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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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  • Weir Toronto

    Destination Toronto Appoints New President

      Destination Toronto announced the appointment of Andrew Weir as president and CEO. Weir has been an integral member of the leadership team at Destination Toronto for the past 18 years, most recently as executive vice president. A proven leader in Toronto’s tourism industry, Weir has served on numerous boards across the industry, including Destination International’s DMAP board and as chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) from 2021-2023. “Having conducted a thorough North American search, we are thrilled to…

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  • Niagara

    Tourism Niagara Appoints Executive Director

      The Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) announced the appointment of Darryl MacMillan as its new executive director. With more than 20 years of experience in strategy development, brand marketing, government relations, and executive leadership, MacMillan brings a wealth of expertise to his new role. MacMillan’s extensive background includes serving as a board director at the Ontario Craft Wineries, where he played a pivotal role in developing strategic plans and negotiating agreements with government and industry stakeholders. Notably, he contributed…

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  • destination fund

    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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  • green because

    BeCause Digitalizes Hotel Sustainability Tools

      BeCause, a technology start-up transforming how the global hospitality, travel and tourism industries manage its sustainability data, has digitized the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s (the Alliance) HCMI and HWMI methodologies. “We’d like to thank the team at BeCause for digitizing HCMI and HWMI which will enable more of the industry to access it and dramatically improve its usability. Digitizing this resource will greatly accelerate our shared goal of reaching Net Positive as a sector, together. We encourage more organizations to follow BeCause’s…

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  • cruise port

    Port of Vancouver Expecting Record Season

      Port of Vancouver is expecting another strong record season. There are 329 cruise ship visits currently scheduled for the Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver between March 11 and October 29, 2024. This could mean a record 1.27 million passengers would travel through the Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver in 2024, about 2 per cent more than last year’s record. “Cruise is an important part of Vancouver’s vibrant tourism sector that supports…

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  • visa

    TIAC Concerned Over Mexican Visa

      The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is expressing concern over Canada’s introduction of partial visa requirements for visiting Mexican nationals. As of February 29, Mexican citizens who hold a valid US non-immigrant visa or have held a Canadian visa in the past 10 years and are travelling by air on a Mexican passport will be able to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). With the high number of Mexican citizens currently holding US visas, the majority will…

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  • Andrew Siegwart Named TIAO President

      The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) announced the appointment of Andrew Siegwart as its new president and CEO, effective January 21, 2024. Siegwart, a seasoned professional with a proven track record in leadership, advocacy, and community development in tourism and related sectors, will lead the organization into a new era of growth and innovation. “Andrew’s leadership, advocacy skills, and commitment to community development make him the ideal choice to lead our organization forward,” said Rebecca Mackenzie, chair of…

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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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  • calgary

    Tourism Calgary CEO Retiring

      Tourism Calgary chief executive officer Cindy Ady is retiring after 10 years of successfully elevating Calgary’s profile as a year-round global tourism destination. Ady’s retirement marks the end of an astonishing era of growth and change for tourism in Calgary and signals the beginning of Tourism Calgary’s next remarkable phase and a comprehensive search process for a new CEO. The organization has undergone significant positive changes under Ady’s leadership, expanding its focus from just marketing to long-term industry development – growing its…

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