• 2014 Annual National Canadian Tourism Convention Recap

     
    POSTED June 4, 2014
     

The 2014 annual national Canadian tourism convention took place at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre in Vancouver in May this year. The event welcomed 475 tour operators and wholesalers from all corners of the tourism industry, including hotels, airlines, tour guide companies and tourism associations across Canada. 

"We do these back-to-back meetings for three days," said Dayna Miller, director of sales and travel trade for Tourism Vancouver. "We individually meet up with 70 different travel buyers." The event hosted meetings among sellers and buyers from 28 different countries where they were able to trade, discuss and catalogue information in several short meetings.

Each year, Tourism Vancouver gathers the information presented at these meetings and uses it to compile marketing information about new trends among travelers and the tourism industry. While the company mainly focuses on selling Vancouver as a tourism destination, it also uses the information to promote and sell nearby destinations and locations. 

How are we doing? Pretty good. That was the bottom-line assessment that was shared with the nearly 600 tourism and professionals who attended Visit Seattle’s Annual Outlook Meeting at the Westin Seattle on March 31.

Some highlights from the 2021 study showed:

 

A big part of what imbues a destination with a sense of place and makes it memorable are its small locally owned businesses.  A new partnership between Visit Seattle and Seattle Bank is designed to support these businesses and bring tourism revenue to Seattle’s emerging neighborhoods. The inaugural grant program will invest in 20 local businesses, focusing on establishments owned by women, people of color and LGBTQ+ community members in the easily accessible Central District and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods.

 

Honeycomb Strategies, based in the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte and with a second location in Portland, Oregon, has been certified as a B Corporation. The women-owned sustainability consulting firm is helping the global event industry create sustainable management systems and reduce its footprint. 

B Corps are for-profit companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and use their profits and growth to positively impact stakeholders and the planet.