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    Incentive Travel Recovery Progressing

      According to the 2022 Incentive Travel Index (ITI) reports, the incentive travel industry is strong overall. Recovery is progressing, program design is evolving and there is increased interest in new destinations. The Incentive Travel Index is joint initiative of Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and the Foundation of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE Foundation) and is undertaken in partnership with Oxford Economics. “We see good signs of recovery, but these signs…

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    Industry Profile: Alissa Hurley

      Alissa Hurley’s first job shared office space with a company that produced technology conferences and trade shows. They were producing a large trade show and needed additional support for the event and the next thing she knew, Hurley was the conference coordinator for the largest technology show in Canada. “It was an incredible experience that combined my organizational skills, creativity and passion for technology. I decided that this was the career for me and continued to look for future…

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  • Longest Running Canadian Expo for Events Industry Cancelled

    Canada’s largest event for the meetings, incentive travel, special events and promotions industry has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Event producer Newcom Media made the announcement about this year’s Canadian Meetings and Events Expo (CMEExpo) in a statement released June 3. “We were hoping the August show would be the first step toward reconnecting the industry in a personal and meaningful way (but) unfortunately we will not have the opportunity in 2020,” says director of events for…

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  • United Airlines announces new premium seating option

    Press Release United Airlines announced that its newest premium seating, United Premium Plus will be on sale beginning December 3, for travel on select international flights starting March 30, 2019. The new premium economy experience will be available on 21 routes by the end of May 2019. “United Premium Plus gives our customers more options so they can choose the best experience that fits their wants and needs when they travel,” said Andrew Nocella, United’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “United Premium…

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  • Plan your escape to Myrtle Beach with Porter’s seasonal service

    Press Release Now is the time to start planning your escape with Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, beginning February 13, to May 19, 2019. Porter offers non-stop flights directly from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Flights operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with added frequency during March Break. Tickets are available now through flyporter.com or your travel agent. “The warm air and ocean breezes of Myrtle Beach are just two-hours away with Porter,” said Robert Deluce, president…

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  • Ascenda and Capital One partner to launch new miles transfer benefit

    Press Release Ascenda, a leading global innovator in loyalty technology and services, and Capital One, a financial services company headquartered in McLean, Virginia, have launched a partnership connecting Capital One’s credit card rewards program to major frequent traveller rewards programs worldwide. Starting in December 2018, Ascenda’s global loyalty currency network, TransferConnect, will enable Capital One to offer its Venture, VentureOne, Spark Miles and Spark Miles Select cardholders the flexibility to seamlessly transfer their Capital One miles to 13 frequent traveller…

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  • Air Canada introduces new service to Vienna, Austria

    Press Release Air Canada announced today the introduction of new year-round services between Toronto and Vienna starting April 29, 2019. The daily flights will operate with Air Canada’s flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. During the winter season, from November until March, flights will operate five days a week. This service is offered in partnership with Star Alliance joint venture partner Austrian Airlines complementing their Montreal-Vienna flights also beginning in April 2019.…

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  • Travel consultancy finds consumers are demanding more personalized travel experiences

    Press Release Emerging technologies havte created unprecedented opportunities for travel industry providers to offer seamless, context-relevant and personalized experiences. However, a new survey commissioned by Mindtree titled, “Expectations vs. Reality: How to Better Serve the Connected Traveler,” analyzed responses from over 2,000 U.S consumers and found that despite the advancements in digital experiences, many travel brands lack a holistic view of the customer and struggle to accurately personalize their offerings. “Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, travelers have very…

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  • Expedia Group to become official UEFA Champions League sponsor

    Press Release Expedia Group is kicking off an agreement with UEFA to become the Official Travel Partner of the UEFA Champions League. The three-season agreement also includes the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Youth League Finals and the newly formed UEFA Futsal Champions League Finals until the end of the 2020-2021 season. Expedia Group’s Brand Expedia and Hotels.com will lead the engagement, highlighting the enormous power travel has to connect football fans around the world with Europe’s most prestigious club football competition. Throughout…

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  • Choice Hotels investments drive value for corporate travelers

    Press Release Choice Hotels International, Inc. is dedicated to exceeding the expectations of today’s corporate travelers and making travel managers’ jobs easier through substantial brand investments — all of which will be on display at the 2018 Global Business Traveler Association (GBTA) Convention. Choice will showcase the enhancements it has made to its brands that cater to business travelers, including the Cambria Hotels, Comfort, Sleep Inn, and WoodSpring Suites brands. GBTA attendees will have the opportunity to experience their brands firsthand…

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