Tuesday, August 10

Quebec motorcoach tour operator features Regina and Gravelbourg

Spotted last week in Regina... One of Groupe Voyages Québec's motorcoaches. This is one of relatively few out-of-province tour operators which publishes Saskatchewan products consistently. These are escorted tours with a francophone tour director. The highlight for many travellers is a Gravelbourg stop featuring a meal and the opportunity to meet local community members. There are 4 departures this year, with one more coming up later this month.

An example of Saskatchewan leisure travel product featured in travel trade brochures

Canada & Alaska specialist German tour operator Kanada Reise Laden's reality is is not unlike that many international tours operators specializing in Canada. His traditional client base in Europe is lured by emerging destinations in other parts of the world. There is however an increased interest for Western Canada among his clients. Like other tour operators, the company publishes a very nice brochure featuring Saskatchewan, so that it will be ready when international demand warrants more departures.

I find especially telling that both Saskatchewan and Alberta are bundled into one itinerary in this instance.

Moving from "stop-along-the-way" status to "destination" status

Our client/partner René Kempf of Canada & Alaska specialist German tour operator Kanada Reise Laden stopped by this summer just in time for the for the Spain-Germany World Cup match.

Rural tourism resources are valuable to city-based meeting planners

Meeting planners will attempt to convey to their clients how their host destination stands out, especially if they are from out of province or abroad. The likelyhood of the meeting ever being hosted in that city again depends on how evocative their first experience is. Pre- and port-conventions tours help do that. How far is your agricultural operation from the nearest city? Are you currently working with you destination marketing organization to make meetings stakeholders aware of your potential contribution to the success of an upcoming meeting in a city near you?

This Great Excursions photo album features a special day program developed for a national meeting (and international observers) held in Regina last summer. It aimed to interpret the dynamics of the grasslands ecosystem as well as to interpret the principles behind natural horsemanship, an increasingly popular approach to esquestrian training.