Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Tourism Expected to Have Strong Year Due to Low Loonie, Staycations

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Tourism Expected to Have Strong Year Due to Low Loonie, Staycations

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Alberta tourism expected to be strong

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CALGARY - National parks in Alberta saw an increase in visitors last year and another strong tourism season is expected this year.

According to the Alberta Tourism Market Monitor, the low Canadian dollar, healthy U.S. economy and more Albertans staying close to home contributed to an 8.1 per cent rise in visitors last summer over the previous year.

Hotels, restaurants and retail shops in Banff and Jasper are starting to hire staff.

Meanwhile, officials with the hospitality and tourism program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are hosting an expo to help students find jobs.

Instructor Ken Upton says not only is there an influx of Americans, but also tourists from China, Korea and Japan.

Stacey Fisher from Discover Banff Tours says some of their American customers don't even realize that their dollar stands up so well in comparison to the Canadian dollar. …

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