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  • Hotel Price Index reveals global prices remained steady in 2016

    Global hotel prices paid by travellers worldwide remained steady in 2016, according to latest Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com Domestic cities faced moderate movement ahead of Canada’s 150th Even with several major political shifts and currency fluctuations around the world in 2016, travellers fared pretty well with average nightly hotel prices unchanged globally from 2015, as reported in the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) from Hotels.com. The global Index sat at 114 for 2016 for the third year. Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean were…

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  • Air Canada inaugurates year-round service between Toronto and Port of Spain, Trinidad

    Air Canada has inaugurated new year-round service between Toronto and Trinidad. The first departure of Air Canada Rouge flight AC1880 marks the beginning of twice-weekly, non-stop flights from Toronto to Port of Spain’s Piarco International Airport. “Air Canada is very pleased to inaugurate this new, year-round service between Toronto and Port of Spain as part of our ongoing global expansion. In addition to being a popular vacation destination for Canadians, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago have longstanding ties, with many…

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  • Hamilton sees early return of Halifax and Edmonton routes, adds Winnipeg as a destination

    WestJet plans to increase its capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40 per cent in 2017 with the return of non-stop service to Edmonton and Halifax and a new route to Winnipeg. Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns January 16 until October 28. Daily service to Halifax returns January 16 until October 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg, starts January 17 until October 26. “Our loyal guests in Hamilton have long asked for more destination options so we are delighted to bring back our successful Edmonton and Halifax routes as well as new addition, Winnipeg,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and…

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  • Freeman Audio Visual Toronto wins Consumer Choice Award for AV services for the fourth consecutive year

    Photo caption: Becky Kenning, Account Executive and Michael Corson accepting Consumer Choice Award Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Toronto consumers and business community as the Consumer Choice Award (CCA) winner in the category of Audio Visual Services for the fourth year in a row. CCA was established in 1987 and is considered the most distinguished business award in Canada. “They are truly a testament of the hard work and commitment…

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  • Vancouver scoops two awards for conference marketing plan

    Innovative, multiplatform marketing campaign recognized by Destination Canada and BCAMA Vancouver has received two recognitions for outstanding marketing for a campaign created for the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2016 Convening Leaders Conference, held in January at the Vancouver Convention Centre. In mid-October, Destination Canada’s Explore Canada Awards of Excellence honoured the campaign with the “Most Innovative PR Campaign” award. According to the judges, “PR for conferences is typically boring, with formulaic videos and social media that merely shares and retweets…

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  • Destination Canada and University of Guelph support Canadian tourism research

    New two-year research agreement includes tourism research grant opportunities Destination Canada, the University of Guelph, and the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) have teamed up to support tourism researchers across Canada. The partnership includes both a funding component and an open tourism research database where researchers can access thousands of raw datasets. The database includes over 52,000,000 data points about travellers’ perceptions of Canada, representing survey results from approximately 118,226 people surveyed from 2007-2013. In addition, in partnership with the TTRA and University…

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  • Alberta tourism excellence recognized at the 2016 Alto Awards

    Outstanding tourism operators from communities across Alberta were recognized for tourism excellence at Alberta’s recent 2016 Alto Awards. Tourism is big business in Alberta, an $8.3 billion industry that supports 19,000 businesses and 127,000 jobs in every region of the province. Announced at Travel Alberta’s annual industry conference, the Alto awards celebrate individuals and organizations who enrich the tourism industry, inspire others and demonstrate what can be achieved by working together. “Tourism is a dynamic, innovative industry in Alberta, and a key economic driver,”…

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  • Air Canada announces Toronto-Mumbai service

    New route to India’s largest city is Air Canada’s third route to India Air Canada is launching a new, three-times weekly service between Toronto and Mumbai, the largest city and financial capital of India. The non-stop, year-round service will be operated starting July 1, 2017 using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. “Air Canada is pleased to offer customers this new, non-stop route between Toronto and Mumbai. This is Air Canada’s third route to India after Toronto-Delhi service that began last fall and our new seasonal Vancouver-Delhi service commencing next month. This will be the only non-stop service…

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  • YVR lands new carrier: Beijing Capital Airlines

    Record number of mainland Chinese carriers serving YVR Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has announced that Beijing Capital Airlines (BCA) will begin service between Vancouver and Hangzhou, via Qingdao on December 30, 2016. The new, thrice-weekly service marks the first time Beijing Capital Airlines will fly to any destination in North America. “We are thrilled Beijing Capital Airlines has chosen YVR as its first entry point into North America,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Beijing Capital Airlines is the sixth airline to serve YVR from mainland China – two…

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  • WestJet adds more flights for Canadians

    Canada’s low-fare leader invests in communities across the country WestJet has announced it will add dozens of new flights to its growing domestic and international networks as part of its 2016-2017 winter schedule, enhancing service for leisure and business travellers. “WestJet has been Canada’s low-fare leader for 20 years with a proven track record of bringing safe, affordable and stress-free air travel to communities across the country,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “The addition of dozens of new…

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