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  • Victoria is a biosphere destination

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      Victoria, British Columbia has earned the prestigious distinction of becoming the first urban destination in the United States or Canada to earn biosphere certification. The biosphere certification by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) recognizes destinations for their commitment to principles of environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social responsibility. The value of certification is tremendous as travellers and meeting planners are increasingly considering factors like local quality of life, environmental impacts, and how a destination, its DMO and its tourism…

  • Aquarium de Montréal Opens in 2024

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      Montreal-based Ecorecreo Group announced that it will be leading the development and operation of the future Aquarium de Montréal, scheduled to open in 2024. Located within Montreal’s Midtown, the future Aquarium de Montréal will lead by innovation, combining spectacular habitats and unique immersive experiences for guests of all ages and abilities. “Our vision of the Aquarium de Montréal is to create an unforgettable journey that celebrates healthy marine and freshwater environments, while also highlighting uncompromised animal care and the…

  • Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo Opens

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      The Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo, a highly anticipated 172-key business-class hotel, has officially opened on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. This new hotel positions the City of Nanaimo for further growth while also honouring the Snuneymuxw First Nation’s rich history, art, and culture. Located at 100 Gordon Street adjacent to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, the Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo represents a significant collaborative effort between PEG, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the City of Nanaimo, and other…

  • Cvent Purchased by Blackstone

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      Cvent is set to be acquired by Blackstone for approximately $4.6 billion. “We are excited to share this announcement and look forward to our next chapter alongside the Blackstone team,” said Cvent founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal. “As one of the world’s largest private equity firms, Blackstone brings deep expertise in the event and hospitality industry, and with their backing, we plan to continue to invest in our business and deliver the innovative solutions that meet our customers’ needs and…

  • Montreal Earns Best Airport Staff

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      Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) has been recognized at the 2023 Skytrax World Airport Awards, winning first place in the Best Airport Staff Service category in North America. “With a strong recovery in aviation activity in 2022 creating many challenges for our industry, I am very proud that the excellent work of our airport community employees has been recognized. YUL has distinguished itself for many years by the way it welcomes people and for its commitment to championing the passenger…

  • BMO Signs Deal to Buy Air Miles

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      BMO Financial Group has signed a deal to acquire the Air Miles rewards program from LoyaltyOne, which has gone into bankruptcy protection. As a founding partner of the Air Miles program since 1992, BMO is well positioned to strengthen and grow Canada’s most recognized loyalty program. With nearly 10 million active collector accounts, representing approximately two-thirds of all Canadian households, Air Miles is the only loyalty program of its kind to give collectors the flexibility and choice to earn…

  • Exhibition Place Signs Sustainable Pledge

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      Exhibition Place has signed the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge, joining a global movement of businesses committed to creating a sustainable future for the tourism industry. This pledge demonstrates Exhibition Place’s commitment to improving the sustainability performance of its business between now and 2030 in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Exhibition Place plans to amplify its sustainability performance by enhancing annual targets for all aspects of the venue’s operations – from infrastructure developments all the way to how…

  • Westjet Airlines Acquires Sunwing

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      The federal government has approved WestJet Airlines’ acquisition of Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations. WestJet announced in March 2022 that it had reached an agreement to acquire Sunwing Airlines and its tour operations business, saying the deal would “deliver new travel options and greater value for travellers in the rapidly expanding leisure and work-from-anywhere travel markets.” The government said the decision to approve this acquisition was not taken lightly, especially considering the delays and bottlenecks experienced by travellers last…

  • Canada’s Largest Casino Set to Open

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      Great Canadian Entertainment announced that its $1 billion, brand-new entertainment resort Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto will open this summer at the intersection of Highways 401 and 427. Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto will be Canada’s largest destination casino resort, spanning 33 acres. It will feature a Vegas-style casino, 400-room hotel, 5,000-seat entertainment venue, new parkade, and multiple on-site dining options. The existing Casino Woodbine will continue to operate with no interruption until Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto debuts…

  • Vancouver Hotel Shortage Looms

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      Without new investment, the lack of hotel supply in Metro Vancouver will translate into significant losses to the provincial economy, according to a new study released by Destination Vancouver. To close the gap between current supply and projected demand, 20,000 new hotel rooms are needed in Metro Vancouver by 2050; with 10,000 of those new hotel rooms necessary just in Vancouver. Between 2022 and 2050, the cumulative economic impacts are projected to be: $30.6 billion in foregone output. $16.6 billion in…

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