Travel Courier
Issue Date: Jun 21, 2018

Where old meets new

Where old meets new ANN RUPPENSTEIN Standing on the cobblestoned streets of Dresden, it's easy to see why the massive dome of the Frauenkirche is one of the city's most famous landmarks, even though it went 60 years without being part of its iconic skyline. Destroyed most recently when the gutted ruins of the church collapsed following bombings in the Second World War, the reconstructed Frauenkirche (Church... more ›


Issue Date: Jun 21, 2018

A night to remember

First Annual Agents' Choice Gala – 'Just Like The Oscars'

A night to remember [caption id="attachment_110527" align="alignright" width="300"] The awards[/caption] TRAVEL COURIER STAFF "It's just like the Oscars," was the oft-repeated phrase that was heard by those networking their way through the throngs attending the first-ever Agents' Choice Gala at Toronto's Eglinton Grand last week. It was a night when the stars of the Canadian travel industry shone... more ›


Issue Date: Jun 14, 2018

Serenity awaits

Discovering Saint Lucia's newest all-inclusive, adults-only resort

Serenity awaits ANN RUPPENSTEIN As he shows me around my spacious suite, my butler Gregg is explaining the range of services his team is ready to do for guests – from unpacking suitcases and ironing to drawing aromatherapy bubble baths at a chosen time or even as a surprise. "That's just what's on the list," he says after popping open a bottle of champagne. "We do anything that's legal and... more ›


Issue Date: Jun 14, 2018

World’s longest commercial flight is back

Singapore Airlines to launch New York-Singapore service

World’s longest commercial flight is back GREG COATES (Photo above: Pictured (l-r) Les Kovacs, Singapore Airlines; Magdeline Zee, Changi Airport Group; Kamran Ahmed, Singapore Airlines; Jaclyn Tan, Singapore Tourist Board; and Adrian Ee, Singapore Airlines.) After a five-year hiatus, Singapore Airlines is set to relaunch the world’s longest commercial flight, bringing back New York (Newark)-Singapore service in October. The... more ›


Issue Date: Jun 07, 2018

Sunwing takes passenger comfort to new heights

Boeing 737 MAX 8 joins Sunwing fleet

Sunwing takes passenger comfort to new heights GREG COATES Taking delivery of a new plane is always memorable, but add to this the ability to fly further and offer a better passenger experience, and you’ll understand why Sunwing executives are so excited to have two new Boeing 737 MAX 8’s in their fleet. [caption id="attachment_109846" align="alignright" width="300"] Captain Ron Henry[/caption] [caption id="attachment_109847"... more ›


Issue Date: Jun 07, 2018

Ready for takeoff

Azores Airlines to add new aircraft on Toronto route, promotes stopover program

Ready for takeoff ANN RUPPENSTEIN (Photo above: Gavin Eccles, chief commercial officer, Azores Airlines and William Delgado, Visit Portugal’s country manager for Canada) Azores Airlines hopes to do with the Azores – Portugal’s nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean – the same as Icelandair has done with Iceland. With a hub in Ponta Delgada, Gavin Eccles, chief commercial officer of... more ›


Issue Date: May 31, 2018

Sailing Away With The Moorings

Sailing Away With The Moorings ANN RUPPENSTEIN “There are two sides to the British Virgin Islands,” our captain Martin Street says after we’ve settled aboard The Moorings 5800 Legacy Edition catamaran at sunset, explaining that the archipelago is known on one hand for its idyllic scenery, secluded coves and snorkelling spots, and on the other a beach-side party scene. “What do you want to see?” As first-timers do... more ›


Issue Date: May 31, 2018

Thailand keeps it fresh

Tourism Authority of Thailand has new Toronto office

Thailand keeps it fresh IAN STALKER (Photo above: On hand at a recent Tourism Authority of Thailand event in Toronto were Chris Mustachi and Misty Khaola-Iead, Puangpen Klanwari, and Shubert and Viktor Spysak of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new Toronto office.) There’s always something new under the sun when that celestial body is shining over tourists exploring Thailand, famed in part because of its... more ›


Issue Date: May 24, 2018

Canada is hot

Rocking it at the Best Western Leisure Travel Summit

Canada is hot BOB MOWAT (Photo above: Pictured during a break at the 13th Annual Best Western Leisure Travel in Toronto last week are (l-r) Summit moderator Bryson Forbes, Best Western’s Dorothy Dowling, the Hotel Association of Canada’s Susie Grynol and TripAdvisor’s Brad Payea.) According to three top travel industry executives, there’s no doubt that Canada is a hot – and getting hotter –... more ›


Issue Date: May 24, 2018

A casual escape

Relaxation and adventure await at Panama Jack Resorts

A casual escape ANN RUPPENSTEIN It all started with sunscreen. Since launching in 1974, Panama Jack’s product line has evolved to include sunglasses, clothing, hats, bags, accessories, and more. But today, thanks to a partnership with Playa Hotels & Resorts, the brand has taken part in an even bigger evolution by stepping into the all-inclusive resorts market in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. “Last... more ›