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  • Farquharson Named TTI Travel President

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      Lyell Farquharson has been named president of TTI Travel. TTI Travel is a Canadian family owned and operated company and one of Canada’s first Virtuoso agencies, as well as the exclusive affiliate of BCD Travel in Canada. Farquharson will oversee all of TTI’s lines of business and operations, in addition to managing strategic partnerships and business development opportunities. Farquharson’s three decades of travel industry experience include six years at WestJet. When he left the airline in 2018 he was…

  • Canada Set to Drop Vaccine Rules

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      The federal government is dropping mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirements for travelers on Oct. 1, 2022. The decision to end vaccine restrictions cited was based on Canada’s vaccination rate, availability of newer vaccines and treatments and data showing the country had passed the peak of the latest wave of coronavirus infections. As of Oct. 1, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to: Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website; Provide proof of vaccination; Undergo…

  • Vancouver Convention Centre LEED Recertified

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      The Vancouver Convention Centre announced the recertification of its West Building as LEED Platinum for Building Operations and Maintenance – maintaining its double LEED Platinum status. “Sustainability is at the core of everything we do,” says Craig Lehto, general manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre. “We take pride in the high standards we’ve set for ourselves to not only maintain our sustainable building features but to also incorporate environmental best practices in our day-to-day operations for the benefit of our…

  • Moon Themed Resort Concept Proposed

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      Canadian architects Michael R. Henderson and Sandra G. Matthews, owners of Moon World Resorts Inc. (MWR), a Canadian-based architectural design and intellectual property licensor, have pitched an out of this world destination resort concept. The resort will feature a first-of-its-kind, spherical, moon-shaped hospitality venue, which promises guests a trip to the moon, without the need to venture into outer space. MWR is based in Toronto, Ont., and Vancouver, B.C. The company is licensing four MOON Destination Resorts around the…

  • Cascades Casino Delta Set to Open

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      Gateway Casinos & Entertainment announced that Cascades Casino Delta in B.C. will officially open its doors on September 29, 2022. Located next to the interchange of Highway 99 with Highway 17A, the newest Gateway property will feature state-of-the-art meeting and event space, entertainment and culinary options to suit any taste including Gateway’s signature restaurants – The Buffet, Summit Bar and Match Eatery & Public House, which will feature a multi-season patio and the Bud Room. “Cascades Casino Delta will…

  • IMEX Appoints Tahira Endean Program Head

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      Vancouver-based Tahira Endean has been named head of program for the IMEX Group, an appointment that comes with the remodeling of the group’s professional learning programs delivered at both its global trade shows. Endean will develop a three-year education strategy to capitalize on IMEX’s free to attend programming to meet the industry’s thirst for knowledge and continuous development while embracing a growth mindset. The IMEX education program was envisioned and developed in 2005 by Dale Hudson, knowledge and events director.…

  • Destinations International launches EDI Tool

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      Destinations International has launched the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Assessment Tool. The tool is designed for destination organizations to understand how EDI has been incorporated into operational practices as a basis to improve and integrate performance. The EDI Assessment Tool is a resource for destination organization members of Destinations International to create intentional goals and track progress in the workplace and the community through data-driven metrics. Destinations will have the opportunity to assess workplace dynamics, operations and policies,…

  • Swoop Expands Flights From Hamilton

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      Swoop is expanding its winter sun-flying offering from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) with new non-stop service to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Punta Cana (PUJ). Swoop will begin flights to Fort Lauderdale on December 16, 2022. Hamilton-based regional sales lead, Meghan Miller, said: “As summer comes to an end, residents of southern Ontario are turning their attention towards winter travel planning with their sights set on a sunny getaway. We know that Hamiltonians value the convenience of their local airport, and so we’re…

  • Justin Gosling Joins Discover the World

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      Justin Gosling has joined the leadership team of Discover the World as director Canada. He takes over the position previously held by Jane Clementino, who has moved on to become senior vice-president and general manager Canada for TRAVELSAVERS.  Gosling’s extensive travel industry experience, more than 30 years, includes stints as Canadian director for SkyBird Travel & Tours, Canada country manager for Alitalia, regional manager for Etihad Airways in Canada, Great Britain, Scotland and the Seychelles Islands, and USA director…

  • Accor, SHe Travel Club Focus on Women

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      Accor and SHe Travel Club, the only independent hotel label designed by women for women, have announced a partnership which aims to reimagine the female travel and hospitality experience. SHe Travel Club is the first and only hotel label which leverages technology and women’s individual feedback to create a label specifically designed around meeting their expectations and requirements. Key Accor brands including Sofitel, MGallery, Novotel and Mercure will be part of a 50-hotel pilot in Europe and in the…

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