Nova Scotia prepares to host Rendez-vous Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia is set to host the next edition of Rendez-vous Canada (RVC); the annual tourism market place, which is held in a different Canadian city each year.  Scheduled to take place 13 – 16 May 2018 the event, which is being led by Destination Canada and Tourism Nova Scotia, will connect UK and other international buyers with Canadian sellers of tourism products.

RVC will be held at the recently opened Halifax Convention Centre. Just a stones’ throw from the city’s fashionable Waterfront Boardwalk and upscale shopping districts, the new centre boasts 50,000 square feet of multi-purpose convention space, 40,000 square feet of intimate meeting space and an impressive ballroom that features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city and harbour beyond.


Last year’s edition of RVC was held in Calgary and welcomed approximately 1,840 delegates from 29 markets with more than 29,000 speed-dating style meetings taking place; the most in its 41 year history. Registration for the Halifax event is already exceeding expectations, with UK delegates encouraged to book their flight and accommodation soon to avoid disappointment.

The RVC official website contains event registration information, accommodation recommendations and an Air Canada discount offer for attendees travelling to Halifax during the period. It also features details of Nova Scotia pre and post industry FAM trips, with a view to delegates extending their stay in the province.

Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia and home to nearly half a million people, steeped in history and culture it is the first port of call for most Brits arriving to the region by air.  With world-class attractions, superb dining and a range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets, attendees to RVC are encouraged to take time to explore the beautiful and vibrant city.

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Ten of the best for Ottawa in 2018

2017 was an extraordinary year for Ottawa, with it playing host to the national Canada 150 celebrations. However, 2018 is also shaping up to be a year to remember, as the capital city prepares to host countless festivals, concerts and shows that will celebrate everything from food and drink to sport, music and heritage. At Ottawa Tourism we look ahead to ten of the best.


  1. WINTERLUDE 2018 marks the 40th edition of the event, when Ottawa will be transformed into an enchanting city of all things snowy and frozen. Organisers are promising a festival that will be bigger and better than ever, with some 600,000 revellers expected to descend on the Canadian capital 2 – 19 February. The bumper sized celebrations will be centred in and around three downtown locations, all of which will be free of charge to the public.


  1. THE GATINEAU WINTER BEERFEST Held in the Canadian Museum of History’s spectacular Grand Hall, more than 10,000 festivalgoers will attend the lively two-day event (2-3 February), during which time 35 breweries will be on site offering over 100 different types of beer to thirsty members of the public. Talented brewers from both Ontario and Quebec (and Vermont in the USA) will be on hand to showcase the capital region’s finest selection of flavours and aromas from the world of craft beer.


  1. GATINEAU LOPPET The cross-country ski race is set to wow winter sports enthusiasts 16 – 18 February. The event, now celebrating its 40th edition, is the biggest race of its kind in Canada with more than 3,000 experts and amateurs expected to take part from 20 different countries. The Gatineau Loppet has its roots in the Quebec’s Lachute region but the race moved to Gatineau Park just outside Ottawa city centre in 1982. Spectators from all over the world will join in the snowy excitement, with plenty on offer to keep people of all ages and skiing abilities entertained.


  1. OTTAWA POUTINEFEST One of Canada’s most popular culinary creations is poutine, a hot mess of chips, gravy and squeaky cheese curds. In fact, it’s so popular that gourmet versions of the traditionally fast-food treat have popped up over the years. Ottawa PoutineFest shares some of the best with locals and visitors 27 – 29 April outside Ottawa City Hall. More than 30 purveyors of poutine will set up shop, offering over 100 different variations of the popular dish.


  1. CANADIAN TULIP FESTIVAL The 66th edition of this much-loved festival is set to take place 11 – 21 May and will transform the city into an oasis of colour. The event is the largest of its kind in the world, celebrating the beginning of spring and international friendship with the Netherlands. Over one million tulips in 50 dazzling varieties will wow half a million visitors as they blossom in public spaces across the capital – including over 250,000 in one park alone.


  1. TD OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL Returning for its 37th edition at Confederation Park and at several other venues throughout the city 21 June – 1 July. Hundreds of thousands of jazz and pop fans are expected to attend the super cool event, which will showcase a variety of home-grown and internationally acclaimed stars. Previous headliners have included Brian Wilson, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, David Byrne and Aretha Franklin to name a few. This year’s line-up is hotly anticipated with details set to be revealed in the coming weeks. For ticket and festival information visit:


  1. MUSIC AND BEYOND The summer festival features classical music from leading orchestras, choirs, bands, baroque groups and small ensembles. Now in its ninth year, Music and Beyond also plays host to the visual arts, drama, poetry recitals and art cinema. Shows, performances and screenings will take place 4 – 17 July in a variety of beautiful venues throughout Ottawa including historic churches and the spectacular Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.


