Travel Courier
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 ›


Issue Date: Apr 18, 2019

Zipline can be an Acapulco highlight

Zipline can be an Acapulco highlight IAN STALKER (Photo above: Among those ready to set off on Acapulco’s XTASEA zipline are Travel Courier’s Ian Stalker (second from left, back row) and Newlink’s Hillary Ovalle (back row, right) and Analia Brache (front row, centre).) Some folks are just hard to impress, even if you’re a consummate daredevil... I joined others visiting Acapulco for Tianguis – Mexico’s annual... more ›


Issue Date: Apr 18, 2019

In the heart of Havana

Go beyond the beach as Cuba’s capital marks 500 years

In the heart of Havana ANN RUPPENSTEIN With its centuries-old faÇades, cobbled streets and an abundance of classic cars, it’s easy to imagine a time when Ernest Hemingway roamed the streets of Havana in search of his next libation – in between, or perhaps, to fuel – his writing sessions. “He knew all the bars here in Old Havana,” tour guide Betsy Olivares of Cubatour muses as the group approaches one... more ›


Issue Date: Apr 18, 2019

JTB’S Bennett ready to grow Canadian business

JTB’S Bennett ready to grow Canadian business BOB MOWAT (Photo above: Seen during their visit to Baxter Media’s offices in Toronto, from l to r, are Dan Hamilton, district sales manager for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB); Baxter Media’s executive vice-president, Wendy McClung; Donnie Dawson, Jamaica’s deputy director of tourism – the Americas; the JTB’s new regional director – Canada, Angella Bennett; and the JTB’s director... more ›


Issue Date: Apr 11, 2019

Still cowboy cool

Fort Worth

Still cowboy cool GREG COATES Home to rodeo and the Stockyards National Historic District, as well as the world’s largest honky-tonk, travellers can certainly get their cowboy on when visiting Fort Worth. In the late 19th century, Fort Worth became an important trading post for cowboys at the end of the Chisholm Trail. Today, it is modern and one of the fastest growing cities in the US. The Texas city has... more ›