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  • New Lounges Open at Toronto Pearson

    Plaza Premium lounges

      Plaza Premium Lounge, an independent airport lounge network, has opened two new lounges at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) Located in Terminal 3, International, the flagship Landmark Lounge is described as the largest independently operated lounge in North America and “the most premium lounge located in Canada.” It serves outgoing international and transit travellers. With over 300 seats and 11,948 of square feet, Landmark offers a spacious environment, with communal and private seating arrangements and a panoramic view of…

  • Historic Partnership Promotes Indigenous Tourism

    destination Indigenous

      A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Destination Vancouver and Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) to develop a coordinated, sustainable, and socially conscious Indigenous tourism industry. The MOU begins the process of building an ongoing relationship between Destination Vancouver and ITBC, as well as the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations to promote Indigenous cultures, experiences and businesses. The goal of the MOU, which is grounded in a commitment to reconciliation, is to respect proper protocols,…

  • Hotel Belmont Vancouver Joins Accor Group

    Hotel Belmont Accor

      Hotel Belmont Vancouver will join the Accor Group’s global portfolio of hotels and resorts as the first Canadian property in the MGallery Hotel Collection. Located at the epicenter of Vancouver’s entertainment district, the heritage property is a cultural and artistic nexus for locals and visitors alike. Hotel Belmont Vancouver – MGallery Hotel Collection marks the brand’s first foray into the Canadian market, joining a global network of more than 100 unique addresses, now in more than 30 countries around…

  • Associations Launch Business Events Industry Week

    industry week associations

      Three meeting and convention industry associations have consolidated several key annual gatherings into Business Events Industry Week in 2022. Destinations International, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and PCMA will launch Business Events Industry Week, a week dedicated to community, commerce, content, awards and advocacy in order to unite the global business events industry and to reinforce the power of business events to advance economies and social good. The week is intended for destinations and industry service suppliers…

  • Booking.com Launches Sustainable Badge

    booking.com

      Booking.com has launched its Travel Sustainable badge, which is available to any property that has implemented a combination of sustainable practices, allowing travellers to easily identify and select more sustainable accommodations. To develop this framework, Booking.com collaborated with the Travalyst Coalition, the Travalyst Independent Advisory Group and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council to identify five key areas: waste, energy and greenhouse gases, water, supporting local communities and protecting nature. Properties will be assessed and scored for their sustainability practices,…

  • Air Canada Named Best Airline

    air canada airline

      Air Canada has been named the Best Airline in North America for the third straight year by the readers of Global Traveler. The airline also won for Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the second consecutive year in the 18th edition of the GT Tested Reader Survey of the magazine’s readership of frequent business and luxury travelers. Additionally, in its annual ratings for 2022, APEX has reaffirmed Air Canada as a Five-Star Global Airline in the APEX Official Airline Ratings, based on customer feedback. For the 2022 awards, nearly…

  • Hotel Association of Canada welcomes Adrienne Foster

    hotel

    The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has announced the appointment of Adrienne Foster as vice-president, policy and public affairs. In her new role, Foster will spearhead the industry’s recovery efforts including a focus on public policy that supports tourism and hospitality growth, urgency and attention on the labour crisis and ensuring a level playing field amongst all accommodation providers. Foster has championed the travel industry in Canada for more than 10 years. With both public and private sector experience, she…

  • Exhibition Place Reopens With Two Events

    Exhibition Place events

      Exhibition Place has reopened for the first time, since the start of the pandemic, with two events: the One of a Kind Show and the Polar Winter Festival, which debuts for the first time at the Toronto venue. “Exhibition Place is set to safely welcome back events that help drive tourism and economic impact into the community and City’s economy, from conferences, conventions, consumer and tradeshows, serving as a gathering place for all to enjoy,” said Exhibition Place general…

  • Destination Vancouver: Outlook and Goals

    design

      After thriving for decades, Vancouver’s tourism and hospitality industry has been predictably hit hard by the ongoing pandemic. According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, cruise and conference traffic is significant to the city, representing an estimated $2.2 billion in direct and indirect economic impact. Meanwhile, the meetings and conferences sector drives more than $1.6 billion in direct and indirect visitor spending. We ask Royce Chwin, president and CEO of Destination Vancouver, about what is happening and projections for how…

  • Drapeau Heads WeCook Culinary Operations

    Drapeau

      Gabriel Drapeau is leaving his role as executive chef at Joe Beef after being appointed head of culinary operations at WeCook. Drapeau will be to supporting the Montreal-based ready to eat brand’s national expansion starting with the opening of a production facility in Calgary. Drapeau will work hand-in-hand with WeCook executive chef Daniel Quintal and vice president of operations Fabrice Semi-Bi. “As we expand our meal-prep services across Canada, Gabriel’s skills will be a tremendous asset to our organization,” says WeCook CEO and co-founder…

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