  1. RBC ROYAL BANK BLUESFEST Set to take place 5 – 15 July, Bluesfest is one of the largest international music events (not just the blues) in North America and, according to Billboard Magazine, is one of the top ten most successful music festivals in the world. The event attracts more than 300,000 revellers and has previously featured the likes of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Noel Gallagher, Deep Purple, Kanye West, B.B King and Lady Gaga. 2018’s headline acts will be announced in the coming weeks, stay tuned!


  1. GATINEAU HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL Few countries allow hot air balloons to fly directly over their Parliament, but in Canada, if the wind is blowing from the right direction, it’s encouraged at the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, known to locals as the Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau. From the 30 August – 3 September a stunning array of colourful balloons will pepper the skies above the Ottawa River, while vast crowds of spectators below look on in awe.


  1. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ACROSS CANADA Taking place throughout the festive season each year, this is a national programme of beautiful Christmas illuminations that light up cities throughout Canada. During the festival, Ottawa and neighbouring Gatineau glow each evening as hundreds of thousands of multi-coloured lights create a fairy-tale like scene.


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Nova Scotia’s New Convention Centre Opens for Business

An official opening ceremony took place at Canada’s eagerly awaited $170m Halifax Convention Centre on 15 December. The new development, which is located in the city’s downtown, features more than 120,000 square feet of new flexible events space.

Just a stones’ throw from Halifax’s fashionable Waterfront Boardwalk and upscale shopping districts, the new centre includes 50,000 square feet of multi-purpose convention space, 40,000 square feet of intimate meeting space and an impressive ballroom that features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city and harbour beyond.

There are already 90 events booked, including 44 national and international conventions, for the first year of operations at the new facility. This includes the next edition of Rendez-vous Canada (RVC); the annual tourism market place, which is held in a different Canadian city each year.  Scheduled to take place 13 – 16 May, RVC will be led by Destination Canada and will connect UK and other international buyers with Canadian sellers of tourism products. In all, approximately 75,000 delegates are expected to visit the Halifax Convention Centre during the course of 2018, generating an estimated $50m in province revenue.

The Halifax Convention Centre forms part of the ‘Nova Centre’, a mixed-used project that when complete will include a new hotel, financial towers, public plaza and retail space. It is the largest integrated development of its kind in Nova Scotia’s history.

Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia and is the first port of call for most Brits arriving to the region by air. Less than a seven hour flight from the UK, the city is steeped in history and culture while boasting world-class visitor attractions, superb dining and a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

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Canada’s Nordik Spa-Nature to open new 60 room hotel

Plans have been announced to build a 60 room hotel at Nordik Spa-Nature in the Canadian province of Quebec, just a 15-minute drive north of the capital city Ottawa.   The Scandinavian-inspired resort, which is located near the entrance to beautiful Gatineau Park, is North America’s largest Spa complex.

The resort, which has been in operation for 15 years, is currently home to group accommodation only, with two existing stylish lodges. The new hotel will be surrounded by trees and set over 40,000 square feet, including two underground storeys. The property will offer individual rooms and will be dedicated to the concepts of wellness, yoga and meditation.

Nordik Spa-Nature is hugely popular with locals and increasingly so with holidaymakers. It benefits from seven outdoor pools, cascades, an infinity pool, eight saunas and an excellent restaurant and bar serving a range of locally and internationally inspired dishes. The resort is one of only two places in the world where guests can enjoy a relaxing Källa treatment, floating in its saltwater pool.

Construction is set to begin this winter, with the new hotel expected to be open by the summer of 2019. The spa will remain open throughout.

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Axis launches new website as the company celebrates its 10 year anniversary

Axis Travel Marketing is set to mark its first decade in the travel industry and has unveiled its new website as part of a major rebrand. With a clean design and improved functionality, the new website offers quick and easy access to essential information and provides enhanced rich content on the different travel industry services that the company conducts;  Marketing, Representation, PR, MICE, Crisis Management and Social Media.

