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    Destination BC Launches Digital Mentorship Program 

    Destination BC is helping tourism businesses to “Power Up” across the province through a new digital mentorship program which will award successful applicants a digital service package valued at up to $5,000. The Power Up! application-based program will provide 75 eligible B.C.-based, small and medium sized tourism businesses, sole proprietors, and non-profits across the province with free access to digital audit and technical services designed to improve their digital marketing activities and use of technology. “Power Up is the latest…

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  • 1 Hotels puts down Roots in Toronto with Sustainable Sanctuary

    1 Hotel Toronto celebrated its grand opening Aug. 4, with news that 2,021 trees will be planted throughout the city by Tree Canada in commemoration of the occasion. “We are proud to bring a new level of service and luxury hospitality experience to the city, and through the planting of trees, mark our commitment to the local community and environment,” says Mark Scheinberg, founder of Mohari Hospitality. 1 Hotel Toronto is a partnership between Mohari Hospitality and mission-driven, sustainable luxury…

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  • Destination Canada Names Two New Hires

    Destination Canada has announced the addition of two members to its team. Gracen Chungath has been named senior vice-president of destination development. Beginning Aug. 30, she will lead the crown corporation’s pan-Canadian strategy for destination development, focusing on investment, strategic partnerships, stewardship and capacity building. Chungath brings exceptional experience in sustainable partnerships, business planning and operations to the role. As director of operations, planning and program management for the City of Vancouver since 2016, Chungath has led three divisions and…

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  • Federal Government Launches Tourism Relief Fund

    Canadian tourism businesses and organizations can now apply for support to welcome back visitors. The federal government made the announcement July 12, as part of the launch of its new $500-million Tourism Relief Fund. “Our government has been there for the tourism sector since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and (this adds) another tool to the suite of COVID supports that will help it recover and prepare for future growth and create jobs,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic…

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  • New Luxury Hotel Opening Near Vancouver Airport

    Greater Vancouver’s first new luxury boutique hotel in years, Versante, will open to the public July 29, coinciding with the gradual lifting of public health measures and the anticipated restart of the travel industry. It is also the only hotel of its kind in Richmond — locally owned and operated. “In a region crowded with branded hotels, we’re proud to be Richmond’s independent boutique hotel,” says Versante’s general manager, David Curell. Located minutes from Vancouver International Airport, Versante touts itself…

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  • Destination Canada Launches New Portals to Encourage Domestic Travel

    Destination Canada has launched two new portals to encourage domestic travel, which is the key to the recovery and revitalization of Canada’s tourism industry. The Canadian Packages Portal showcases Canadian tour packages across each province and territory, featuring built-out itineraries for domestic travellers to explore and experience the best of Canada. This new portal will support tour operators by providing access to an engaged audience through the Keep Exploring page, which will lead to conversion and bookings. Content will be…

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  • What Events Industry Experts Think About the 2021 Federal Budget

    The Liberal government delivered its long-awaited budget last month, unveiling $101.4 billion in new spending. Supports were specifically promised to aid the recovery of Canada’s hard-hit tourism industry, which includes meetings and business events. It outlines $1 billion over three years for tourism, starting in 2021/2022; a $500-million Tourism Relief Fund to support investments by local tourism businesses in adapting to the pandemic; a $595-million Recovery Hiring Program to make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or…

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  • Canadian City to Host Global Convention for Young Leaders

    Montreal has been named the host city for the 2024 One Young World Summit. The announcement, made March 31, bodes well for the future of the city’s convention industry. The event is expected to generate an estimated $4.4 million in tourism revenues along with 7,000 hotel room nights. “The One Young World Summit coming to the Palais is evidence that despite the impacts of the pandemic, Montreal remains a highly attractive host city for major events,” says Luc Charbonneau, director of…

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  • WestJet to Expand Service in Anticipation of Summer Demand for Travel

    WestJet is expanding its service in Western Canada. The Calgary-based airline will add 11 non-stop routes this summer. “As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada’s economic recovery,” says WestJet president and CEO, Ed Sims. “Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country.” The flights will be offered up to three times a week in…

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  • Nearly Two-Thirds of Businesses Most Impacted by COVID will not Survive

    Sixty per cent of Canada’s hardest hit businesses will not survive to the end of the year if the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) supports are not renewed beyond their June 5 deadline. This is according to a March survey released by the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, an industry-driven group of more than 100 stakeholders representing a variety of sectors, including tourism, travel, arts and culture, events and festivals, accommodation and hospitality. “Our…

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