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Transat Holidays has opened a new gateway from Vancouver to Los Cabos.

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Sandals has completed renovating its Whitehouse European Village & Spa in Jamaica.

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WestJet set to expand    WestJet has released details on its expanded summer service, domestically and cross border. It includes five new routes and expanded service on 19 trans-border and international routes.    From the west, the summer schedule includes new non-stop service between Vancouver and Kitchener-Waterloo; Van­couver and San Francisco; Edmonton and Kamloops; and Edmonton and San Francisco.    The daily Vancouver to Kitchener-Waterloo service begins June 27; daily YVR-SFO service begins June 28; Edmonton-Kamloops thrice weekly begins May 2; and EdmontonSFO thrice weekly service begins May 2.    Three Western Canadian cities will also see seasonal routes increase to year-round, including the following: Vancouver to Los

Angeles (jumps to twice daily beginning June 10; Vancouver to Puerto Vallarta (goes to weekly on Saturdays beginning May 8); Vancouver to Cancun (weekly on Sundays, beginning May 2); Edmonton to Cancun (on Sundays, beginning May 2); Calgary to Phoenix (thrice weekly beginning June 2); Calgary to Palm Springs (twice weekly from June 3); and Calgary to Cancun (goes to twice weekly from May 5).    “This is a strategic expansion of new routes within our network and an extension of flight offerings to some of our key winter routes that remain popular destinations through the summer season,” said Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, executive VP, strategy and planning. “This schedule also demonstrates our strong commitment to take Canadians where

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Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement to construct a new 130,000-ton cruise ship to enter service in spring 2012. The new 3,690-passenger vessel will offer many of the same * innovations featured on the recently launched Carnival Dream. It will include a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long corkscrew water slide, an indoor/outdoor cafe and a live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza. Already under construction at Fincantieri is the second sister ship to the Carnival Dream, the 3:35 PM Page 1 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, which is scheduled to enter service in May 2011.

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IATA forecasts slow rebound    The International Air Transport Association expects air travel to rebound this year, although it also expects airlines to continue losing money.    IATA said the losses will stem from an excess of capacity that is keeping ticket prices low. Although airlines have reduced capacity by about 6%, an estimated 1300 new aircraft are scheduled to join the airline industry in 2010, contributing to the over capacity.    IATA also says it expects global airline industry losses this year will reach US$5.6 billion, up from the previously predicted $3.8 billion loss, but down from the earlier graver

predictions of an $11 billion loss.    IATA also predicts that while the number of travelers will be back to the peak levels of 2007, the revenue they generate will be less. Asian airlines, while still cumulatively showing a loss, are expected to show the greatest improvement in the bottom line this year. China is expected to be at the forefront, with a growth in economy forecasted at 9%.    European airlines are expected to be the slowest to recover, while North American airlines are expected to show a loss of $2 billion, down from a loss of nearly $3 billion in 2009.

Emerald Bay and a beautiful an emerald necklace set in 14-carat white gold with an approximate retail value of $2,000.    The grand prize winner will be determined through a random draw from all guaranteed bookings made during the promotion period.    Group bookings will apply as one booking only. The offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. www.sunquestagent.ca

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   Anderson Vacations will use the Super coach on three different Alaska & Yukon vacations this year. The Alaska & Yukon Land and Sea tour is a 20-day program that incorporates motor coach travel with an Alaskan Cruise; the 21-day Alaska & Yukon Full Circle Tour is a comprehensive motor coach tour; and the 12-day Alaska & Yukon Explorer is designed to show off the north in a more condensed package.866-814-7378 www.canadatravelsolution.com

CATS online    Trek Holidays Certified Adventure Travel Specialist program (CATS) offers a series of online training sessions for travel agents. This comprehensive sem­inar series provides information on the key destinations for adventure travel, why people choose these destinations, their key selling features and the options available for travel. In addition, agents will learn how to better define and target adventure travelers, and receive ideas for marketing to their clients.    CATS Graduates receive increased commission to 11% minimum; overrides; certification as an ‘Adventure Specialist; six credits towards the CTC; preferred sales & marketing support; access to preferred agent deals; and preferred access to FAMs.    The next online series of nine sessions takes place between Jan 25 and March 4. Contact Trek for details. Sunwing reminds agents that it offers Elite and Elite Plus service on board its aircraft. Elite inflight service includes a choice of hot meals or snacks, wine with hot meals, hot towel service, pillows, headsets and movies. For an additional $35 each way on domestic and US flights, passengers get a larger seat, advance seat selection, priority check in and boarding, and increased baggage allowance. The Elite Plus package on international flights is $40 each way. Canada and the European Union have signed an Air Transport Agreement that will allow air carriers from Canada and the 27 EU countries to operate direct sked passenger and cargo service to any city in each partners’ territory. Air carriers will also be able to pick up traffic in each partners’ territory and continue to a third country as part of a service to or from their home territory.

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   Sunwing Vacations’ newest cruise partner, MSC Cruises, is now offering double Aeroplan miles on cruises departing between Jan 1 and April 24, 2010.    The MSC Poesia features three weeklong itineraries sailing from Fort Lau­ derdale to a number of tropical ports. Theme cruises cover such genres as Comedy, Fiesta Italiana, Oldies, Polka, Latin and a Baseball Greats cruise.    The Poesia carries up to 2,550 guests

and features eight restaurants, 11 bars, two pools (including one for adults only), and an array of entertainment and sports. Kids under 17 sail free when sharing with two adults, and will have access to activities geared to both children and teens.    Sunwing has packaged the MSC Poesia with its flights on Sunwing Airlines direct from Toronto with a three-night pre/post stay at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina.

Encore features family cruising    Encore CruiseEscapes has produced a new brochure that focuses on families, the first of its kind in the industry.    The 36-page brochure highlights activities for kids of every age, from toddlers to teens, on every cruise line available through Encore CruiseEscapes.    The new brochure includes a spotlight itinerary that promotes various destinations at affordable prices. It also includes a list of day and evening activities, a selection of itineraries with their various ports-of-call, a description of the programs available for each age bracket, and more.    “We are very excited about the launch of this new brochure,” said Nathalie Tanious, VP of Encore CruiseEscapes. “We designed the brochure to be extremely user-friendly, with lots of photos and content, so that every member of the family will be able to look through the pages and pick out what they want to do on their perfect cruise vacation.”

