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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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    Marriott To Redesign Courtyard Hotels

      Courtyard by Marriott has launched a modern design evolution and robust renovation strategy for North America. More than 375 of the earliest generation hotels throughout the United States and Canada are expected to be modernized with exterior renovations by 2024, including prominent displays of the refreshed Courtyard logo. Many hotels are also expected to be complemented by new interior design in their public spaces and guest rooms. “Over 38 years ago, Courtyard was the first hotel brand specifically for…

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    Accelerating Business Travel Recovery

      Many were hopeful that 2021 would be the year for getting back to travel and back to business. But the road to recovery for business travel wasn’t exactly a straight line this year. There were a lot of hurdles to clear – pandemic surges, the emergence of variants, vaccine uptake, government restrictions and border closings were just a few of the obstacles. But as we look toward 2022, there is optimism for more accelerated recovery ahead. While more of…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Uncategorized

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    MMBC integrates with US Travel Association

      The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) and the U.S. Travel Association have announced the full integration of the coalition under the U.S. Travel umbrella. By integrating with U.S. Travel, MMBC will benefit more directly from U.S. Travel’s robust public affairs resources and advocacy network while providing greater value to coalition members as the business travel and professional meetings and events industries rebuild from steep pandemic-related losses. “Since its founding, the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and the U.S. Travel Association have been…

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