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O Canada!: Tourism Surges North of the Border

Posted on 02 February 2017

Canada is suddenly enjoying a moment in the travel spotlight as operators and suppliers report robust bookings for Canadian getaways in the coming year.Travel executives last week said there are two key reasons for the surge: The country is celebrating its 150th anniversary of confederation this year by, among other things, offering free admission to all its national parks; and U.S. travelers ...

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Canada No. 1 on New York Times List of Top 2017 travel Destinations

Posted on 02 February 2017

The New York Times has named Canada — the entire 9.985 million square kilometre country — its top travel destination for 2017. Canada is "a world unto itself, with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between," says the newspaper. It's a solid shout-out from our neighbours to the south, just in time for the country's 150th anniversary of Confeder ...

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NWT Tourism Giving Away 150 Free Flights to Yellowknife

Posted on 02 February 2017

The Northwest Territories' main tourism marketer is taking a page out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, hiding dozens of "golden tickets" in promotional material distributed across the country. The prize? Not Oompa Loompas but, rather, free flights to Yellowknife. All told, NWT Tourism is giving away 150 Air Canada roundtrip flights — leaving from Halifax, Ottawa, ...

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Tourism in Canada Jumps Amid Low Loonie, Oil Prices

Posted on 02 February 2017

OTTAWA – Tourism spending in Canada jumped the most in nearly 20 years in the third quarter of 2016, official data showed on Thursday, pushed up in part by a weak Canadian dollar that has cut the cost of travel. Statistics Canada said total spending by foreign and domestic tourists grew by 2.2 percent from the second quarter to hit $21.3 billion, the ...

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Riding a Relic: Ottawa Rail Enthusiasts Restore Trolley for Canada 150

Posted on 02 February 2017

As Canada commemorates 150 years since Confederation this summer, a group of Ottawa rail enthusiasts is hoping to arrive in style. Their ride of choice, however, is something that hasn’t been seen in the nation’s capital for nearly six decades: a streetcar. “There’s no blueprints and we have to do things a lot of times by trial and error,” Terry Dong told CTV ...

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Canada 150 kickoff

Posted on 02 February 2017

The clinking of wine glasses and the sound of fireworks helped usher in the city’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.   But not before there was an official flag raising at Rosberg Park featuring Maple Leafs legendary b ...

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Trump Travel Ban Prompts high-skilled Workers, Companies to Reconsider Canada

Posted on 02 February 2017

Canada’s embrace of immigrants and refugees in the face of U.S. travel restrictions may result in good karma for Canadian business. Foreign talent is now more likely to seek Canadian jobs, say tech executives. And international corporations, too, are considering moves north of the border, by opening or expanding Canadian operations. “I’ve been receiving calls from individuals who ha ...

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Free Drinks Could Soon Be History in Las Vegas

Posted on 02 February 2017

Don't count on fueling your next Vegas vacation with those free casino drinks: There's a good chance those will be going away, unless you're willing to do a bit of gambling. MGM and Caesars, two popular destinations on the Las Vegas strip, are testing new technology that would better tell bartenders which casino visitors deserve those free cocktails—and who doesn ...

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The Best Ways to Celebrate Montreal 375th Anniversary

Posted on 14 January 2017

Montreal knows how to party in any year. Give them an anniversary such as their 375th birthday this year and the volume gets cranked up even higher. Here are ten things to check out in one of the world’s coolest cities this year; seven special events for the big birthday bash and three others that you can do in other years (just in case you’re booked for 2017 already).S ...