Alaskan campaign could kill B.C. cruise industry

The state wants non-U.S. cruise ships to be allowed to go straight from continental U.S. ports to Alaska, cutting out B.C. entirely

Alaskan campaign could kill B.C. cruise industryYou may think British Columbia has a cruise ship industry because of our great location, marvellous climate and amazing attractions, natural or otherwise. You would be wrong. We have a cruise industry here because of actions by the United States 100 years ago to put America first. The U.S. wanted to ensure that it had…

Travel restrictions are one step too far

Enough is enough

Travel restrictions are one step too farThe COVID-19 pandemic has revealed more than ever that those who trade freedom for security can’t stand people preferring the former. By ignoring rules they force onto others, such as travel restrictions, politicians reveal the primary goal was power all along, not safety. Earlier this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instituted additional travel restrictions…

Dam dynamics often fail fish

It seems strange how little we know about fish, their habits and whether the help we’re trying to give them is actually helpful

Dam dynamics often fail fishMany of us who received our education on fish migration via TV nature programs have missed a few important things. All I remember is that salmon can leap several feet in the air over cascades to get upstream to spawn. Somewhere in these documentaries I recall an industrialist taking full credit for installing a fishway…

Loss of international students a blow to Canadian schools

Foreign students spent about $23.6 billion in Canada last year and much of that income will be lost as a result of COVID-19

Loss of international students a blow to Canadian schoolsSome industries are obvious victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Everybody knows that businesses in the travel and hospitality sector, especially at the international level, have taken a serious if not lethal blow. Even with government aid, airlines, cruise ships, hotels and tourist attractions will have great difficulty rebuilding and even…

Tourism sector fears losing summer travel season and beyond

Tourism sector fears losing summer travel season and beyondCharlotte Bell, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, is at the helm of the organization that is the champion of Canada’s tourism industry. Travel generates $1.2 billion a year and employs one in 10 Canadians, making it the fifth largest industry in the country. Travel Like This asked Bell a series…

International tourists spent $2.2 billion in Alberta in 2018

And 2019 shows signs of being an even better tourism year for the province, according to an ATB report

International tourists spent $2.2 billion in Alberta in 2018Alberta offers international tourists numerous places to visit. And international visitors seem to love coming to this province. Last year, international visitors (including business travellers) spent almost $2.2 billion in the province. And spending in the first three months of 2019 was 26 per cent higher than during the same period last year, says a…

Alberta fourth most visited province by Canadian tourists

Ontario, Quebec and B.C. all drew more visitors, according to StatsCan

Alberta fourth most visited province by Canadian touristsCanadians took 316 million trips in Canada and abroad, spending $83.8 billion in 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Tuesday that Canadians made 278 million domestic trips in 2018, representing 88 per cent of all trips made by residents of Canada. Spending by Canadians on trips within Canada totalled $45.7 billion,…

Air Canada buying Transat A.T. Inc. for $520 million

Will create a Montreal-based global travel services company in leisure

Air Canada buying Transat A.T. Inc. for $520 millionHot on the heels of the announcement this week that Calgary-based WestJet is being sold in a $5-billion deal to Onex Corp., Air Canada announced on Thursday that it intends to buy Transat A.T. Inc. for about $520 million or $13 per share. In a news release, Air Canada said it will create a Montreal-based…

Alberta hotel market growing despite economic challenges

Supply and demand growth in Alberta in 2019 are projected at 0.7 per cent and one per cent respectively for Edmonton and Calgary.

Alberta hotel market growing despite economic challengesAlberta’s hotel market continues to experience challenges in the wake of the province’s economic downturn, but Edmonton and Calgary are beginning to develop green shoots, according to a new report released Tuesday by commercial real estate firm CBRE. The report said supply and demand growth in Alberta in 2019 are projected at 0.7 per cent…

Alberta hotel transactions total $154 million in 2018

Canada’s hotel industry has a positive outlook, says report from commercial real estate firm Colliers International

Alberta hotel transactions total $154 million in 2018Transaction volume for Alberta hotels fell by 19 per cent year over year in 2018, according to a new report by commercial real estate firm Colliers International. The company’s 2019 Canadian Hotel Investment Report said there were 19 hotel transactions in 2018 for a dollar volume of $154 million in the province. That involved 1,860…
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