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    “Americans surveyed in recent years have placed Canada relatively low on the list in terms of desirability of vacation spots,” TD economists said in a study on cross-border travel trends released Monday.

    http://globalnews.ca/news/2503922/lo...8d9e58d00d3bb4
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  • #2
    ^I think its just reality, we are pretty much the same as the US culturally, so there is no way can be exotic / authentic as Asia, Europe or similar. I expect our tourism pick up for Americans would more be in respect, of someone in the northern US states substituting Canada for a local holiday, or perhaps a ski vacation.

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    • #3
      The article made a specific mention that seeing Canada as "boring" is more a millennial theme. Of a generation that is notably less involved in such things as camping, exploring natural areas, interacting with environment and getting out in general. The generation is also much less inclined to have vehicle transportation and go on road trip vacations.

      Canada is a country that is best appreciated for its natural wonders, and previous generations of Americans did.

      I'm reminded that those that are most bored probably lack imagination. Its their loss. What could be more interesting than seeing the natural wonders of this planet?

      More room to roam free for us.


      The last thing I would want to see in our natural areas is more gimmick *attractions* like skywalks in National parks.

      Anybody that can't appreciate the Natural beauty of Canadas National parks and vistas may as well go to a themepark somewhere. Anywhere really.
      Last edited by Replacement; 08-02-2016, 12:11 PM.
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      • #4
        Everyone these days is texting. hardly a chance to look up and see what's out there.
        Put the smartphones away for a weekend.
        The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your eyes then steal your dreams.
        It's heaven and hell!

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        • #5
          ^^ Not to mention that there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits in the USA as well. There is little that American tourists can find here that they can't also find closer to home, without going through the hassle of crossing an international border.

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          • #6
            Interesting that the two countries closest to the US (Canada and Mexico) were the two countries that ranked lowest on the list.

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            • #7
              I guess they've never spent a week on Salt Spring Island.
              Time spent in the Rockies is never deducted from the rest of your life

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              • #8
                I can't imagine with the current drug cartel problems that Mexico would be classified as boring. I'll gladly accept Canada's boring over other countries problems, thank you.

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                • #9
                  Americans don't know a thing about us, so I'm not surprised.
                  "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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                  • #10
                    Despite our blandness it appears that Americans are continuing to visit Canada.

                    According to the following websites, approximately 11.6 million Americans visited Canada in 2015 (Jan - Nov) an increase of 8% from 2014.

                    Excluding Mexico (obviously the most popular destination given the numbers of Americans of Mexican descent), Europe was the most popular destination for Amercans at 11.7 million an increase of 6.1% from 2014.

                    US Office of Travel and Tourism

                    Destination Canada
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kitlope View Post
                      I guess they've never spent a week on Salt Spring Island.
                      Maybe because they spent a week just across the channel on one of the American Gulf Islands. You can see some of them in the background when you are sitting on the beach at Ruckle park watching the ferries go by. Like I said above, most of what we have to offer can be found somewhere in the USA as well.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Titanium48 View Post
                        Like I said above, most of what we have to offer can be found somewhere in the USA as well.
                        Sorry have to disagree....

                        I've traveled extensively...through the USA, every state except Alaska I believe.

                        We have areas of natural beauty you can see no where else in the world, try the run from Fort Vermilion to Peace River. Natural and geological wonders that are unreal.

                        We have museums that are unique and a history that is exciting, things American are very interested in. You need only look at the number of NGO museums in the US to see that and the fact that of the over 3 Billion dollars per year donated to museums in the USA over 76% is donated by private individuals.

                        Cultural festivals across Alberta and the rest of Canada, from Aboriginal to Ukrainian and others, that are very different that the USA.

                        What about all the unique Festivals many on this board spend so much time bragging about?

                        There is a ton more.

                        In this down economy we, as a city, region, Province, should have been on this a year ago pumping up the market.

                        Low dollar, USA perceived threats, access to market and several other factors make this picking low hanging fruit. But the DMFs, local tourism commissions are just waking up to it and the Province still appears sound asleep....so much for diversification.

                        Sure...not high tech and not great salaries but they are jobs and bring other opportunities.

                        But as I see it this is going to be another opportunity lost.

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                        • #13
                          ^I don't think this article is saying Americans hate Canada, its just saying the truth, they see it as basically the same North American culture, just as well do with the US. You can't tell me a trip to Europe, isn't significantly different from a trip to Montana (which also has gorgeous scenery, just like we do). I think there is an opportunity at the moment, but it isn't by changing perceptions, its just a value one, come for cheap ski trips, shopping (e.g. Montreal targeting Boston), etc.

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                          • #14
                            ^^ It is good to hear a different perspective. I have never really thought of local history and local festivals as having more than local appeal. I enjoy Edmonton's festivals, but not so much that I would travel to other cities for theirs. History is interesting to me only for the way historical events have shaped my present reality. I have no interest in the local history of randomtown USA, so I assume residents of randomtown, USA would have no interest in local Alberta history. While every bit of natural beauty is unique, both Canada and the USA have a large selection, and I would suspect that most Americans (like most Canadians) have yet to see everything interesting there is to see within 1000 km of home. I know I haven't.

                            On the "Peace River to Fort Vermilion run", I am assuming you mean on the river. Definitely something I would like to do. Can one run an outboard boat on the Peace River or is it a choice between a canoe or kayak and a jet boat?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                              ^I don't think this article is saying Americans hate Canada, its just saying the truth, they see it as basically the same North American culture, just as well do with the US. You can't tell me a trip to Europe, isn't significantly different from a trip to Montana (which also has gorgeous scenery, just like we do). I think there is an opportunity at the moment, but it isn't by changing perceptions, its just a value one, come for cheap ski trips, shopping (e.g. Montreal targeting Boston), etc.
                              Almost have it right Moa

                              If we do nothing we get nothing. This is all about marketing and awareness.

                              If we create the perception it is exciting, interesting and unique....it will be exciting, interesting and unique. Think about NIKE runners are special because...they are marketed that way.

                              If, as a Province, we get off our ***** and creatively market the assets we have we will create jobs and business opportunities.

                              The added incentive is the low dollar and the US perception of threats internationally.

                              Time to get at it far as I am concerned.

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