Ottawa residents and visitors alike will be in for a year of culture in 2022 as Ottawa Tourism shines the spotlight on events and campaigns that focus on the creative arts.
Leave it to a former paramedic to help resuscitate the local tourism sector.
"To me, it’s the most beautiful, iconic hotel in Canada," new boss Geneviève Dumas says.
CBRE is projecting Ottawa’s average hotel occupancy rate to rise to 48 per cent next year, up from 30 per cent in 2020 and a forecasted 34 per cent in 2021.
A resurgence in sports tourism is expected – in part, due to a set of new state-of-the-art sports facilities opening in the community.
Hotel bookings have been spotty and people are mostly booking on weekends (don't even ask about staffing).
Cheeky new tourism campaign touts BeaverTails and other local attractions as it stokes city's friendly rivalry with Toronto and Montreal.
Local industry says time is of the essence to allow tourism businesses to cash in on what’s traditionally their busiest time of year.
Despite the pandemic, hotel's management team decided to take the plunge and start welcoming customers after delaying the opening several times.
Ottawa Tourism boss Michael Crockatt said $1 billion in new spending earmarked for pandemic-battered sector across Canada suggests the feds understand the economic importance of the industry.