It’s That Time Of The Year Again


It’s that time of the year again … hard to believe, isn’t it … yep, Christmas … and in this week’s digital edition of Canadian Travel Press, we’ve decorated our front cover to celebrate this festive time … not to mention send out a message to all of our loyal readers – Merry Christmas to one and all.

Plus because it’s Christmas, we’ve also asked some of readers to tell us about their favourite cuisine and what destinations they recommend to clients looking for a culinary experience.

Check out their answers in this week’s Ask The Agent feature by clicking here.

And there’s still more … as Sandals Resorts International (SRI) confirms that its Montego Bay-based Sandals Carlyle will remain a Sandals branded resort following consultation with guests.

Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International, had previously revealed plans to transition Sandals Carlyle to the Grand Pineapple Beach brand, but reversed the decision after speaking with the company’s returning guests. Sandals Carlyle currently boasts one of the highest returning guest percentages in the region.

“Sandals Carlyle is without doubt one of our best loved resorts, both within our company and among our guests. Over the years, it has gained a hugely passionate fan base that loves its simple tradition of warm Caribbean hospitality and intimate personal service. Rebranding Sandals Carlyle was a decision we had to make jointly with those guests. We had been discussing the rebrand for a long time and the rationale was sound but ultimately, they spoke and we listened,” Stewart said.

For more in this week’s digital edition of Canadian Travel Press, click here.

As well, Air Canada introduced a bunch of strategic enhancements to its North American route network including increasing capacity on key domestic markets that have high volumes of leisure traffic with the expansion of some Air Canada rouge routes.

Some of the highlights include Air Canada rouge operating a new, Calgary-Halifax seasonal summer service that will operate six times weekly starting May 1; and Kelowna-Toronto will have a 40% increase in capacity, year-over-year, starting June 1, with up to daily service during peak summer, deployment of 136-seat Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 aircraft, following the transfer of this route from Air Canada.

There’s lots more from Air Canada on its North American enhancements and for the full story, check out this week’s digital edition of Canadian Travel Press by clicking here.