CALGARY, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Volunteers and frontline crews continue to work to recover areas affected by the flooding in southern Alberta. Tourism destinations hardest hit are striving to manage the visitor experience by providing updates and alternative options for visitors. Most of Alberta's destinations and attractions are open for business and those affected in southern Alberta are working diligently to reopen as soon as possible.
Travel Alberta is working closely with its tourism partners to support those affected by providing a province-wide online travel resource. Regular flood recovery updates on destinations and attractions in close proximity to flooded areas can be found at travelalberta.com.
Travel Alberta is active on its social media channels as well, offering advice and information to travellers and residents. Visitors in North America can also call 1-800-ALBERTA (252-3782).
"Over the past week, Albertans have faced an unprecedented challenge and have come together to help one another in this time of need - a true testament to the kindness and hospitality of our communities," said Bruce Okabe, Chief Executive Officer of Travel Alberta. "We want to create the best vacation experience possible for those currently travelling in or planning to visit Alberta. Alberta is open for business."
Travel Alberta and destination marketing organizations across the province are working to manage the misperception the flood dramatically affected the overall visitor experience in Alberta.
Calgary International Airport and Edmonton International Airport are operating as usual. Parks Canada announced the Trans-Canada Highway re-opened with one lane each way for travellers. Continued recovery is underway in other areas of southern Alberta.
In addition to travelalberta.com, up-to-date information on flood recovery can be obtained from the following websites, which are updated regularly:
Located in the heart of Western Canada, Alberta is a travel destination known for surprising even the most experienced travellers. The picturesque mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore and Jasper are revered by campers, hikers and nature lovers for their awe-inspiring terrain, jaw-dropping vistas and abundant Canadian wildlife. From exploring Calgary and Edmonton, lively cities brimming with music, culture and nightlife, to discovering dinosaur fossils in the mysterious Canadian Badlands, visiting Alberta promises an experience unlike any other. Travel Alberta is the tourism marketing organization for the province of Alberta in Western Canada. travelalberta.com
SOURCE: Travel Alberta
For further information:
Jennifer Anderson, Director Communications, Travel Alberta