27 MAY 2015: Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture), spoke about the Government of Canada's continued commitment to promoting Canada as a premier tourism destination during his address at Rendez-vous Canada 2015 in Niagara Falls. MORE
SOMETHING OLD. SOMETHING NEW
By JEN SAVEDRA
27 MAY 2015: “It’s not your parents’ Myrtle Beach.” That was pretty well the first thing Susan Phillips, director of marketing for the Myrtle beach Chamber of Commerce wanted me to know. Not that my parents’ Myrtle Beach was anything to complain about. My father loved the golf and my mother loved the beach, shopping and the casual atmosphere – both loved the restaurants. Still, this South Carolina favourite of Canadians, says Phillips, “has grown up.” MORE
27 MAY 2015: Wine tourism is a growing and important part of Canada's tourism industry attracting 3M annual visitors and driving $1.2 billion in spending for the national tourism sector, according to a joint report released by the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). MORE
IRISH GOVERNMENT SELLS STAKE IN AER LINGUS
27 MAY 2015: Ireland intends to sell its 25 percent stake in the Aer Lingus airline to IAG after receiving guarantees that the parent company of British Airways will increase employment and air links with the US, the government announced Tuesday. MORE
BOTH SIDES NOW
27 MAY 2015: Quebec premier Philippe Couillard says he doesn't see the contradiction of travelling to Italy to entice Italian investors to Quebec while at the same time scaling back the province's diplomatic mission in the country. MORE
GALAPAGOS VOLCANO ERUPTS
27 MAY 2015: A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. MORE
WHOOP DE DO
27 MAY 2015: Environment Canada's plans to offer fly-in tours to the nesting grounds of endangered whooping cranes appear to have been grounded. MORE
27 MAY 2015: A Virginia bed-and-breakfast owned by the Trump Organization has opened its doors to the public. The 26,000-square-foot Trump Albemarle Estate in Charlottesville recently opened 10 rooms for booking. MORE
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
27 MAY 2015: Most North Americans have never heard of Sylt (pronounced Zoolt), a wind-swept holiday island in the North Sea. Often referred to as the “Saint Tropez of northern Germany,” it’s where jet setters Heidi Klum and Claudia Schiffer come to unwind on the 40 kilometres of golden beaches and party hearty into the wee hours. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:
THREATS TO FOUR AIRCRAFT
26 MAY 2015: Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners, possibly from the same source, caused a scare on Monday involving four international flights at airports in New York and New Jersey.
By JEN SAVEDRA
26 MAY 2015: I was asked recently why I attend certain out of town travel conferences and not others. I hadn’t noticed that I had specific preferences but this particular reader assured me that I did - and asked why. It was an interesting question – and a valid one – and it got me thinking.
TIME TO VOTE
26 MAY 2015: The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) has sent out ballots to all registrants for the election of three positions on the TICO Board of Directors. The eligible candidates on the ballot are: MORE
26 MAY 2015: Maria Rowena Santiago Belen plead guilty to one count of operating as a travel retailer without registration contrary to the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002. Belen offered travel services in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario.
26 MAY 2015: Air Canada began its promised crackdown on oversized carry-on baggage on Monday, beginning with passengers checking in for flights in Toronto in a programme it plans to expand across the country in about two weeks. MORE
RIO ON EDGE AFTER STABBINGS
26 MAY 2015: Rio de Janeiro police are reinforcing patrols in areas popular with tourists and near venues that will host Olympic events next year after a series of knife attacks on locals and foreigners. MORE
ACTRESS URGES TOURISTS TO VISIT NEPAL
26 MAY 2015: Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation's vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt. MORE
TRAVEL IS ONE OF THE PERKS
26 MAY 2015: The prime minister's travel agenda these days is a neat package of taxpayer-paid photo opportunities paired with Conservative rallies - a popular twofer in Canadian politics. Tom Mulcair, leader of the official Opposition also travels across the country using his House of Commons budget.
By PAM STELLINI
26 MAY 2015: I had a few expectations on my visit to Vienna. I knew I would hear and learn more about Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven. I anticipated lunches of sausages, Wiener schnitzel and ending most meals with strudel. But some unexpected things struck me. The first was colour. The second was coffee. This city does both well. One in its achievement of rejecting the status quo. The other in its embrace for tradition. MORE