Recognizing the Importance of Tourism in Airdrie
May 16, 2022 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Airdrie City Council is recognizing the importance of tourism in our city by proclaiming May 29 to June 4 as Tourism Week.
The travel and tourism sector plays a key role in Airdrie’s commercial growth and economic diversification strategy now and into the future. As part of Airdrie’s Economic Strategy to grow our visitor economy, Economic Development is launching the Summer Stop Airdrie campaign focused on highlighting festivals and events, things to do and places to welcome back visitors.
“Tourism is not only an important part of our economy, but also important in showcasing our city,” said Mayor Peter Brown. “Our city has a diverse mix of annual events and attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. I have already seen visitors coming to our city to enjoy what Airdrie has to offer, and I’m looking forward to seeing even more people out this summer.”
“Even though the pandemic has affected tourism more than most sectors, it will rebound,” said Shauna Quinn, Tourism Development Officer, City of Airdrie. “Last year, we saw an incredible upswing in hotel stays in Airdrie compared to other similar Alberta regions. I think this year, people have been waiting to get out and explore and we have many reasons to welcome them to Airdrie. It is essential Airdrie builds on the familiarity, ease of convenience and affordability of experiences for visitor and residents alike.”
One of Airdrie’s new tourism assets includes the Airdrie Ale Trail, a culinary guide featuring Airdrie’s local breweries and the business establishments which serve them. Through food tourism, staff are on a culinary journey to make Airdrie a connected, collaborative, and sustainable foodway system in Alberta. Airdrie’s annual summer events include the upcoming Airdrie Children’s Festival, Airdrie Pride Festival and Walk of Solidarity, and Airdrie Pro-Rodeo, and attractions to visit like the Dr Jose Rizal monument and exploring the 140km of connect pathways or riding the rails at Iron Horse Park.
To officially kick off the upcoming summer vibe, the Economic Development will be launching a video (created by Rocky View Aerials) to capture what makes Airdrie a Summer Stop to love.
Economic Development acknowledges the important role tourism and tourism providers have in fostering a sustainable economy and improving residents quality of life by supporting local businesses, attracting new investment, and placemaking in Airdrie.
For more information about things to do in Airdrie, visit airdrie.ca/visit.
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Tourism Development Officer
403-948-8800 ext. 8246