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Issue Date: Dec 20, 2018

Azores Airlines offering agents more choice

Azores Airlines offering agents more choice IAN STALKER Pictured above: Seen here are Ricardo Garcia; Ricardo Madruga da Costa; Carlos Botelho; Antonio Teixeira; Vitor da Costa of the STA Group’s board of directors; and Adriana Oliveira and Susan Costa of the airline’s Toronto office. Azores Airlines is preparing to offer travel agents more money and their clients departing from Toronto more choices. The carrier, which will... more ›

 

Issue Date: Dec 13, 2018

A suite escape

Live the ultra-luxe life in Miami

A suite escape ANN RUPPENSTEIN Miami is constantly evolving and reinventing itself. For travellers, the coastal Florida destination offers the best of a beautiful beach escape and a city getaway across diverse cultures and a buzzing nightlife. Miami, which recently ranked fourth on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 guide for the Top Cities to visit next year, is also becoming increasingly renowned... more ›

 

Issue Date: Dec 13, 2018

Acapulco official upset by plan to close tourism offices

Acapulco official upset by plan to close tourism offices IAN STALKER A long-time promoter of Acapulco tourism says she has little doubt that the seemingly probable closure of Mexico Tourism Board offices in Canada and others will be damaging to Mexico’s efforts to attract tourists to the Latin American country. Officials in Mexico’s newly elected government have publicly stated that they want to close dozens of the stand-alone tourism offices... more ›

 

Issue Date: Dec 06, 2018

Reports say Mexico ready to close tourist board offices

Reports say Mexico ready to close tourist board offices IAN STALKER Two veteran Toronto-area travel agents are predicting that the reported impending closures of Mexico Tourism Board offices in Canada and elsewhere will be damaging to Mexican efforts to attract foreign visitors, while one tour operator expects such a move would have little effect on its Mexico program. Officials in Mexico’s newly elected government – who have publicly stated... more ›

 

Issue Date: Dec 06, 2018

Istanbul ‘ultimate meeting point’ between east and west

Istanbul ‘ultimate meeting point’ between east and west IAN STALKER Two notable emperors were bullish about Istanbul. Napoleon demonstrated his appreciation for the city when he stated that, “If Earth was a single state, its capital would be Constantinople,” as Istanbul was called for much of its existence, while Roman emperor Constantine made it the capital of the Roman Empire, choosing it for that role in part because of the city's... more ›

 

Issue Date: Nov 29, 2018

BSAP Profile: Catching up with Alina

BSAP winner talks about what's next

BSAP Profile: Catching up with Alina Meet Alina Doaga. She’s a hard-working, organized graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology and one of 12 winners of the Baxter Student Ambassador Program (BSAP) from 2017. Doaga’s win secured her the trip of a lifetime to Barcelona courtesy of program sponsor Transat, and she took time out of her busy schedule to talk with Travel Courier about how the BSAP program... more ›

 

Issue Date: Nov 29, 2018

‘Old Florida’ charm comes naturally in Sanibel, Captiva

‘Old Florida’ charm comes naturally in Sanibel, Captiva GREG COATES No street lights, no buildings higher than three storeys (the height of the area's tallest palm trees), 24 km of beaches, 40 km of bike paths and plenty of wildlife – but not of the crazy nightlife genre – all make for a perfect family getaway along Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Specifically, we're talking about Lee County's The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel... more ›

 

Issue Date: Nov 29, 2018

Sandals reaffirms its commitment to agents

Sandals reaffirms its commitment to agents GREG COATES Pictured above: Sandals’ Maureen Barnes-Smith, director of sales & marketing, Unique Vacations Canada Inc.; David Latchimy, general manager, Sandals Negril; Giselle Williams, business development manager, Central Ontario and Ottawa, Unique Vacations Canada Inc.; Garth Laird, senior national director of sales, Unique Vacations Inc. (based in Miami); and Robert Smith, business... more ›

 

Issue Date: Nov 22, 2018

A new lounge takes off at Billy Bishop

A new lounge takes off at Billy Bishop ANN RUPPENSTEIN Nieuport Aviation officially celebrated the completion of its terminal upgrades at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Nov. 14. Although it means complimentary beverages (so long free cappuccino!) and most snacks (the shortbread cookies reportedly remain) have gone out the window, passengers now have a variety of restaurants and grab-and-go items to choose from, including... more ›

 

Issue Date: Nov 22, 2018

Jump into Club Med Turkoise

Jump into Club Med Turkoise ANN RUPPENSTEIN Our names are written on a chalkboard to determine the order of the trapeze lesson. I feel my heart beat a little bit quicker as the one before mine gets scratched off, meaning the dreaded moment has come: I’m next. Slowly, I clamber up the ladder as the world below gets smaller with every step. “Four more steps,” I hear, as I continue to climb. “Now, face me and... more ›

 

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