News & Articles - Ottawa

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    OIAA CEO Mark Laroche Retires

      Mark Laroche, president and CEO, of the Ottawa International Airport Authority (OIAA) announced his retirement after 12 years. “These years have been incredibly rewarding and challenging. I’m proud of the accomplishments we have achieved as a team and I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from the board of directors, city officials, and, of course, the entire Airport Authority team. We weathered some rough storms over the years, including the pandemic and economic instability, but YOW continues to thrive…

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  • Porter Starts New Florida Routes

      Porter Airlines is taking to the skies for two new routes to Orlando International Airport (MCO). The start of service to Orlando from Toronto and Ottawa marks the third new Florida destination that Porter has touched down since the start of November, following Tampa and Fort Myers. “Canadians are the most frequent international visitors to Florida, and Porter is proud to take off on two more routes into the Sunshine State,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief operating…

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  • Westjet Expands Flight Service

      WestJet is extending its direct service between Winnipeg and Ottawa, making it the exclusive carrier to provide essential service on the popular route. Previously set to temporarily pause on Oct. 29, 2023, the route will now run four weekly connections between Manitoba and Canada’s capital cities. Service between Ottawa and Winnipeg will resume Dec. 18, 2023, and operate throughout the duration of WestJet’s winter schedule. “The extension of this route is a further demonstration of our market leadership and…

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  • Hard Rock Ottawa

    Hard Rock Hotel Ottawa Breaks Ground

      Construction has officially started on Ottawa’s newest tourism and entertainment destination, the future Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Ottawa. The project includes a 150-room Hard Rock Hotel, including 22 suites; an expanded Hard Rock Casino with 1,500 slot machines, 40 live action table games, Sportsbook, high-limit gaming and a Baccarat room, an 1,800-seat Hard Rock Livetheatre with standing room for 2,200, more than 10 restaurants, bars and lounges, including the award-winning and iconic Hard Rock Café and Council Oak Steakhouse and Rock Shop and Unity Store. “We are…

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  • YYC

    Porter Adds Vancouver-Ottawa Route

      Porter Airlines is growing its list of non-stop routes with new service between Ottawa International Airport (YOW) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The addition of the Ottawa–Vancouver route provides another way to travel between Porter’s extensive regional Eastern Canada network and British Columbia. “Ottawa is positioned as a critical part of Porter’s growing North American network,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “We will continue building our presence in YOW and providing a superior level of service and travel options for economy travellers.”…

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  • Ottawa Convention Centre Receives Cash Injection

    Ottawa’s Shaw Centre will receive up to $2 million this year to support its continued operation and maintenance. The funding injection is part of $8 million in newly announced tourism support from the Ontario government. “This funding will enable the Shaw Centre to continue to adapt and respond to the new realities facing tourism businesses — ensuring that, when it is safe to do so, they are prepared for a renewed travel interest in Canada’s capital,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister…

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    New Virtual Tool Helps with Event Planning in Ottawa

    Ottawa Tourism has launched an interactive tool, Virtually Ottawa, with the goal of inspiring conference planners from around the world to consider Canada’s capital for future events. “Ottawa Tourism’s business events team is proud to launch this tool, which allows them to show-off Ottawa’s assets in a safe and secure, accessible way to meeting planners both near and far,” says Ottawa Tourism president and CEO, Michael Crockatt. “Given that many meetings are booked years in advance, this allows our staff…

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  • EY Centre Names New Show Services Provider

    Eastern Ontario’s largest exhibition centre has a new show services provider. EY Centre announced its official partnership with Stronco on April 15. “It was paramount for us to choose an experienced partner who has a depth of experience and reputation for service excellence to seamlessly support our customers through post-pandemic recovery,” says EY Centre general manager, Neill Bales. “Stronco’s solid roots in the industry, especially in the Ontario market, made (it) the ideal partner of choice for our facility. The…

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    Hybrid City Alliance Grows to Include Another Canadian Destination

    A second Canadian city has joined the Hybrid City Alliance, a global coalition of destinations working to organize safe in-person and virtual events. Edmonton is one of eight new members. Others include Antwerp, Belgium; Cannes, France; Durban, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Sydney, Australia; and Lausanne-Montreux and Zurich, Switzerland. They join co-founders The Hague; Geneva; the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague; and Ottawa, expanding the alliance’s reach to now include destinations across five continents. “(We are) proud to be…

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