   Encore CruiseEscapes partners with fantastic cruise line partners, each with its own unique family cruise offerings.    Royal Caribbean International features suites that can accommodate up to eight guests, as well as connecting staterooms, and has a comprehensive program of at-sea activities, including rock climbing and skating rinks. It has also partnered with Fisher Price, Crayola and Universal Orlando for other fun activities.    Carnival’s Fun Ships feature Camp Carnival, one of the best of its kind at sea.    Disney Cruise Line offers private clubs for teens and also exclusive spas and an adultsonly pool.    Additional family offerings are available with Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas and Paul Gauguin. 800-661-6361 www.encorecruiseescapesagent.ca

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   Emirates, in conjunction with MY­ESCAPADES.ca, has developed a series of 2010 FIFA World Cup travel packages. As an Official Tour Operator for the World Cup in South Africa, Emirates is offering a number of tailor-made travel packages this summer that include flights, accommodation, ground transportation and match tickets.    The airline also has unveiled a unique ‘follow-your-team’ booking option that guarantees tickets for each of a fan’s favorite team’s matches, up to the final match on July 11.    Emirates is offering the opportunity to follow one of 20 teams: Australia, Argentina,

Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain and USA.    Supporters no longer need to wait until the team qualifies, as the package is refundable if their chosen country fails to make it, and guarantees gold-dust tickets for each of their team’s matches.    Travel is from Toronto aboard Emirates A380 to Dubai, then connecting Johan­ nesburg, Cape Town, or Durban, all of which are hosting matches. www.emirates.com/fifa, emirates.com/ca

Transat Holidays will once again offer Renault long-term car rentals in Europe this summer. In past years, Renault had shifted its long-term car rental validity from 17 days or

longer to 21 days or longer. This season, Renault has made long-term car rentals more accessible with a return to its former formula of 17 days or longer.


Corey Marshall, president/CEO of Anderson Vacations, shows a little pride in his company’s new Supercoach, which is displayed here at the National Tour Association Conference in Reno in November. The new coach is being offered to clients, courtesy of partner Golden Arrow motor coach of Edmonton.

WestJet is now offering non-stop daily service from Toronto to Montego Bay year-round. WestJet first launched service to Jamaica on a weekly seasonal basis in December, 2007. Air Canada will launch daily service between Toronto and Copenhagen beginning June 24. The route will be served with a 211-seat B767-300 ER aircraft, with Executive First lay-flat beds. Passengers will be able to connect to SAS, a Star Alliance partner, for onward flights.

Anderson Vacations’ luxuriously refurbished Supercoach provides roomier leather, reclining seating (56 seats have been reduced to 44), as well as satellite TV, Wi-Fi Internet access, and a food and beverage galley.

New codeshare Alitalia and Etihad Airways have agreed to operate in a codeshare alliance beginning in April 2010, subject to government approvals. The agreement will mean Etihad customers around the world will be able to fly to two new Italian destinations, Rome and Naples. Alitalia customers will be able to fly directly from Italy to Abu Dhabi and will have greater and easier access to the airline’s expanding network of more than 55 destinations. Under

the deal, Etihad will place its two-letter ‘EY’ code on a number of services operated by Alitalia from Milan to Rome and Naples, and between other European destinations and Rome, including Frankfurt, Geneva and Munich. In turn, Alitalia will place its ‘AZ’ code on Etihad’s flights between Milan and the airline’s Abu Dhabi home base, and onto Bahrain, Muscat, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Sydney and Melbourne.

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Fun Sun and Holiday House deliver California brochure    Fun Sun Vacations and Holiday House have delivered a new California brochure, featuring product in San Francisco, Palm Springs, San Diego, Los Angeles and Anaheim. It also details new Amtrak transportation between San Diego and Anaheim, car rentals with Dollar, and a huge assortment of Disneyland packages.

Silversea leads tours inland    Silversea has designed nearly 40 extended mid-cruise excursions in 2010. Unlike a partial-day shore tour, these single- or multiple-day inland adventures offer travelers a more leisurely, in-depth and personal encounter with the countries visited, beyond the ports of call.    Among the tours is a “Borneo Great Apes Adventure” that includes a visit to the Temple of Borobudur, and a tour through the jungles of Borneo to observe orangutans in their natural habitat with a stay at the Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. Guests depart from Semarang and rejoin the ship in Singapore.    Another new tour is the “Camp Jabulani”, a tailor-made adventure trip to Camp Jabulani at the Kapama Private Game Reserve of Kruger National Park. Highlights include a ride through the bush on an elephant’s back and an open-vehicle game drive. Guests depart from Richards Bay and rejoin the ship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.    For details on these and other tours, contact Silversea. ALBATours has released a new Italy brochure, and selected Alitalia as the preferred carrier from Canada. Programs will run from April to October. WestJet will launch a new Vancouver to Phoenix service Jan 17. It will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and golf clubs travel for free when accompanied by a full paying passenger. CITC is sponsoring on online sales seminar with Stuart Ellis Myers, on Jan 28. This onehour seminar is entitled Obsessive Com­ pulsive Sales: How to Beat, Bust and Outperform the Internet. While the webinar is offered only on Thursday Jan 28, travel counsellors have a choice of delivery times in each time zone. Cost is $50 + GST for CITC members; $60 + GST for ACTA members and $75 + GST for non members.

   Among the Disney options are Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus tickets and three-night hotel packages at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, including air from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.    Also detailed in the Anaheim region are Florida Huddle will take place in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL Jan 24, 25 and 26. Florida Huddle is the state’s premier tourism showcase, featuring state travel suppliers hosting the world’s top international and domestic buyers. Softvoyage-JV-GSA-Nov24:Layout Adventure Travel World Summit will be1 held in Aviemore, Scotland, Oct 4-7, 2010

numerous other hotels outside the Disney umbrella, including Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Hotel, the Portofino Inn and Suites, and the Super 8 Motel.    The brochure also describes the City Pass attractions pass, and passes to Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios, San Diego Zoo, Legoland and Sea World.

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TH adds Los Cabos from the west    Transat Holidays is launching a new service this week to Los Cabos from Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.    In addition to the air service, the company will offer all-inclusive vacation packages at the five-star Barcel¢ Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, an all-suite resort with seven gourmet restaurants, and six swimming pools including a beachfront infinity pool.    Located at the juncture of the Sea of Cortés and the Pacific, Los Cabos has developed into a multi-purpose resort destination.    Its diverse geography and year-round balmy climate presents visitors with a choice of big game fishing, world-class golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, ATVing, biking and horseback riding.    Along 30 miles of beaches, there’s a string of world class hotels, spas and gourmet dining.    Cabo San Lucas is known for its vitality and nightlife, and offers a variety of attractions, including a 380-slip marina, the land mark El Arco, and Playa Del Amor, where beachcombers can stroll when the tide is low.    Just north of Cabo San Lucas, the Pacific coastline is developing rapidly, with electricity and other services pushing north from Los Cabos and south from Todos Santos. While much of the coastline is still undeveloped, a paved highway provides easy access and sightseeing opportunities, including whale sightings during their winter months of migration.    Between San Lucas and San Jose, the 20-mile Corridor is defined by the Sea of Cortés, rugged cliffs, quiet coves teeming with marine life, desert vistas and mountains, interspersed with luxury hotels and, world-class golf courses.    San Jose del Cabo has a number of historic features, including the Old Jesuit Mission, known as Parroquia San José, dating back to the 1730’s. Also worth visiting is The Estero, an estuary with huge variety of resident birds and other wildlife. Anderson Vacations offers a Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Senior Spring Fling April 12-15, with rates from $625 pp dbl, including coach transfers from Edmonton or Calgary. The three-night stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge includes a welcome reception and a wide selection of activities, including nature walks, movies, craft classes, line dancing, cooking demonstrations and historical tours. Single and triple rates are also available.

