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Who doesn’t love going from point A to point B with the greatest of ease?
Flying direct between destinations removes the often stressful uncertainties that go hand-in-hand with connection times, terminal layouts and baggage transfers, and so is often the preferred method of travel for most frequent fliers.
However, for those travelling to particularly far-flung destinations, flying non-stop is not always possible, and some hubs simply can’t be avoided.
Fortunately, with Air Canada now flying to more than 200 airports worldwide from across Canada, the airline is making global travel an effortless experience for both agents and their clients with its extensive selection of routes, state-of-the-art aircraft, and Concierge and Priority services.
This summer, Air Canada is expanding its worldwide network by introducing new direct routes to some of the world’s most popular exotic destinations, allowing travel advisors to do away with those multiple-connection itineraries, and ensure globetrotters get to where they’re going faster – and with less effort – than ever before.
Air Canada’s new direct routes between Canada and Australia, Africa and Korea are as follows:
Vancouver – Brisbane, Australia: June 1, 2016 (year-round)
Montreal – Casablanca, Morocco: June 3, 2016 (seasonal)
Toronto – Seoul, Korea: June 17, 2016 (year-round)
Before you get your clients on board, here are a few selling-points and must-do attractions happening in and around these destinations.
With more than 1,000 events taking place in the city each year, Brisbane is more than just a flight hub; this Australian city features the largest selection of Good Food Guide-awarded restaurants, shopping facilities and cultural opportunities in Queensland.
Visitors can explore Boundary Street Markets (a weekend showcase featuring the city’s best international cuisine, live music and local artists); browse the bustling Queen Street Mall retail centre; or witness history at the popular Holden State of Origin, which will see Game Two of the 2016 rugby season play out on June 22.
Travellers who like to be in the middle of the action can enjoy the popular Out of the Box Festival for Children from June 21-28, South Bank’s Regional Flavours food and wine festival from July 15-17, or the Redcliffe Kite Fest on August 27-28.
Thirteen other precincts are located within an hour of the city centre, and all provide their own unique taste of the region, such as adventure-centric Moreton Island, the patchwork countryside of rural Somerset and Scenic Rim, the picturesque heart of Brisbane’s culinary offerings. (via www.visitbrisbane.com.au)
Beginning June 1, 2016, Air Canada will offer year-round, three times weekly service from Vancouver to Brisbane in its 787-8 Dreamliner before increasing to daily service as of June 17, 2016. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque
This famous city is a cosmopolitan melting pot of culture and activities only limited by a visitor’s imagination, with remarkable architecture, elegant fashions and adventurous culinary opportunities waiting around every corner.
Newcomers shouldn’t miss the Morocco Mall, the largest shopping centre in Africa, a visit to the Rick’s Café replica inspired by the famous Hollywood movie Casablanca, or a relaxing body scrub in one of the city’s many traditional hammams.
Casablanca is celebrated for its festivals, particularly the cultural Sahraoui Festival and its vast showcase of camel-racing and traditional dances in June; the globally-anticipated Casablanca Music Festival in July, and the urban music festival Boulevard in September, which brings hip-hop, rock and electro to the city for three exciting days.
Those interested in exploring more of Morocco should also take a day trip to its capital, Rabat, where you can visit the opulent marble mausoleum of King Mohamed V, or soak up the sun south of the city on one of Mazagan’s beautiful beaches. Of course, a trip to ancient Marrakech, with its UNESCO-designated Medina, ornate architecture and daring street performers is a Moroccan-must. (via muchmorocco.com)
This summer 2016, Air Canada Rouge will launch a seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Casablanca beginning June 3, marking the carrier’s first African route and the only scheduled direct service to North Africa by a North American Carrier. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul
The capital of Korea and home to centuries of culture and tradition, Seoul is a mecca for shopping, modern art, technology and nightlife entertainment. Between its kaleidoscopic Dongdaemun Market, the high-end Gangnam district and its jaw-dropping collection of entertainment complexes, Seoul’s list of unique tourism attractions precedes this world-class city’s cutting-edge reputation.
Must-see items in this city of surprises include visiting the 600-year old Bukchon Hanok Village area’s breweries and museums; Myeong-dong and its wide selection of shops, street stalls and luxury retail, and Gyeongbokgung Palace, first built in 1395 and now the largest of five grand palaces in Korea.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Seoul’s events calendar is packed for the 2016 summer and truly offers something for everyone, whether it’s finding incredible deals at the Seoul Summer sale, going behind the scenes at the summer-long DreamWorks Animation Festival, or being treated to a live performance at the Seoul Fringe Festival in August.
There’s plenty to be found outside of Seoul as well, with excursion highlights ranging from a day exploring Suwon’s Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a turbulent history, to a day in the city of Yongin, home to Everland, Korea’s largest amusement park, and the Hoam Art Museum’s enormous Buddhist art collection. (via visitseoul.net)
On June 17, 2016, Air Canada will provide daily, non-stop service year-round between Toronto and Seoul, Korea onboard the Boeing 787-Dreamliner aircraft, which complements daily non-stop service from Vancouver. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
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