Environmental, pro-tourism groups clash over development


October 12, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. Twelve of Canada’s largest environmental groups issued a joint statement calling on the federal government to prohibit any future development in Canada’s national parks–but not everyone agrees. The group—which includes the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the David Suzuki Foundation—met with Parks Canada […]

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Call to Action: Tourism Labour Shortage


October 12, 2016 – TIAC. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources (HUMA) has released its report and recommendations to the Labour Minister proposing changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Key recommendations pertaining to tourism include: Maintaining the TFW cap at 20%, but with exemptions for employers in resort, remote and/or seasonal regions; Creating […]

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Banff Gondola soars to greater heights with new summit experience


October 07, 2016 – Calgary Herald.  Story by Valerie Fortney. “Trust me, normally the view is quite breathtaking.” On Thursday morning, Mark Hendrikse is staying upbeat despite the kind of socked-in clouds that bring to mind a Dickens novel set in London’s dockyards. Standing on a platform in the upper terminal of the Banff Gondola […]

1 year, 11 months ago
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AMPPE Presents: 1950’s Hollywood in the Mountains


FEATURING CANADIAN COMMENTATOR AND AUTHOR  REX MURPHY! AMPPE is excited to announce our 16th Annual Fundraising Gala: Hollywood in the Mountains. Inspired by the era of the 1950’s silver screen, the Gala will be held in the elegant and historic Alberta Ballroom at Fairmont Banff Springs on Friday, November 4th, 2016. Whether filming a movie or […]

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Alberta plans to restore caribou habitat disturbed by industrial use


October 1, 2016 – CBC News. Story by Kyle Muzyka. The Alberta government is going ahead with its plan to restore habitat in two swaths of caribou rangeland that were previously disturbed by decades of industrial use. The provincial government plans to work over the next five years with the oil and gas industry to […]

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AMPPE meets with the Federal Environment Committee


AMPPE was recently invited to present to the Federal Standing Committee of Environment and Sustainable Development, made up of eight Members of Parliament and two environmental analysts. The Committee has been tasked with undertaking a study in order to make recommendations in relation to the following matters: An assessment of how the full range of federal […]

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Fund alternatives recommended for resort municipalities


September 29, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. A new study commissioned by Banff, Jasper and Canmore recommends the provincial government grant tourism communities new revenue tools, including new taxes, to help them be more competitive, particularly with resorts in B.C. and the United States. Specifically, the 2016 competitiveness review recommends Alberta’s […]

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Canmore hotel association exploring DMO options


September 22, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. The demise of Canmore Business and Tourism this summer as the town’s destination marketing organization has triggered the need for a community conversation on how to provide that important economic development function into the future. As a result, the Canmore Hotel and Lodging Association […]

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Federal environment committee holds meetings in Banff and Jasper


September 20, 2016 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. BANFF — Some members of a federal environment committee are in Banff and Jasper this week on a fact-finding mission to learn what works — and what doesn’t work — in Canada’s national parks. From Monday to Wednesday, the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development is holding private meetings with […]

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Alberta bike conference to focus on building a cycling community


September 14, 2016 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Amanda Symynuk.  Bicycling enthusiasts will unite in Canmore this weekend to share ideas on the future of cycling in Alberta. The fourth annual Alberta Bikes Conference will showcase the best practices in cycle tourism and active transportation and provide participants with a better understanding of […]

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Tourism communities release economic impact study 


September 7, 2016, The Fitzhugh – Story by Kayla Byrne. In hopes that one day the provincial government might help tourism-based communities tap into additional financial resources, Jasper, Banff and Canmore have collaborated on a study, which documents both the positive impacts and challenges of servicing visitor volumes that far exceed resident population. “Tourism benefits the […]

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Government-run hot springs in the Rocky Mountains won’t be privatized


September 2, 2016 – The Canadian Press. The federal government says it won’t be privatizing three hot springs run by Parks Canada in the Rocky Mountains after all. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Friday that after extensive analysis the government has decided it’s in the best interest of Canadians for Parks Canada to continue to […]

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