Sitting on a patio in Mississauga, sun shining, sky blue, flowers blooming, it sure doesn’t seem like this is the Summer of Hate. Biggest conflict out here is the dog chasing, though never catching, an endless parade of squirrels that torment him as they scamper past.

But in Charlottesville, Va., Americans have been rioting and dying. In Iraq/Syria, and elsewhere, war is raging. North Korea is threatening to unleash its nuclear arsenal and the U.S. might invade Venezuela. Flames of the cold war are flickering, and international incidents of terrorism are too numerous to mention.

How do we sleep when our beds are burning?

Curious that 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, a milestone currently being remembered and comprehensively celebrated by San Francisco tourism and its constituents. That year – 1967 – 100,000 “flower children” congregated in the bay city under the auspices of non-conformism, sharing, community and opposition to materialism and modern politics. The Beatles captured the utopian ideals of the hippie culture and topped the charts with “All You Need Is Love.” In this country, the world arrived in Montreal to celebrate its diversity at Expo 67.

A future columnist – five at the time – sported memorable orange and green striped pants and lived to tell tale.

But even as the younger generation was indulging in music, drugs and free love, Detroit and other American cities were rioting, the Vietnam War was raging, and the Israel-Arab Six-Day War erupted. The Civil Rights movement in the US was still at its peak.
Sadly, all these years (decades!) later, only the place names and date on the cover of the calendar seem to have changed. Even the hipsters/hippies are back.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

But the world survived 1967, as it survived after 1919 and 1945, and it will survive 2017. We will continue to dance while the world is turning, as Midnight Oil once observed. What will be interesting is what the world will be like in 2067 – 50 years on from The Summer of Hate.

Trade Ticker

• WestJet will begin serving Denver International Airport (DEN) daily from Calgary International Airport (YYC) starting March 8, 2018… In other WestJet news, the carrier has eliminated domestic change and cancel fees for any travel booked in its Flex fare bundle.  
• Through the end of the month (Aug. 31), agents can qualify to win two free roundtrip Air Canada tickets anywhere the airline flies in the U.S. by entering tour operator Collette’s summer photo contest. To enter, agents must submit an image of themselves at or near any U.S. National Park, or simply a photo of the park itself. Along with the snap, a short description of why that park is so special to you should be included. Enter at: Travel must be completed by Nov. 20, 2017.
• Some souls (Terrilyn!) are already uttering the w word (winter), but there’s a lot of fall to get through first with the travel industry already in full gear for the days and weeks following Labour Day. Here are a couple of the latest entries on the events calendar:
Goway Africa: Over three days in September, Goway will host 21 African suppliers for afternoon round robin agent training sessions (4-8 p.m.). In the evening (6-9 p.m.), agents are welcome to bring their clients to meet the suppliers in person, with excellent travel prizes to be won:

 Toronto – Sept. 19, Marriott on Bloor
 Calgary – Sept. 20, Courtyard by Marriott Calgary
 Vancouver – Sept. 21, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

For the training event, agents need to sign up at in the events section of the site. For the evening event, registration is at
Sandals Overdrive: Events provide an excellent opportunity for agents to meet with Sandals executives, while also discovering more about the latest updates to the resort company’s portfolio.

 Toronto – Wed. Nov. 15, Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre         
 Montreal – Fri. Nov. 17, Sheraton Laval Hotel
• Passengers on Hurtigruten’s 12-day Classic Voyage to Norway who don’t see the Northern Lights will be given a six or seven-day Classic Voyage free of charge the following year (some conditions apply). The itinerary sails up and down the scenic and fjord-filled Norway coast, which is considered one of the most beautiful cruise voyages in the world.

This and That

• Kudos to TravelBrands, which donated one per cent of all Aug. 16 sales to the SickKids Foundation…  Meanwhile, agents booking any Royal Caribbean cruise with a net value of $500 through the tour operator by Sept. 8 will be eligible to win up 10,000 Loyalty Rewards Points and a grand prize cruise for two. To enter the Tic-Tac-Know contest, agents must be registered and book through
• Blue Diamond Resorts taking over the management and operation of Antigua’s largest all-inclusive resort, the 464-room Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, effective Sept. 1, 2017.
• Germany has been awarded a new UNESCO world heritage site: the caves of the Ice Age in the Swabian alps region of Baden-Wurttemberg – six caves that hold the oldest figurative artwork known to have been made by humans. They are represented in various local museums. UNESCO has added four more Bauhaus buildings throughout the country to the existing designation for the unique architectural heritage.
• The International Dark-Sky Association has designated New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. It is the first island in the world to receive the designation and only one of three places in the world to have been awarded this status (the other two are in New Mexico and Chile). With much of Great Barrier Island ’off the grid,’ light pollution is minimized on the island, allowing for a good view of the spectacular night sky. A time lapse video can be at

Words of the Week!

Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, on the selection of model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova as ‘Guardian Angel’ (instead of Godmother) for its new U by Uniworld brand:
“As a former Victoria’s Secret model, Petra is, of course, well-versed as an ‘Angel.’"
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Will 2017 become known as the Summer of Hate?

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