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  • Victoria Honours Tourism Leaders

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      Two leaders with long-standing connections to tourism have been honoured for their contributions by Destination Greater Victoria. Tourism industry veteran Randy Wright, president of Harbour Air, has been given Destination Greater Victoria’s highest honour, its Life Member Award, during the organization’s annual general meeting on Friday April 29, 2022. The award goes to an individual or organization that has demonstrated leadership within the tourism industry. Previous Life Member Award winners include Paul Hadfield, Hugh MacDonald, Ian Powell and Terry…

  • Global Exhibitions Day Set for June 1

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      The seventh annual Global Exhibitions Day (GED) will take place on 1 June 2022. The focus will be on the irreplaceable value of physical exhibitions and face-to-face business events in creating platforms for economic growth and recovery. It will also be an occasion to network and meet other people. This day of advocacy is supported by more than 40 national and international industry associations and facilitated by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI. As the pandemic recedes, the…

  • Great Lakes Cruises Return to Toronto

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      After two years of suspended service due to COVID-related travel restrictions, Great Lakes cruises have returned to the Port of Toronto. The arrival of the Viking Octantis marks the first of 40 cruise ships expected at the Port of Toronto in 2022. With a capacity of 378 guests in 189 staterooms, the Viking Octantis kicked off the 2022 cruise season that runs from May to October, and will sail five itineraries that stop in Toronto. The ship recently sailed the Atlantic Coastline to…

  • Lynx Air Launches Flights to Kelowna

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      Kelowna International Airport (Kelowna Airport) welcomed Lynx Air (Lynx) CEO Merren McArthur for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate Lynx’s launch of services to Kelowna in May. “We are proud to be the airline that links Canadians to wonderful destinations like Kelowna,” said Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx.  “Whether you are traveling to catch up with friends and family, or to experience the natural beauty of the Okanagan region, Lynx will ensure a great flying experience for an affordable price.” Lynx is currently…

  • GBTA Releases Sustainability Study

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      Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and its environmental footprint. But the industry as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done. These are just some of the insights from an extensive, landmark research study released called –“The State of Sustainability in the Global Business Travel Sector”— from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). The report reveals barriers to achieving more sustainable business…

  • Hotel Association Elects First Female Chair

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      The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has announced that Sara Glenn, CEO, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, Accor North America has been appointed as chairwoman of the board. Glenn makes history as the first ever female chair of HAC. “The Hotel Association of Canada has been critical to the survival of Canada’s hotel industry over the past two years, and I am honoured to serve as chair. I am looking forward to working with our board, the HAC…

  • Sheraton Laval Renovation Unveiled

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      After a two year major $20 million renovation, Groupe Hôtelier Grand Château has revealed the brand new Sheraton Laval and a completely redesigned convention centre. From the hotel exterior and convention centre to the restaurant and common areas, everything has been revamped to meet the needs of today’s business and tourist clienteles. As the first Marriott in the Laval region, the Sheraton is positioning itself as a leader in hotel trends. Home to one of the largest convention centres…

  • Cvent Launches Vendor Marketplace

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      Cvent has launched its Vendor Marketplace, a new sourcing solution. The Vendor Marketplace is built directly within Cvent’s industry-leading online venue sourcing platform the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN). It offers users access to a trusted network of approved vendors and suppliers that provide services for in-person, virtual and hybrid events. Event organizers who provide a few details about their event can browse matching vendors, send requests for information (RFIs), and track and compare responses. ​With its robust search functionality, users can…

  • Victoria Hotel Offers Carbon Neutral Events

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      Inn at Laurel Point, B.C.’s first carbon-neutral hotel, is launching a new Carbon-Neutral Events Program, to the roster of eco-friendly initiatives offered at the waterfront hotel in the heart of downtown Victoria. As part of its 10-year vision to continue leading the charge towards a sustainable future, the hotel has teamed up with Victoria non-profit Synergy Enterprises to formulate its new Carbon-Neutral Events program. Inn at Laurel Point already offsets the carbon footprint for guests staying at the hotel,…

  • Canada Invests $68M for Ontario Tourism

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      The Government of Canada is continuing to support the tourism sector by announcing a total investment of $68.5 million through the Tourism Relief Fund for Indigenous Tourism Ontario and 11 Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) across southern Ontario. This investment will help tourism businesses and communities safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for future growth. With an investment of $3.5 million, Indigenous Tourism Ontario will provide non-repayable contributions of up to $100,000 to Indigenous businesses, not-for-profit organizations, Band Councils,…

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