Ottawa Tourism

November 2019

Find out what’s new with Ottawa Tourism programs, members and people in this latest edition of the Ottawa Tourism Member Newsletter.

Travel Trade

Travel Trade

OMCA CAME OUR WAY

Ottawa hosted the OMCA (Ontario Motor Coach Association) Marketplace the first week of November. OMCA welcomed over 325 delegates to Ottawa, including tour operators and motor coach operators, as well as travel trade professionals from Ontario, and from across the rest of Canada and the United States. As the host city, local industry partners came out in full force with over 50 members participating in everything from the Pre-OMCA FAM, the Ottawa-Outaouais Evening, the annual Ottawa Lunch, the Ottawa Dine-Around, to attending the full Marketplace itself. This year marked OMCA’s 90th anniversary.

The Ottawa-Outaouais Evening was the highlight evening of the event, and was held at the National Gallery of Canada. Delegates arrived at the beautifully lit gallery either by motor coach or by foot on a Haunted Walk tour. They were greeted by Ottawa Tourism and Outaouais Tourism staff while they proceeded to the Scotiabank Great Hall for music, food and drink. From here, they had the opportunity to explore the gallery and take part in hands-on activities. The evening was a great success and guests were enamored with the impressive space.

This major accomplishment came directly after the Travel Trade team’s attendance of Bienvenue Québec 2019 in Québec City, where Ottawa Tourism hosted a VIP Booth for the tour operators, alongside Outaouais Tourism and met with 70 tour operators over the three day conference.

Communications

Communications

THE NITPICKER: COMMON PITFALLS WITH TOURISM TERMS AND FACTS

Now that Centre Block is undergoing a lengthy renovation, visitors can take free guided tours of two new spaces: the “temporary” House of Commons in the West Block of Parliament Hill and the “temporary” Senate inside Ottawa’s former downtown train station across the street from the Fairmont Château Laurier. The good news? The system is online (https://visit.parl.ca), free, and very intuitive.

WE SUGGEST: “Tours of the House of Commons and Senate” rather than “Tours of Parliament” to refer to these tours. Whereas both locations were covered in one tour previously, now there are two separate tours that must be booked separately. Both are worthwhile!

PLEASE AVOID: “Parliament is closed.” That might make people feel that no activities are taking place on the Hill.

Something similar driving you crazy? Let Jantine know at [email protected] and you might see it in a future edition!

Commu​nications

Commu​nications

SEE WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Check out our Ottawa in the News section to read the articles listed below, and for even more content on Ottawa from media, bloggers, and influencers from all around the world!  

The page is updated with new content each month, so we invite you to bookmark the section and keep a close eye on what journalists are saying about our great region.

This month’s media coverage highlights include:

  • A piece by #GoMedia2019 delegate Corinne Stoppeli from France in her Vie Nomade blog;
  • Another #GoMedia2019 result: U.K.-based Mike MacEacheran produced this piece to run in The Independent on Canadian election day, nominally about Trudeau’s Ottawa;
  • And another #GoMedia2019 result, this time from Germany! Maria Rasouli of Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals was interviewed by Bettina Hensel of Der Spiegel online;
  • And another great #GoMedia2019 result from Mexico, this time by Angélica Muller in Air Femme magazine;
  • U.K. blogger Kash Bhattacharya (aka Budget Traveller) has produced one final long posting on Ottawa in Winter on his blog, after visiting us last Winterlude as part of a Destination Canada program;
  • We hosted Mexican blogger Estela Gómez earlier this month, leading to this post on her solo travel blog Quiero Viajar Sola.
Destination Development

Destination Development

HOTEL CO-PROMO OPPORTUNITY

Once again for the 2019-2020 winter season, the National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with OGHA, Ottawa Tourism and Outaouais Tourism, is pleased to offer hotels a unique promotional and value-added opportunity at no cost and no risk. With Gatineau Park not far from Ottawa, this is an opportunity for hotels to package a 30% discount on adult daily passes for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow biking by receiving their own unique promo code from the NCC. This discount is valid 7 days a week for the entire winter season. Act now to get in on this snow-tastic way to plug into winter in Gatineau Park, with 50 groomed and maintained trails for cross-country skiing, 14 trails for snowshoeing, and 8 trails for snow biking and snowshoeing.

Need to know where your guests can access equipment? The NCC has you covered; just connect with Catherine Bédard at the NCC for further information; to activate your unique promo code; to get all the info on rentals, fun additional guest services opportunities; and to get promoted on the NCC website. Email: [email protected] or Telephone: 819-772-0020, ext. 236.

Destination Devel​opment

Destination Devel​opment

THE CHRISTMAS MARKET COMETH

This year, Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne will be transformed into a European-style Christmas Market – coming alive under a canopy of thousands of Christmas lights, with vendors who will be offering unique gift items, and seasonal food and drink options from traditional market cabins. The first edition of the Ottawa Christmas Market will launch with the traditional lighting of the Lansdowne Christmas tree November 29, and continue Fridays through Sundays until December 22. Live entertainment, a central bar, fire pits, Christmas trees, holiday décor and spectacular lighting installations will animate the site throughout its run, and it will offer family-friendly activities during the day and fun for adults in the evening.

