IGTO's new director is here to make some noise
As Gal Hana sees it, opportunity is knocking for Israel’s tourism industry in the Canadian market. And as the new director for Canada for the Israel Government Tourist Office, Hana plans to “make some noise” about it during his time here.
[caption id="attachment_127683" align="alignright" width="300"] IGTO’s Jerry Adler (l) and Ellen Melman (r) with Gal Hana during a visit... more ›
Time to turn things around
Airline bosses attending IATA’s AGM in Seoul got a rough ride from Violeta Bulc, the European Union’s commissioner for transport, when she got onto the subject of sustainability.
Bulc started out by declaring, “I could stand here all day and talk about the negative externalities of transport in general and the impacts of emissions on our
climate and, therefore, our... more ›
The president of Baxter Media has thanked the different foreign tourist boards represented in this country for the contribution they make to Canada’s travel industry.
David McClung told a Tuesday Toronto lunch jointly sponsored by Baxter Media, the Globus Family of Brands and Torstar that their presence here is a major plus for the travel... more ›
Pictured above: Seasonal whale-watching is available in Newfoundland.
Caroline Swan is inviting people to see the New-foundland region that all the theatrical fuss is about.
Swan, product development manager for Adventure Central Newfoundland, notes it was her region that inspired Come From Away, the musical work that’s won acclaim within and outside this country,... more ›
Adventure Canada, Cambridge Bay
Pictured above: Brian Faber displays a bag of Kaapittiaq coffee on the deck of the Ocean Endeavour.
Adventure Canada clients can help residents of the Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay brush up on their traditional language skills when having a cup of Joe while sailing northern waterways.
The tour company, which has several cruises in Nunavut waters, is now helping the... more ›
Finding serenity in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
With 32 islands and cays to choose from, St. Vincent and the Grenadines offers a honeymoon experience that’s hard to replicate anywhere else in the world.
“There are nine inhabited islands that each have their own distinct character and feel. The main island of St. Vincent is often overlooked by travellers on their way to the Grenadines, but is well worth the visit.... more ›
(Photo above: Havana is one of the cities Paradiso is active in.)
Think of this as Cuba’s version of Dancing With the Stars.
Havana-based firm Paradiso is happy to teach tourists Cuban dancing, including salsa dancing in a salsa-mad country.
Classes can be one to three hours, says Paradiso’s Araceli Camacho.
“It depends on the client’s interest. We do not... more ›
Writing a new chapter
(Photo above: Christopher Thompson, president of Brand USA, was a keynote speaker at the recent IPW conference and trade mart in Anaheim, CA.)
United Stories is the latest addition to a suite of story-telling platforms by Brand USA that help illustrate and define the characteristics – and characters – of the United States. Prospective visitors to the US are the intended... more ›
(Phto above: Travel Best Bets home-based agents stop for a photo while touring the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship during the recent Travel Best Bets Conference Weekend on the last weekend of July.)
One of Canada’s top travel agencies has recently launched an online school for those seeking entry to the fast-moving travel retailing industry. The Travel Best Bets Academy is the... more ›
Day tripping in Costa Rica
I was a little dumbfounded standing in the middle of a staircase inside the National Theatre of Costa Rica in San Jose as a complete stranger pressed a five-dollar bill into my hands and insisted it was mine to keep as I tried to give it back.
“You've been given a very special gift,” said local tour guide Vinicio Viquez, explaining that the now defunct five colones... more ›