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February 18, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email


It’s a challenge in summertime, telling an audience about the appeal of polar bears and the Northern Lights, while people splash in a sunny swimming pool just metres away – but Canada Corroboree 2019 carried it off in style in Sydney on Thursday.

The venue was Uccello restaurant at Ivy in Sydney’s George Street, next to the pool on the fourth level.

Here travel media learned the latest Canadian travel news and innovations. The Canada Corroboree roadshow reaches travel agents, tour operators, wholesalers and media throughout Australia. This year saw 42 Canada organisations on the road, with 24 at the media lunch.

Canada Corroboree maximises the exposure of Canadian sellers to the Australian market and helps expand Canadian content in Australian partner programs.

As for polar bears, Manitoba is the polar bear capital of the world. It’s also the only Canadian region featured in this year’s Lonely Planet Top 10 regions of the world. Doreen Booth from Churchill Wild says Churchill, Manitoba, is the most accessible place in the world to view wild polar bears, either from massive tundra vehicles or on walking tours in isolated tundra lodges.

Donna Campbell, DC & Associates Worldwide, Sydney

The Northern Lights are big as well – best viewed from Churchill about 2am, when the temperatures is likely to be minus 20C, with crisp skies and deep darkness. Dress warmly.

Lindsay Jardine, Calgary Stampede

Other presenters covered the whole of Canada and its tourism product, from the grand vistas of Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver dining and the wonders of Yukon. Not to forget the Calgary Stampede, Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, ready to roll this July.

Cassandra Laffey of Flight Centre with Joanne Motta of Destination British Columbia

Participating in Canada Corroboree this year were Lizzie Doyle of Banff and Lake Louise Tourism, Lindsay Jardine of Calgary Stampede, Eliza Fair of Pursuit Collection, Rebecca Bussell of Rocky Mountaineer, Ariel Chang of Destination Greater Victoria, Corinna Hoverd of Tourism Whistler, Yas Yamamoto of Tourism Yukon, Melanie Swenarchuk of Travel Manitoba, Tricia Schers from Frontiers North Adventures, Doreen Booth of Churchill Wild, Richard Arnold of Atlantic Tours Limited, Jonathan Welsh of Discover Banff Tours and Banff Trail Riders, Jacqueline  Birk of Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa, Krista Alcazar of Tourism Vancouver, Alyssa Greenslade of V2V Vacations, Josephine Wasch of Via Rail Canada, Katherine Johnson of Blachford Lake Lodge & Wilderness Resort, Tim McGrady of Farewell Harbour Lodge and David McNabb of Air Canada.

Passing distraction in pool outside

In addition: Alison Dean of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts, Michael Brown of Pacific Gateway Hotel, Colin Brost of Tourism Sun Peaks, Alison Lindsay of The Butchart Gardens, Krista Cheeseman of Wilderness North, Tracy Zeisberger of Harbur Seaplanes, Gillian Seller of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts / Accor Hotels, Lauren Wilkinson of Orca Sprit Adventures, Kevin Pearce of Landsea Tours and Adventures, and Valerie Hunter of Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre.

Plus Shannon Szucs of Northwest Territories Tourism, Douglas McCandless of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Lynn Rustia Chappell of Grouse Mountain, Joanne Motta of Destination British Columbia, Cecilia Lau of Mayfair Hotels & Resorts, Tulene Steiesol of Tourism Jasper, Jamie Scott from Le Boat, Lee Meller from Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Nicol Graves from Ottawa Tourism and Monica Dickinson from Tourism Kamloops.

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Written by Peter Needham



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