• 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. 

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.

 

Level Hotels & Furnished Suites, which provides apartment-style accommodations for short and long stays, is expanding its portfolio with the opening of Level Seattle - South Lake Union later this spring.

 

When I visited Boise Centre for our recent cover story on Idaho’s capital city, I found the convention center, much like the city itself, spotless and both nimble and responsible in reacting to the ongoing pandemic.