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Ottawa tourism getting Canada 150 boost, officials say

Ottawa is still reaping some benefits from Canada 150 celebrations and tourism marketing in 2017, according to Ottawa Tourism.

“Tourism has been excellent come early july. Year we’ve seen growth with regards to what we’d look at a normal, 2016,” said Catherine Callary, the agency’s senior director of destination development.

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There; nearly two  this season from&nbsp % increase up to now;the same period in 2016, Callary said. Officials are comparing to 2016 because Canada 150 promotions made year 2017 an atypical.

“Nonetheless it was already an archive year in 2016 so to see growth in addition is great news,” Callary said. 

Catherine Callary with Ottawa Tourism says there is some concern in what would happen in 2018 after Canada 150 promotions in 2017, this season but that the agency is happy with the numbers up to now. (Radio-Canada)

‘Industry needless to say held its breath just a little bit’

Some social individuals were concerned about how well tourism would do following the big push in 2017, she added.

“We knew [2017] was always likely to be considered a very special year. There is so much investment, so many new events, so much concentrate on Ottawa. The needless to say held its breath a bit, [about what was] likely to happen in 2018,” Callary said.

“What we’ve seen up to now is that we’ve held our very own … We are all happy with that and I believe the worry is currently down, that is great.” 

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Attractions such as for example Le Mosa&iuml and Boat;culture are helping, she said.

Choosing Canada on the U.S. is actually a factor 

Ning Wang, who was simply visiting Ottawa from Delaware in the U.S. monday on, travels around his&nbsp usually;own country but chose Canada instead come early july. 

“My daughter, she said Ottawa is an excellent place,” Wang said.

“Folks are nice, [the] place is beautiful.”

Ning Wang, from Delaware in the U.S., usually travels around his country but thought we would visit Canada come early july instead. (Pierre-Paul Couture/CBC)

Ottawa Tourism said it has found out about some individuals choosing to visit Canada on the U.S., but said it’s prematurily . in the growing season to tell what sort of impact there could be, and that it might be difficult to qualify with numbers. 

“It really is something that we’ve observed in social media marketing primarily, comments of individuals deciding to select Canadian destinations, so we’re again monitoring the problem,” Callary said. 

“Certainly, tourism is one particular industries where people can consult with their dollars in fact it is a disposable income kind of industry therefore folks are making decisions on where they would like to be predicated on several different factors. Many of them could possibly be U.S. factors.”