Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • WestJet breaks ground on new Calgary hangar

    A new maintenance hangar at the Calgary International Airport will help airline continue to grow Calgary hub WestJet has broken ground on its new $50 million hangar project at YYC Calgary International Airport that will support the airline’s ongoing fleet expansion and growth of its Calgary hub. The hangar, once complete, will occupy 125,000 square feet, accommodate its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and stand eight stories tall. “WestJet is the largest carrier at YYC Calgary International Airport and is a major driver of growth in the city,”…

  • Top five travel management company questions asked and answered

    In 2016, organizations invested significantly in business travel, with global business travel spend approaching $1.3 trillion. However, as companies increasingly invest in business travel, they must equally invest in a managed travel program that balances employee needs with corporate goals. Unraveling the intricacies of travel management can be daunting without a travel management company (TMC) in tow, so the GBTA Foundation partnered with U.S. Bank to outline the considerations involved in choosing a TMC. 1. Do I need a TMC?…

  • Multi-million dollar renovation unveils new Toronto Marriott City Centre

    A new chapter begins with a top-to-bottom transformation of this iconic downtown Toronto hotel Toronto’s most highly-regarded hotel brand embarks on its most exciting chapter yet, with the unveiling of the new Toronto Marriott City Centre—formally known as Renaissance Toronto Downtown. Situated just steps away from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and attached to the Rogers Centre, this latest location makes a brilliant starting base for discovering all the best downtown Toronto has to offer. As a part of the…

  • Air Canada expands non-stop services to Ireland from Toronto and Montreal

    First routes for Air Canada’s new Boeing 737-Max include Shannon, Dublin Non-stop, seasonal Toronto-Shannon, Montreal-Dublin routes begin June 2018 The existing Toronto-Dublin service will transfer to Air Canada mainline from Air Canada Rouge beginning October 29, 2017, with increased frequencies this winter, daily next summer Seasonal Vancouver-Dublin service resumes next summer with an increase in weekly frequencies to five from three Air Canada has announced expanded seasonal services to Ireland with new non-stop flights from Toronto to Shannon and between Montreal and Dublin. The flights will be operated using Air Canada’s newest single-aisle aircraft, the Boeing 737 Max 8 featuring…

  • Porter Airlines now flying to Fredericton

    First day of service brings fanfare at Fredericton International Airport Porter Airlines is growing its presence in New Brunswick with the official arrival of its first flight to the provincial capital of Fredericton. Flights operate daily between Ottawa and continue to downtown Toronto. Connections to other Porter cities are available from both locations. Hundreds of locals greeted arriving passengers with fanfare that included a bagpiper, Garrison District guards, maritime cuisine and music. Politicians and other community leaders were among those participating in…

  • Tourism remains one of Montreal’s most dynamic industries

    The tourism industry continues to drive Montreal’s economic vitality. According to projections from Tourisme Montreal and the Conference Board of Canada, tourism spending in the city will post a 9.9 per cent increase to reach $3.6 billion in 2017, representing $2.88 billion in economic spinoffs (added value) and approximately 48,700 jobs across the province. Additionally, $1.49 billion in tax revenues are expected. “Tourism remains one of Canada’s industries with strong growth potential, which is great news for Montreal’s tourism sector,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montreal.…

  • Canada Jetlines to offer service from two Toronto metropolitan area airports in summer 2018

    Canada Jetlines Ltd. is pleased to announce that it intends to offer ultra-low fare service from both John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and Region of Waterloo International Airport, when it begins flight operations in summer 2018. Stan Gadek, CEO of Jetlines stated “the high demand for lower airfares in the Toronto Metropolitan Area has led to the decision to base our flying in this region. As a result, we are pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement…

  • YVR creates new connections to Latin America with upcoming arrival of Interjet

    Interjet to start year-round service to Cancún and Mexico City at YVR Vancouver Airport Authority has announced that Interjet is launching year-round service at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) this fall. Interjet will offer passengers non-stop access between YVR and Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and Cancún International Airport (CUN). These new services will operate four times weekly beginning on October 26, 2017. “We are excited to welcome Interjet to the YVR family—they are a great addition to our airline partners,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.…

  • Treat attendees to a day at the Bronx Zoo

    In 1967, the iconic New Yorkers Simon and Garfunkel released a song “At The Zoo” in which they sang “It’s all happening at the zoo.”  It is perhaps a little late, but I am happy to report that it is true for the Bronx Zoo in New York. I confess that for many years I did not know that there was a Bronx Zoo. Whenever I heard the Bronx Zoo mentioned, it was in reference to Yankee Stadium. It was…

  • American Express Global Business Travel acquires Banks Sadler

    International event management agency becomes part of American Express Meetings & Events American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has completed the previously announced acquisition of Banks Sadler. The international event management agency, headquartered in London, becomes part of American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express GBT. As a result of the purchase, Issa Jouaneh, Senior Vice President and General Manager of American Express Meetings & Events, says Banks Sadler customers will profit from an expanded value proposition.…

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