Friday, September 24

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) has Regina on its radar

...Thanks in part to Saskatoon... This is a real coup for all of Saskatchewan. When Saskatoon hosts the Canadian Society of Association Executives Conference and Showcase from September 15 to 17, 2011, Regina, Saskatoon and other Saskatchewan cities will have a chance do display not only their meetings and conventions capacity to a very receptive audience, they will also be able to convey the destinations' sense of place. It will an opportunity, a stone's throw away from Regina to feature our meetings, conventions and exhibitions capacity.

Have a look at Tourism Saskatoon's media release and let me know me know if you are interested in supporting a collaborative strategic initiative that would work hand in glove with the constructive work our Saskatoon neighbours and partners have undertaken.

Saskatoon is creating a buzz at CSAE in Québec City!


Saskatoon is certainly creating a buzz in Quebec City this week as Saskatchewan's meetings and events professionals prepare to welcome them them next year for their AGM. This is the press release Tourism Saskatoon just issued about the initiative.

See you in Saskatoon in 2011!


TOP SECRET!

Delegation Heads to meet the Canadian Society of Association
Executives (CSAE) in Quebec City.

A 13 member team from Saskatoon has arrived in Quebec City for the CSAE 2010 (September 15-17). Their mission is to launch a promotional campaign for Tourism Saskatoon and its partners entitled - "Top Secret". This is a one year program that is meant to build excitement for Saskatoon as the 2011 host city for CSAE.

Saskatoon is being seen by many associations as a choice destination for conventions and events; an exciting development for the city. Each delegate of CSAE represents an association that hosts their own annual convention and meetings. Many opportunities exist to promote Saskatoon's unique strengths as a conventions and events destination. Intrigue, excitement and engagement are the operative words in creating a successful host campaign.

"Considered by many as Canada's "association of associations", CSAE is the professional organization of more than 1,625 executive members who manage many of this country's most progressive associations, as well as those who supply the sector with essential products and services."comments Todd Brandt, President and CEO of Tourism Saskatoon.

The delegation consists of Tourism Saskatoon's "Conventions Saskatoon!" members, CSAE Executive, business members and industry leaders. Members are led by Co-Chairs - Harry Janzen (Executive Officer, Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors) and Silvia Martini (V.P. Marketing for Tourism Saskatoon.

"Many opportunities to pursue these business to business relationships are expected to lead to future business. Leveraging these promotional and public relations opportunities can positively impact business and economic growth potential." Silvia Martini, V.P. Tourism Saskatoon and Co-Chair for Saskatoon Host Committee

BACKGROUNDER:

This campaign will feature costumed team members portraying secret agents, clues and secret stash prizes.) Clues and prizes revealed at the conference and throughout the year will entice, intrigue and increase registration for the 2011 event which will be hosted in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon's Secret Agents will distribute clue cards throughout the conference, and engage delegates at the Tourism Saskatoon exhibit. A "Shaken with a Twist" James Bond theme will energize the closing CSAE Honours & Awards Luncheon. Secrets will be revealed and invitations extended for 2011. The lunch culminates with one lucky delegate winning the "Secret is in the Bling" package!

Committee Members Include:

Harry Janzen, (Co-Chair), Executive Officer, Saskatoon Regional Association of Realtors
Silvia Martini , (Co-Chair), V.P. Marketing, Tourism Saskatoon
Nowshad Ali,(President and CEO), On Purpose Leadership
Steven Johnson, (Director), Convention & Event Sales, Tourism Saskatoon
Shawna Nelson, (Director), Marketing and Sales, Sheraton Cavalier
Carl Schlosser, (Director), SaskatoonPrairielandPark
Irene Seiferling, (Principal), Board Dynamics
Kathy Specht, (Sales Manager), TCU Place, Saskatoon Arts & Convention Centre

Coordinators: Tourism Saskatoon Staff (Amber Johnson, Shauna Morrison)


For further information please call:

Todd Brandt, President and CEO, Tourism Saskatoon
at (306)931-7574
tbrandt@tourismsaskatoon.com

Tuesday, September 21

Prairie Berries to make a pitch on the Dragon's Den


Just heard through the grapevine... Saskatchewan's Prairie Berries is apparently to make a pitch on the popular Dragon's Den CBC television show. I look forward to finding out what pitch they have in mind. The company describes Saskatoons as a kind of ‘Superfruit’:

"The word ‘Superfruit’ refers to fruit which contains high sources of antioxidants. From a nutraceutical perspective, antioxidant rich fruits have anti-cancer, anti-aging, and anti-heart problem effects on human body. The benefits of antioxidant have contributed against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, and act as a protective guard to our immune systems."

The health merits of Saskatoons have been known for hundreds of years. Their pulp has been exported to countries like England as fruit filling. Will the Dragons buy into the success these Saskatchewan entrepreneurs have been enjoying in recent times?

We will see. I wish them well because local bounty initiatives like this make a difference not only in diversifying local agricultural products, it also helps profile Saskatchean as a tourism destination worthy of discovery.

Thursday, September 16



The Puerto Vallarta portion of our Journey for Life trip will include a little ziplining!

