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Issue Date: Jul 04, 2019

It takes a village

Building community in the heart of Nepal

It takes a village ANN RUPPENSTEIN Rajani Shrestha is standing in the kitchen on the top floor of her house – or, our home, as she puts it – in Panauti, Nepal pinching and shaping a white substance made of rice flour, demonstrating how to make a Newari delicacy called yomari. Shrestha is one of 20 women in the historical village who have opened up their homes to travellers, most of whom visit the medieval... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jun 20, 2019

Authentically Caribbean

Escape to St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Authentically Caribbean [caption id="attachment_124445" align="aligncenter" width="584"] ©The Curious Creature / www.thecuriouscreature.com[/caption] ANN RUPPENSTEIN “In the cottages, there’s no WiFi, there’s no TV. There’s minimal technology – only a Bose sound dock for music and a Nespresso coffee machine. That’s it,” General Manager Matthew Semark explains upon arrival at Petit St. Vincent Private... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jun 20, 2019

Agents’ Choice Gala celebrates industry favourites, Raptors’ victory

A night to remember

Agents’ Choice Gala celebrates industry favourites, Raptors’ victory TRAVEL COURIER STAFF (Photo above: All smiles as they pose for the camera (l-r) are Terry Mundell, president and CEO of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association; the 2019 recipient of the W.H. Baxter Lifetime Achievement Award, Josef Ebner; and Baxter Media’s president, David McClung.) The second annual Agents’ Choice Gala certainly lived up to its reputation as being the Canadian travel... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jun 13, 2019

Uncovering the beauty of India

Making travel a force for good on G Adventures' itineraries

Uncovering the beauty of India ANN RUPPENSTEIN Minutes away from the most visited landmark in India is a small unassuming café without prices on the menu. After admiring the Taj Mahal and learning about the love story behind the iconic white mausoleum, which was built by the order of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, travellers can head to Sheroes Hangout in Agra for a cup of Masala milk tea and... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jun 13, 2019

Sun shining as Transat takes off for winter 2020

Sun shining as Transat takes off for winter 2020 BOB MOWAT Pictured above: (l-r) are Transat’s Gilles Ringwald, Dan Prior, Claude-Helene Faucher, Nicole Bursey, Joe Adamo, Dean Neville, and Marie-Annick Lalande. It was a beautiful day in Toronto as Transat welcomed a group of top-tier travel agency executives to The One Eighty on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre for its VIP Sun Product launch last week. Naturally, the crowd on... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jun 06, 2019

Excellent adventure by Oregon

Excellent adventure by Oregon GREG COATES With such iconic landmarks as Mt. Hood, the Columbia River gorge – one of the top places in the world to windsurf – and Crater Lake, it's no wonder Oregon is attracting adventure seekers like never before. Adventure can be found virtually everywhere in Oregon. With this in mind, Oregon tourism officials have extended an invitation for travellers to “come find [themselves]... more ›

 

Issue Date: Jun 06, 2019

Havana celebrates its first 500 years

Havana celebrates its first 500 years IAN STALKER (Photo above: Rayler Navarro Cepero was serving mojitos at a re-creation of La Bodeguita del Medio on FITCuba grounds.) Havana is now throwing a lively and lengthy birthday bash, and you’re invited.Cuba’s capital is this year marking its 500th year, with the actual date of that milestone being Nov. 16. But, as Cuban tourism minister Manuel Marrero noted at this year’s... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 23, 2019

Cruising Alaska a Joy with NCL

Cruising Alaska a Joy with NCL GREG COATES Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has enhanced the joy of cruising in Alaska with the deployment of the newly “revitalized” Norwegian Joy to The Last Frontier, joining sister ship Norwegian Bliss. Joy recently completed its inaugural Alaska sailing from Seattle. While in Juneau, history was made as Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss were united, as the ships swapped berths at AJ... more ›

 

Issue Date: May 23, 2019

Merit’s flagship store all about inspiring its customers

Merit’s flagship store all about inspiring its customers   BOB MOWAT (Photo above: Phil Sproul and Kristina Boyce are all smiles as they welcome guests to the Grand Opening of Merit Travel’s flagship store in downtown Toronto last week.) With all of the technology available today, it’s reason for pause to discover that more and more travel retailers are finding that there are some significant benefits in selling travel the “old... more ›

 

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 ›

 

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