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Business as usual despite Alberta fires, say Canada tourism chiefs

Devastating wildfires are more than 400 miles from Calgary, as event hubs remain unaffected

The Canadian meetings and event hubs of Edmonton and Calgary have been unaffected by the huge wildfires in Alberta, business tourism bosses have assured clients.

More than 700 sq miles of land have been affected by the fire, which caused the evacuation of 80,000 people from the town of Fort McMurray last week. 

As yet there has been no impact on air travel to and from the region, with both Edmonton and Calgary airports (270 and 450 miles away respectively) remaining open.

Karen Soyka, VP Business Development at Travel Alberta, said: “Alberta communities throughout the rest of the province are not impacted by the fires and remain open and accessible. Alberta’s international airports in Edmonton and Calgary are unaffected.

“We understand that many people watching the news around the world may not have perspective of where the fires are actually located, or the vast size of the province of Alberta. We can assure you that visitors who plan to explore our major city centres of Calgary and Edmonton, or who travel out to our resort towns in the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian Badlands will be greeted with business as usual. Alberta is a strong, resilient and very beautiful province open for travellers.”

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