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Bad weather is good news for Sunwing
Dec 30, 2015
Sunwing Vacations is predicting a surge in last minute vacation bookings, citing unseasonably mild temperatures leading up to Christmas and the weak Canadian dollar as two reasons for the surge.
Canadian Traveller's TravXchange
Feb 4, 2015
Canadian Traveller’s TravXchange is Canada’s national series of exclusive meeting and marketplaces for Top Canadian Travel Agents and Global Suppliers.
CT On Tour - Live From Las Vegas With Vacation.com
Jun 23, 2014
Jennifer Prendergast Travel agents, suppliers and industry professions from across North America flocked to Las Vegas’ Cesar’s Palace last week for Vacation.com’s prestigious 16th Annual Conference & Trade Show. The conference marked a record-breaking attendance for Vacation.com, with more than 1,500 registrants from Canada and the USA hitting the town for the...
Passport Online Launches ESP Automated Social Media Posting for Travel Agents
Jun 9, 2014
Las Vegas, NV (June 9, 2014) – Passport Online Inc. officially launched ESP, Automated Social Media Posting  for Travel Agents, during this week’s Vacation.com Conference here. “ESP solves the two main challenges travel agents have in successfully adding social media to their marketing. With ESP, Passport Online is completely handling the...
CHTA'S Caribbean Travel Marketplace Returns To Puerto Rico Convention Center, Jan. 28-30, 2015
Jun 2, 2014
Caribbean Travel Marketplace will return to Puerto Rico Jan. 28-30, 2015 where the region's largest and most important marketing event will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan for the first time since January 2010.            Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism...
Coconut Bay’s new CocoLand Cares Project benefits 126 Saint Lucian preschools CocoLand Cares invests in early childhood education
May 17, 2014
Coconut Bay Beach resort & Spa's management and staff came together to assemble the CocoLand Cares Packages, filling three trucks. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa has launched its CocoLand Cares Project, a major national initiative and a significant investment in early childhood education benefitting 126 Saint Lucian preschools. From puzzles...
Doing the Dominican Republic
Apr 2, 2014
  "We are included in packages sold by Air Canada Vacations and Transat and, as we're eager to attract more Canadian guests this year, we've started discussions with both airline groups in order to develop a marketing strategy aimed at the Canadian market." - Maxaida Marte, (left) general manager, Balcones Del...
MTQUA launches world's first international certification in medical tourism for hospitals, clinics, agents
Mar 21, 2014
Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA), promoting better quality and safety for medical tourists since 2009, has launched the first ever international Medical Tourism Certification for health and wellness providers and agencies around the world. Medical tourism becomes a safer and better health care option as medical tourists can now find certified...
ASEAN Remains Attractive
Feb 25, 2014
By Beatrice Ang Over 1,600 delegates congregated in Borneo for the 33rd edition of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) recently. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) comprises of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Countries take turns to host ATF in alphabetical order. This year’s theme was ‘ASEAN...
World Report - Seuss at Sea, Sydney Moon Magic, Virgin Five, New York Goes Green
Feb 2, 2014
Seuss At Sea Carnival Cruise Lines is rolling out its exclusive partnership with Dr Seuss Enterprises to bring the beloved children’s...
Take Five - With Joshua Nyiera, Owner, Acacia Holidays
Jan 29, 2014
1. Welcome to Canada. Why is it important for you to come all the way from Kenya to meet the...
Style & Substance - G Adventures Harnesses The Transformative Power Of Travel To Bring Adventure To The Masses
Jan 27, 2014
Doing It Differently As small group adventure travel pioneers, G Adventures has always liked to do things just a little...
‘I Would Say That Mazatlan Is The Safest Destination In The World’
Jan 25, 2014
CT talks to the Secretary of Tourism for the state of Sinaloa to find out just how safe Mazatlan is...
A World Of Choice With Collette - Tom Maclean, British Columbia District Sales Manager At Collette Vacations, Discusses The Operator’s New Worldwide Travel Guide
Jan 23, 2014
What’s new in this year’s guide? “The worldwide travel guide includes five new tours: the10-day ‘Elegant Ireland’, the 10- day...
Hawaii Hot Sales Tip - With Jeff Carpenter, BDM, Sunquest, Fun Sun, Holiday House & Intair/Network
Jan 21, 2014
“The message this year is definitely to book early! Inventory in condos and moderate properties are selling out. “Pricing has increased...
INDUSTRY SPY - Did We See You At The Virgin Atlantic Event Last Night?
