Agents' Choice 2019

Travel in Nepal without reaching for the sky

Travel in Nepal without reaching for the sky Story and photos TED DAVIS (Photo above: Sunrise on the Annapurna range near Pokhara.) Not surprisingly, the effects of altitude on the human body are a common concern in any discussion of a visit to Nepal. This is the country that is defined by the highest mountains on the planet, including... more ›
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Telling the stories of Canada’s north

Adventure Canada

Telling the stories of Canada’s north IAN STALKER (Photo above: Photo courtesy of DANNY CATT) Jason Edmunds is eager to show people his childhood backyard and other northerly locales relatively few Canadians venture to. Edmunds is an expedition leader with Mississauga, Ont.-based Adventure Canada, which has a program that... more ›
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Canadian travel to the Caribbean is heating up

Canadian travel to the Caribbean is heating up ANN RUPPENSTEIN Although the US remains the largest inbound market for travel to the Caribbean, Canada came out on top as the heavy-hitter for 2018. “It was Canada that outperformed all other markets last year with 5.7% growth or 3.9 million visits. This was due to its strong economic... more ›
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Cruising Havana in a classic car is cool

Cruising Havana in a classic car is cool IAN STALKER Pictured above: Luis Miguel Labrada is bucking the pink trend. Do the rugged American-made vehicles that have been rolling along Havana streets for over half a century look pretty in pink? Apparently many of those who chauffeur foreign tourists around the Cuban capital think... more ›
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Operator fears China dispute could hurt travel to other destinations

Operator fears China dispute could hurt travel to other destinations IAN STALKER Tour operator Silk Holidays says the current dispute between Ottawa and Beijing is already cutting into Canadian visitations to China and warns that other Asian destinations’ tourist trades could suffer as well if those tensions drag on. Silk Holidays’ Ricky Poon told Canadian... more ›
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North American carriers are in a good place

North American carriers are in a good place MIKE DUNBAR North America’s airlines are set to rake in fully half of the world’s civil aviation profits this year, underlining a distinct regional disparity in financial performance. That was the good news for this part of the world delivered by IATA chief economist Brian Pearce (pictured... more ›
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Tourism Ireland is ready for 2019

Tourism Ireland is ready  for 2019 BOB MOWAT There’s no doubt that 2018 was a spectacular year for Irish tourism (see sidebar story), the question is – with the March 29 deadline for a Brexit deal looming large – whether the destination can expect the same kind of head-turning results in 2019. “Brexit is a concern,... more ›
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Take a closer look at Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam

Take a closer look at Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam Story and photos ANN RUPPENSTEIN Picture this: Oprah Winfrey is donning pajamas and handing out shots of tequila, as passengers taking part in Holland America Line’s Girls’ Getaway cruise go wild with excitement at the sight of the popular talk show host, film star and founder of O, The... more ›
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Delivering the right message to the right people at the right time

Tourism Ireland

Delivering the right message to the right people at the right time BOB MOWAT A great global team. A wealth of air access that continues to increase. Consistent and 0ngoing investment in its tourism products and programs. And the solid long-term relationship that it has built with the travel trade around the world. That’s the bullet-point explanation that... more ›
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Austrian has Canada covered

Charming way to fly

Austrian has Canada covered IAN STALKER Austrian Airlines reports its aircraft will continue to be visible in Canadian airspace this summer, even as codeshare partner Air Canada’s planes will be the ones physically linking Toronto and Vienna. Sherif Sedhom of the Lufthansa Group’s Toronto office told a recent... more ›
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