The Calgary Stampede in Alberta Canada is embarking on its annual travel trade sales missions down under as their head of international sales Lindsay Jardine touches down in Australia this week.
Australia continues to be the Calgary Stampede’s #2 overseas market, sitting just behind the UK, contributing to Stampede’s 1.3 million visitors last year.
You may have spotted Lindsay at Destination Canada’s Corroboree agent events, donning her cowboy boots, cowboy hat and often accompanied by one of Stampede’s First Nation Princesses or Canadian country music entertainer.
With Canada’s Corroboree schedule now taking place every two years, Calgary Stampede felt it was still very important to visit Australia on the events off-year, mixing with key members of the travel trade, who contribute to the successful sales out of the Australian market.
Calgary Stampede’s sales mission will see Lindsay visit Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, training key accounts reservations and sales staff ahead of the busy booking season.
Lindsay will be meeting with Helloworld, Flight Centre, Travel Corporation and many independent FIT operators selling Stampede.
“I’m thrilled to be so welcomed by the Australian retailers, wholesalers and tour operators selling Calgary Stampede.”
The Calgary Stampede head of international sales, Lindsay Jardine
“Australians continue to be drawn to the Calgary Stampede, increasing visitation out of this market year on year”.
“Iconic Stampede events are the major drawcard for our overseas guests, particularly the afternoon rodeo with 2 million in prize money is up for grabs in this invitational only competitive event”.
The Calgary Stampede invites the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls to compete in six rodeo events with equal prize money for all.
Topping off the atmosphere Aussie’s are also drawn to the Evening Show with Chuckwagon Racing, music, and dance featuring The Young Canadian’s School of the Performing Arts and a spectacular nightly fireworks finale.
Calgary Stampede is also renowned for Indigenous culture through Elbow River Camp, where 26 tipis are set up by the First Nations of Treaty Seven welcoming visitors to learn of their traditional storytelling, dance, hand games, cooking and crafts.
This city-wide cowboy festival celebrating Alberta’s western heritage and First Nations culture will take place for the 108th year, 3-12 July, 2020.
For further information see www.calgarystampede.com
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