   The East Cape begins just north of San José, and stretches nearly 100 miles along the Sea of Cortés, mostly an undeveloped area, although there are some towns and villages with lodging and restaurants. Numerous golf courses can be found throughout the region. Club Campestre San José Golf Club is one of the newest, opened only two years ago.    This 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course offers 6900 yards, most with views of the Sea of Cortes. Carts are mandatory, rentals are available and fees range from US$120 to $220 depending on time and season.    Another Nicklaus design, the Ocean Course at Cabo Del Sol, winds along the Sea of Cortez and is considered to be among the most challenging in the region. It offers 7,075 yards with winter fees ranging from US$175 to $350, depending on tee time.

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Viking launch

Viking River Cruises has launched its newest ship, the Viking Legend. The ship carries 189 guests in 97 staterooms. For the 2010 season, Viking Legend will offer four different itineraries. Beginning the season sailing the 10-day Tulips & Windmills program through Holland and Belgium, it will then spend the majority of the season cruising Viking’s popular Grand European Tour itinerary.

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Asia Goway is offering a six-day Vietnam and Cambodia travel program, departing daily from Ho Chi Minh City. It includes three days in Vietnam, followed by a flight to Siem Reap and a three-day stay at the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, with a tour of Angkor Wat.

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Cathay Pacific Airways will boost service to Canada in the spring. It will add three flights per week to its existing daily non-stop service between Toronto and Hong Kong. The additional services will depart Toronto at 9:35 am Wed, Fri and Sun, while the existing daily flights depart at 1:30 am from Toronto. All flights use 777-300ER ultra-long haul aircraft and are equipped with Cathay Pacific’s three-class service, featuring the airline’s award-winning First Class cabin. Silk Holidays is offering a special to Bali from Vancouver, departing in February and March. It includes air from Vancouver, 15 days accommodation with breakfast, transfers, and five sightseeing tours. Also in the Super Bargain, one massage and one bottle of wine. Cost is from $1499 pp dbl. Japan Airlines will commence daily nonstop service from Vancouver to Narita Airport in Tokyo on Jan 18. Flights will depart Vancouver at 11:30 am, arriving in Tokyo at 2:35 pm plus one day.

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Air Canada to Tokyo

   Air Canada will introduce non-stop service between Calgary and Tokyo on March 27. The flight will allow passengers to connect to flights throughout Asia with Air Canada’s Star Alliance partner carriers to Hong Kong, Manila, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, and several points across Japan.    The service to Tokyo’s Narita Inter­ national Airport will operate three times per week, and build to daily service depending on demand.

   Service will operate Tuesdays, Thurs­ days and Saturdays, departing Calgary at 12:20 pm and arriving in Narita the following day at 2 pm. Flights will depart Narita on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 4 pm, arriving in Calgary on the same day at 10:45 am.    Air Canada will operate the new non-stop service with a 211-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, offering a choice of Economy Class and Executive First service featuring 24 lie-flat bed suites.

Intrepid tours Tokyo    Intrepid Travel has launched a Tokyo tour for those intrigued by Japanese culture.    The new four-day escorted itinerary called Cooking Schools, Cultural Immersion in Tokyo: The Flavours of Tokyo is offered year round and includes accommodation in a traditional ryokan, or inn, in the heart of Tokyo’s old downtown area. Excursions include a visit to the world’s largest fish market, a traditional

cooking class, and a seven-course Japanese dinner. And as part of Intrepid’s commitment to offering clients the chance to “live like a local”, the group will travel around town by public transit.    The Flavours of Tokyo is priced from $1,255 (plus airfare) and daily departures are available. Maximum group size is 12. www.intrepidtravel.com

Silk Holidays has developed a 14-night Best of Indochina tour departing Vancouver March 14. It will visit Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, with tours to Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Siem Rep and other highlights. Cost is $4399 pp dbl, with air on Cathay Pacific through Hong Kong.

Kumuka is offering two different tours of South Korea. A seven-day program is offered for $2225, and a 12-day program is offered for $3895. Both include accommodation, meals, transfers and sightseeing, but not international air.


Victoria Cruises has unveiled its 2010 brochure, featuring details on the new Victoria Jenna, the largest luxury river cruise ship in the world. The brochure also describes the updates scheduled for the Victoria Anna and Victoria Katarina this winter. The 396-passenger Victoria Jenna has five passenger decks, four elevators, and full bathtubs in all 198 staterooms. The three ships each sail the Three Gorges Highlights program, offering the four-night upstream and three-night downstream itinerary between Chongqing and Yichang, as well the roundtrip seven-night “Three Gorges Explorer.” Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur has completed a renovation that has transformed the hotel’s façade. The renovations include new lobby lounge featuring giant crystal chandeliers and an elevated bar. The hotel’s second-floor swimming pool has been redesigned as a tranquil oasis with water gardens and lush landscaping.

Hong Kong, the countryside    Hong Kong offers more than restaurants, highrises and world class shopping. A short 45-minute public transit trip out to Sai Kung in Hong Kong’s New Territories reveals the city’s secret back garden, a natural green forest with numerous hiking trails, forests and secluded coves. To explore this area, take the public transit MTR and minibus service to the end of the line to Sai Kung town, formerly a quiet fishing village.    Although more visitors are now venturing to this area, it is still rather traditional, with villagers going about their business in straw sunhats, selling fresh and dried seafood from boats moored next to the pier at the end of the minibus route.    From Sai Kung, you can take a bus to the end of the line at Wong Shek pier, in Sai Kung Country Park where you can board a ferry to several small uninhabited islands and traditional villages.    At Tap Mun, visitors can wander through the half-deserted village, admiring the long vacated traditional houses, and onto a hiking trail for a three-hour walk up into the hills, through villages and down onto pristine beaches.    Contact the Hong Kong tourist board for maps of the outlying areas, or to contact companies offering tours outside the urban area.

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The Canadian flag at the Canadian Pavilion at Shanghai Expo was unveiled recently by Prime Minister Harper. Packages to the Fair this summer are available from Chinapac in Vancouver, as well as many other tour operators.

   The SS Emeraude plies the waters of Halong Bay in Vietnam, offering guests a one-night excursion aboard a luxurious replica 1910 paddle wheel steamer with 37 cabins designed to evoke the nostalgic charm of colonial Indochina .    Cabins are air conditioned and have polished wooden floors and brass fixtures. The ship also features a cafe, and tai chi classes. For independent travelers, Emeraude ferries passengers between Hanoi and the pier on Halong Bay. It leaves The Press Club daily at 8:30 am and departs the pier at 9:30 am. 2010 www.emeraude-cruises.com

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Anguilla golf course open for business    Temenos Golf Course in Anguilla, BWI, has reopened following the signing of a management agreement between Cap Juluca and Flag Luxury Properties Anguilla, the owner of the course and developer of Temenos.    This Greg Norman-designed course, the only one on Anguilla, offers challenging and dramatic holes, with views of St. Maarten and the Caribbean Sea from many holes.    This 7,063-yard championship course offers dramatic elevation changes, and water features on 13 holes. It is located at the

Temenos development just a few minutes drive from Cap Juluca.    Significant environmental efforts were undertaken to preserve and to enhance the island’s natural habitats.    Most significant was the renewal of Merrywing Salt Pond, an island landmark. Featured predominantly in the course, the pond’s water has been reinvigorated with new flushing channels to permit sea water to flow out of the pond during high tide.

