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  • destination tourism

    Destination Canada Launches Tourism Strategy

      Destination Canada is launching its new tourism strategy, ‘A World of Opportunity‘ which sets a firm focus on transforming the sector and catapulting Canada back into the top seven global destinations by 2030. Destination Canada president and CEO, Marsha Walden, and The Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism, officially presented the tourism roadmap designed to increase Canada’s global competitiveness and bring in up to $160 billion in annual revenue by 2030, transcending the traditional constraints that currently cap the tourism industry’s potential at $140…

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    Multi-Million Dollar Fund to Attract Events

      Destination Canada has launched a new, three-year, International Convention Attraction Fund (ICAF) in a strategic move to bolster Canada’s global competitiveness in attracting major international conventions, conferences, and events to Canada. The fund is a major part of an overall $50 million investment from the 2023 Federal Budget and is a key priority of the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy (FTGS). “Hosting more international events is a central part of our work to help Canadian tourism reach its full potential,”…

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  • international

    International Traveller Spending Doubles

      Statistics Canada data shows international travellers spent nearly $7 billion in Canada in April, May and June – almost twice the $3.6 billion that they spent in the second quarter last year. The spending also exceeded the $6.3 billion that international visitors spent in Canada in the second quarter of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travel. The 2019 spending level, however, was not adjusted for inflation, which rose to a 39-year peak of 8.1 per cent in mid-2022,…

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  • New Hotel Projects Remain Robust

      Tourism is steadily improving in Canada as both domestic and foreign travellers support a much-needed recovery back to pre-pandemic levels. With hotel occupancies inching up in 2022, hotel construction projects in Canada have never been higher – another positive sign that the hospitality market is rebounding. According to industry analysts Lodging Econometrics (LE), the forecast is for Canada’s hotel construction pipeline to remain strong throughout 2023 despite recent interest rate increases. The top cities in Canada for hotel construction at…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • covid vaccine

    Canada Set to Drop Vaccine Rules

      The federal government is dropping mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirements for travelers on Oct. 1, 2022. The decision to end vaccine restrictions cited was based on Canada’s vaccination rate, availability of newer vaccines and treatments and data showing the country had passed the peak of the latest wave of coronavirus infections. As of Oct. 1, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to: Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website; Provide proof of vaccination; Undergo…

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  • passport design

    Canada Eases Travel Restrictions

      The Government of Canada has announced a series of adjustments to the current border measures, representing the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions. The Global Business Travel Association Canada (GBTA Canada) welcomed the announcement by the federal government that it would be easing travel restrictions on March 1, 2022. Removing barriers to entry for travel into Canada, especially for business travel, is a positive step that will contribute to the recovery of Canadian trade and commerce. As…

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  • Election 2021: How the Parties Compare on Issues that Affect Events Professionals

    The countdown is on until Canada’s federal election — the first-ever held during a pandemic. Where do the parties stand on key issues that may affect meetings and events professionals? Here’s a breakdown (as of Sept. 7) of each platform, as it relates to the industry. Canadians can cast their vote Sept. 20. Advancing polling begins Sept. 10. Bloc Québécois The Bloc has called for a study of the impact of bankruptcies on small and medium-sized businesses, and would like…

    Industry Research, Meeting Community

  • Survey Reveals Top Five Expectations of Canadian Business Travellers

    Canadian business travellers overwhelmingly want to return to travel, according to a new report commissioned by Sap Concur. A total of 3,850 business travellers in 25 global markets, including 250 in Canada, were surveyed. Here are the top five Canadian findings. 1. Canadian travellers are ready to get back in the air. Nearly nine in 10 Canadian business travellers are ready to resume travel in the next 12 months. This is driven by travellers’ belief that they will suffer if their…

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  • Canada’s Hotel Industry Showing Signs of Recovery: Report

    Market analysts appear confident that rallying conditions in Canada’s hotel industry are pushing the sector in a positive direction. Colliers’ review of trends in the second quarter of 2021 gauges sentiment at a C+, while Avison Young’s mid-year Canada hotel market summary underscores expectations for improvement in the third and fourth quarters. Both reports examine the interplay of COVID-19-related depressants that will have to lift before occupancy levels, revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rates (ADR) can recover to pre-pandemic levels, and…

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