News & Articles - Canada

  • Delta and WestJet agree to form joint venture

    U.S./Canada joint venture to offer more choices for transborder flying Delta Air Lines and WestJet have agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that will increase travel choices between the U.S. and Canada. The airlines have entered into a preliminary memorandum of understanding regarding their intention to deepen their existing partnership to form a commercial joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer…

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  • IHG’s avid hotels is now franchise ready in Canada

    Licensing of new midscale brand signals significant growth opportunity for IHG in Canada IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announces that its new high-quality midscale brand, avid™ hotels, is officially available for licensing in Canada. Coinciding with the brand’s first groundbreaking ceremony taking place today in Oklahoma City, this announcement signals a significant opportunity for IHG and its Canadian family of owners and further demonstrates the brand’s rapid start and growth potential. The avid hotels brand is designed for travellers who want a hotel stay that finally meets their…

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  • WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier, Swoop, has a name, a home and a purpose

    WestJet has announced the name and logo for its ultra-low-cost airline (ULCC) in Canada. Named Swoop, the ULCC will begin selling flights in early 2018. “The name Swoop denotes exactly what we plan to do,” said Bob Cummings WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and the executive member responsible for the launch of Swoop. “It’s a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more…

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  • How a customs broker can add to the success of your next event

    By Diane Labbé Deegan Let’s say you’re planning a meeting in Canada featuring some international exhibitors. By holding your event in Canada you’re excited about the prospect of easily attracting worldwide attendees. You then think: “But my association is based in the United States. How do I get my registration and exhibitor material across the border?” More importantly, “how will my US sponsors and exhibitors” send their material? The good news is that the Canadian government, in an effort to…

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  • Ottawa Celebrating 150 Years with Landmark Projects

    There are reasons to celebrate in Canada’s capital city this year. In addition to being at the epicentre of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Canadian confederation, Ottawa is toasting several new venues and projects that have made it a top destination for pleasure visitors and meeting planners alike. “The 2017 celebrations brought a focus to many of Ottawa Tourism’s members who deal with meetings and conventions,” says Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “Over the past several years,…

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  • Canadian tourism gaining altitude with addition of new direct flights

    As Canadian and foreign airlines expand their fleets and add direct connections to many destinations across the country, overnight visits are expected to increase by 3.7 per cent this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Travel Markets Outlook reports. “Last year, the low Canadian dollar and energy prices fueled travel to and within Canada. These factors will continue to benefit tourism growth in 2017. In addition, we expect that new direct flights and Canada’s reputation as a safe travel destination will drive the increased…

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  • Interjet announces new routes between Canada and Mexico

    New nonstop service to link Montréal with Mexico City and Cancun for leisure and business travellers Interjet is introducing service from Canada to Mexico this summer. Starting July 13, 2017, Interjet will fly nonstop between Montréal’s–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez as well as between Montréal and Cancun International Airport. “Our unique brand of lower fares with free checked bags using our Priority fare, more legroom between seats and great service has been embraced everywhere we fly,” said José Luis Garza, Interjet’s CEO. “And Interjet is now in Canada to offer…

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  • Cruise industry contributed $3.2 billion to the Canadian economy in 2016

    Economic impact expected to continue growing as passenger visits rise again in 2017 Cruise ships, together with their passengers and crew, make a significant annual contribution to the Canadian economy – and cruise industry spending is increasing at a healthy rate in all three of Canada’s major coastal cruise regions – BC, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Those are among the findings of a new study detailing the economic impact of the cruise industry in Canada – including everything from spending by cruise lines home-porting and making port…

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  • WestJet launches Montreal-Halifax route

    WestJet has launched its newest service, connecting Montreal to Halifax. The new route operates twice daily on WestJet Encore using its fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. “WestJet sees a bright travel future for both the Quebec and Nova Scotia markets as we add to our growing presence in Eastern Canada,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “We are proud to connect these two historic Canadian cities with our signature low fares and caring service. This route is an excellent addition…

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  • Air Canada adds daily Vancouver-Boston flights to growing transborder network for summer 2017

    Air Canada has announced the introduction of daily summer seasonal service between Vancouver and Boston starting June 23, 2017 until September 4, 2017. Special introductory fares start as low as $243 one-way, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents. “We continue to strategically expand our transborder network and we are excited to link Vancouver and Boston with daily non-stop flights this summer, complementing our existing Boston services from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and…

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