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CANADA: Sustainable Tourism on the Rise, International Festival of Winter Cinema Returns, Montréal International Auto Show Kicks Off, and More

GLOBAL: A new report by World Travel & Tourism Council and Group, with Deloitte, reveals a heightened appetite for sustainable tourism among consumers, with 69% of travelers actively seeking sustainable travel options. The report, titled A world in motion: shifting consumer travel trends in 2022 and beyond, shows that sustainability is a key element of the travel agenda, with travelers eager to reduce their carbon footprint and support sustainable tourism.

EDMONTON: The International Festival of Winter Cinema is returning to Hawrelak Park this year Feb. 10-19. The festival celebrates local and international winter, alpine, and polar cinema on a giant snow screen (yes, the screen is made of snow). The event is presented as part of the Silver Skate Festival—the longest-running winter festival in Edmonton— and is described as the world’s only free, outdoor winter film festival.

MONTRÉAL: The MontrĂ©al International Auto Show is now underway until Jan. 29 at the Palais des congrès, presenting attendees with the latest innovations from participating manufacturers, dazzling enthusiasts with exclusive vehicles from private collections, and guiding consumers' choices with offers from manufacturers and exhibitors. This 78th edition marks the return of the event after an enforced two-year hiatus. It also marks the largest number of green vehicles ever presented in a public event in Quebec. 

Speaking of the Palais des congrès de MontrĂ©al, the convention center announced that business tourism bounced back exceptionally well for the city in 2022. After two years of being on hold, MontrĂ©al's business tourism industry recovered with 280 events being held at the Palais des congrès de MontrĂ©al, and more than 450 city-wide. On that front, between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2022, the Palais welcomed more than 500,000 visitors and delegates to its spaces. Tourisme MontrĂ©al estimates the economic impact of business tourism to have been nearly $270 million for MontrĂ©al.

VANCOUVER: Dine Out Vancouver Festival has returned and is running now through Feb. 5. Similar to a restaurant week, the festival brings together hundreds of chefs, more than 350 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, suppliers, and more for a month of dining, food-forward virtual events, and experiences designed to give culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to taste the best flavors of the city. Hundreds of restaurants also each offer multi-course dinners—from fine dining to family friendly—between $20-65.

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