Motor coach travel product market keeps growing



There no more valuable knowledge than that of consumer preferences. You may or may not know that WestWorld Tours is already the most successful tour operator in the province in terms of volume, with annual passenger figures in the 4-digit range, originating from across North America. It its efforts to lead the way in motorcoach travel experiences, my WestWorld colleagues and I are asking clients for new destination and trip ideas. If you know regular coach travellers or if you are one yourself, let us know what future journeys are on your radar.... whether you are thinking or Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, the U.S., Australia or South America. Bear in mind that we are looking for trip ideas with demonstrated revenue-generating potential, of course.

Your thoughts may well be developed into new trips!

Looking for new motorcoach tour ideas?



There no more valuable knowledge than that of consumer preferences. You may or may not know that WestWorld Tours is already the most successful tour operator in the province in terms of volume, with annual passenger figures in the 4-digit range, originating from across North America. It its efforts to lead the way in motorcoach travel experiences, my WestWorld colleagues and I are asking clients for new destination and trip ideas. If you know regular coach travellers or if you are one yourself, let us know what future journeys are on your radar.... whether you are thinking or Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, the U.S., Australia or South America. Bear in mind that we are looking for trip ideas with demonstrated revenue-generating potential, of course.

Your thoughts may well be developed into new trips!

Tuesday, September 14

Be an extra on CBC's new comedy ''InSecurity'' by the producers of ''Corner Gas''


I am just returning from the set of InSecurity, CBC's new action comedy about espionage misfits that take on missions vital to Canada's national security. The series is shot in Regina this summer and the producers need a few more extras Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 15 and 16) from 4:00 pm to 8:00 am the next morning to film a fancy diplomatic office party scene in a posh setting.

We are looking for young men and women between the ages of 20 and 30 years who would shine wearing evening dresses and suits....for both nights.

Please let C-J of Great Excursions know ASAP by email and include a recent photograph if at all possible if you if you feel you match this profile before Wednesday Noon (tomorrow).

The series is scheduled to follow the Rick Mercer Report on prime time after Christmas.

Extras will be remunerated for their contribution.

--
Claude-Jean Harel MA MAHI
The Great Excursions Company
200 Albert Street N.
Regina, Saskatchewan CANADA
S4R 5E2
Phone: 1.866.975.8687 (North America)
0.808.101.7327 (UK)
1.800.424.705 (Australia)
fax: +1 306.791.4414
cj@greatexcursions.travel
www.greatexcursions.travel

Monday, September 13

Guest Ranch Adventure Vacation in Canada


A guest shares her appreciation for the experience her and her family enjoyed on a guest ranch getaway weekend in Canada this summer. A beautiful valley, great meals and company, a pristine setting in a native prairie environment, and great horses all contributed to a rich, authentic and relaxing time... ideal for family reunions, weddings or corporate retreats.

Friday, September 10

Journey for Life to be featured on Access 7's Talk of the Town

Journey for Life's Wendy McDermitt and Claude-Jean Harel will talk about the Canadian Cancer Society & Great Excursions partnership which led to the special Mexico vacation they've developed for people living with cancer and their family on Monday's edition of Talk of the Town on Access 7.

Watch Wendy and Kelly's latest video invitation right here:

Wednesday, September 8

"Off-the-couch therapy: healing hits the road"

Fresh off the press: Great Excursions and Canadian Cancer Society's special trip to Mexico for people living with cancer and their family is featured in the latest edition of WestWorld (Saskatchewan) and Going Places (Manitoba) magazines.



Visit www.journeyforlife.ca for details!

Thursday, September 2

Sailboat adventure on Northern Vancouver Island guest review


Here are comments just received from a family of 4 which travelled on our 68-foot sailboat last summer to Northern Vancouver Island. The parents let the teens pick the trip. The whole family was the right fit for the trip. We booked the BC wildlife cruise and the wilderness lodge experience for them.

Take a moment to read the review that I pasted below submitted independently to one of our UK & US online travel agency partners.

Those are all Great Excursions’ trips on those two pages. We are adding more every day.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on

Orcas, totems and bears, sailing holiday, Canada reviewed by Hilary Mackintosh. UK

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was my 14-year-old son who wanted to go on a holiday where we could see bears - out sea kayaking one morning we were able to get really close to a black bear on a beach. He was slightly ahead of the rest of the group and didn't see the leader gesturing to us to not go any closer, and no-one wanted to shout, so he drifted gradually nearer to the bear, while the rest of us held back - watching him totally spellbound by the bear was a memory I'll treasure forever.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I was concerned about sea-sickness, as I am not a good sailor, but we were never far from land and the sea was very calm. Only on one afternoon did I find it rough. Find tablets that don't knock you out, as you won't want to miss a moment!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We spent the first week on the boat, travelling round the Broughton Archipelago. We hardly saw anyone else - I've never been anywhere so remote, even though it doesn't particularly look it on the map - so I can't say we benefited local people at that point, but we certainly had little impact on the environment. We spent the second week on Alert Bay island, and certainly supported the local tourist industry there, taking advantage of various First Nation workshops and activities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The week on the boat was incredible. The scenery was breathtaking, we saw plenty of whales, dolphin, and grizzly and black bears. I found the sea kayaking a very spiritual experience, really feeling at one with nature. And the camaraderie that developed within the group of like-minded people, guests and crew, despite a huge age range, was a delight. I think my family were all completely refreshed, mind, body and spirit, by the experience.

Please don’t hesitate to call if your clients are looking for special trips. Leanne, myself and our entire team are always happy to share information and to guide you through our website to the right trip.

We make it easy for you to work with us and our success hinges on ensuring your success.

Have a great September!

C-J