NEWS BRIEFS Update as of Sept. 25, 2018

Destination Canada to grow Indigenous culture-tourism

WHITEHORSE, Yukon — The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada  and Destination Canada have signed a new three-year partnering agreement to continue growing the Indigenous cultural-tourism sector.

Following the original partnership signed in 2015, this renewed commitment will ensure that Indigenous-tourism businesses have access to relevant marketing programs, services and partnerships provided by Destinations Canada. The agreement will focus on four key areas: marketing programs; connecting travel trade and media to export-ready Indigenous experiences; Indigenous experiences highlighted through Business Events Canada marketing; and increased access to global research and market intelligence.

“The quality and diversity of Indigenous tourism experiences we have from coast to coast to coast sets us apart from other destinations,” says David Goldstein, president and CEO of DC. 

“Along with being a key driver for our industry, this partnership supports broader goals of building regional tourism in remote destinations. Destination Canada is proud to continue supporting the important work of ITAC.”

Montreal still thriving after last year's celebrations

MONTREAL — According to the most recent data compiled by Tourisme
Montréal, economic indicators for the city's tourism industry continued to
climb during the 2018 summer season. Montréal's economy and tourism industry
are still thriving following last year's anniversary celebrations.

Montréal-Trudeau Airport
reported high foreign passenger traffic in June and July, with an 8.8 per cent increase
in passengers from the U.S. and a 10.7 per cent increase in overseas passengers. Total
volumes have increased since the beginning of the year and to date Montréal has
welcomed more than 11 million passengers, marking a 6.9 per cent year-over-year gain.

International tourism is
up with a 6.8 per cent increase in overseas travellers entering Québec's borders in May
and June compared with the same months last year. Since the beginning of the
year, the number of overseas visitors has improved 7.2 per cent over 2017. 

All of
Montréal's top markets performed well, with French-speaking Europe growing
10.8 per cent in May and June compared with the same periods last year, and Germany
gaining 17.4 per cent. Following the addition of several direct air connections to
Asia, Tourisme Montréal noted substantial growth in tourists from this market,
with 20.8 per cent more Chinese visitors and 139.2 per cent more Japanese visitors in May and
June.

Trees and traditions in Miramichi

MIRAMICHI, NB – With hundreds of
kilometers of forest turned brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow,
Miramichi invites travelers to enjoy fall in Atlantic Canada’s Great Outdoors
by land, air, and of course…river.

Whether
weaving through a five-acre corn maze, zip lining among the leaves, or
meandering down the Mighty Miramichi River, the region offers enriching fall
experiences for leaf peepers, families, and active travellers.

Among the attractions is Mawiomi of
Nations, where travellers are
welcome to experience the traditions of the Mi’kmaq people during the Mawiomi
of Nations at Callanders Beach in Kouchibouguac National Park. The Mawiomi, or
“gathering,” gives guests a glimpse into the indigenous culture of the region
through traditional music and dance, ceremonies, storytelling, and more. The
Mawiomi of Nations begins at 6 a.m. on October 6 and will feature drum groups
from neighboring provinces such as, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and
Québec.

World's first beer hotel opens in Ohio

BrewDog, a
multinational brewery that got its start in Scotland, opened its first U.S. brewery in Columbus, Ohio, last year. With a grand
opening on August 27, according to BrewDog's website, it has added to its list of firsts
with the opening of what the brewery claims is the world's first beer
hotel
, according to a CNN report.

Each of the
rooms in DogHouse Columbus includes a minibar featuring BrewDog beers. For those that prefer their suds in draft form, there is a
BrewDog tap equipped in each room. None of this
beer is free, but the local Columbus coffee available en-suite is.

Millennials
will soon be outnumbered

Generation Z will account for 32 per cent of the earth's
population in 2019
, compared to millennials, at 31.5 per cent, according to a Bloomberg analysis.
Members of Gen Z, born after 2001, differ from their millennial predecessors:
They've only ever known a digital world, and they grew up amid the “war on
terror” and the global recession. Research also shows that Gen Z members anticipate being happier and more optimistic
than millennials
, who were born between 1980 and 2000. These differences are expected to
make themselves felt as Gen Z starts to vote and make financial decisions.