Dec 6, 2013
If there’s one thing that you can say about Virgin Atlantic it’s this: They’re good fun. The great and the good...
Sandals Makes A Splash - Openings & Renos Around The Caribbean
Nov 21, 2013
By Melanie Reffes  2013 has been a banner year for the perennially-popular Sandals and Beaches Resorts and with three new properties...
A Fresh New Look And Increased Frequency For Fiji Airways
Nov 18, 2013
At Boomerang Tours’ recent New Zealand and Fiji product information evening, Fiji Airways’ area sales manager for Canada, Coral Perry revealed what Western Canada’s travel professionals can expect from the recently revamped airline...
Riviera Nayarit - We're Like An Ice Cream Parlour that Has A Lot Of Flavours To Choose From!
Oct 30, 2013
WSA by CT talks about the irresistible appeal of the Riviera Nayarit with Richard Zarkin, the region’s public relations manager...
Hot Sales Tip - With Bronwyn Hodge, Asia Product & Marketing, Goway Travel
Oct 30, 2013
“If a client asks about a flight and hotel vacation to Thailand, for example, don’t hesitate to put together the...
State of the Industry 2013 - Marketing the Authentic Caribbean Vacation
Oct 27, 2013
The ‘State of the Industry’ (SOTIC), the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) annual conference on tourism was held this year on the French island of Martinique.
Vancouverites Flock To Mexi-Go! Expo
Oct 24, 2013
If the attendance figures at the recent Mexi-Go! Expo in Vancouver are anything to go by, Mexico continues to be a hot favourite for Canadian travellers...
INDUSTRY SPY - Did We See You At The Visit Malaysia Event Last Night?
Oct 11, 2013
Cultural dancers, henna artists, authentic cuisine, caricature artists, fortune tellers... Visit Malaysia certainly pulled out all the stops at the launch of its ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2014’ showcase in Vancouver last night...
INDUSTRY SPY - Did We See You At The Rocky Mountaineer Event Last Night?
Oct 1, 2013
There was excitement in the air at last night’s Rocky Mountaineer ‘Train For Heroes’ launch reception at the Hotel Vancouver...
INDUSTRY SPY - Did We See You At The Goway Africa Experts Event Last Night?
Sep 24, 2013
Enthusiasm Fills The Air At Goway’s ‘G’Day To Africa’ Event By Vickie Sam Paget “They say that if you’re going to go...
INDUSTRY SPY - Did We See You At The All Discovery Cruising Event Last Night?
Sep 18, 2013
By Vickie Sam Paget If it’s good enough for the Queen, it must be good enough for your clients... Some 40 BC...
Berlin and Vienna - Two Heads Are Better Than One
Aug 30, 2013
By Vickie Sam Paget Tourism representatives from two of Europe’s most diverse and engaging cities were wooing the travel press in...
A Brilliant Boomerang Welcome - New Zealand And Fiji Join Forces In Vancouver
Aug 29, 2013
By Vickie Sam Paget Vancouver’s travel professionals were treated to a somewhat unique welcome at Boomerang’s special invitation New Zealand and...
Australia's New 'World's Best' - An Update From ATE 2013
Jun 19, 2013
There’s nothing in the world like Australian food and wine, according to Tourism Australia... Raising a glass to its newest marketing strategy, 'Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia', the organization announced the new program at this year's Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Sydney in April.
CTO Caribbean Week - Spicing Up The Big Apple
Jun 19, 2013
By Melanie Reffes The largest regional tourism event in the New York area, Caribbean Week, rocked the Big Apple last week. Organized...
Bouncing Back - New Zealand Is Bang On TRENZ
Jun 18, 2013
The nation famous for its daring bungee jumps is leaping into tourism promotion over the next four years with the New Zealand government’s announcement of an additional $158 million for the country’s $23 billion industry.
Adventure Travel World Summit - Imagine, Inspire and Invest in Namibia
Jun 9, 2013
In the Southwestern reaches of Africa lies the nation of Namibia. Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the countries of Botswana, Angola, Zambia and South Africa, its geography is remarkable, wild and free.
Culture & Technology - Indaba South Africa's Travel Trade Show Displays Hi-Tech Meetings & Heritage Attractions
May 23, 2013
By B Ang  Going hi-tech was the talk of Indaba, the main travel trade show for Africa. In an eco-friendly initiative, organizers introduced “Indaba Connect”, a cutting-edge technology that dispensed with the need for printed documents and business cards. Instead, everything is stored in an individual’s “Indaba Connect” USB gadget. Delegates...
