2014 marks the 25th year that Alberta Prairie Railway in Stettler has been offering a heritage railway experience along with entertainment, train robberies, sightseeing in the Village of Big Valley and Alberta roast of beef meals, and the number of international guests paying a visit to Stettler has continued to grow.
This year Alberta Prairie hosted visitors, mostly in small groups, from a total of 42 countries including Argentina (1), South East Asia (1), Australia (13), Belgium (1), Brazil (1), Chile (3), China (2), Columbia (3), Cuba (1), Denmark (4), Dubai (2), England (27), Fiji (1), France (2), Germany (9), Greece (1), Guatemala (1), Holland (9), Hong Kong (2), India (1), Indonesia (1), Ireland (6), Jamaica (1), Japan (3), Malaysia (1), Mexico (2), New Zealand (4), Norway (4), Pakistan (1), Philippines (2), Romania (1), Russia (1), Scotland (10), South Africa (4), Spain (3), Sweden (1), Switzerland (8), Thailand (3), Trinidad (2), USA (53), Venezuela (1), and Wales (1).
The numbers in brackets are the number of individual reservations from each country. In addition to these numbers, going back through records from previous years, international visitors to Alberta Prairie include people from Afghanistan, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia, Cayman Islands, Cecily, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, Grenada, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uruguay.
The majority of visitors to Alberta Prairie are still mostly Canadian, with significant numbers from all provinces and territories.
The railway’s largest market is still Alberta but numbers from Saskatchewan and British Columbia continue to increase faster than other areas and are considered to be a growth market for Stettler’s major international tourist attraction.