Hi there,

Welcome to the first edition of the Calgary Insider; the refreshed way Tourism Calgary will share important updates about our industry, relevant organizational and strategic updates, and features on Calgary’s tourism champions – White Hat Award winners.  

If you are a Tourism Calgary partner, you will continue to receive partner savings offers on a quarterly basis. Not a Tourism Calgary partner? Check out the benefits of signing up.

In this inaugural issue of the Calgary Insider, read about Rendez-vous and GoMedia,
upcoming events, Tourism Calgary’s annual report and Destination Strategy and our very successful 55th annual Calgary White Hat Awards.

What do you think? Your feedback on this new format is welcomed. Please contact Erinm@tourismcalgary.com with comments.
Calgary to host GoMedia after successful RVC
Earlier this month, Tourism Calgary and Travel Alberta successfully hosted more than 1,700 international delegates from over 29 countries at Rendez-vous Canada (RVC). We extend our sincere appreciation to our industry partners for your support and for hosting delegates with warm, western hospitality. 

We are also happy to announce that in partnership with Travel Alberta, Tourism Calgary will be hosting GoMedia 2018. This conference matches international travel media with industry experts to communicate what Canada has to offer.

Conferences such as RVC and GoMedia elevate Calgary and Alberta's profile internationally with the goal of bolstering the leisure travel economy.
Upcoming events
April 21 to June 18
Jubilations Dinner Theatre  Ferris Bueller’s School of Rock

May 23 to August 29
Heritage Park  River Forth Dining

June 3
Azuridge
  Tiki Party


Tourism Calgary's AGM
On May 27th, Tourism Calgary released its 2016 Annual Report  at the Annual General Meeting.

In 2016, Calgary welcomed more than 7.2 million visitors to our city, contributing an estimated $1.6 billion to the local economy through spending at local attractions, restaurants, hotels, shops, festivals and events.

In addition to a report on 2016 activities and a look forward to the second half of 2017, the AGM featured a keynote presentation by Peter KageyamaPeter is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. He challenged us to think about our relationship with our city as a two-way street, rather than only considering what the city is doing for us. 

The AGM also included Mayor Nenshi's white-hatting of outgoing Board Chair Rod McKay, who has been a dedicated advocate of our organization over the past five years.

Have a great idea for showing your love for Calgary? Let us know!  
Calgary's Destination Strategy:
Ultimate hosts. Ultimate host city.
Led by input from industry stakeholders, Tourism Calgary has developed a Destination Strategy that aims to enhance Calgary as a vibrant destination. With this collective strategy, we can take our love of hosting to the next level as the ultimate host city of events, festivals and performances. Following extensive consultation with local, national and international stakeholders, we are pleased to share the Destination Strategy and an overview of the strategy.

To learn more, or to get involved;
please contact Cassandra McAuley
Director, Stakeholder Engagement &
Destination Development.

Calgary White Hat Awards
On May 17th Tourism Calgary celebrated our frontline ambassadors at the 55th annual Calgary White Hat Awards. The awards recognized 26 winners from over 600 nominees. These ambassadors welcome over 7.2 million visitors a year to Calgary with world-renowned western hospitality, supporting a $1.6 billion visitor economy.

The evening was made truly special and unique when three families became Canadian citizens in front of the most enthusiastic and energetic crowd  imaginable.

Missed the Calgary White Hat Awards? View the winners ad and a gallery of photos

We will also feature Calgary White Hat Winners each month in the Calgary Insider, so you can share in the stories of our frontline ambassadors who have created memorable experiences for visitors.

Watch this space for featured Calgary White Hat Award winners!
We will be featuring industry news,
job postings, event listings and more here:
visitcalgary.com/industrynews