It's A DATE - Doing Business in the Dominican Republic
Apr 30, 2013
Organized by the National Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES) and hosted at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort, the 13th edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) was a spirited affair at the Convention Centre in Punta Cana.
Mexico To Allow The Entry To Mexico Of Underage Tourists Without A Notarized Letter Of Consent
Feb 6, 2013
Mexico City, Mexico, January 30, 2013: Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, and the Commissioner of the National Institute of Migration (INM), Ardelio Vargas Fosado, agreed to suspend a measure that required minors (under 18 years of age) travelling alone or accompanied by a third party of legal age...
Aussie Primer Part I - A Look At The Very Real Business Opportunities Australia Has To Offer
Jan 29, 2013
If Tourism Australia (TA) boss Andrew McEvoy is right – and it seems he usually is – then TA’s plan to double tourism revenues in the decade leading up to 2020 offers great opportunities for Canadian travel agents. When asked if the much vaunted plan was a target or a viable...
Selling The Sun - Carribean Marketplace 2013
Jan 28, 2013
Hosted by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the much-anticipated and always well-attended Caribbean Marketplace 2013 was a spirited affair at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Held for the second consecutive year in...
JAPEX Rocks The House - Meet & Greet in Jamaica
Nov 16, 2012
By Melanie Reffes Organized by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) with support from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Jamaica Product Exchange, known as JAPEX, was a smashing success at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios. Now in its 22nd year, JAPEX 2012...
Selling The Caribbean - CTO's State of the Industry 2012
Nov 16, 2012
By Melanie Reffes With the theme, “Developing a Winning Tourism Strategy”, the ‘State of the Industry 2012’ was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. In its second...
Thinking Big - Highlights From Vacation.com's Annual Conference
Jun 25, 2012
Vacation.com held its 14th annual International Conference and Trade Show May 5 to 12 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas in May, playing host to 1,200 travel agents, suppliers, staff and media.
Caribbean Week in New York
Jun 19, 2012
A spring rite of passage in the Big Apple, Caribbean Week was a smashing success in Manhattan in June. Celebrating the sights, sounds, culture and vacation opportunities the world’s favourite vacay destination has to offer, Caribbean Week is the largest regional tourism event in New York and attracts a host...
Between Fantasy & Reality - New Zealand Hitches It's Wagon To The Hobbit Movies
May 23, 2012
The big buzz at this year’s TRENZ (Tourism Industry Rendezvous New Zealand) is the highly anticipated upcoming movie release of The Hobbit. Shot in several locations around the country, the first one, due out in December this year will be followed by the second in December 2013.
It's A Date In The Dominican Republic - News From The PremiereTrade Show In The DR
May 10, 2012
An annual event, Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) celebrated its lucky 13th year in April at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort Convention Center in Punta Cana. Sponsored by The Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), DATE is the premier trade show in the DR attracting buyers, sellers,
Selling The Caribbean - CHTA Travel Marketplace 2012
Mar 28, 2012
Hosted by The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), Islands Of The Bahamas, MasterCard and Virgin Holidays, Marketplace 2012 was held at the Atlantis on Paradise Island in January.
Rising From The Ruins - Update from Tourism Industry Rendezvous New Zealand
Sep 29, 2011
Christchurch continues to be on everyone’s minds. The February 22 earthquake, which mainly affected the Central Business District, resulted in 1,200 damaged buildings.
The Green Economy - Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference 2011
Sep 29, 2011
Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with the Bermuda Department of Tourism, the 12th annual Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-12), was held in Bermuda in April. More than 200 business, political and tourism leaders as well as tour operators and travel agents from the Caribbean, Canada and the...
A DATE in the Dominican Republic
Sep 29, 2011
Organized by The Hotel and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES) and staged at the Hard Rock Hotel, the 12th annual Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) was held in Punta Cana in April. Sponsored by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, the show affords product providers like hotels, travel agencies, airlines and excursions as...
The Caribbean Takes a Bite out of the Big Apple
Sep 29, 2011
Wowing the big city with Caribbean charm, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) took a bite out of the Big Apple during Caribbean Week in New York City. From the Empire State Building lit up in the traditional Caribbean colours of blue, green and yellow to fashion shows, industry seminars and...
Mundo Maya Gears Up For A New Beginning
Sep 28, 2011
Clearly, delegates at the Mundo Maya Tourism Fair were pumped. According to the long count Mayan calendar, the last day of the year is December 21, 2012. Contrary to popular but misinformed belief, no, the world does not end then but a new calendar begins.
