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  • Porter Begins Victoria-Toronto Service

      Porter Airlines is expanding its coast-to-coast network further with the inauguration of service in Victoria. Daily flights between Toronto Pearson Airport represent another link in a growing network of routes the airline has introduced this year. The 132-seat plane features a two-by-two configuration, offering all passengers no middle seats and greater personal space. Free, fast, streaming-quality WiFi is also available, with the ability to watch and listen to personal subscription services on multiple devices. A library of movies and…

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    Inn at Laurel Point Earns Recognition

      Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, B.C. has been recognized with a Biosphere Sustainable certification from the Responsible Tourism Institute. This world-renowned credential for destinations and businesses guarantees the needs of travellers are cohesively met across environmental, economic, and socio-cultural arenas. The Responsible Tourism Institute’s ranking system also ensures that Biosphere Sustainable certification aligns with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Inn at Laurel Point, a leading B.C. carbon-neutral hotel since 2009, is now part of the global…

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  • Porter Airlines Adds More Routes

      Porter Airlines announced two new route additions to its network. Flights are now available between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Victoria International Airport (YYJ) as well as Toronto and St John’s Airport (YYT). Victoria is the second city in British Columbia that Porter serves with the new 132-seat Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. The E195-E2 has the lowest fuel consumption per seat and per trip among its class, and is the quietest single-aisle jet flying today. The two-by-two configuration means no middle…

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    Victoria is a Biosphere Destination

      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…

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    Oak Bay Beach is Biosphere Certified

      The Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria has achieved the Responsible Tourism Institute’s Biosphere certification which aligns with 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations in areas that include climate change, environment, social, economy and culture. The hotel joins only two other Biosphere Certified accommodations in British Columbia. “The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has long been committed to sustainability, which was incorporated into many of the design elements when the hotel reopened in 2012,” says Madone Pelan, general…

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  • Air Canada to launch new domestic regional routes starting July 2018

    Edmonton to Kelowna and Victoria Calgary to Comox Air Canada has announced it will begin new domestic regional non-stop flights on July 2, 2018.  Flights are now available for purchase along with introductory promotional fares at, via the Air Canada app and through travel agents. “We are pleased to offer new non-stop flights onboard our Bombardier Q400s between popular BC and Alberta cities as we continue to strategically expand our already extensive domestic network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “With the continued growth at several communities…

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