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    Poon Tip Named Officer of the Order of Canada

      Bruce Poon Tip, the founder of G Adventures, has been honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his extraordinary contributions to Canada and the world. The travel industry veteran is the first person in the industry to receive the title in 34 years. The level of Officer recognizes “achievement and merit of a high degree, especially service to Canada or to humanity at large,” and surpasses the rank of ‘Member’ in the system of Canadian state orders. Poon…

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    Oxford Properties Buys The Rimrock

      Oxford Properties has acquired The Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alta. and hospitality group Accor has signed on to operate the hotel. The property will undergo a comprehensive top-to-bottom renovation to transform the hotel, as part of a significant investment by Oxford and its capital partner. The hotel will continue to operate throughout the renovation period. The investment will enhance the luxury experience available to guests in Banff National Park, improve the environmental sustainability of the hotel, and amplify…

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    New Passport Design for Canadians

      The Canadian government has unveiled a new passport design that features new artwork and state-of-the-art security features. The new passport will start rolling out later this summer. The new passport includes security features such as a polycarbonate data page—a technology similar to Canada’s driver’s licences. Passport holders’ personal information will now be laser engraved instead of being printed with ink, making the data page more durable and resistant to tampering and counterfeiting. Other features include a Kinegram over the…

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    Expedia Launches New Media Platform

      Expedia Group Media Solutions has unveiled a new media platform that gives travellers the tools to shop and book travel as they are watching travel content, making entertainment tourism bookable. The site recently went live in Canada with additional markets in the pipeline. Using the “shoppable” platform technology, the company is partnering with Brand USA to create a channel for their content to be ‘shopped,’ called GoUSA. Featuring Brand USA’s inspirational travel content and interactive maps, the innovative hub showcases the breadth and…

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    Top 10 Welcoming Places in Canada

      As travel continues to make its return in most parts of the world, the 11th annual Booking.com Traveller Review Awards recognize travel providers for their commitment to providing consistently excellent service and hospitality over the course of the year. This year’s Most Welcoming Places have all been identified based on the share of accommodation partners receiving a Traveller Review Award 2023 and provide even the most seasoned traveller with inspiration for their future trips. Here are the most welcoming…

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    Canada Tourism Recovery Expected by 2024

      Full recovery for Canada’s tourism industry is expected as early as 2024, according to Destination Canada’s latest outlook forecast. Despite ongoing challenges, the recovery trajectory for Canada’s tourism sector is strengthening, bolstered by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and resilience in travel demand. Leisure travel is now expected to recover to 2019 levels by 2024. Domestic tourism will continue to lead the sector’s recovery with strong spending providing a foundation for brisk recovery to 2019 levels. Domestic travel market spending is…

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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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