Calgary lodges see spillover from Banff's tourism increase

Calgary’s resort business says there’s nonetheless a variety of room on the inn for the upcoming summer time tourism season. So they’re hoping to soak up a variety of spillover from Banff, named a prime vacation spot for 2017,  because the mountain resort city braces for an additional document setting yr for guests..

“We certainly would love to see a strong summer,” stated Dan Desantis, chair of the Calgary Hotel Association and normal supervisor for the Marriott on the Calgary airport.

Desantis  says Calgary’s not anticipating an inflow of vacationers for Canada’s birthday this lengthy weekend — nor something like what Banff is anticipating over the complete summer time due to Canada 150 and the free entry into the nationwide park.

But he says native lodges are staring to see some spinoff.

“What we believe is occurring is that, as part of people going out to the mountains, they’re spending a day or two on the front side of their vacation or on the backside on their way home, in Calgary, and so that has been a big help.”

Desantis says stronger bookings for the summer time, regardless of the economic system, might also be a results of Tourism Calgary’s advertising and marketing efforts this yr.

Dan Desantis, chair of the Calgary Hotel Association, says they’re beginning to see spillover from Banff’s tourism increase this summer time. (Colleen Underwood/CBC)

“We`re seeing a real spike in interest as well on all the major travel sites they’re recommending Calgary as one of the best destinations to come in Canada,” stated Cindy Ady, CEO, Tourism Calgary.

Tourism Calgary has been selling meals and craft beer excursions, in addition to totally different actions, to regional and worldwide guests who typically skip town of their rush to the mountains.

“What we are out there promoting is this idea, if Banff is very full, Calgary still has quite a bit of room in it, especially post-Stampede, and it’s a really good price point,” stated Ady.

“And you can have that blended vacation.”

Ady says there are not any laborious numbers as as to if its advertising and marketing tactic is paying off. 

But she says they have been watching social media and totally different web sites and have discovered lots of people are researching Calgary, so that they’re anticipating a powerful summer time for bookings.


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