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Issue Date: Nov 30, 2020

Pandemic, what pandemic?

Basecamp Resorts ready for Revelstoke, BC

Pandemic, what pandemic? Let’s see, two months into 2020, the travel industry was shut down by a global pandemic, but Basecamp Resorts pushed ahead with its plans to open a new resort in Revelstoke, British Columbia this month. The company’s owner and CEO, Sky McLean tells CTP the story. You’re opening a new resort in November. I guess the obvious question is: Was it part of your plan to open it during a... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 30, 2020

Ontario: It’s there for agents to discover

Ontario: It’s there for agents to discover Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), tells Canadian Travel Press this week that: “I think there is a great opportunity for Canadian agents and operators to package new itineraries for the local markets.” Let’s start with the obvious question: what is TIAO’s reaction to Ontario’s 2020 Budget? What are you hearing from your... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 30, 2020

Thrilled to be back:

A Q&A With Sunwing’s Andrew Dawson

Thrilled to be back: While the global pandemic has hammered the global travel industry, Sunwing Travel Group’s COO, Andrew Dawson has no doubt that the travel industry “will get through this,” observing: “I’m confident we’ll come out stronger on the other side.” Dawson sits down with CTP this week and talks about what to expect from Sunwing going forward. Sunwing resumed partial service at the... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 30, 2020

Fighting The Good Fight

TIAC vows to continue to work for the industry

Fighting The Good Fight The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is vowing that it will continue to work energetically on behalf of this country’s tourism trade, regardless of the course that the coronavirus pandemic takes. TIAC’s David McKenna said during the Nov. 17 opening of the 2020 TIAC Tourism Congress that this year has been one of collaboration for those involved in tourism as they work... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 30, 2020

Winter could be magic for Canada’s tourism industry

Winter could be magic for Canada’s tourism industry IAN STALKER Greg Klassen wants to introduce more vacationers to Old Man Winter. Klassen, whose career has included tenures with the likes of the Canadian Tourism Commission and is now with tourism consulting firm Twenty31, told viewers during a Nov. 18 2020 TIAC Tourism Congress discussion that much of this country’s tourism infrastructure is often closed after summer, leading to a... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 30, 2020

Guided By Science

Airline executives urge government to reconsider quarantine rules  

Guided By Science   IAN STALKER Two senior airline officials are questioning the wisdom of having those returning to this country automatically having to self-quarantine for two weeks in case they contracted coronavirus while abroad, saying the practice is damaging to a struggling airline and travel industry and may not be particularly effective. John Weatherill, vice-president of network and revenue... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 30, 2020

Doom at the inn

Closures loom without more government help, HAC warns

Doom at the inn   IAN STALKER The president of the Hotel Association of Canada is calling on the federal government to step up support for this country’s beleaguered hotel industry, warning that Canada is on the brink of a rash of hotel closures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Susie Grynol said during a Nov. 17 Tourism Industry Association of Canada 2020 Tourism Congress talk that an HAC... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 23, 2020

Who is the Mad Trapper?

Something to speculate about on Tundra North Tours’ trip

Who is the Mad Trapper? IAN STALKER Inuvik-based Tundra North Tours is inviting visitors to the Arctic community to view an area grave that enables them to reflect on a great unsolved Northern mystery – just who was the reclusive man newspapers dubbed the Mad Trapper of Rat River while he led the RCMP on a bloody seven-week-long pursuit that ended with him defiantly fighting to the death in a remote part of the... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 23, 2020

Prepare now

New data pinpoints sales opportunities for Canadian travel advisors

Prepare now TANIA KEDIKIAN Travel advisors might feel like Capitan Ahab at the moment, scanning the seas all alone just hoping that they’ll make a catch. With lockdowns popping up again, the waters are calm. [caption id="attachment_144884" align="alignright" width="220"] Kedikian[/caption] Canadian travellers, however, will be the new white whale for the world’s destinations as the globe starts... more ›


Issue Date: Nov 23, 2020

Switzerland is ready for the rebound

Switzerland is ready for the rebound ANN RUPPENSTEIN When describing Switzerland Tourism’s strategy to stay engaged and strengthen relationships with travel trade partners during the pandemic, Pascal Prinz, Director Canada, likens it to being a hockey player actively waiting in anticipation of the next play. “When the pucks come back and rebound, we want to get as many of these pucks or rebounds or travel credits or... more ›