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  • Porter Airlines Restarts Service Months after COVID Groundings

    Porter Airlines has returned to the skies after being grounded for almost 18 months due to COVID-19 public health and travel restrictions. “We currently have over 900 team members who have put in countless hours to get everything ready for our return to service, with more being recalled or hired every week,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. Flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, Ont., were the first to resume on Sept. 8, followed by…

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  • Air Canada Enhances Trip Planning Tool for Customers

    Air Canada has expanded its Travel Ready hub, an interactive online tool to help those flying with the airline plan and prepare for upcoming trips. “We continue to develop practical solutions to help our customers be travel-ready, wherever they want to go. This includes assisting them in navigating the changing entry requirements set by countries in our global network by making all relevant information available in one convenient place,” says Lucie Guillemette, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at Air…

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  • Election 2021: How the Parties Compare on Issues that Affect Events Professionals

    The countdown is on until Canada’s federal election — the first-ever held during a pandemic. Where do the parties stand on key issues that may affect meetings and events professionals? Here’s a breakdown (as of Sept. 7) of each platform, as it relates to the industry. Canadians can cast their vote Sept. 20. Advancing polling begins Sept. 10. Bloc Québécois The Bloc has called for a study of the impact of bankruptcies on small and medium-sized businesses, and would like…

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  • Survey Reveals Top Five Expectations of Canadian Business Travellers

    Canadian business travellers overwhelmingly want to return to travel, according to a new report commissioned by Sap Concur. A total of 3,850 business travellers in 25 global markets, including 250 in Canada, were surveyed. Here are the top five Canadian findings. 1. Canadian travellers are ready to get back in the air. Nearly nine in 10 Canadian business travellers are ready to resume travel in the next 12 months. This is driven by travellers’ belief that they will suffer if their…

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  • Alberta Hotel Named ‘Best of the Best’ by Tripadvisor

    A hotel in Canmore, Alta., is Travelers’ Choice ‘Best of the Best’ in the category of worldwide hotels. The Malcolm Hotel by Clique is the only hotel in the province to ever receive the prestigious award. “This is a true testament to our incredible team that consistently goes above and beyond to ensure our guests are provided with legendary service,” says the hotel’s general manager, Andrew Shepherd. “Despite the challenging times we have faced, our team has continued to provide welcoming,…

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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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    Vaccines and Digital Solutions to Ease Travel Restrictions

    New data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicates that the global vaccination rollout and increased adoption of digital solutions for safe travel should lead to a rise in international mobility in the coming weeks and months. According to the newest edition of the Travel Restrictions Report from the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, as of June 1, 2021, 29 per cent of all destinations worldwide have their borders completely closed to international tourism. More than half of these…

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  • GBTA Revises Dates for ‘Back to Business’ Travel Event

    The world’s largest business travel association has pushed back its annual convention to late fall. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) decided to change the dates to Nov. 17-19, after taking into consideration feedback from members, exhibitors and sponsors, and in recognition of the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global travel sector. It will still take place in Orlando, Fla. “This shift allows us to better accommodate all our members, especially those travelling from outside the U.S.,…

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  • Hyatt to Use Mobile Health App for Meetings, Events

    Hyatt Hotels Corp. plans to incorporate a digital health passport into its events programs. “Since the onset of the pandemic, we have believed accessibility to testing and resources would play a critical role in the travel industry’s recovery,” says Hyatt senior vice-president of global operations, Frank Lavey. The hospitality company announced it would use the VeriFLY + Stay app on March 9. The mobile app provides real-time verification of COVID-19 credentials and travel guidelines. It is currently employed by American…

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  • Canadian City Seeks Accreditation as Safe Destination for Travel, Business

    Edmonton will soon be the first Canadian destination with a health and safety designation. Explore Edmonton is collaborating with its tourism and hospitality industries to pursue a city-wide Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation. “Edmonton’s tourism, hospitality and events industries will play an important role in our region’s post-COVID recovery, getting people back to work, welcoming travellers back to the city and delivering important economic and social benefits to our region,” says Maggie Davison, acting CEO of Explore Edmonton.…

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