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The Temenos Golf Course in Anguilla is located near Cap Juluca.

Jamaica builds on tourism appeal    Jamaica’s attractions, entertainment sectors and tourism infrastructure are undergoing continuous enhancements to maintain the country’s international advantage as a travel destination. Among the recent upgrades:    Airports: Work is ongoing at both international airports. At the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, phase one of a three-phase expansion has been completed. Currently underway is an upgrading of its existing buildings and baggage handling, among other areas.    In the resort capital, the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay has completed its multi-phased expansion, which included mechanical and electrical work on a section of the departures check-in lounge, work on the domestic

area and landscaping.    Skylan Airways, a Jamaican owned and operated air charter service, launched its inaugural flight this past August from the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The company is now operating a 19-seater aircraft service between Kingston and Montego Bay with scheduled flights as well as charter services throughout the region. •  Cruise Ports: A new cruise ship pier is being built at Falmouth, which will be capable of handling two mega cruise ships at a time, and is expected to attract one million passengers per year. •  Convention Center: The Montego Bay Convention Center is under construction at Rose Hall and is expected to open in

Kite Jam

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival takes place Jan 24-20 in Montego Bay, offering a mix of musical experiences with sounds and rhythms from Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, World-Music, Latin, and Reggae. On stage this year are Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, and Hall & Oates, among others.

   The BVI Kite Jam March 1-5 will attract star athletes from the international kite-boarding world this year. The BVI Tourist Board, along with the support of Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, are sponsoring the event.    The jam will include competitions, demonstrations and technique clinics taking place throughout the British Virgin Islands.    The BVI, an archipelago of some 60 idyllic islands, islets and cays in the northeastern Caribbean, provides the perfect weather conditions and winds necessary for kite-boarding. Festivities will kick off Feb 27 with a VIP Party at the Fat Virgin Cafe on Virgin Gorda. Additional events, competitions, parties and meals will be hosted on Bitter End Yacht Club, Necker Island, Anegada and Moskito Island for Kite Jam participants throughout the five days. www.bvikitejam.com

Nolitours is offering February departures from Vancouver to Varadero, Cuba from $897 on Feb 7 for a seven-night stay at the Villas Jibacoa Cameleon. The rate on Feb 21 and 28 starts at $1047.

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January 2011 on 35 acres of land opposite the Shops at Rose Hall. It will offer more than 50,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, more than 20,000 sq. ft. of banquet space and more than 11,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. •  Ocho Rios: Enchanted Gardens is now open, offering a tropical oasis in the “Garden Parish” of St. Ann, with food facilities, waterfalls, hiking trails and a bird sanctuary.    Mystic Mountain has also extended its hours to Friday and Saturday nights for adventure seekers, making Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica one of the first attractions offering twilight excursions. Guests can enjoy fine dining at R2 Restaurant, or ride the Tranopy zip-line through the rainforest to platforms ringed with torches. www.visitjamaica.com

The Dominica Watersports Association together with its sponsors will present the 17th Annual Dive Fest, a series of activities focused on scuba diving and other water sports, from July 9-18, 2010.


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US Virgin Islands beckons Canadians    The U.S. Virgin Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, consists of three principal islands, St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. There are an estimated 54,000 residents on St. Croix, 52,000 on St. Thomas and 4,300 on St. John.    While English is the primary language, Spanish and Creole are also heard throughout the three islands and many locals speak in distinct dialects, as a result of the French, Danish and Spanish influence on the destination. The U.S. Dollar is the currency used in the U.S. Virgin Islands.    St. Croix, the largest island, is characterized by its cultural diversity. It consists of pastel painted buildings and charming shops in the historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted.    Attractions include: Buck Island National Monument; Carambola Golf Club, a 6,843yard course; St. George Village Botanical Gardens; TanTan Tours, which features driving expeditions through St. Croix; and Whim

Plantation Museum, an authentic Danish sugar estate dating from the 1700’s.    The best beaches include Turtle Beach on Buck Island and Chenay Bay on St. Croix’s east end  –  perfect for families  –  with shallow waters.    St. John, the smallest of the three islands, is a protected U.S. national park with 9,500 acres of hilly green land and an underwater reserve. It includes Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins, a former sugar plantation, and snorkeling at Trunk Bay, one of the most popular activities in the islands.    Maho Bay is one of the best beaches on St. John, offering a secluded, white sand beach, and a variety of water sports, including sailing, scuba, wind surfing and snorkeling. Trunk Bay is St. John’s most famous and photographed beach and is the site of the National Park Underwater Snorkel Trail.    St. Thomas is the liveliest of the islands, offering lots of dining and shopping oppor­ tunities. Charlotte Amalie, the capital city,

Noltours is offering a seven-night stay at the Royal Decameron Montego Bay in February from Regina, for $1197 pp dbl. A sevennight stay at the Grand Paradise Playa Dorado in Puerto Plata is available from $897. Sandals Resorts International will terminate its lease with the owners of the Sandals Dunn’s River Villaggio Golf Resort & Spa property in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on May 31. Breezes Resorts is offering early booking discounts to travelers who book a minimum seven-night stay at one of its eight super-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Panama, Curacao, or Brazil, before Feb 17. The EBB is available at several resorts in Jamaica, including Breezes Grand Negril, Breezes Trelawny, Breezes Runaway Bay, and Breezes Rio Bueno. The discount is also available at Breezes Panama, the company's newest property, and at Breezes Curacao, the only super-inclusive resort on the island.

Caribbean is a bustling harbor town full of character, restaurants, warehouse shops and historic monuments.    Main attractions include Coral World Marine Park & Observatory on the northeast shore at Coki Point. This 4.5-acre park consists of an underwater observatory tower, a tropical nature trail, a marine gardens aquarium, and an 80,000-gallon coral reef tank.    The island also offers Mahogany Run Golf Course, a par-70 course designed by George and Tom Fazio. Another attraction is the Butterfly Farm, which includes a large meshed enclosure where visitors can see hundreds of butterflies flying freely and witness all stages of their life cycle.    Among the best beaches is Magens Bay, a one-mile stretch of public park, and Sapphire Beach, great for snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing and more. www.VisitUSVI.com

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Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts is offering brides and grooms a free Caribbean wedding package if they book 10 rooms or more for a minimum of seven nights. This offer is valid through 2010. The Free Wedding Packages include services of a wedding co­ordinator, a wedding cake, official marriage license, 10% off select spa services at Sonesta Maho’s Good Life Spa, corsage for bride and boutonniere for the groom, room upgrade, and a complimentary reception and dinner at Sonesta Maho. Air Canada Vacations will launch new weekly service from Toronto to Great Exuma in the Bahamas, starting March 7. Packages will be available at the intimate Sandals Emerald Bay resort, an “All Butler” resort.

