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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 ›

 

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 ›

 

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