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  • Destination BC Restarts Marketing Campaign

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      Destination BC is competitively vying for international visitors with its launch of The British Columbia Effect – Find Yourself. The $6.7M marketing campaign is designed to drive emotional urgency and encourage travel to B.C. in 2022 and into 2023 from key international and domestic long-haul markets including the U.K., Australia, California, Ontario and Washington. Using TV, video, newsprint, magazine, and digital ads, the organization hopes to “immerse consumers in the transformative powers of B.C.’s nature. The campaign will highlight rainforests, mountains, the…

  • GES Toronto Welcomes Robert Halasz

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      GES Toronto has a new general manager with the announcement that Robert Halasz is joining the organization. In this new role, Halasz will be focused on growing profitability, developing expert teams, and managing products, services, and production for exhibitions and events in the Greater Toronto Area. Halasz spent the past 30 years in various positions in the exhibitions industry. Throughout his career, he has planned, developed, and executed targeted sales, marketing, business development, customer service, and account management initiatives…

  • Montreal To Host 2023 Virtuoso Event

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      Montréal and its partners are set to host the Virtuoso Symposium, organized by the industry’s leading luxury travel network, from May 15 to 21, 2023. This event brings together more than 400 local and international delegates annually for four days to meet and discuss the sector, while discovering the host destination. “Our destination is a natural choice thanks to its diversified offer of luxurious and authentic experiences, its rich cultural scene, its renowned gastronomy, its world-class facilities and its…

  • Studio 6 All-Suite Hotel Coming to Ontario

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      A new purpose-built Studio 6 all-suite hotel will be built in Hornepayne, Ontario. The hotel marks the first of what will become a portfolio of new construction Studio 6 locations built in northern Ontario. “The Studio 6 all-suite prototype has eye-catching curb appeal and features thoughtful, functional and efficient layouts with an interior design that is as guest-welcoming as it is comfortable,” said Irwin Prince, president and COO, Realstar Hospitality, Canadian master franchisor of Studio 6 and Motel 6 in Canada.  “We look…

  • Toronto Pearson Recognized by ACI

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      For the fifth-consecutive year, Toronto Pearson has been named Best Large Airport in North America by Airports Council International (ACI) – World, the global trade representative of the world’s airports. The win comes as part of ACI World’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program. In addition, Toronto Pearson received the award for Best Hygiene Measures by Region in North America, as chosen by passengers, for the second-consecutive year. As travel restrictions ease, Pearson maintains a strong focus on science- and…

  • New Executive Chef At Westin Bayshore

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      Steve Rutherford has joined The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver as executive chef. Rutherford is a 10-year veteran of The Westin Bayshore, having spent a decade-long tenure there between 2007 and 2017, during which he moved up through the ranks from restaurant chef to banquet chef and, lastly, executive sous chef. His return to The Westin Bayshore follows more than four years at Victoria’s world-renowned Fairmont Empress, where he served as executive sous chef under executive chef Morgan Wilson (famed…

  • B.C. Tourism Awards Winners Revealed

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      The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) and Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) in partnership with Indigenous Tourism British Columbia have announced the winners of the 2022 BC Tourism & Hospitality Awards. The 2022 BC Tourism & Hospitality Awards recognize and celebrate excellence, leadership and innovation within British Columbia’s tourism and hospitality industry, showcasing the province’s most exceptional leaders and positive change-makers. The winners are: Accessibility Award Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association A non-profit organization working on the design and…

  • Tourism Kamloops Names New CEO

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      The Tourism Kamloops board of directors has named Monica Dickinson as the organization’s new CEO. After a thorough process, she has been chosen to lead Tourism Kamloops through its next chapter. “Tourism Kamloops is about to enter a period of growth. We know there is pent-up demand for travel and as travel restrictions continue to lessen, we know we need a strong leader to navigate this new era,” explains board chair Percy Amaria. “We are excited to work alongside Monica…

  • WestJet to Purchase Sunwing Airlines

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      Calgary-based airline WestJet has agreed to purchase Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines. Following the close of the transaction, a new tour operating business unit will be created under the WestJet Group, to include both Sunwing Vacations and WestJet Vacations Inc., and will be led by Sunwing CEO Stephen Hunter. Sunwing’s current shareholders will become equity holders in the WestJet Group. The WestJet Group of companies will expand to include Sunwing Airlines. This will add increased capacity, dedicating otherwise seasonal aircraft…

  • Travel Tests Remain a Barrier to Recovery

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      As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across Canada and restrictions are eased, the meetings and events industry is eager to see the restart of corporate meetings, conferences and conventions. But a major barrier remains to fully welcoming back visitors and attendees. While the federal government took a step in the right direction by allowing the use of rapid antigen tests for pre-departure as of Feb. 28, it is still not enough, according to travel and tourism leaders. Bridgitte Anderson,…

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