Agents' Choice 2020
Canadian Travel Press
Issue Date: Jan 20, 2020

Five Questions with Samson Arega

Five Questions with Samson Arega [caption id="attachment_133148" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Samson Arega, Country Manager Canada, Ethiopian Airlines[/caption] 1. You recently added an A350 to your Toronto-Addis Ababa route. What differences will your passengers notice? We are excited about our A350 Airbus. Passengers will enjoy a little more room. There is abundant overhead storage for both our business class and... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 20, 2020

Agencies moving from commodity to value selling

Agencies moving from commodity to value selling MIKE DUNBAR The world of airline retailing is changing, and the transformation the industry is going through in distribution and finance is being impacted by broader long-term global trends. And, according to Yanik Hoyles, IATA’s director of industry distribution programs, as far as the travel agency sector is concerned, it’s going to be a case of “if you engage me to sell your... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 13, 2020

Vote for your favourite

Vote for your favourite Are you ready to pick your favourites? Well, it’s that time again as Baxter Media launches the 2020 Agents’ Choice Readership Survey this week. Agents’ Choice is Canada’s original, authoritative and most popular travel industry poll, and each year it asks Canadian travel agents to pick their favourite suppliers in over 40 different categories – ranging from airlines to tour... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 13, 2020

Living life outside the bubble

Women in Travel Monique Gomel

Living life outside the bubble ANN RUPPENSTEIN After working for iconic brands like L’Oréal and EA Sports, where she helped launch the company’s first female targeted product and its first foray into the fitness segment – which went on to be their highest selling title on the Wii platform – Monique Gomel was drawn to the travel industry. “One of the things about Rocky Mountaineer was I was interested in... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 13, 2020

Industry steps up to support Australia

ʻWe felt compelled to reach out and helpʼ

Industry steps up to support Australia IAN STALKER (Photo above: Sydney enjoyed clear skies this past weekend. Fires outside cities have at times created hazes in urban areas.  Photo courtesy/ GOWAY) Tourists shouldn’t shun Australian vacations because of the bushfires that have ravaged parts of the country, says a tour operator that has long been sending people to the country. Shirley Rourke of Goway Travel’s South... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 13, 2020

Yayou’s dream comes true thanks to Ethiopian Airlines

Yayou’s dream comes true thanks to Ethiopian Airlines IAN STALKER (Photo above: Seen here with Woldeyes (who’s seated and holding her plaque) are her son Ermias; Gordana Mosher and Ed Radonic of RadonicRodgersStrategy; and Ethiopian Airlines Dave Timmins and Ethiopian Airlines' Samson Arega.) Ethiopian Airlines puts people in Cloud Nine on a daily basis and put Yayou Woldeyes on cloud nine on the eve of Christmas. The carrier, which... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 06, 2020

Lofty Jackson Hole has slopes for all levels of skiers

Lofty Jackson Hole has slopes for all levels of skiers IAN STALKER (Photo above: Jackson Hole has a vertical drop of over 4,000 feet.) Chantal Cabrera believes that going downhill can be truly uplifting. And she adds that she knows a great spot for those wanting to head in that direction. Cabrera, sales and marketing manager for Wyoming’s Jackson Hole ski resort, says a trio of “bests” is certain to give skiers a great... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 06, 2020

A destination that agents need to experience

West Hollywood

A destination that agents need to experience Story & Photos by Jim DONALD SPECIAL to Canadian Travel Press [In a special to Canadian Travel Press, photographer and writer, James Donald offers a first-hand look at West Hollywood and, in doing so, has quite an experience] What comes to mind when you picture West Hollywood? A-list Oscar and Emmy parties? The Sunset Strip? Eclectic LGBTQ+ friendly Santa Monica Boulevard? The West... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 06, 2020

A one-stop shop for dynamically packaged events

BookSeats.com

A one-stop shop for dynamically packaged events BOB MOWAT If you ask Joseph Demarinis what BookSeats.com is all about, he’ll tell you the following: “BookSeats.com is custom flights, accommodations and ticket packages to events around the world provided at an all-in-one price for a full package.” Demarinis told Canadian Travel Press that: “The big thing for us is it doesn’t have to be all three elements. You can come to... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jan 06, 2020

It’s a natural for the Azores

Sustainable tourism

It’s a natural for the Azores RODNEY TUGWELL In December 2019, The Azores was certified as a sustainable tourism destination through the EarthCheck certifier and under the strict criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This is the world’s first and only archipelago with this certification and the only region in Portugal. For the Azores, the goal of environmental sustainability is to provide a true... more ›

 

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