Sandals reopens Whitehouse in Jamaica    Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa has reopened following major renovations. Changes include upgrades to soft goods and furnishings throughout the property and renovations to all resort restaurants, the main lobby area and to the treatment rooms at the Red Lane Spa.    The top two categories of suites – the One Bedroom Penthouse Honeymoon Beachfront Suite and the One Bedroom Walkout Honeymoon Beachfront Suite – were completely refurbished, with updated furniture, upgraded soft goods and new TVs.    In addition, Sandals Whitehouse now offers Neptune’s, a new Mediterraneanthemed dining concept. Created by

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Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa has reopened following four months of upgrades and renovations.

Sandals, Neptune’s serves a classic Mediterranean cuisine, a growing favorite among diners worldwide not only for its contribution to healthy living, but for its robust flavor and emphasis on fresh seafood. Neptune’s is located in the former Arizona Restaurant.    Sandals Whitehouse is set in a 500acre nature reserve on Jamaica’s south coast and features three seaside villages – French, Italian and Dutch.    The 50-acre resort offers 360 rooms and suites in nine categories, all with beachfront views. The resort also offers eight restaurants, six bars, a large freshwater pool, and a sophisticated and authentic European-style town square.


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Tourcan offers adventure and aid    Tourcan is offering a number of adventures this year, ranging from cross-cultural experiences to mountaineering, charity based treks and voluntours. Among them is an 18-day soft adventure to Sri Lanka, designed for those who like hiking and nature.    It includes an in-depth exploration of the island where participants engage in community support projects to help the war widows of Eastern Sri Lanka, with each participant donating a cow per family. The

program runs March 27- April 13 and is priced at $2750 pp land only.    Tourcan also offers a 23-day Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes trek to support Child Haven International, where Kathmandu’s street children are sheltered and provided with food, education and healthcare. The trip includes a cash donation to the home and a visit to meet children.    The Peru adventure, The Incas, Apu Ausangate & Lake Titicaca is a 15-day tour

that explores the centre of the Inca Empire, the legendary sites of Machu Piccu, the Urubamba Scared Valley, and includes a trek to the sacred mountains of the Andes.    The participants support Lima’s Villa La Paz centre for destitute and sick children and the Paru Paru farming community, an indigenous project that aims to preserve their cultural heritage. It is offered June 5-20 and the land only price is $3985 pp. www.tourcanvacations.com

GAP expands adventure options    GAP Adventures is expanding its travel options this year for those who want an authentic glimpse of the countries they visit.    Gap will also add nine additional countries to its portfolio in 2010, including Sweden, Finland, Guyana, Tunisia, Philip­ pines, Syria, Burma, and the Netherlands.    GAP Adventures has also added a new line of travel for the 18 to 30-year-old adventurer. The YOLO (You Only Live Once) is a new trip style for younger travelers who want the freedom to determine how they

want to experience exotic destinations without exceeding their budgets.    Among the YOLO options are the Java Bali Experience and the Morocco on a Shoestring program, where adventurers get to choose activities and cuisine to complement their interests.    For those seeking an adrenaline rush, GAP offers new mountain treks to Cordillera Blanca in Peru, and to the scenic Tepuis and Mount Roraima in Venezuela.    Other new or enhanced programs include

Air New Zealand has launched a new direct air services between Sydney and Rotorua, using a 152-seat A320 aircraft. Air New Zealand is operating twice weekly services on Saturdays and Mondays until the end of January, after which it will operate on Sat and Tues. Skylink Holidays is offering a Land of the Pharoahs’ tour March 13 to 22. It includes three nights in Cairo, a three-night Nile cruise, a twonight sleeper train between Cairo and Aswan, visits to the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Luxor and Karnak temples, and the Valley of the Kings.

The Mont Blanc trek in Europe, Kilimanjaro treks in Tanzania, and catamaran sailing programs in Thailand and Belize.    Travelers with a heart for volunteerism may opt to spend their time giving back to local communities while experiencing one of GAP Adventures’ 13 new Voluntours with the Planeterra Foundation. All projects have the central goal of helping local populations achieve a sustainable way of life in an environmentally sensitive manner. 800-708-7761, www.gapadventures.com

Anderson packages the Cooks    Anderson Vacations offers hotel packages in the Cook Islands to meet all tastes.    Among the packages is a two-night superior stay at the Tamanu Beach Hotel, with return flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki, transfers, a lagoon cruise with lunch and snorkeling equipment, breakfast daily, and use of the kayaks. Rates start at $589 pp dbl plus GST.    A six-night stay that combines Rarotonga and Aitutaki is also available, including the above, as well as food and beverage credit per room per day in Rarotonga. Cost is from $1685 pp dbl plus GST.    Anderson also offers a four-night package at the Muri Beachcomber Resort, with meet and greet, breakfast, snorkeling equipment and kayaks, from $414 pp dbl plus GST. www.canadatravelsolution.com Exclusive Tours will introduce Voyages to Antiquity this year, featuring some exceptional offers on select itineraries and departure dates, delving into the histories of Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. Each voyage features an enrichment program that will illuminate each historical society. The program is being offered on the following 16-day itineraries: The Light of Greece, May 3-18; Sicily is the Key, May 17-June 1; and Pompeii & So Much More, May 31 - June 15.   www.exclusivetours.ca

The 130-foot-long M/V Aqua is the first luxury cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru and was custom built for Aqua Expeditions. It can accommodate 24 guests during each seven-night Amazon River Expedition exploring the Amazon’s teeming tributaries. Contact World Luxury Cruise Vacations for details.

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Flyglobespan, the Scottish discount airline which had operated seasonal service between Hamilton, Ontario and Britain, has filed for bankruptcy and its fleet of 10 aircraft has been grounded. The National Festival of the West is a true Old West cowboy party at WestWorld of Scottsdale, AZ taking place March 18-21. It includes a Western tradeshow, cowboy poetry readings, a costume contest and more.


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Quebec welcomes history buffs

   The Quebec City region spans a large area straddling the St Lawrence River, and is one of the most European North American cities.    Besides its heritage and charm, its quaint squares and period buildings, it hosts a wealth of cultural events every year and, just outside its boundaries, nature awaits.    La Côte-de-Beaupré, located only a few minutes from Old Quebec, offers landscaped parks, cliffs, canyons, waterfalls, embankments and rivers.    Among the attractions is Montmorency Falls, rising 83 m, and Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, a favourite gathering place for ornithologists, with close to 300 species of birds.    In the Mont-Sainte-Anne region, golfers Vacation.com will hold its 12th International Conference & Trade Show at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, June 27 to July 1, 2010. Papillon Airways provides visitors to Nevada a chance to get a bird’s eye perspective on the state’s cities and other attractions. Together with its recently acquired companies, Papillon offers 70 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views of the Grand Canyon, including the South and West rims, in addition to tours of Las Vegas, Lake Powell and Monument Valley. International Heli-Tours has opened in Florida, offering aerial tours of Orlando, Kissimmee, Walt Disney World Resort, and more. Tours start at $25. 407-239-8687 www.internationalhelitours.com Nolitours is offering Panama, from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, with air-only pricing from $797, from December 28 - April 19.

