Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • How nature can boost your attendees’ experience

    It’s official – spring is here! With the warmer weather approaching, I am dreaming about those long walks in the park, fresh air and sunlight, and I am completely overcome with positive emotions. It’s little wonder why I am crushing hard for nature. Its health benefits are as old as time and with wellness being the most talked-about trend in the meeting industry, I wanted to explore how integrating nature into meetings and events can boost the overall attendee experience.…

  • Edmonton selected to host GO WEST 2019

    Highly successful gathering of event professionals will stay in Edmonton for its second year. GO WEST will return to Edmonton in 2019. Timewise Event Management has announced the city and date for the second year of its much anticipated event designed for event professionals. They are thrilled to announce GO WEST 2019 will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on January 21-22, 2019. “We received strong interest from several cities across Western Canada to host 2019,” says Arlene Schilke, Executive Producer…

  • Tax deadline day: Hotels call on federal government to ensure Airbnb pays fair share

    On tax deadline day, the Hotel Association of Canada is calling on the federal government to take real action to address tax avoidance in the digital space. Despite the rapid growth of out of country digital platforms like Airbnb, the government has not taken steps to collect the taxes they should. “As Canadians across the country file their returns on tax day, it is important that we look at who isn’t paying taxes,” said Susie Grynol, President of the Hotel Association of Canada. “Online…

  • WestJet launches inaugural Halifax/Gatwick flight

    First time airline has used its Boeing MAX for transatlantic travel WestJet has officially launched its route between Halifax and London (Gatwick). The departure of WS24 marks the start of daily, nonstop service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Gatwick Airport until October 26, 2018. This is the first time the airline has used its newest aircraft, the Boeing 737-8 MAX for transatlantic travel. “WestJet continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation using its fleet of fuel-efficient, guest-friendly Boeing MAX aircraft for transatlantic service,” said Tim Croyle, WestJet…

  • Hospitality research: 2018 investment forecast for the GTA

    Large events draw travellers to Toronto, bolstering investor interest Heightened tourism drives occupancy, revenue growth throughout the Great­er Toronto Area (GTA). Record-breaking visitation to Toronto in 2017 spurred signifi­cant increases in hotel occupancy, RevPAR and ADR. International visitation to the area reached a high last year, aided by a jump in visitors from Mexico as visa requirements to visit Canada from the country were eliminated. Large conferences and major events, including the Invictus Games and North American Indigenous Games, drew…

  • Aeroplan makes key commitments to members

    Canada’s premier travel loyalty program to offer more choice, flexibility, convenience Aeroplan has released a brand promise outlining its commitment to redefine travel rewards and continue its ongoing transformation into a superior travel and booking experience. Aeroplan will provide members with the freedom to book flight rewards on more airlines to more of their favourite destinations, starting in 2020. In the near term, members will have more earning opportunities to earn more miles with more retail partners, and select from a bigger…

  • Air Canada to launch daily non-stop Montreal-London, Ontario and Montreal-Windsor, Ontario flights

    Air Canada has announced it will begin new domestic regional non-stop flights on July 2, 2018.  The only year-round service between Montreal-London and Montreal-Windsor will provide services that meets the needs of both local and connecting passengers. Flights are timed to offer convenient connections to/from Atlantic Canada including Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton Halifax and St. John’s; to Europeincluding Brussels, Rome, Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, as well as Casablanca, Morocco. Flights are now available for purchase along with introductory promotional fares at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada app and through travel agents. “We are pleased to expand Air Canada’s domestic network…

  • Aeroplan and Rocketmiles announce partnership renewal

    Aeroplan has announced the renewal of a multi-year agreement with Rocketmiles, a hotel booking site that helps consumers earn miles’ incentives. Rocketmiles is a wholly owned entity of Booking Holdings, the world’s leading travel and accommodations company whose portfolio of brands includes Booking.com and Priceline.com, among others. The extended partnership will enable Aeroplan Members to continue to earn up to 10,000 Aeroplan Miles per night on stays at hotels worldwide. Rocketmiles features more than 400,000 hotels in hotspots around the globe –…

  • Business travel responsible for $40.1 billion in Canadian GDP, creates over 573,000 jobs

    Canadian business travel expenditures reached $35.8 billion in 2016 A new report issued at GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto reveals the high potential of business travel to drive economic development and business success. The report, produced by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with BCD Travel and Air Canada, also reveals the risk to the nation’s economy from a downturn in travel. The study, titled ‘The Canadian Business Travel Industry: Business Travel’s Impact on Jobs and the Canadian…

  • Air Canada introduces Signature Service for international and North American customers

    Introducing new Air Canada Signature Service Air Canada has introduced its new Air Canada Signature Service, providing an enhanced and seamless end-to-end travel experience for customers flying in Air Canada Signature Class, the premium cabin of its wide-body aircraft. Available April 17 for international customers and, starting June 1 on select flights within North America, the new service makes Air Canada the first North American airline to designate aircraft with lie-flat seats for premium customers on select non-stop, transcontinental flights within Canada and to the…

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