National Geographic Traveler Magazine Stay list for 2009

National Geographic Traveler Magazine published its second annual stay list. Thirteen Canadian properties made the list, and Clayoquot Resort in BC got the front cover of the survey.

Sustainable inns in Cape Breton

CBC Radio Nova Scotia recently broadcast a good piece on the two Cape Breton Inns (Real audio, 7 mins) that made the list of top places to stay in National Geographic Traveler Magazine this April – the Chantarelle Inn and the Crown Jewel Resort. The piece provides a  good summary of the kinds of inns and hotels that we look for to bring Canada’s tourism brand to life.

Alberta uses UK beach in its promo video

The British press is having a lot of fun with a promotional ad for Alberta, which features a beach in Northhumberland. Not a wise thing to do when you are trying to promote your province. On the other hand, it has generated quite a lot of press coverage of Alberta in the UK. Who knows if it generated some interest. The tourism folks in Northhumberland are certainly very happy with the attention!

Great bear watching experience

Check out this video of watching grizzlies in the northern Yukon. The footage was shot with a simple Flip camera – it only has a wide-angle lens, no zoom at all. You get amazingly close to the bears. This amazing experience is offered by Bear Cave Mountain Tours in Ni’iinlii Njik Territorial Park.

Tourism Café podcasts

Nancy Arsenault, Celes Devar and Todd Lucier run Tourismcafe.ca, a blog on experiential travel. They hold regular podcasts; this week’s podcast is live from their Edge of the Wedge course in Newfoundland. Lots of great questions – and answers – about developing experiences.

Limits to tourism in the Antarctic

The countries that signed the Antarctica treaty have agreed to limit tourism in the region. This will limit the size of cruise ships in the area, and the number of people allowed on shore at any one time. The agreement also spells out new safety guidelines. All this is excellent news for the fragile ecosystem.  Full article.