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will find nirvana. Le Grand Vallon offers unparalleled vistas. It is located at the foot of Mont-Sainte-Anne, designed around a multitude of natural attractions and hazards.    Also in this area are trails for mountain biking and hiking. For the adventurer, there’s canyoning, a descent (with appropriate climbing gear) down waterfalls or walls of ice. Three waterfalls of varying heights offer climbers a choice.    Also in the region is the Huron-Wendat village of Wendake, near Loretteville, where visitors are invited to browse the many craft boutiques and Indian art galleries.    Farther east of Quebec City is Rivièredu-Loup, a small city on the south shore near the mouth of the St Lawrence River.

Some 30 kms east of the city stands the first lighthouse constructed along the river.    The Île Verte Lighthouse has been guiding ships since 1809. Six lighthouse keepers and their families have kept watch over this isolated enclave until the lighthouse was automated in 1972, including four generations of the Lindsay, who operated the lighthouse for 137 years, from 1827 to 1964.    The lighthouse is now open to visitors, who are invited to climb the 17-metre tower. The Cabane du criard houses an exhibition on the lighthouse’s history and its keepers. It also details the evolution of sound and light signals, and chronicles the shipwrecks and groundings in the area.

TIAC welcomes Chinese visitors    The Tourism Industry Assn of Canada says the recent announcement that China has granted Approved Destination Status to Canada will allow Chinese citizens to more easily obtain tourist visas to travel to Canada for leisure purposes, and will allow Canada to actively market its tourism products in China.    The ADS agreement will also authorize Chinese travel agencies to market and promote leisure group tours for travel in Canada.

   By 2020, China is expected to be the world’s largest outbound market, producing some 100 million outbound tourists, with an emerging middle class that is increasingly looking to spend disposable income on travel and tourism.    The Conference Board of Canada estimates that the agreement will increase the annual rate of travel to Canada from China by as much as 50%.

The Cactus League spring training in Scottsdale, AZ takes place March 3-April 4, when the San Francisco Giants return to Scottsdale Stadium to hone their skills before major league play. On the roster this year are match-ups with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and others.

The 18th Annual Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run Jan 22-24 in the Cariboo Chilcotin starts just north of Quesnel, and heads east into the gold-bearing Cariboo Mountains, past Cottonwood House, then finally heads up the Stanley Trail to Barkerville Historic Town. Beyond the trails, the Mail Run weekend offers up plenty of activity. www.dogsledmailrun.ca

Hudson New York is offering rates from US$101, from Jan 4 to Feb 28. Described as Cheap Chic, this hotel is located in midtown, near Central Park.

The Naples Princess in Naples, FL is a new luxury yacht of 105 feet that can accom­ modate up to 149 passengers on daily sightseeing and dining cruises, including sunset cruises


Vancouver Island Garden Trail    Anderson Vacations is offering a nine-day Vancouver Island Garden Trail tour this spring that includes coach transfers from Edmonton or Calgary through to the west coast, visiting exceptional gardens along the way.    The first botanical stop is at Minter Gardens in the Fraser Valley, a 27-acre garden with 11 themed sections, meandering trails, a cafÇ and retail outlet.    The tour carries on to New Westminster for an overnight before catching the ferry to Vancouver Island, where a visit to the famous Butchart Gardens on the Saanich Peninsula is one of the highlights. Also on the agenda is a stop at the nearby Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

   In Victoria, the tour includes a city tour with a drive through Beacon Hill Park and a stop at the Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria, when the rhododendrons are in bloom.    The tour continues north up island, and includes a stop in Chemainus, famous for its outdoor gallery of murals and sculptures, and continues north to Duncan for a guided tour of Providence Farm, a working farm that provides horticultural therapy and rehabilitation programs.    The tour includes a stop at Hazelwood Herb Farm, where visitors can stroll along the groomed paths, and shop for plants in the

seedling house, or browse through the shop for specialty vinegars, oils, mustards, jellies and soaps.    In Parksville, the group visits the heritage home and garden at Milner Gardens and Woodland, surrounded by old growth Douglas firs and cedars.    The tour returns to the Mainland and proceeds back through the BC Okanagan, stopping at Osoyoos, the only desert region in Canada, with the lowest rainfall, the highest temperatures, and the warmest lakes.    The final night on the road is spent at Cranbrook, in the “heart of the Kootenays” before returning to Alberta.

NASCAR hall to open    The NASCAR Hall of Fame will open on May 11, 2010 in Charlotte, N.C. Included among a host of interactive displays, and 1000 exhibits will be the blazer that Ned Jarrett wore while he commentated the 1993 Daytona 500 in which his son, Dale, staved off Dale Earnhardt to claim his first Daytona 500 win. The artifact represents the close family ties within NASCAR, a sport in which fathers, sons, brothers and cousins race with each other, for each other and against each other.    Artifacts in the NASCAR Hall of Fame also will chronicle the origins

Hearst tours

Hearst Castle, located in San Simeon, CA, is now offering an­other way to tour its massive estate. Visitors may now enjoy a self-guided tour of the gardens, the Neptune Pool and enjoy the Castle walkways and grounds at their own self-directed pace. The Gardens and Vistas tour provides the opportunity for visitors to discover for themselves at their own pace the unique architecture of Hearst Castle, including approximately 60 sculptures, and 150 art pieces contained within acres of gardens. www.hearstcastle.com Carnival Cruise Line will operate seven ships – one ship less from last year – in Alaska in 2011. The Ryndam will be deployed to Europe. The change will reduce the capacity to Alaska by 16,000 passengers. Nolitours is offering Calgary packages to Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit in February, from $697 for an all-inclusive one-week stay at the Hotel Costa Club Punta Arena; or from $897 for stays at the four-star Royal Decameron Complex.

of NASCAR and racing. It will feature a reproduction of a Charlotte Speedway track poster from 1924, and an original entry from the firstever NASCAR Strictly Stock series event, held June 19, 1949, at Charlotte Speedway.    One of the featured items will be the Plymouth Belvedere that Richard Petty drove to 27 wins in 1967, and an epic collection of NASCAR awards and memorabilia donated by Raymond Parks, including the first NASCAR trophy ever awarded a team.

Auto drive    The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segunda, California, one of the many beach communities of Los Angeles, offers a vast collection of vintage, classic and special interests cars such as a 1915 Model T and a 1982 two-door DeLorean. One of the stars of the exhibit is a Packard convertible used by Joseph Stalin before the war.    Also in the collection is a rare restored Schacht built in Cincinnati in 1904. Also going back a few years, is a 1932 Studebaker Commander, a 1941 Dodge Business Coup and a 1939 Cadillac limo.    Visitors can actually sit in these vintage cars and, on Sundays only, a select number of the vehicles are available for rides, piloted by museum guides – a rare opportunity to actually hear the motor of these classic vehicles.    Check out this family friendly museum to see a complete list of their automobile inventory. www.automobiledrivingmuseum.com

Cruising the Nile in luxury    Goway’s AFRICAExperts has launched a new concept in five-star Nile River luxury cruising, using a boutique Dahabiya sailboat.    These upscale luxurious sailing boats, capacity 16 passengers, provide style and private docking facilities, away from the large Nile Cruisers. Programs are six or seven nights and take in all the main attractions along the Nile.    Each vessel offers eight spacious cabins, with huge windows and luxurious bathrooms. There’s also an onboard lounge, bar and library, as well as a barbecue area and a Jacuzzi. www.africaexperts.com January 12 - 25, 2010

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Lodgings West Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa, located in downtown Victoria, has opened a new spa, AquaTerre. The 126-room hotel offers a full range of services in seven treatment rooms. Feature services include the Diamond Radiance Facial, Canadian Maple Butter Wrap, Land Meets Sea Pedicure and Aromatherapy Massages. The resort’s adjoining fitness centre offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular, strength-training machines and a 25-metre pool and hot tub.

