Ian Stalker

Senior Writer


A Floor With A View
CN Tower unveils changes to enhance the experience

Toronto’s CN Tower believes that looking way down is very uplifting. And so it’s given visitors added opportunities to do just that. The iconic attraction this week showcased enhancements to its lofty Lookout Level, which included the addition of a glass floor that’s directly above the glass floor on the level immediately below,.. Read >>

Frontiers North gets travellers up close to nature’s wonders
Belugas, Bears And Blooms

Hitting the right sub-surface notes can enable those visiting the Churchill, Man., area to get up close and personal with some weighty aquatic creatures that some see as having a musical bent… Read >>

Arctic Kingdom: Let your clients just go with the ‘floe’

Arctic Kingdom is inviting people to go with the floe. The Ontario-based tour operator, which sends people to northern locales, will next year have clients camping on an ice floe in Navy Board Inlet, Nunavut, an area it says is certain to appeal to nature enthusiasts… Read >>

Discovering the luxury of Barbados

A weighty name in Caribbean tourism circles is adding clout to Barbados’ hotel room inventory. Peter Mayers, Canadian director for Barbados Tourism Marketing, says those vacationing on his island can get the “royal treatment at Sandals Royal Barbados,” an all-suite resort that features several firsts for Sandals, including the first rooftop pool and bar… Read >>

UIA takes off from Toronto

Ukraine International Airlines has begun a long-awaited goal of serving as an airborne link between this country and Ukraine. June 6 saw the airline begin non-stop Toronto-Kiev service, with the Monday, Wednesday and Saturday flights using B767-300ER aircraft with three classes of service… Read >>

Experience an uplifting drop in Costa Rica

Nelvin Duarte and Mariam Romero note their employer can provide guests with an up-and-down experience. Duarte and Romero work with Pure Trek, which says that its half-day canyoning experience offers those visiting the Arenal area of Costa Rica the “ultimate waterfall rappel,” with participants rappelling down one rock wall and three waterfalls,.. Read >>

Quite an achievement
Goway founder receives W.H. Baxter Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruce Hodge, who founded Toronto-based Goway Travel nearly 50 years ago, received the W.H.Baxter Lifetime Achievement Award at the Agents’ Choice Gala, an award that paid tribute to a man who has been shaping travel in this country for nearly half a century… Read >>

Take a dive off Costa Rica’s Cocos Island

Daniel Berrocal is understandably no fan of the blockbuster movie, Jaws. Berrocal is with Dive Costa Rica Islands, which sends people on 10-day shipborne packages to Costa Rica’s Cocos Island, where they’ll spend a week diving with rays, whales, dolphins and schools of fish… Read >>

Take a sip of Costa Rica coffee tour

Tourists going on Costa Rica’s Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour can have a cup of Joe that other tourists may have played a key role in. The tours, found near interior Costa Rica’s Poas Volcano, can have visitors both plant coffee and pick coffee beans, says the attraction’s Verónica Cubilo… Read >>

A-wandering this hotel will go

Thierry Tessier is a man on the move and so is his hotel. The veteran French hotelier’s latest project has him preparing to open what he and Small Luxury Hotels of the World says will be the world’s first “wandering hotel,” with the property expected to open in Salento, Italy, this fall then move to Siem Reap, Cambodia, followed by other destinations… Read >>

Fast-growing popularity sees hotel boom in the region
Riviera Nayarit

Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is preparing to add more hotel rooms as the fast-growing region’s popularity shows no signs of abating. The Pacific Coast region now has some 15,000 hotel rooms, and says Carlos Eguiarte,.. Read >>

Aeromexico happy with its Canadian network
Pleasing results

Growing air links between this country and Mexico aren’t alarming Aeromexico, one of the several carriers carrying people between Canada and the Latin American country. Aeromexico joins Air Canada and Interjet in delivering Canadians to Mexico City, and there are also several airlines linking points in Canada with other destinations in Mexico… Read >>

Thailand keeps it fresh
Tourism Authority of Thailand has new Toronto office

There’s always something new under the sun when that celestial body is shining over tourists exploring Thailand, famed in part because of its tropical beaches, but offering numerous other tourist experiences as well… Read >>

Where there’s no such thing as the summertime blues

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has found a cure for the summertime blues when those blues are brought on by the approaching end of that season. The oceanside destination has been promoting what it calls 60 more days of summer… Read >>

Philadelphia – It all started here

Philadelphia tourism officials are inviting people to explore a city that literally dates back to the United States’ earliest days. Donna Schorr, spokeswoman for Visit Philadelphia, told a recent Toronto gathering that her city is steeped in American history, much of which is on display for visitors… Read >>

Desire enables cruisers to be as bare as they dare

Mexico’s Original Group is inviting uninhibited sorts to doff some or all of their duds at sea.
The Cancun-based company – best known for its properties on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, some of them clothing-optional, while others allow women to go topless if they choose… Read >>