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Ontario's Marketing Program boosts tourism
The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is recognizing the importance of festivals and events by providing $1.9 million in marketing support to 136 festivals and events across Ontario.
Through the Tourism Event Marketing Program, OTMPC assists in marketing festivals and events to attract more tourists and generate increased tourism spending both within Ontario and out of province. This investment helped generate six million tourism visits last year.
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Meet the Ottawa woman who brings a million tulips to life
This has been a great year for tulips in Ottawa, says Tina Liu. "The weather was hot for a few days and cool for a few days. There's been some shade and some sun. It's perfect."
Liu should know. For the past five years, she has been responsible for the look of the million tulips that emblazon the national capital with an eye-dazzling palette of colours every spring.
Trained as a landscape architect in Taiwan, Liu joined the National Capital Commission in 2010 and is now design manager of its capital floral program.
Planning underway for 140th Dresden Exhibition
Wallaceburg Courier Press
Loud cheers rang out at the sights, sounds and smells caused by vehicles crashing into each other during the Dresden Demolition Derby.
The demolition derby was the first event of the year put on the Dresden Agricultural Society, and president Lucille Laprise said it is the beginning of what promises to be many fun events being organized by the community organization.
"We've got a lot of great things coming up," she said.
Tourist spending reaches record $1.7 billion in Calgary
It was a record year in 2014 for the tourism industry in Calgary.
The city hosted more than eight million visitors who spent a record $1.7 billion — an increase of 6.3 per cent from the previous year, Tourism Calgary said in its annual report, released recently.
Vancouver art fair follows a global trend
The Vancouver Sun
Artists who show their paintings on a runway like models in a fashion show are among the art marketing ideas being introduced at Vancouver's first international art fair in 16 years.
Art! Vancouver opens soon at the Vancouver Convention Centre with paintings, sculpture, and multi-media works by artists from around the world. The founder and director is Lisa Wolfin, whose background includes working for Christian Dior in Paris and running a gallery in the Hollyburn Country Club.
Luminato lands Anthony Sargent as CEO
Luminato has pulled off a huge coup by landing Anthony Sargent, one of Britain's top arts-world leaders, as its new CEO.
"This is a key step in my life, and I'm really excited about getting to know a different country and working in fresh surroundings," Sargent told the Star in a recent phone interview. "I wanted to take on one more challenge and do one more substantial thing before ending my career. And I wanted it to be something different from anything I've ever done before."
Tourism Nova Scotia is tasked with doubling tourism by 2025
With the passing of the budget, the new agency that will oversee tourism efforts in the province has become official.
Tourism Nova Scotia will be responsible for reversing slumping visitor numbers from the U.S.
Over the last 10 years, the number of tourists coming to Nova Scotia has decreased by nine per cent.
The Ivany Report says tourism needs to double over the next 10 years to help inject $4 billion into the economy.
Manitoba offers boost for rural, indigenous tourism projects
The Manitoba government announced recently it will jump-start new tourism projects this year with $195,000 in grants through its Tourism Development Fund.
In a news release, Tourism Minister Ron Lemieux said the fund will target projects in rural and northern Manitoba and support authentic indigenous cultural tourism.
"The Tourism Development Fund provides up to $25,000 in matching grants for new tourism attractions and experiences or projects that enhance the quality of existing tourism attractions," Lemieux said.
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