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Greg Coates

Assistant Editor


After more than 10 years working as a journalist in the newspaper industry, Greg joined Baxter Travel Media where he has worked for the past 23 years, currently as Assistant Editor.
 
During his tenure at Baxter, Greg has visited and written about more than 50 countries. Passions include photography, music, golf and a secret obsession with Words With Friends.
 
Greg is also a Toronto Blue Jays fan and having grown up in Brockville is an avid follower of the Montreal Canadiens, sorry Leaf fans. He even got to meet Habs’ star goaltender Carey Price (pictured) during a recent visit to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards.
 
Overall country count: A little more than 50.
 

Best travel memories: going on safari and visiting the wineries of South Africa, cruising the Mediterranean with Crystal Cruises, taking part in the inaugural sailing of Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine, and getting to meet Prince Philip during a trip to Britain.
 
Still on the bucket list: More Asia, Peru, Kenya, Croatia and Ecuador/Galapagos.



Symphony of the Seas
Dare to dream aboard

If bigger is better – and many certainly think that’s the case – then Royal Caribbean International continues to be tops at sea with the recent launch of Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest passenger cruise ship… Read >>


Ontario: ‘The place to be’
Tourism Minister Daiene Vernile drops by Humber

The newly appointed minister wished students well, asking them jokingly to graduate soon, as they are needed in the field. “Stakeholders in the industry are looking for skilled staff,” she said. “Ontario tourism needs professionals like you.”.. Read >>


Rail Europe on track with ‘new’ agent site

Rail Europe and partners hosted approximately 80 agents in Toronto last week as part of a two-city Canadian road show and took the opportunity to relaunch its newly enhanced travel agent web site – www.agent.raileurope.com – which went live during the event… Read >>


TL Network celebrates a year of accomplishments
Bleisure, Last Chance travel trending for 2018

Agents interested in where their clients’ interests may lie this year may want to look at what’s trending for 2018, according to Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group president John Lovell.
This includes Bleisure travel (extended corporate travel trips), Sproup – a word coined by TL Network – and meaning special access, special perks for groups, and adventure travel (which does not necessarily mean climbing Mount Everest)… Read >>


RCI brings a Symphony to sea

A new mobile “frictionless” check-in system, the Ultimate Family Suite and one of the world’s largest sports bars are just a few of the unique features that Royal Caribbean International has revealed about its new Symphony of the Seas, set to be the world’s largest cruise ship when it debuts next April… Read >>


Open for business and ready to welcome you

The Caribbean is open for business and several tourism organizations have teamed up to get the word out with a $1-million marketing campaign and a new website – CaribbeanIsOpen.com .
The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean,.. Read >>


On track with Barbados!
2018 all about cuisine, visitors advised to pack an appetite

Despite the devastating destruction caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in some parts of the Caribbean, many destinations are just fine and welcoming visitors, a message Peter Mayers, Canadian director of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), wants to get out… Read >>
 

 

 

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