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Monthly Archives: March 2020

A Humanitarian Crisis

Response to Cruise Ships Stranded at Sea Tests Our Deepest Human Values

A Humanitarian Crisis In a powerful, and personal, message, Holland America Line president, Orlando Ashford asks the question that we should all be asking ourselves today: “During a time when we’re afraid to go out, fearful of others as possible COVID-19 carriers, how do we ensure we continue acting in ways... more ›
Posted in COVID-19, Cruise, Destinations, News, Responsible Travel, Tourism Organizations, Trends & Research

Air Canada: Unprecedented Action, Unprecedented Times

Air Canada: Unprecedented Action, Unprecedented Times Air Canada took further action to respond to “the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 upon its business,” reducing its 2020 second quarter capacity by 85% to 90% (compared to its 2019 Q2 capacity) and placing 15,200 members of its unionized workforce on Off Duty Status and furloughing about... more ›
Posted in Airlines, COVID-19, News

COVID-19 UPDATE: HAL, MSC, Transat, Cunard And More

COVID-19 UPDATE: HAL, MSC, Transat, Cunard And More Holland America, MSC, Rocky Mountaineer, Cunard, Carnival extend their service pause; a "Hapi" message from the Solomon Islands; a new video from the U.S. Virgin Islands; SAA; Shep; and more. Holland America Extends Pause Holland America is advising that due to the continued port... more ›
Posted in Airlines, COVID-19, Cruise, Destinations, News, Technology, Tourism Organizations

A Devastating Decision

Red Label Announces Layoffs

A Devastating Decision Red Label Vacations Inc., the parent company of TravelBrands, redtag.ca, itravel200 and The Travel Experts, has announced that it is temporarily laying off multiple employees. The limited time layoff is to take place effective immediately. Frank Demarinis, CEO of RLV, said: “COVID-19 has... more ›
Posted in COVID-19, News, Tour Operators

Industry Still Needs More: ACTA

Industry Still Needs More: ACTA While ACTA says that government measures announced to help small businesses deal with the economic impact of the pandemic are in line with the feedback the association has been giving the government, more needs to be done. ACTA president, Wendy Paradis said: “The new measures announced... more ›
Posted in COVID-19, News, Travel Agents

YVR Airport Authority Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

YVR Airport Authority Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions The Vancouver Airport Authority has shared a plan for Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to achieve four new sustainability targets. Among the targets outlined in the 2020 – 2024 Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is a commitment to become carbon neutral in 2020 and achieve net-zero... more ›
Posted in News, Responsible Travel

Competition Bureau Releases Air Canada, Transat Report

Transat Responds, Confident In Benefits Of The Transaction

Competition Bureau Releases Air Canada, Transat Report The Competition Bureau released its report late last week detailing its concerns over Air Canada’s proposed acquisition of Transat. In that report, the Bureau concludes that “Air Canada's proposed acquisition of Transat is likely to result in a substantial lessening or prevention of... more ›
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Calling All Agents! Vote in Agents’ Choice

Calling All Agents! Vote in Agents’ Choice With just a few days left, now is the time to vote in Agents' Choice. From airline to tour operator to cruise line to car rental company, and everything in between, vote for all your 2020 favourites in 40+ categories before it’s too late. Proudly sponsored by Collette, Manulife,... more ›
Posted in Agents Choice 2020, Airlines, Attractions, Car Rental, Destinations, Events, Hotels, Insurance, Motor Coach, News, Rail, Resorts, Responsible Travel, Technology, Tour Operators, Tourism Organizations, Travel Agents, Weddings & Honeymoons

COVID-19 Update: Ethiopian Airlines, Transat and More

COVID-19 Update: Ethiopian Airlines, Transat and More Ethiopian Airlines Updates Canada Flights Ethiopian Airlines Canada reports that direct flights for April have been reduced. Flights are departing from Toronto Pearson International Airport on the following dates: April 2, 4, 7, 11, 18 and 21; Flights are departing from Addis Ababa Bole... more ›
Posted in COVID-19, News

CLIA Postpones Cruise360

CLIA Postpones Cruise360 CLIA is postponing the 2020 edition of Cruise360 which was scheduled to take place in Vancouver from May 12-18. In a statement announcing the decision, the association said, “We take our responsibility for the health and safety of our attendees and sponsors very seriously. With that in... more ›
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