July – September
Sandals Resorts continues its
cross-Canada tour of informative travel agent workshops July through September. “The Closer You Look, The Better We Look” workshops will teach agents what sets the Sandals Luxury Included Vacation experience apart from all the rest by giving them the tools to scope it out including comprehensive product updates, including the new Sandals Barbados, info on the lucrative groups market with Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts and general sales and marketing tips. The workshops are open to all agents seeking to become Certified Sandals Specialists and current CSS agents who need to maintain their status. The morning sessions take place 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and include continental breakfast (with the exception of four afternoon sessions in Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Quebec City and Toronto which feature continental lunch). Space is limited and agents are asked to register early. A non-refundable fee of $35 is required at time of registration. All participants receive a workbook and collateral kit, a certificate upon completion of the workshop and an exclusive booking incentive.
The workshop schedule is as follows: July 15, Prince George, BC, Four Points by Sheraton; July 16, Richmond, BC, Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel; July 22, Fort McMurray, Alta., Radisson Hotel & Suites; July 22, Timmins, Ont., Holiday Inn Express & Suites; July 23, Sudbury, Ont. (afternoon session, 1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.), Steel-workers’ Union Hall & Conference Centre; July 29, Thunder Bay, Ont. (afternoon session, 1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.), Victoria Inn; Aug. 4, Oshawa, Ont., Quality Hotel & Conference Centre; Aug. 5, Toronto, Radisson Hotel Toronto East; Aug. 11, Quebec City, Que., French workshop, (afternoon session, 1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.), Hotel Alt Quebec; Aug. 12, Peterborough, Ont., Holiday Inn Peterborough Water-front; Aug. 12, Trois-Rivieres, Que, French workshop, Delta Trois-Rivieres; Aug. 18, Laval, Que., French workshop, Le St Martin Hotel Laval; Aug. 25, Boucherville, Que., French workshop, Hotel Mortagne; Aug. 26, Granby, Que., French workshop, Hotel Castel & Spa Confort; Sept. 2, Calgary, Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre; Sept. 3, Edmonton, Courtyard Marriott West; Sept. 10, Ottawa, Ottawa Conference & Event Centre; Sept. 14, Rouy-Noranda, Que., French workshop, Best Western Plus Hotel Albert; Sept. 16, Mississauga, Ont., Four Points by Sheraton; Sept. 17, Kitchener, Ont., Holiday Inn; Sept. 22, Windsor, Ont., Caesars Windsor; Sept. 23, London, Ont., Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre; Sept. 29, Toronto, Radisson Hotel Toronto East; Sept. 30, Toronto (afternoon session, 1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.). Radisson Hotel Toronto East.
Agents can register online at http://www.uvisandals.ca.
South Africa Airways
South African Airways has announced the tour dates for this year’s Africa Showcase, which will for the first time include a stop in Canada (Toronto on Oct. 7). The Africa Showcase is the largest travel trade event in North America featuring exclusively African suppliers that represent hotels, safari lodges, destination tourism organizations and other attractions that are popular with North American travellers. The show brings Africa travel specialists the latest trends on the region’s products and services, enabling those who participate to boost their sales to the increasingly popular destinations
The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) has locked down the dates for the BC Tourism Industry Conference, set for Vancouver on Oct. 20-21. The 2015 conference will offer a variety of workshops, keynote speakers and tourism professionals from all regions of the province. Upwards of 400 delegates are expected to attend this year’s event, representing all sectors of the industry from city/community destination marketing organizations, to independent operators to provincial and municipal government leaders.
Travel Professionals International (TPI) has unveiled details of its plans for its upcoming 2015 TPI Annual Conference. Now entering its 21st year in business, TPI will be holding its annual event at the Melia Marina Varadero in Cuba from Nov. 16-19. The event is being presented by TPI, Transat Holidays and Nolitours, and Melia Hotels & Resorts. More than 250 travel advisors, guests, staff and travel partners are expected to attend the which will include site inspections, networking opportunities, keynote speakers, training workshops, excursions and more.