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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta French And German Planned In South Highlights the 1969-70 tour- ist season in southern Alberta included meats e- French and German tours pianoed [or this area in the summers of and respectively, and the election of Hugh CMig Port Marked and Waferton Lakes, as presi- dent ef the Alberta Tourist As- The first large scale lour U) be announced by the Travel and Convention Association A Southern Alberta was the pro. posed Ceruai to. arrive in southern 'Atterta I9n. Later wtrd received by Frank Smith, manager of TCASA, sug- gests the Canadian organizers, CP ;Air, will probably originate the tours this summer. One of Germany's leading tour operators, Walter Hombitzer, with Touristic XJaiea Germany, in Cologne, was in Lethbridge late in IMS to promote creased 'tourism between Ger- many and Western Canada. .'Dr. Hombitwr is also, a grad- uate in ethnological studies, University of Paris, and man- ager .of a' travel group called Intercontinental E u r o who have visited such places as Hie Amazon to get better acquaint- ed with the mine sopolation there will lie between and (00 French tourists coining to Alberta and British Columbia in smaller individual groups throughout the summer months. The Relax Travel Agency, composed of three directors from Paris, France, and three Lethbridge businesticen, hopes to 'expand me operation next year to include core charter flights to the Letbbndge area as well as charter flights leav- ing Lethbridge on tour groups throughout the world CHAKi ELECTED The annual Tourist Association's meeting in Red Deer this year was highlightfd by the election of Hugh Craig of Fort Macleod 'and Waterloo as the 197fl president. Mr. Craig, born in Belfast, IreUtd, is a leading business- man in the town of Fcrt Mac- leooWhtmaliy as restauranteur, 'operator of a" variety store. He is CO-OWMT of W a t e r ton Lakes Hotel Co. and manager of its complex of lodge, motel, shops and dining facilities in the national park. He pushed far high 'standards of dining Canadians enjoy The Banff-Calgary chapter of be NaUocuJ and Provincial Parks of Canada joined forces with .the British Colombia Na- ture Council in an attempt to stop any passible establishment of a highway through the Aka- mira Pass between Waterloo and Glae er International Parks. addition, the chapter has also; gained support from UK Calgary Fish and Game Associ- ation. AKAM1NA ROUTE The Waterloo Chamber Commerce, will UK support of TCASA, sponsored a motorcade 'Host of toe Canadian color is i the west arxl hot much has been done about it. Fort Whoop, up and The Fort in Fort Mac- tori are great as far as they go but they need to go further- it needs to be more afire, Mr. Smith said. .The. Fort should have rArth last for will-probably nake up the bulk of the touristi: -They want come to southern Alberta see the Blood1 Indians and pecially the'Son Dance. today when he was president (1MO) of the then Canadian Restaurant 'Associa- tion.. -Another milestone IB tourism that wfll pass May 10-13, mar- be not quite so ckce to home but nevertheless a boost for At berta, is the .annual Canadian Toorik Association's With the aid of Dr. Hombitzer was able to meet with Chief Shit'Both Sides of the' Blood Reserve. The tew 'promised co-op; eraUon of the tribe, the only restriction being the Visitors eould not photograph me ;Sun Dance proceedings although they ferould be welcome to view 'T, Dr. Hombitaer also showed a professional interest in the Wil- son Huttoriie colony just south of Lethbridge. when he was es- corted :by Frank Smith to in- spect Wben'Dr. Hombttier'. left it was. with.'.tfae thought the cot ony could be included in UK tour although the Indians were the main reason for- organizing the trip. second tour bonanza planned for the Lethbridge'area wiD bring French tourists to aouthern Alberta. The tour was booked by the Relax Travel Agency of Lethbridge. Nine jet aircraft, carry- Ing 150 people each, will begm arriving in Western Canada itay 31 and 10-day intervals .until Sept 5. Each of the nine groups will tour Alber- ta and British Columbia for 10 days. The French tourists win spend 2V, to three days in Letn- bridge, spading an estimated and services. fee charter Son that win be held in Calgary -the first time in its history it win be held in Western Can- ada. Frank Smith, manager ol TCASA, said it will probably be a long time before' the CTA an- nual convention wiD be Western Canada again, so this is an excellent opportunity for afl 300 TCASA members to meet aod discuss interests and problems with other' men interested in promoting tourism. over the Akamina Pass summer and has plans arotber. this year. s A highway over the pass would provide a circle tour trip through Waterloo and Glacier parks. The eastern loop -would be '-through Highway and the Going-tfrthe- returning through the western-'Akamina loop: v Frank Smith said TCASA .wifl support 'me Waterten chamber again this year-if they want to sponsor another motorcade over the pass. He said the con- flict requires a compromise. There an copper claims all over the area and sooner or later a highway will have to be bring the ore out. Claims have been sold but they have nott been mined yet Tourism is concerned about 'eoqservatian and rigid controls will have to' be imposed on the highway if