Ian Stalker

Senior Writer

I was born in Quebec but I have also lived in Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Favorite part of the job may well be doing the Ask the Agent feature in Canadian Travel Press as it enables me to directly learn what travel agents are thinking about topical issues.
I believe that I have travelled to some 42 countries.
Best travel memories would have to include entering King Tut’s tomb in Luxor, Egypt; arriving at Machu Picchu after hiking the Inca Trail; wandering the old quarter of Marrakech, Morocco; climbing temples in Tikal, Guatemala, and Palenque, Mexico; seeing the Petra by Night performance in Petra, Jordan; Angel Falls, Venezuela; the Hotel Nacional in Havana; and heading south on the Dempster Highway between Inuvik, N.W.T.; and Dawson City, Y.T.
My bucket list would have to include Potosi, Bolivia. By all reports its fascinating.

Discover the value
New Hampshire can easily host the ‘shop till you drop’ crowd

New Hampshire tourism authorities are selling a destination in which buying is a prime attraction. The state promotes itself as a shopping mecca, thanks in part to its being one of only five US states that don’t have a sales tax, and tourism officials say that helps offset the current gap between the Canadian and US dollars… Read >>

Mother Nature is part of the allure of the Fort Myers area

You shall see shells… The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel spokeswoman Francesca Donlan pulls no punches when she says her Florida destination is particularly suited for those who love gathering seashells on ocean vacations… Read >>

Growth is in the air
Japan buoyed by new Air Canada service

The Japan National Tourism Organization is welcoming an upcoming air link between this country and Japan, service the JNTO believes will help it move nearer to reaching an ambitious goal it has set for itself by the change of the decade… Read >>

Thailand’s tourism authority opens Toronto office
Reason for celebration

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has opened a downtown Toronto office, a move that reflects the growing importance it attaches to the Canadian market and one which bucks a trend in recent years that sees many tourism boards opting to have their staff work from home… Read >>

Ethiopian city believed to be home to long-lost ark
Exploring a mystery

Does a smallish sanctuary in the Ethiopian city of Axum hold the answer to one of religion’s great enduring mysteries? Ethiopians certainly believe that’s the case… Read >>

Nicaragua: I like you just as you are

Nicaragua is hot literally and figuratively. Those vacationing in the Central American country can expect the hot, tropical weather sun-seekers want, and Ana Garcia of the Nicaraguan Tourism Board told a recent Toronto gathering that Canadian interest in her homeland is soaring,.. Read >>

Babra launches FareLink.com
New company only deals with travel agents

Travel industry veteran Surjit Babra is back in the industry with a new firm and a familiar promise. Babra, best known in the travel agency community as the founder and ex-owner of SkyLink Travel, has a new venture called FareLink.com, which he says provides the industry with a single platform for searching multiple vendors and a common user interface for pre- and post-sales service… Read >>

Korea looks to build on Olympic success

John Hyungkwan Park is inviting Canadian schussers to hit the same Korean slopes that Olympic gold medalists have won glory on. Park, director of the Korea Tourism Corporation’s Canadian office, says the glitch-free PyeongChang Winter Olympics have provided his homeland with opportunities to make further inroads in the Canadian market… Read >>

Vienna invites tourists to step on to dance floors

Austrian tourism officials say it’s easy for tourists to have a ball in Vienna. And that’s particularly true for those visiting at the beginning of each year at the height of the season when the Viennese like to dress in an elegant manner and take to dance floors… Read >>

Experience the wonders of Spain

Laura Pena Alberdi is promoting her homeland in an artful manner. Pena, who oversees the Tourist Office of Spain’s Canadian operation, says a country that draws huge numbers of European sun-seekers to its long coast is also keen to showcase its cultural side, including its having been home to the likes of Goya, Picasso and El Greco, who became household names in the art world… Read >>