Coast opens in Whistler    Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler has opened its doors, offering ski in, ski out convenience in a drop-dead perfect location.    The 186-room, six-floor, property is managed by O’Neill Hotels & Resorts Ltd., a leading hotel-management company run by brothers Robert and John O’Neill, sons of Jack O’Neill who founded Coast Hotels & Resorts 38 years ago.    The hotel is an all-suite, condo-style hotel located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It offers a range of accommodation, from spacious, luxuriously appointed studio suites to one and twobedroom units, all containing fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces and balconies.    The hotel also features onsite ski and sporting equipment rental, a heated outdoor pool, a whirlpool, a fitness facility and meeting space.

Rosedale turns 15    The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel in downtown Vancouver is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, with 14 of its original employees still on staff, including Jim Miller, now the hotel’s general manager.    The all-suite hotel located in the heart of Vancouver’s sports and entertainment district, offers spacious suites, all of which are equipped with a kitchenette.    Following a recent facelift, the hotel now sports a fresh look that includes new carpets, bedspreads and bedroom furniture, as well as flat screen TVs.    To celebrate its anniversary, the Rosedale is offering a “Crystal Anniversary Rate” of $115 sgl or dbl per night for a deluxe onebedroom suite, which includes a continental breakfast in Goody’s.    This commissionable rate is valid until April 30, 2010, and is subject to availability and applicable taxes. Naturally, black-out dates are February 10 to March 1, 2010. The Rosedale also offers a selection of sports and entertainment packages. 604-689-8033  •  800-661-8870 www.rosedaleonrobson.com The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver has received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2009 Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award. The Torchbearer Awards were presented during the 2009 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in November 11-13. The hotel is one of only 90 properties chosen from the IHG system of more than 4,300 hotels to receive the award.

Rejoicing in a new partnership in Whistler recently were (L-R): John O’Neill, president, O’Neill Hotels & Resorts; Ian Lowe, GM, Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler; and Graeme Barrit, president, Coast Hotels & Resorts. The three have teamed up to open the new Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler, marking the reunion of Coast Hotels & Resorts and the O’Neill family, founders of the hotel chain in 1972.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort in the eastern Fraser Valley is offering Vancouverites a chance to escape the Olympic bustle in February. Three different packages are offered: a stay and ski at Hemlock Valley package; a games getaway that includes the use of a dedicated

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Games Lounge with TV coverage; and an Olympics escape that includes a room with a fireplace, a gift basket of Rocky Mountain Chocolates, a bottle of Organic Sparking Juice, and two passes to the public mineral hot springs pool.


The Journal NEWLY APPOINTED .... as marketing man­­ager Canada for the Bahamas Tourist Office in Toronto is Mikala Moss. Moss, who has been with the BTO for five years, was most recently with the organization in New York City. She will be working with Canadian travel trade and retail travel agencies to provide educational, promotional and sales support for the travel products and services offered by The Islands Of The Bahamas. She can be reached at 905-672-9017 or Mikala Moss 800-667-3777 or via email to mmoss@bahamas.com ZAGAT SAYS .... the best food in the Vancouver Lower Mainland region can be found NOT in Vancouver but in the com­munity of Ladner in Delta at La Belle Auberge, one of the “bestkept secrets” with “world-class” cuisine from chef Bruno Marti. Others on the top list are in Vancouver, and include Vij’s (winner for Most Popular in this Survey), Cioppino’s, Le Crocodile and ToJo’s. Queen Elizabeth Park serves as the backdrop for this year’s Top Decor winner, Seasons in the Park, and Bishop’s takes home the award for Top Service.

EXCELLENCE ..... in Alberta. Three Coast Hotels & Resorts’ properties have been named as recipients of the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association’s 2010 Award for excellence in housekeeping. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in April. The Coast Medicine Hat Hotel will receive the housekeeping award for the eighth consecutive year. Calgary’s Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre will receive the award for the fourth year in a row and the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel will take home the housekeeping award for the fifth time in six years. RETURNING .... back in Toronto as executive director for the Japan National Tourist Office is Masamitsu Sofuku, who was at the Toronto office until 2000 when he took a series of other appointments with the JNTO, including a posting as secretariat of the Visit Japan Campaign Headquarters. HONOURED .... The El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels, by Karisma were honored with awards for top performance by Thomson and First Choice at the recent TUI Travel PLC 2009 Gold Awards. TUI’s portfolio includes over 4,000 resorts worldwide, each measured by Guest Satisfaction Question­naires given to all passengers upon departure.

NEWLY NAMED .... Discover the World Marketing in Toronto has appointed Monique Gironda as National Sales Manager for Almond Resorts in Canada. Gironda (formerly Monique Lalonde) brings with her a vast knowledge of the travel and tourism industry after working for more than 20 years in various leadership Monique Gironda roles including S u n q u e s t Vacations, American Express Travel, Radisson Hotels and most recently, at Itravel2000. NICE PRIZES .... Air Canada Vacations has awarded travel prizes to Julia Hough from Capri Travel Center in Kelowna, BC and Linda Duffy-Crook from Geo Travel in Edmonton. Hough won a seven-night air and hotel package for two at the all-inclusive Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Montego Bay, while DuffyCrook won a seven-night stay for two at the Paradisus Princesa del Mar in Varadero. Their names were selected from among all those agents who booked an ACV package before October 1, 2009.

NEW LOGO .... Rocky Mountaineer is celebrating 20 years in business by re-launching its brand, with a new logo, a new brochure and a new user-friendly website. In addition, new route names tell a story about each distinct rail journey. Whether its main highlights are historical landmarks, rugged undis­ covered wilderness or majestic mountain ranges, each route has a unique appeal First Passage to the West is Rocky Mountaineer’s flagship route and continues to be the most popular with visitors from around the world. Highlights include the Spiral Tunnels, and Craigellachie, which is the location of the last spike on Canada’s transcontinental rail line. www.rockymountaineer.com

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Coast opens in downtown Vancouver    Coast Hotels & Resorts’ new flagship property, the 20-storey, 220-room Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in downtown Vancouver, will open this month, just in time for the Olympics.    The $60-million four-star, full-amenity property at 1180 West Hastings Street is two blocks from Vancouver’s new convention centre.    It offers a range of accommodation for business and leisure travelers from luxury premium suites on the top floor to view Travel Headquarters of Vancouver has joined UNIGLOBE Travel Western Canada and is now operating as UNIGLOBE Intercity Travel. Located in Yaletown, UNIGLOBE Intercity Travel is owned by Alex Meier and staffed with travel specialists providing clients with customized travel services in English, Dutch, German, and Russian. Air Canada Vacations offers ski and snowboarding packages in Lake Louise, Banff and Mont Tremblant, among other Canadian ski destinations. Flexible duration packages include air, hotel transfers, accommodation and lift tickets.

