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    The Role of Travel Managers Changing

      During the coronavirus pandemic, travel disruption was felt globally as lockdown measures kept most people at home. Border restrictions, to limit the spread of the virus, further compounded the situation. The massive shutdown cost countries billions of tourism dollars with the travel industry among the hardest hit by COVID. Not surprisingly, business travel and the role of travel managers have changed significantly over the last two years. As business travel returns, many are questioning what changes will become permanent,…

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    Business Travellers to See Higher Prices

      Global travel prices are predicted to continue to increase in the remaining months of 2022 and throughout 2023, according to the 2023 Global Business Travel Forecast, published by CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry. Rising fuel prices, labour shortages, and inflationary pressures in raw material costs are the primary drivers of the expected price growth, according to the report, which uses anonymized data generated…

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    Westjet Sun Routes Returning in Winter

      WestJet revealed the return of 17 sun routes to its network this winter with destinations ranging across Caribbean, Mexico and US. The returning routes which were suspended for more than two years, bring enhanced connectivity and vacation options for Canadians and communities across the airline’s network. “The restart of these routes is another positive step in the restoration our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be,” said John Weatherill, WestJet…

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    GBTA Releases Sustainability Study

      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…

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    Travel Tests Remain a Barrier to Recovery

      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,…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

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    Michele Saran is CEO of Explore Waterloo

      Michele Saran has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Explore Waterloo Region. Saran comes to Waterloo Region after serving as the CEO of Tourism Nova Scotia. There she was focused on establishing strong relationships with industry stakeholders, making research-based decisions and leveraging local, regional and national partnership opportunities to support and grow Nova Scotia’s tourism economy. Prior to COVID-19, the province broke records for both revenue and visitation following the strategy which she worked to create.…

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    Canada Eases Travel Restrictions

      The Government of Canada has announced a series of adjustments to the current border measures, representing the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions. The Global Business Travel Association Canada (GBTA Canada) welcomed the announcement by the federal government that it would be easing travel restrictions on March 1, 2022. Removing barriers to entry for travel into Canada, especially for business travel, is a positive step that will contribute to the recovery of Canadian trade and commerce. As…

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    Swoop expands fleet and domestic network

      Swoop is set to grow its fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft with the acquisition of six new Boeing MAX-8 aircraft. Canada’s fast growing ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) confirmed it will begin receiving all six aircraft this summer as the airline rapidly expands to meet peak season travel demand. Alongside this fleet growth, Swoop will significantly expand its domestic network, adding non-stop flights to Newfoundland and increasing service in Atlantic Canada. The ULCC will also add six new routes and capacity in Ontario and the Prairies…

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    GBTA Welcomes Senior VP Sustainability

      Delphine Millot has joined Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in the newly created role of senior vice president of sustainability. In this new role, Millot will lead GBTA’s initiatives to create a strong industry focus and public “voice” by working together with members, policymakers and other stakeholders to chart a course toward a more sustainable future for business travel. Areas of engagement include research and insights; industry and member programs, policy and advocacy; and education and certification, as well…

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    David McKenna Joins Rocky Mountaineer

      David McKenna has joined Rocky Mountaineer as chief executive and president. A respected leader and innovator in the tourism industry, he was formerly president at the Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit where he led notable tourism expansion and acquisition projects in the Canadian Rockies. McKenna currently serves as the chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. As chief executive of the luxury train operator, he will not only lead the company in rebuilding the business from the impact…

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