Calgary

Hotels filling up for Stampede's centennial year

Hotel rooms are filling up fast for July as the Calgary Stampede gets set to mark its 100th year.
The 100th year of the Calgary Stampede is shaping up to be a big tourism draw. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)

Hotel rooms are filling up fast for July as the Calgary Stampede gets set to mark its 100th year.

Stampede officials have been working with Calgary Tourism and Travel Alberta to get the word out about the centennial year of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

"Well we are nearly sold out for the first weekend and we anticipate we will sell out mid week very shortly," said Hotel Arts business development director Fraser Abbott.

The downtown hotel doesn’t usually book up for Stampede week until April, he added.

"And that's also what we are hearing from the other downtown hotels as well as hotels throughout the city. They're going to be very, very busy this year," he said.

The Stampede’s 100-year bash has been getting international attention.

Last fall CNN listed Calgary as one of the top 15 places to "party like a rock star" in 2012.

Earlier this month U.S. game show The Price Is Right included a trip to the Calgary Stampede in a prize package.

Calgary also shares the 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada title with the Niagara region in southern Ontario. That designation cames with a $1.6-million federal government grant.

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