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    Canada Adds More Passport Locations

      The federal government is adding new passport service locations across Canada to improve passport service delivery and decrease wait times for Canadians. Since pandemic restrictions were eased, the huge demand for travel has caused long wait times at Service Canada locations across the country. Since April, more than 1 million applications have been submitted. Social Development Minister Karina Gould announced that people can now apply for and pick up passports at Service Canada centres in Red Deer, Alta., Sault…

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    New Manager at Four Seasons Toronto

      When searching for a new hotel manager, the team at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto did not have to look far. With an unparalleled level of service built in the hands of its employees, Four Seasons takes pride in developing talent from within. As a well-tenured employee with a combined five years of experience at the brand’s global flagship, Maxime Regad was the best person for the job. A dedicated hotelier with almost 20 years of experience working with Four Seasons, Regad’s career has flourished…

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    Great Lakes Cruises Return to Toronto

      After two years of suspended service due to COVID-related travel restrictions, Great Lakes cruises have returned to the Port of Toronto. The arrival of the Viking Octantis marks the first of 40 cruise ships expected at the Port of Toronto in 2022. With a capacity of 378 guests in 189 staterooms, the Viking Octantis kicked off the 2022 cruise season that runs from May to October, and will sail five itineraries that stop in Toronto. The ship recently sailed the Atlantic Coastline to…

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    Destination BC Restarts Marketing Campaign

      Destination BC is competitively vying for international visitors with its launch of The British Columbia Effect – Find Yourself. The $6.7M marketing campaign is designed to drive emotional urgency and encourage travel to B.C. in 2022 and into 2023 from key international and domestic long-haul markets including the U.K., Australia, California, Ontario and Washington. Using TV, video, newsprint, magazine, and digital ads, the organization hopes to “immerse consumers in the transformative powers of B.C.’s nature. The campaign will highlight rainforests, mountains, the…

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    Canada-US Land Border to Reopen

      The United States Department of Homeland Security has announced land borders will reopen to non-essential travel on November 8. Travellers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may enter the U.S. via land and ferry ports of entry provided they have proper documentation showing proof of vaccination. “In November, we will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for…

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  • Ontario unveils $100M for tourism sector

      Ontario is investing $100 million in the province’s tourism sector to help it recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The money will be distributed through the new Tourism Recovery Program, which will help for-profit tourism businesses in the attraction, accommodation, and leisure travel sectors. Eligible tourism businesses include inns and lodges, boat tours, ski centres, live performance venues, cinemas, drive-in theatres, and amusement and water parks. “The last 18-months of the pandemic have been the most challenging Ontario’s tourism industry has…

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    Northland Acquires King Blue Hotel

    Northland Properties has acquired the King Blue Hotel from Greenland Canada. Designed to make a striking impact at Toronto’s famous corner of King St West and Blue Jays Way, this new upscale and contemporary-modern boutique hotel is in the final stages of construction and scheduled to open this fall. “Northland’s acquisition of the King Blue Hotel is a great addition to our family-owned portfolio of hotels, restaurants, resorts and sports assets. With an existing collection of 60 hotels across five countries, this…

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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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  • Feds to Create Vaccination Passport for International Travel

    The federal government is collaborating with provinces and territories to develop a proof of vaccination that will facilitate cross-border travel, while reducing the risk of spread and importation of COVID-19. The plan is based on advice from public health officials with priority placed on the safety and security of all Canadians. “Thanks to the incredible progress that Canadians have made, our country is reopening — gradually (and) cautiously,” says Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “This means that…

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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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