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Ottawa Tourism expands VIP incentive program for visitors

If visitors to Ottawa pay admission to a participating attraction, they'll get $50 applied to their hotel room for every night of their stay.

Travellers near and far continue to get financial incentives to travel and explore Ottawa.

Through a VIP incentive program Ottawa Tourism has offered throughout 2021, anyone visiting a participating Ottawa attraction can get $50 a night toward their hotel room — and now Ottawa Tourism has announced that it will be extending that program.

While the program was originally set to end on December 31, Ottawa Tourism says the program will now extend to February 28, 2022.

The goal of the program is to encourage tour operators to bring more visitors to Canada’s capital as Ottawa’s tourism industry works toward recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to work with our tour operator clients to enhance their existing itineraries — or to build new ones — in order to showcase what Ottawa has to offer for a diverse clientele,” Michael Crockatt, president and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, said in a statement. “Ottawa’s museums, sporting events and other attractions — not to mention our hotels — are ready to safely welcome back visitors.”

As long as a visitor pays admission to a participating Travel Trade attraction, they'll receive the $50 a night incentive applied to their hotel room. Hotels and attractions must be paid by the tour operator and proof of payment is needed for the funding.

There are no minimum room night requirements but travel must be completed by February 28, 2022.

To date, more than 20 tour companies hosting both domestic and international visitors have joined the program.

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