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Tentative Convention schedule now online
November 19-21, 2015... Mark those dates on your calendar now! The Annual CAFE Convention will be taking place in Niagara Falls, hosted by the Canadian National Exhibition. If you visit the CAFE website, you will see a draft schedule (subject to change!), as well as information on travel, accommodation, and some of the outstanding speaker lineup. Registration forms will be available NEXT WEEK!
Manitoba Summer Fair in Brandon kicks off
Manitobans — head to Brandon, MB from June 3-7 for the Manitoba Summer Fair! Enjoy the thrills of the rides provided by North American Midway Entertainment, as well as a Demolition Derby, Aboriginal Showcase, Little Ray's Reptile Zoo and so much more! Visit the website for details. Where Summer Begins in Manitoba!
Fresh social media content delivers success for Canada's tourism industry
Canadian Tourism Commission
Content marketing is a hot tourism topic in 2015. Businesses everywhere are seeking to provide the compelling stories that will engage travellers and inspire them to choose a destination, and social media provides a great way to share those tales. Canada, with its awesome nature, vibrant cities and welcoming people, is rich in raw material for these stories.
Apple Blossom Festival organizers pleased with quality of events
Kings County News
The Apple Blossom Festival president says he's impressed with how well everything went and with the level of public participation. Gary Long said he heard from other committee members that the concert in Kentville's Memorial Park was "fantastic" and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Long said they would have liked to have stronger attendance at the Queen Annapolisa coronation ceremony in Wolfville, but the strength of the leadership candidates leaves nothing to be desired.
Website to position region as Ontario's foodie destination
Foodies in Southwestern Ontario should bookmark OSWCulinary.com as their web destination of choice to find out all about "fresh new flavor on the Ontario food and drink scene."
The site, launched recently, is part of a $180,000 marketing campaign by Ontario's Southwest, a regional tourism organization that represents the area from Windsor to Haldimand-Norfolk, to draw attention to "the amazing collection of farms, breweries, wineries, markets, restaurants and culinary events" in our region.
Rodeo comes to Minden
Get out your chaps and spurs; the rodeo is coming to Minden.
At their recent meeting, Minden Hills councillors unanimously and without conversation passed a staff recommendation that $1,400 in fees be waived to allow the Minden Agricultural Society to bring the RAM Rodeo the the fairgrounds soon.
New social media policy will bring Town of Whitby up to speed
Nowadays if you want to engage people in business, marketing or advertising, an online presence is essential. Failure to do so excludes a huge segment of your potential audience.
The Town of Whitby has finally figured this out. It adopted a social media policy that will launch shortly, allowing it to expand its online presence on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Renovations underway at Crystal Palace
With $90,000 worth of renovations to the Crystal Palace's washrooms underway, West Perth councillors addressed at their recent meeting three requests from the building's owners, the Mitchell and District Agricultural Society.
The first was a funding request for renovations to the Crystal Palace through municipal grant money, which was made recently.
Vancouver taps into craft beer tourism
As more craft breweries open across the province and existing ones get bigger with greater reach, B.C. is becoming a draw for tourists from near and far.
The natural focal point for that draw is Vancouver, which already has a global reputation as a bucket-list city to visit — and is now getting increasing attention for its beer.
That's partly wrapped up in Vancouver's reputation as a great culinary city, which also includes B.C. wine and a growing wave of distilleries, says Amber Sessions of Tourism Vancouver.
Ousted from the Exhibition Grounds
Prince Albert Daily Herald
After a decade of operating at the Prince Albert Exhibition Grounds tax-free, the city caught up with Absolute Identification Security & Investigation. The security company has been ordered to leave the grounds.
Recently, business owner Dan Webb brought the issue to the public forum of city council in hopes of finding a solution.
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