple who sold everything to travel the world

The nomadic life of retirement tourismI’ve just returned from San Miguel de Allende full of interesting new experiences gathered in a 475-year-old Mexican central highlands town renowned worldwide for its hospitality to culturally creative folk. Those visitors like to rent 300-year-old casas, practise speaking Spanish and participate in a nuanced cosmopolitan life. The local media refer to this phenomenon as…

‘Tourism is a resilient economic shock absorber for Alberta’

Royce Chwin of Travel Alberta talks about creating reasons to visit all parts of the province, at all times of year

‘Tourism is a resilient economic shock absorber for Alberta’Royce Chwin is president and CEO of Travel Alberta. What has the tourism industry been like for Alberta in recent years? Chwin: On the whole, the Alberta visitor economy has seen year-on-year growth since 2015, despite the domestic economic climate. Our most recent numbers are from 2016 and it was a record year for tourism…

Growth forecast for tourism industries in Calgary and Edmonton

Large sporting events, improving economy play roles in Conference Board report's projections

Growth forecast for tourism industries in Calgary and EdmontonThe tourism industries in Calgary and Edmonton are expected to improved this year and the coming years, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada. The board’s Travel Markets Outlook: Metropolitan Focus report is forecasting solid growth for both Alberta cities. For Calgary, the report said tourist activity was stimulated in 2018 by…

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotels

Eric Watson explains how MasterBUILT Hotels’ business strategy allows the company to succeed in challenging times

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotelsEric Watson is president of MasterBUILT Hotels. Tell me about MasterBUILT Hotels – the history of the company, the number of hotels and where they’re located. Watson: MasterBUILT Hotels was formed in April 2011 by two prominent Calgary business leaders and friends – Jay Westman and Marc Staniloff – with the mission of developing 75…

A retailer who curates beauty and fulfils desires

Shashi Behl of Joydrop and Fernweh Gifts and Goods keeps longing for the place she's never been, and that serves her customers well

A retailer who curates beauty and fulfils desiresShashi Behl is owner of Joydrop and founding partner of Fernweh Gifts and Goods. What is Fernweh? When did you start the company and why in Banff? And what do you sell? Behl: Fernweh is the German word for “longing for a place that you have never been.” Fairmont Resorts asked us – I have…

Tourism industry booming in Alberta

Travel Alberta's annual report shows record number of visitors and dollars spent in the province

Tourism industry booming in AlbertaAlberta has experienced new records for tourism revenue and visitation, according to Travel Alberta's 2017-18 annual report, which was released on Monday. “Despite years of unprecedented economic pressure, Alberta's travel economy continues to grow year over year. Our annual report showcases Travel Alberta's success at creating momentum for tourism in the province, together with our…

Canadian tourism industry booming

Tourism in the first six months of this year directly accounted for more than $18 billion of Canada's GDP

Canadian tourism industry boomingCanada's tourism industry is booming and the federal government says it’s having its best year ever. Tourism activities in the first six months of this year directly accounted for more than $18 billion of Canada's gross domestic product, an increase of more than six per cent over the first half of 2017, said the federal…

WestJet launching non-stop Calgary service to London, Paris and Dublin

‘Alberta's connectivity to the rest of the world is vital for our economy,’ says company president Ed Sims

WestJet launching non-stop Calgary service to London, Paris and DublinWestJet announced on Wednesday that it’s launching non-stop service on board its Dreamliners fleet to London, Paris and Dublin. The company said in launching its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary, WestJet becomes the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport. “Alberta's connectivity to the rest…

Tourism a growing driver of the Canadian economy

Tourism spending across the country hit $43.8 billion in the first half of 2018, up 5.7% from a year ago

Tourism a growing driver of the Canadian economyJust how important is the tourism industry to the overall Canadian economy? According to Statistics Canada, tourism spending in the country was $43.8 billion in the first half of 2018, up 5.7 per cent from a year ago. The federal agency reports that domestic revenues rose by 6.4 per cent to close to $34.5 billion…

Canmore Alberta’s first four-star hotel opening in November

But it is currently taking bookings for events and small group accommodation

Canmore Alberta’s first four-star hotel opening in NovemberAn Alberta-based hotel and resort developer is getting ready to open its latest offering, signalling it continuing confidence in the province’s hospitality industry. Clique Hotels and Resorts will open Canmore’s first four-star luxury hotel, the Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek. It plans to officially open in November but is currently taking bookings for events and…