Christmas Trade Show 2023 Cancelled

Press Release

Christmas 2023 Trade Show Cancellation

Media Release - 2023 Fort McMurray Christmas Tradeshow and Artisan Market Cancellation
For immediate release
Fort McMurray, Alberta (October 10, 2023). — The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce has proudly assumed the role of organizer for the Fort McMurray Trade Shows since September 2020, carrying forward a cherished tradition with an impressive 45-year legacy, which commenced with the Chamber. These events have consistently ranked among the largest consumer trade shows in the province. This enduring tradition has remained a cornerstone of our community, a testament to the steadfast support of our residents, and a vital means of promoting and sustaining local businesses.
The Fort McMurray Trade Shows have consistently brought together over 200 vendors, both local and non-local, providing them with an exceptional platform to showcase their products and services to a diverse and engaged audience.
Following the resounding success of our Spring and Fall Trade Shows and Artisan Markets and upon requests from our vendors, the Chamber explored the possibility of bringing back the beloved Christmas Trade Show and Artisan Market from November 24th to 26th, 2024. Traditionally held at MacDonald Island Park, the Chamber encountered logistical challenges due to venue availability as it has been years since we have had a Christmas Trade show. Please note that the Fort McMurray Trade show has consistently received feedback from its vendors on the professionalism of execution of its tradeshows, including our adherence to safety and health standards. It is a multi-hall trade show which hosts a large variety of vendors, that our trade show visitor seeks out. Our non-local vendors also support our local restaurants and hotels during these weekends.
The Chamber chose another venue for the Christmas Trade Show and Artisan Market. As we progressed with our talks about the venue and the complexity of the setup, several unforeseen restrictions and limitations arose, making it increasingly challenging to host a successful event for our vendors. We are committed to delivering a successful trade show and artisan market, and we do not want to compromise the potential for success due to external factors beyond our control.
Considering these challenges, the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult yet necessary decision to forego hosting the Christmas Trade Show and Artisan Market this holiday season. The Chamber, upon request, sought to host a smaller market in support of local businesses but upon scanning the landscape, decided to support the various Christmas markets available in our community. This allows these events to shine during the festive season and provides an opportunity for our local vendors to participate in these alternative markets.
We are thrilled to announce that the Fort McMurray Trade Shows will make a return in the Spring of 2024. The Chamber has already prepared the floor plan, and over 150 enthusiastic vendors have already eagerly signed up to participate, ensuring that the event will be as vibrant and successful as ever.
The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce extends its heartfelt gratitude to our loyal vendors, visitors, and supporters who have made the Fort McMurray Trade Show an enduring tradition in Fort McMurray for nearly half a century. While we will miss returning this event during the holiday season, we eagerly anticipate the Spring & Fall 2024 Trade Show and Artisan Market. We are thrilled to have secured the Macdonald Island Park location for the Christmas 2024 Trade show and Artisan Market and are excited to bring back our signature Christmas Show in 2024. Once again, we will come together as a community to celebrate and wholeheartedly support our local businesses.
The Chamber would like to extend a heartfelt apology to all businesses that were looking forward to our Christmas Tradeshow and look forward to hosting you for our 2024 shows.
About the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce:
The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to driving extraordinary growth for business by advocating for sound public policy and serving our members with outstanding programs and benefits. The Chamber of Commerce is the premier advocate of the region’s business community, representing hundreds of members across the region with one voice.
All media inquiries my be directed to:
Dianna de Sousa
Executive Director
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