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    Canadian Tourism Awards Celebrate Winners

      The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has announced the winners of its annual Canadian Tourism Awards – the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in tourism that recognizes success, leadership, and innovation in the industry. “We are thrilled to be announcing the esteemed winners of this year’s awards,” said Beth Potter, president and CEO of TIAC. “Each of these winners have proven to have gone above and beyond in offering travellers superior experiences in Canada, and have done so under incredibly…

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    New B.C. Hotel Tax Supports Events

      B.C. is introducing a new Major Events Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) on hotels and other short-term accommodations to help communities offset the cost of hosting major tourism events. The MRDT of a maximum of 2.5 per cent is a time-limited, dedicated funding tool that communities can apply for through Destination BC. Communities must get approval from the tourism and finance ministers before applying the tax, which is only allowed for a defined time and must be publicly…

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    New Destinations and TIAC Partnership

      Destinations International and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) announce a partnership to elevate awareness of the role and impact of destination organizations in Canada. “Destinations International has 48 destination members in Canada and is continuing to grow throughout the country,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “This partnership will significantly bolster Destinations International’s advocacy programs in Canada and will ensure that the collective voice of destination organizations is represented in Ottawa and the regions.”…

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    Destination Toronto Welcomes Paula Port

      Following a strategic search, Destination Toronto has announced Paula Port as its new VP of global marketing. With more than 20 years of experience and expertise at Destination Toronto, Port will lead the strategic development and implementation of marketing and communications for the destination. In her most recent role as director, brand and content, Port established content marketing as a core function of the organization, launching the re-imagined content hub DestinationToronto.com that prioritizes diversified content and editorial contributors; and,…

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    McInnes Assumes VP Role, Destination BC

      Neil McInnes has been appointed to the permanent role of vice president, corporate development at Destination BC. For the past year McInnes has served as acting vice president, corporate development during one of the industry’s most challenging times. He consistently demonstrated his strengths and capabilities while leading the comprehensive range of core corporate activities that comprise the five areas of responsibility of the corporate development division – corporate services, people and development, research and analytics, corporate communications, and corporate…

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    Victoria Honours Tourism Leaders

      Two leaders with long-standing connections to tourism have been honoured for their contributions by Destination Greater Victoria. Tourism industry veteran Randy Wright, president of Harbour Air, has been given Destination Greater Victoria’s highest honour, its Life Member Award, during the organization’s annual general meeting on Friday April 29, 2022. The award goes to an individual or organization that has demonstrated leadership within the tourism industry. Previous Life Member Award winners include Paul Hadfield, Hugh MacDonald, Ian Powell and Terry…

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    MTCC Will Host 19 Conventions Next Year

      Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is set to host more citywide conventions in 2023 than in most pre-pandemic years. MTCC’s strong booking calendar in 2023 signals the potential for a positive recovery for the business events industry in Ontario. The success of the meetings and events industry is vital for economic recovery. The 19 citywide conventions that are set to take place at the MTCC in 2023 will generate an estimated $219 million in direct spending economic impact for the…

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  • Montréal

    Montreal To Host 2023 Virtuoso Event

      Montréal and its partners are set to host the Virtuoso Symposium, organized by the industry’s leading luxury travel network, from May 15 to 21, 2023. This event brings together more than 400 local and international delegates annually for four days to meet and discuss the sector, while discovering the host destination. “Our destination is a natural choice thanks to its diversified offer of luxurious and authentic experiences, its rich cultural scene, its renowned gastronomy, its world-class facilities and its…

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    Michele Saran is CEO of Explore Waterloo

      Michele Saran has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Explore Waterloo Region. Saran comes to Waterloo Region after serving as the CEO of Tourism Nova Scotia. There she was focused on establishing strong relationships with industry stakeholders, making research-based decisions and leveraging local, regional and national partnership opportunities to support and grow Nova Scotia’s tourism economy. Prior to COVID-19, the province broke records for both revenue and visitation following the strategy which she worked to create.…

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    B.C. Business Events Receive Funding

      Business events and workforce support initiatives, such as hiring and retaining employees, in the tourism sector will receive more than $9.3 million over the next two years as part of B.C.’s Tourism Recovery Initiatives Action Plan. The Tourism Recovery Initiatives Action Plan is B.C.’s comprehensive plan to support the survival, recovery and growth of the sector. This action plan is part of government’s quick response to the Tourism Task Force’s recommendations that demonstrates continued commitment to the recovery and…

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