Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • WestJet begins service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and Las Vegas

    WestJet has announced it will begin non-stop service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, effective December 29, 2017. “As Hamilton International’s largest airline, as well as the carrier with the most international flights into Las Vegas, WestJet continues to add new service in Southern Ontario,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “This new non-stop flight connects the community to a highly desirable leisure market and offers a great schedule to those looking to…

  • WestJet launches Montreal-Boston route aboard WestJet Encore

    New non-stop flight brings low fares and competition to route WestJet has announced the start of service between Montreal and Boston. The inaugural flight from Montreal Trudeau International Airport arrived at Boston Logan International Airport on October 15, marking the last of three new routes launched by WestJet from Montreal this year. “WestJet has significantly expanded its service to, from and within the province of Quebec in 2017,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to bring lower airfares…

  • American Express Meetings & Events forecasts increased industry confidence and competition in 2018

    Localization, compliance, and tech-driven customer experiences driving trends next year The meetings and events industry can be optimistic about growth prospects next year, driven by increased competition in the supply chain for market share, and robust investments and a desire for consolidation of spend by buyers, according to 2018 Global Meetings and Events Forecast from American Express Meetings & Events. Across the globe, the continued localization of meetings programs will be a key trend next year, as meeting professionals seek…

  • WestJet adds service between Nanaimo, Comox and Vancouver

    WestJet has announced it will begin operating daily, year-round service from Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley Airport to Vancouver International Airport on WestJet Encore. “WestJet is looking forward to providing Nanaimo and Comox with improved connectivity into the broader WestJet network,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “In addition, WestJet Encore’s Bombardier Q400s offer an affordable, quick and comfortable option for leisure and business travellers looking to hop back and forth between the island communities and British Columbia’s largest business centre and airport.” “This…

  • Switchfly and WestJet partner on multi-source travel packaging

    Transforming travel for new markets and traveller expectations Switchfly, a travel commerce company for direct channel booking, and WestJet, a leading Canadian airline, are partnering to better manage and expand WestJet’s ability to dynamically package flight and hotel to all destinations. WestJet will offer its guests a more complete travel experience while increasing ancillary revenue. “Switchfly will enable WestJet to offer our guests the freedom to create their own unique travel experiences through access to a global selection of hotels…

  • More business travel: The secret to professional success

    Business travel is valuable, if not essential, to achieving professional success today, not only because of its positive impact on businesses but also for the opportunities it offers employees to expand their horizons and reach their fullest potential. Six in ten (60 per cent) working professionals globally say experiencing new cultures and destinations adds value to their job, a sentiment echoed most by those in the Travel and Tourism (69 per cent), Management Consultancy (68 per cent) and Architecture and…

  • WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier, Swoop, has a name, a home and a purpose

    WestJet has announced the name and logo for its ultra-low-cost airline (ULCC) in Canada. Named Swoop, the ULCC will begin selling flights in early 2018. “The name Swoop denotes exactly what we plan to do,” said Bob Cummings WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and the executive member responsible for the launch of Swoop. “It’s a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more…

  • Hosts with multiple entire-home units key driver of home sharing growth: study

    The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has released a new study which demonstrates that commercial operators are growing exponentially, far outpacing actual home sharing activity. Alarmingly, only 17 per cent of Airbnb’s total revenue in Canada is generated by true home sharing where the owner is present during the guest’s stay. The other approximately 80 per cent comes from hosts renting entire home units where the owner is not present. Furthermore, the study reveals that units are being rented in increasing frequency. In fact,…

  • Air Canada’s new Vancouver International Maple Leaf Lounge showcases Canadian design, artwork

    Air Canada has unveiled its new Vancouver International Maple Leaf Lounge following an 18-month complete makeover and expansion. Located directly opposite the priority security lanes for international departures at Air Canada’s trans-Pacific hub, the new expanded lounge is a serene, stylish oasis where eligible customers can rest, refuel or refresh before their international flight in an inspiring, contemporary environment that celebrates Canadian design, artistry and craftsmanship against the backdrop of beautiful British Columbia. “We are excited to welcome Air Canada and Star…

  • WestJet and Hong Kong Airlines announce code-share

    WestJet and Hong Kong Airlines have entered into a code-share agreement which sees Hong Kong Airlines placing its HX marketing code on WestJet-operated flights. The two carriers are building on an existing interline agreement put in place earlier this year. “We welcome Hong Kong Airlines as our newest codeshare partner and congratulate them on their inaugural service to Vancouver in June of this year;” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “This code-share agreement provides guests on both sides of the Pacific more…

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