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Issue Date: May 16, 2019

Farm-to-fork freshness

Dig into the flavours of Costa Rica

Farm-to-fork freshness ANN RUPPENSTEIN It’s our first morning in Costa Rica and we’ve abruptly come to a stop on the side of the road after passing through Cerro de la Muerte, a scenic mountain range that translates to Summit of Death. A moment of confusion arises as the group tries to decipher what’s going on – are we lost? Are we having car trouble? Until it becomes clear as San Jose-based chef Jose Pablo... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 16, 2019

Air Italy flying high with new Toronto-Milan service

Air Italy flying high with new Toronto-Milan service ANN RUPPENSTEIN (Photo above: Air Italy’s COO Rossen Dimitrov is joined by Pam Ann, the alter-ego of Australian comedian Caroline Reid, during a Toronto gathering, along with Air Italy crew members Elia and Roberta.) Air Italy is taking off in Canada with the inauguration of non-stop service between Toronto and Milan. The airline’s first Canadian route will operate six times weekly... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 09, 2019

Discover the crown jewel of the Caribbean

History comes alive in Santo Domingo

Discover the crown jewel of the Caribbean ANN RUPPENSTEIN As the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the Americas, Santo Domingo is home to a lot of firsts. “We’re going to the city Christopher Columbus loved the most,” announced tour guide Carlos Batista, as the bus approached the capital of The Dominican Republic. “Santo Domingo is a city of firsts. The first road, first hospital, first cathedral, first... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 09, 2019

Guests get royal treatment at Sofitel Legend Metropole

Guests get royal treatment at Sofitel  Legend Metropole TED DAVIS Famous guests are a specialty at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, which has a hundred-plus years of history in Hanoi, Vietnam. During that time, some very notable names have signed the guest registry at the hotel, which was originally named the Grand Hotel Metropole and opened in 1901. These include the presidents of numerous countries, including Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland,... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 09, 2019

Canadians find Thailand refreshing, reguvenating

Canadians find Thailand refreshing, reguvenating IAN STALKER (Photo above: On hand for a roadshow in Toronto were the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Viktor Spysak, Puangpen Klanwari, Waewdao Anusatit Diart and Kayla Shubert.) The Tourism Authority of Thailand says Thailand is a “fitting” place for those interested in their physical well-being. Puangpen Klanwari, director of the tourism authority’s Toronto office, told a... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 09, 2019

2019 BSAP Ambassadors celebrated in Toronto

Meet the next generation:

2019 BSAP  Ambassadors celebrated in Toronto BOB MOWAT If you’re wondering what the next generation of travel professionals is going to look like, well, they’re young, innovative, energetic, talented, curious, creative, and that’s only a handful of the adjectives that can be used to describe them. Last week, they were celebrated at the Fifth Annual Baxter Student Ambassador Awards luncheon at George Brown College’s Chefs’... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 02, 2019

Unique tourism careers taking shape

Unique tourism careers taking shape ASHLEY ROCHEFORT For too long, jobs in travel and tourism have been thought of only as low wage, seasonal, frontline, and temporary. But tourism has an infinite variety of incredible career paths. The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is spreading the word on the interesting, fulfilling, and diverse careers tourism has to offer. Meet four inspiring leaders of industry and learn how... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 02, 2019

Now hiring

Addressing Canada's tourism sector labour gap

Now hiring ASHLEY ROCHEFORT If you haven't heard – or seen the "apply within" signs – there is an imminent labour shortage across Canada's tourism sector. Tourism HR Canada estimates that by 2035 nearly a quarter of a million jobs will go unfilled, resulting in a projected revenue loss of $27.4B for the tourism sector. Travel Courier gets to the bottom of this issue with Charlotte Bell, President... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 02, 2019

The world is yours

The next generation of Baxter Student Ambassadors are here!

The world is yours ASHLEY ROCHEFORT From a generation often criticized for being lazy and entitled, this year's Baxter Student Ambassadors are proof that they are anything but. Ambitious, determined, and organized, this group of recent graduates is hungry for opportunity and ready to work. “I always put 110% into whatever I am pursuing,” said Hayley Johnson-Skinner, the 20-year-old Baxter Ambassador from... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 02, 2019

food for thought

Tourism, food, and education intersect at Centennial College

food  for  thought ASHLEY ROCHEFORT (Photo above: Centennial students sample international cheeses at Toronto's iconic St. Lawrence Market.) There's something happening at Ontario's Centennial College that isn't happening anywhere else in the country. Last September, Centennial launched a groundbreaking post-grad certificate program in Food Tourism. Students of the program, learn about the exciting links... more ›

 

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