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International visits to capital region up this summer

4:11 pm in Industry News, Ottawa News, Tourism Industry

CTV News

New statistics say more international tourists are coming to canada\’s capital, also staying longer and spending more.

Tourism officials said international visits at the Ottawa International Airport were up five per cent in June 2012 compared to the same time last year.

The capital’s top tourist attractions (The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian War Museum and National Gallery of Canada) also saw a 30 per cent increase in visitors during that timeframe.

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New tourism ad makes U.S. look like Canada

2:35 pm in Industry News, Tourism Industry

A softer, gentler America that looks a lot like Canada, with its depiction of diverse people and stunning landscapes, is the focus of a new travel campaign that is making the tourism industry here nervous, but experts say the real aim of the exercise may be to rebrand the \”militaristic\” United States.

The centrepiece of the Discover America campaign is a TV spot featuring the folksy Land of Dreams sung by Roseanne Cash accompanied by diverse musicians, while scenes of urban and nature vistas flash across the screen interspersed with multicultural images such as smiling women in hijab and musicians playing sitar and tabla. The tagline: Discover this land as never before.

The first national campaign to sell America to the rest of the world since the Reagan administration has been launched in Canada, the U.K. and Japan and will be expanded to Brazil, South Korea, Germany, Australia, China and India this fall and next year.

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The National Women\’s Show

1:29 pm in Industry News


The ultimate girl’s day out! Shop ‘til you drop at over 250 exhibits and find everything from food and wine sampling, fashion shows, celebrity guests, free makeovers, health, wellness & beauty secrets, cooking demos, home renovation advice and travel ideas!

Make a day of it! Bring your friends, sister, daughter or mom and be entertained doing everything you love. Enjoy great deals and show specials, shop for well-known brands or find a unique piece of clothing or jewellery at one of the many boutique exhibits. Experiment with a new look, ask the experts for advice about hairstyles, make-up and fitness and see fashion shows for the latest style trends for night, day, work or play! Experience all the fun.

When: April 14-14, 2012
Where: Ottawa Convention Centre

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Ontario\’s tourism welcome doesn\’t travel to Ottawa

2:56 pm in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Tourism Industry

18 visitor centres, but none here

By Mark Sutcliffe, Ottawa Citizen

Ontario has 18 Travel Information Centres, placed strategically across the province and at which, according to the government\’s website, \”friendly staff\” will \”help you customize an Ontario itinerary as unique as you are.\”

At these centres, tourists can pick up brochures, get answers to their questions and even book hotel rooms. \”We are travel experts familiar with local attractions, but also knowledgeable about all that our province has to offer,\” the tourism website says.

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Ottawa Tourism launches Bonus Booking Offers

12:42 pm in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News, Tourism Industry

Third night free offer coming soon!

[Source: Ottawa Tourism press release]

OTTAWA, November 22, 2011—Ottawa Tourism has just launched Bonus Booking Offers, a program that gives visitors customized offers based on total hotel value at participating hotels. For example, a stay valued at $200 might offer free breakfast while a stay valued at $300 might offer free parking. Bonus offers are managed by individual hotels on the website’s booking engine and are available for new reservations at participating hotels.

Another enticing offer is just a couple weeks away from being launched: as of November 30, visitors to Ottawa can indulge in a Third Night Free at participating hotels for bookings and travel between November 30, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

Both options make it extra-easy to plan an Ottawa getaway to enjoy holiday cheer, skate on the Rideau Canal, attend the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game festivities or indulge in Winterlude activities.

“We strive to keep our offers fresh and enticing,” says Noel Buckley, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “By working closely with our hotel and attraction partners the new Bonus Booking Offers allow hotels to provide value-added options to consumers who, as a result, may end up staying longer for less and enjoying more, especially when combined with the Third Night Free promotion.”

Ottawa Tourism provides industry leadership and destination marketing to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Visit Ottawa Tourism at

It’s when the sun goes down that things really light up.

9:23 am in Community News, Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News, Tourism Industry

Growing up Canadian means knowing winter. For me, the most thrilling time to explore that crisp world was always at night. Cross-country skiing among B.C.’s towering pines, I would admire the sparkle of tiny snowflakes floating against the backdrop of a jet-black sky. I’d snuggle in the back of a horse-drawn sleigh in the Whistler hills and delight at the unexpected romance of one mittened hand holding another. Across the country, we locals are experts at bundling up to capture the magic of Canadian winter nights, and we’re ready to share our toasty secrets.

Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway

Ottawa’s Rideau Canal is much more than a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest continually operating canal system in North America: Every January, a nearly 8-km (5-mi) stretch of its waters turns into the world’s largest skating rink. Start at Dows Lake Pavilion, where you’ll strap on your rented skates – hockey-style are easiest – and let the canal’s wind tunnel whisk you along its starry stretch, skimming beneath the century-old arches of the Bank Street Bridge.

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Winterlude in Ottawa 2011 – Celebrate Winter in Canada\’s Capital

1:45 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

No matter what you plan on doing this winter, make sure that Winterlude in Ottawa is a stop on your destination list. The spectacular outdoor festival draws over 650,000 people from all over the world annually.

This year\’s winter extravaganza runs every weekend from February 4th – 21st and is open on Family Day. The celebrations take place in venues all over the city including: The Rideau Canal Skateway, Confederation Park, Jacques-Cartier Park, The Museum of Civilization, and Ottawa City Hall.

The exciting three week spectacle has many activities and attractions that appeal to all ages, most being free of charge. Whether it is viewing the fireworks, skating on the Rideau Canal, watching the enormous ice sculptures taking shape, or keeping warm in the ice cafe, Winterlude in Ottawa has it all.

If you\’re still looking for more, you will also find free concerts, a hilarious bed race, horse drawn sleigh rides, the Norway/Keskinada giant Ski Event, Byward Market Mardi Gras, a massive snow playground and so much more!

Stretching a whopping 7.8 km the Rideau Canal is the world\’s largest skating rink. This skater\’s paradise is open 7 days a week and is well maintained by the National Capital Commission. You can call (613) 239-5234 at any time for the latest updates on ice conditions.

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Winterlude packing guide

10:31 am in Community News, Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News, Tourism Industry

So, you’re coming to Ottawa for Winterlude this February. Glad to hear it! (If you haven’t booked yet, check out the Winterlude accommodation packages — for couples and for families – available through Ottawa Tourism (and don’t forget the popular Third Night Free promotion at select hotels).

Especially if this is your first visit to Ottawa in the winter, we urge you to refer to this packing guide to make sure you enjoy yourselves to the fullest. Because no matter how amazing the ice sculptures at the Crystal Garden, how romantic the outing on the Rideau Canal Skateway, or how slippery the ice slide at Snowflake Kingdom, you won’t have any fun at all if your feet are cold!