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Ecuador hosts garden tour    South America’s Ecuador, described by horticultural experts as a “must see” destination, has developed a tour offering garden enthusiasts an opportunity to visit numerous floral plantations normally closed to tourists. Gardening Tours, in conjunction with True Colors Travel, Cia, has entered into exclusive agreements with three major floral producers in Ecuador to include extensive visits to these plantations. Highlights include a tour of one of the world’s leading rose plantations, featuring a vast array of sizes, colors, and growth patterns never viewed previously.    A guided visit to the Botanical Garden

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FAMs Indus Travels is offering a number of fam trips this year throughout the Middle East. Morocco will be offered in February, Turkey in March, India in April, and Egypt and Dubai in May. Space is limited on all departures. Email mail@industravels.ca www.industravels.ca Barcelo Hotels & Resorts is offering travel agent rates at all its all inclusive properties in

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and Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios. To April 15, the rate is $79 pp dbl per night, and $120 sgl. Agents may book a second room at the agent rate for friends and family traveling with them. Reservations must be sent directly to the hotel referring to reference booking code: PAMG. 800-234-1707

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Property Corner The Sheraton Yankee Trader Hotel in Fort Lauderdale is undergoing a dramatic multimillion dollar transformation and will be reflagged as The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale. The resort is designed to restore mind and body in a prime oceanfront setting and will feature a new Heavenly Spa by Westin, as well as a ballroom and restaurant. The Cosmopolitan Hotel will open in April in San Diego’s Old Town State Historic Park in a historic building dating back to 1827. The property’s multimillion-dollar restoration will create 10 guestrooms, an indoor and outdoor restaurant and several meeting rooms for special occasions. Vdara Hotel & Spa has opened in Las Vegas offering all-suite accommodations to visitors who love the excitement of Vegas but prefer to enjoy it in a more exclusive, non-gaming and smoke-free environment. ARIA Resort and Casino has opened in the heart of Las Vegas’ new city-withina-city at CityCenter. ARIA is a blend of luxury, high-end service, remarkable architecture and sustainable design. It features a three-story lobby and a variety of shops, spa services, four pools, 16 restaurants and 10 lounges. The crown jewel of the entertainment is an exclusive Cirque du Soleil performance based on the life and music of Elvis Presley. The resort will offer 4,004 guestrooms and suites, and more than 160,000 square feet of gaming.

Nueva Vallarta gets clean beaches    Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa, a luxury boutique retreat, and its sister property, Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa, both in Nuevo Vallarta, have earned “Clean Beach” certification from The Mexican Institute of Certifications for Playa Camarones, the stretch of sand beach located in front of each hotel.    “We are thrilled that Playa Camarones has been recognized as an environmentally clean

beach,” said Sasa Milojevic, Managing Director for Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa and Buenventura Grand Hotel & Spa.    To qualify for “Clean Beach” certification, a beach must be found to be completely clean. The quality of the water, sand and atmosphere must be in excellent condition and free of any debris or particulate contaminant. There cannot be more than five cigarette remains, cans or bottles over a 12-week period.

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Le Centre Sheraton Montreal has completed a $24-million renovation designed to enhance the guest experience, with newly designed guest rooms and signature brand offerings. The transformation of this 825room hotel is part of a larger, $6-billion worldwide effort to revitalize the iconic Sheraton brand.

InterContinental Hotels Group has embarked on a program to upgrade the quality and consistency of 3,300 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels while removing lower quality hotels from the portfolio. Features of re-launched hotels include upgraded and de-cluttered lobby areas, new bedding, upgraded showers and bathroom amenities, new exterior lighting and landscaping as well as a redesigned logo. An estimated 1400 Holiday Inn brands have already been upgraded. The Coast Medicine Hat Hotel, located just off the Trans-Canada highway in southern Alberta, is a 42-room property offering complimentary continental breakfast, wireless Internet, local phone calls, a lounge area, pub, and a billiards room. The Viceroy Snowmass has opened in Snowmass Village, Colorado, offering a skiin/ski-out convenience, with 173 rooms in the new Snowmass Base Village development. Viceroy Snowmass features 9,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space.

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is offering two free nights to clients booking a three-night hotel package and a five-day special value Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket. Travel agents can book their clients through to April 1, for arrivals before April 29, 2010. Residence Inn San Diego has opened in San Diego’s Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter, offering 240 rooms, each with its own kitchen, pantry, refrigerator, microwave, stove top, dishwasher, dining and cooking sets. Other hotel features include meeting space, complimentary breakfast daily, pet-friendly guestrooms, a rooftop pool, fitness center, full-service lounge, and complimentary high-speed Internet.

Maxwell set to open in Seattle    The Maxwell Hotel, an independent familyowned hotel located at the base of Queen Anne hill adjacent to the Seattle Center, will open in March 2010. The Maxwell will be within an easy walk, bus, monorail or cab

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floor retail space.    “The Maxwell, named after my son, is a true labor of love for us. From the pine­apple mosaic that symbolizes hospitality to the swimming pool tiles painted by local children, guests will find thoughtful per­sonal touches throughout the property,” said Michelle Foreman Barnet, president and COO of Columbia West Properties, owner of the hotel.    Conveniently located on Roy Street between Third Avenue North and Nob Hill Avenue in downtown Seattle, The Maxwell will be steps away from the Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, SIFF Cinema, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Teatro ZinZanni, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum, Pacific Science Center and the iconic Space Needle. www.themaxwellhotel.com


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WestJet is now offering seasonal non-stop service between Vancouver and Lihue/Kauai, in Hawaii. Service is offered twice per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays until May 1, with flights departing at 3:15 pm. Hawaii Forest & Trail’s Waipio Rim Hike Adventure on the Big Island takes participants over a thousand feet above the valley floor along an historic trail that reveals inspiring views of two rivers, thriving taro farms, ocean vistas, native forest and numerous waterfalls. This tour is limited to 12 and includes lunch. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America offers seven-day cruises around Hawaii. It sails from Honolulu to Kahului on Maui, Hilo and Kona on the Big Island and to Port Allen and Kauai. The Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island is offering a Fourth Night Free in the remodeled Ali’i and Lagoon Tower guestrooms for travel through to Dec 21, 2010. Garden View rooms start at $160 per night. Some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. www.royalkona.com

   Honua Kai Resort & Spa on the Kaanapali coast of Maui is positioning itself as an ideal location for romance and family getaways but also as an ideal site in which to hold an executive retreat, or small business meetings.    The new 628-suite Honua Kai Resort and Spa offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities in a tranquil tropical setting for smaller incentive programs, board meetings, CME programs and reunions. To book a meeting at Honua Kai Resort & Spa. 888-718-5789    Operated by Intrawest Hospitality Management, Maui’s newest luxury resort offers an exclusive mix of modern luxury services and extended stay conveniences in expansive suites.    The Ohana, one-, two- and three-bedroom suite options are equipped with full kitchens; indoor and outdoor meeting facilities; and landscaped grounds fronting the beaches of Kaanapali North Beach.    Onsite cocktail receptions, board meetings and island style theme dinners can

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