With a wealth of experience across a variety of travel clients including Business Events Canada, Florida Keys and Key West, Tourism Nova Scotia, Ottawa Tourism, Lisboa Convention Bureau and Dusit International to name a few, Axis Travel Marketing is about to embark in its second decade, after taking numerous high profile journalists and broadcasters to immerse in new cultures, allowing blue chip companies to create compelling experiences for their teams and delegates at the most remarkable settings and showcasing truly unique products to the travel industry trade.

Emma Cashmore, Managing Director at Axis Travel Marketing, commented: “The reason behind our new website is to be able to communicate our value proposition in a simpler and effective manner. It’s a very exciting time for all of us at Axis right now and it is exciting to see how the travel industry continues to evolve and how we can come up with innovative solutions to help our clients to achieve that product growth, maximize the value of business leads and enhance their media visibility, in a highly dynamic industry.

Our industry knowledge and professionalism have enabled us to achieve this ten year journey working alongside the most fantastic clients and we truly look forward to starting this new chapter.”

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Tourism Nova Scotia Has a Whale of a Time At King’s Cross Station

Commuters at London’s King’s Cross Station were recently whisked off to Nova Scotia’s iconic Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove and had the chance to get up close and personal with a humpback whale thanks to an innovative “Magic Mirror” on the station concourse.

The free to view augmented reality display was the latest initiative from Tourism Nova Scotia as part of its drive to bring destination awareness to the public here in the U.K. The installation, which was created by the innovate tech company 3RockAR, saw commuters stand, jump and play in front of a giant screen in which they saw themselves in a variety of different scenes.


The Tourism Nova Scotia team were at King’s Cross Station, engaging with commuters as they interacted with the Magic Mirror. Emma Cashmore, Account Director, U.K. Tourism Nova Scotia said

“It’s fantastic to see so many people enjoying the installation here at King’s Cross, it’s helping to create a real buzz about our wonderful province in a way that was not possible even five years ago. Members of the public that we have been speaking with seem genuinely wowed by the experience, leaving them wanting to know more about Nova Scotia”

Commuter Jack Evans from Beckenham in Kent said,

“The Magic Mirror is amazing! It really makes you feel like you are somewhere else, incredible what technology can do now a days. I don’t know much about Nova Scotia, but it certainly gives a flavour for what that part of Canada offers. It’s definitely a place I would like to visit.”

Located in eastern Canada and less than a seven hour flight away from the U.K., Nova Scotia has a rich and diverse tourism offering spanning outdoor adventure, cultural travel and outstanding gastronomy. Boasting five UNESCO sites, the province attracts a broad range of visitors through its superb wildlife-watching, hiking and cycling offering and also thanks to its great museums, wineries and burgeoning events calendar.

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Business Events Canada hosts its Annual European Canada Week

Business Events Canada (BEC) and their partners returned to Europe this September for their annual series of roadshows designed to promote the country’s world class meeting, conventions & incentive travel offerings to local meetings and incentive agencies.


The interactive and informative events in France and UK provided attendees with networking opportunities and practical advice on holding events in Canada whilst helping them get up to speed with all the latest news and developments, from airlines, new hotels to venues and incentive travel options.


The first event took place in Paris on Monday 18th September at the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada to France and the second event took place in London on Thursday 21st September at Canada House, 1 Trafalgar Square. The events kicked off with a drinks reception followed by the “Totem Poles Challenge” game and a prize draws of two tickets to Canada.


Highlighting Canada’s unique culture, all of the guests were given “Totem Poles” replicas. A type of First Nations art, the Totem Poles were the symbol chosen to emphasize the importance of Canada’s rich aboriginal history which is preserved in attractions, events, and adventures, found in every province, from coast to coast.  Especially ordered for the occasion, the Totem Poles made guests engage by travelling around the venue to meet with Canada partners while collecting quirky and interesting facts.


Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director of BEC, commented: “Recently voted the World’s Most Reputable country 2017 by the Reputation Institute, Canada’s vast landscape is punctuated with distinct, dynamic and in-demand destinations, with chic and connected cities on the doorstep of pristine wilderness. With such a dynamic and ever evolving industry, Business Events Canada sees the importance of creating a platform where buyers, meeting and incentive planners can hear more about our offering, explore our destinations and find the inspiration for their next meeting or event”.


Emma Cashmore, the European representative for BEC, commented: “From the ease of access and great range of airlift to our world class venues and facilities and packed, year-round calendar of events and festivals, Canada is a natural choice for holding international events for European clients. Our Canada Week  roadshow events act as a ‘one stop shop’ for European event planners and MICE agents, helping them discover everything they could ever want or need to know about holding a major event in Canada”. 



Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director of BEC



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