TIANB names Fredericton as the host city for the 2016 Atlantic Canada Showcase
New Brunswick’s capital city of Fredericton has been selected to host Atlantic Canada Showcase October 2-4, 2016. “Fredericton Tourism is thrilled to have been selected as host city for Atlantic Canada Showcase next fall. As the region’s most important travel trade marketplace, this will be an exceptional opportunity to showcase Fredericton to tour operators from Canada, US and Europe and receptive tour operators that work with the China market”, said Mary Ellen Hudson, Group Tour Coordinator with Fredericton Tourism. “Our committed and experienced local host team is excited to pull out all the stops and present an event that is both fun and productive which highlights our new Convention Centre, unique off venues, and great hotels”, said David Seabrook, Fredericton Tourism Manager.
“TIANB is thrilled to welcome travel trade operator’s from across Canada, the US and other countries to New Brunswick. I have full confidence that Fredericton will provide delegates with an experience to enhance their knowledge of what Atlantic Canada has to offer and create special Maritime memories”, said President Kathy Weir.
“We want to introduce Nova Scotia to more visitors from around the world”, said Michele McKenzie, Interim President and CEO of Tourism Nova Scotia. “The meetings with national and international tour operators attending Atlantic Canada Showcase provide a great sales platform for our industry partners to reach new customers.”
ACS is a biennial buyer-seated marketplace designed especially for the motorcoach, group, F.I.T. and specialty travel industry. The event schedule entails three impactful days of business to business meetings, networking events and educational sessions that will allow international buyers and regional sellers an opportunity to experience, meet and do business with tourism product and service providers from all four Atlantic Provinces.
The ACS event, which rotates throughout the Atlantic Provinces, was last held in Prince Edward Island in 2014 and hosted 61 buyers from around the world and 128 sellers of Tourism products and services from Atlantic Canada. A committee comprised of private and public representatives from each of the Atlantic Provinces have been working diligently to ensure that the 2016 event surpasses all expectations.
The tourism industry is cross-sectoral and benefits several sectors in Nova Scotia, including transportation, accommodations, food and beverage services, and the retail trade. Using GDP as a measure, Nova Scotia's tourism industry contributes 2% to provincial GDP, and is worth more than the province's fishing, forestry, agriculture and mining sectors combined. In 2013, tourism revenues exceeded $2 billion.
This project has been made possible through funding provided by the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership http://actp-ptca.ca/.
For more information on Atlantic Canada Showcase 2016, please visit, www.atlanticcanadashowcase.com.
Gail Bremner, Event Manager
Atlantic Canada Showcase 2016