Winds Of Change - New Focus For CT's World Of Travel
Apr 20, 2011
CT’s World Of Travel Educational Presentations, Seminar and Trade Shows (CTWT) launches its inaugural season May 16 in Victoria, introducing a brand new concept to what were the Addison Travel Trade Shows.Moving beyond the traditional trade show format CTWT now offers the opportunity to learn, learn, learn at pre-show seminars...
The Future Looks Good - Egypt's Minister of Tourism Is Confident
Apr 20, 2011
Egypt is optimistic about the future of its tourism market said Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, at a press conference at ITB Berlin announcing Egypt as the partner country of ITB Berlin 2012.
A Vital Partnership - CHTA Marketplace 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Presented by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA), Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), MasterCard and Virgin Holidays, Caribbean Marketplace 2011 welcomed buyers and sellers from the Caribbean, North America and Europe to the new Montego Bay Convention Centre January 16 to 18.
Sparking Growth in the Caribbean
Feb 23, 2011
Although the economy might not be as sunny as the weather, delegates at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) in Bermuda were upbeat about the future of tourism in the region. Bankers, investors, hoteliers and tourism officials held their heads high at the annual conference sponsored by the...
A DATE In The DR
Feb 23, 2011
Hosted by the National Hotel and Restaurant Association (ASONAHORES) and the Ministry of Tourism, the 10th edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) attracted 400 delegates to Punta Cana in April. As the destination’s leading travel trade show, the annual event welcomed wholesalers, travel agents, airlines and government officials...
Small Hotels Looking Up
Oct 27, 2010
Industry optimism was in the air in September at the Small Hotels Retreat and Taste of the Caribbean culinary competitions at the Rio Mar Beach Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Update from TRENZ: New Zealand Raises The Stakes For Tourism
Oct 5, 2010
Industry professionals are praising the New Zealand government for adding NZ $30 million toward the marketing budget for tourism this year – totalling about NZ $100 million. At the recent Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (TRENZ) in Auckland, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key and Associate Minister of Tourism...
Return To Paradise - The Caribbean's Bounced Back Say Canadian Tour Operators
Oct 5, 2010
A strong Canadian dollar, new products, and exciting destinations from tour operators are key factors in what promises to be a winning winter. It’s a positive turn-around from last year’s uncertainty when, according to the Canadian Association of Tour Operators, winter sales dropped 20 per cent over 2008. Today’s optimism...
Travel South Showcase 2008
Jun 28, 2010
The 26th annual Travel South Showcase took place March 1 to 5 at the Convention Centre in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 700 registered participants – state travel representatives, buyers, suppliers, travel service providers – along with domestic and international media attended the event that showcased the best of Alabama, Arkansas,
Get SMART In St. Martin
Jun 28, 2010
The 8th annual SMART -– St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow – drew more than 50 supplier companies and 30 buyers including Transat Tours, WestJet Vacations, Cheap Caribbean.com, Expedia and Costco Travel to the French side of the island. Showcasing the islands in the northeast Caribbean including Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, British...
Get SMART
Jun 25, 2010
A much-anticipated trade show for international buyers and Caribbean suppliers, St. Maarten – St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) was held at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort in St. Maarten. Organized by the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, L'Office du Tourisme de St. Martin, St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA)...
Growth Indicated At Tianguis
Jun 25, 2010
Mexico President Felipe Calderon the news that Mexico is recovering from a challenging 2009 in his opening remarks at The Tourism Tianguis, held annually in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco in April. The largest trade event of its kind in Latin America, this year’s fair showcased destinations and attractions...
Make A DATE
May 1, 2010
Sponsored by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and hosted by the National Hotel and Restaurant Association (ASONAHORES), Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) is the region’s premier trade event. Held in April in Punta Cana, the 11th annual conference welcomed tour operators and travel agents from North America, Caribbean and Europe...
Sweet Summer Deals
May 1, 2010
The highly rated Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa will be launched as St. Thomas’ only 100-per cent all-inclusive resort starting July 1. With this new status, it will offer discounts including Summer Getaway rates starting at US $387 and a family special featuring 50-per cent off a second room...
Health Insurance Update
May 1, 2010
Following up on its earlier announcement that effective May 1, all visitors to Cuba will be required to have medical insurance, the Travel Health Insurance Association (THIA) has received confirmation from the Government of Cuba Tourism Bureau that Cuban authorities will accept either provincial government health insurance cards, or proof...
Resort News
Dec 1, 2009
With the recent completion of upgrades to their property, The Clarendon Hotel has increased its ratings from 3 stars to 3 1/2 stars on all online booking engines, with additional improvements in amenities and service planned.