Inspired by European Christmas Markets that have been around for generations, the Ottawa Christmas Market is the brainchild of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and is being supported through Ottawa Tourism’s Destination Development Fund.

Staff Updates

Staff Updates

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

We are very happy to welcome to our team Janet Anderson, who has taken on the newly-created position of CRM Specialist. Janet comes to us from the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, where she worked as a database manager and database analyst. Working as part of our Administration team and reporting to James Harvey, VP Finance & Administration, Janet will be tasked with managing our CRM platform and ensuring that our client database is being managed as efficiently as possible. Please join us in providing a warm welcome to Janet.

On a sadder note, we’ve recently said good-bye to Christina Amos, Manager, Business Events, who is moving on to a different stage in her career. Christina has been with us since 2012, and played a key role in helping us build our capability in meetings and convention sales. Although we’ll miss her, we wish her the best of luck in her new role outside Ottawa Tourism.

Major Events

Major Events

CELEBRATION IN THE HOUSE

On January 16, 2020, Ottawa Tourism will sponsor the House of Sport’s Annual Celebration. An expected 250 National Sport Organization colleagues, partners and guests will attend at the RA Centre. This important event allows for local major sport event and meetings stakeholders and decision makers to network and celebrate sport. Rob Kawamoto, Ottawa Tourism’s Senior Strategic Advisor, Major Events and Sport, will have podium time to shine a light on all things Ottawa and sport.

Meetings and Conventions

Meetings and Conventions

A SEASON OF SELLING

Check out the following sales events in which our Meetings and Conventions team is involved!

  • Theresa Gatto and Business Events Canada will interact with association and incentive planners at IBTM Barcelona. We will host a knowledge session in partnership with PCMA, as well as a client dinner hosted by Julie from Watterson Associates.
  • Jennifer Diggens will attend Financial and Insurance Conference Professional’s Annual Conference in Austin, Texas this November.
  • Team Ottawa will show local planners some love by dropping off homemade chili and talking about all things Ottawa on November 26th and 27th.
  • Ottawa Tourism will sponsor the VIP reception for SAAS North on November 26th.
  • Theresa Gatto will host clients at the CSAE Toronto Chapter Holiday Gala on December 2nd where UFrost will join our activation to showcase unique Ottawa-inspired cocktails with a frozen twist. Theresa will have podium time to address the room and keep Ottawa top of mind!
  • In addition to sponsoring the MPI Toronto Chapter Holiday Gala, Team Ottawa will host Toronto-based clients at a pre-Gala Reception on December 3rd. UFrost will again delight guests with their unique frozen concoctions and local maker Katye Landry will showcase her Ottawa-made collection and create custom pieces live for Team Ottawa’s guest.
  • Make plans to meet at Tête-à-Tête 2020 as Ottawa Tourism looks forward to our continued participation at Tête-à-Tête’s 30th Anniversary, scheduled to take place January 29th at the EY Centre. In partnership with the Shaw Centre, Ottawa Tourism is a key sponsor again and will have George Stroumboulopoulos join Team Ottawa’s booth for an exciting meet and greet opportunity with delegates. Members are encouraged to promote the show and are reminded that delegate registration is free.
M​eetings and Conventions

M​eetings and Conventions

THINKOTTAWA GALA

Join us for the inaugural ThinkOttawa Gala on Thursday, November 28th at the Shaw Centre. The ThinkOttawa initiative unites Ottawa Tourism, Invest Ottawa, and the Shaw Centre in the shared goal of bringing more events and conferences to the city by supporting local industry leaders in their conference bids. The Gala will celebrate and award the local champions that have helped bring international meetings to our city. We invite you to attend the event and celebrate with us. Please see event information here

Mem​bership

Mem​bership

2020 VISION PRESENTATION & HOLIDAY PARTY

Join the Ottawa Tourism team for a quick review of our 2019 accomplishments and a deep dive into our strategies for 2020. The presentations are most appropriate for those who are decision-makers for their organization and/or those who work regularly with Ottawa Tourism.

After hearing our plans, enjoy some holiday cheer with the team and fellow Ottawa Tourism members at our annual Holiday Reception.

Both events will be taking place Thursday, December 5 at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The presentation will be from 3-5pm, followed by the Holiday Reception from 5-7:30pm.

Hope to see you there! Click HERE to RSVP.

Members

Members

GO GLOBAL

The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is a great opportunity for members hosted by the Ottawa Board of Trade, and is facilitated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade and the World Trade Centre Toronto. Members can attend this hands-on workshop to learn about international trade in your business sector. This program includes meetings and sessions over the course of six weeks.

Me​mbers

Me​mbers

THE BOBS ARE BACK

Another great opportunity for your business is the Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs), produced by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Board of Trade. This recognition evening celebrates local leaders in various industries and categories on Friday, November 22 at the Westin Ottawa Ballroom.

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence

HOW GOES IT?

Login to the membership extranet to access the latest destination KPIs through the end of September.

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