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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

More Americans coming to Canada to visit

But Canadians made fewer trips to the U.S. in June, the third consecutive month of decline: StatsCan

More Americans coming to Canada to visitU.S. residents continue to love Canada when it comes to tourist visits. In June, Americans made 2.1 million trips to this country, up 3.5 per cent from May and the second highest monthly total this year after March, according to Statistics Canada. “U.S. residents made 378,000 overnight trips to Canada by plane in June, up…

Alberta third most popular destination for Canadian travellers

Canadians made 65.8 million trips in Canada and abroad in the first quarter, spending $19.1 billion: StatsCan

Alberta third most popular destination for Canadian travellersAlberta appears to be a popular destination for Canadian travellers. According to new data released on Monday by Statistics Canada, Canadian residents made 56.3 million trips to destinations in Canada in the first three months of 2018, 69.5 per cent of which were same-day trips. “Ontario, Canada's most populous province, recorded 23.3 million visits during…

Swoop announces service to American destinations

Schedule includes flights out of Edmonton and should create 90 jobs in the region, according to the company

Swoop announces service to American destinationsThis fall, travellers can fly south for as low as $99 one way. WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop announced its entrance into the American market on Thursday with the release of its 2018-2019 winter schedule. The schedule includes flights from Edmonton to Las Vegas and Mesa; Hamilton to Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay;…