Karisma Margaritaville to develop first allinclusive Margaritaville resorts

Karisma Margaritaville to develop first allinclusive Margaritaville resorts

first_img Posted by Karisma, Margaritaville to develop first all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts Share Friday, February 3, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img MIAMI — Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville have announced a partnership to develop a collection of brand new all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts.The agreement introduces Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma, which will include new resorts built in beachfront destinations throughout the Caribbean.The “coastal-luxe” resorts will provide travellers with new opportunities for vacations inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett.The debut of Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma, will combine Karisma’s service, food and beverage and personalized experiences with authentic Margaritaville design elements such as the oversized flip-flop sculpture and Jimmy Buffett memorabilia.“Our partnership with Margaritaville, an esteemed brand filled with flavour, fun, and a likeminded desire to delight travellers with unforgettable vacation experiences, allows us to introduce a collection of new casual luxury resorts set in stunning tropical destinations,” said Mandy Chomat, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Premier Worldwide Marketing, the exclusive representative of Karisma Hotels & Resorts.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“Karisma’s expertise in delivering elevated all-inclusive concepts around the world makes this partnership a perfect fit. With Margaritaville, we look forward to delivering a taste of the good life very soon!”Karisma Hotels & Resorts owns and manages properties in Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. With 26 properties currently in its collection, plans for growth will include owning and operating 30 resorts around the world by 2020.In recent years, Karisma Hotels & Resorts has introduced luxury brands for partners including TUI and Viacom. Karisma opened the world’s first and only Gourmet Inclusive Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana in summer 2016, with plans for Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya set to open in winter 2017/2018 and an additional property to follow.After opening its first restaurant in 1987 in Key West, Margaritaville is now a global lifestyle brand with seven destination resorts/hotels across the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean, eight locations in active development and four gaming locations. The company’s holdings attract more than 15 million travellers every year.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“We are excited to team up with Karisma Hotels & Resorts to create a resort product that will deliver carefree vacation experiences in some of the most beautiful places in the world,” said Tamara Baldanza-Dekker, chief marketing officer for Margaritaville.  “Karisma, like Margaritaville, puts the guest experience and employee culture above all else. With these common values, and our shared commitment for first class service and exceptional amenities in a fun, relaxed environment, our partnership with Karisma is a match made in paradise.” Visit karismahotels.com. Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

New look for Air Canada planes and new onboard wines dining for

New look for Air Canada planes and new onboard wines dining for

first_imgNew look for Air Canada planes, and new onboard wines, dining for passengers Tweet Guests at yesterday’s event were treated to a sampling of some of the new onboard menu choices that will be available for Air Canada customers starting this April, including Lavazza Italian coffee (the airline’s new complimentary coffee) and Toronto-based Dufflet Pastries’ pumpkin spice loaf which will be featured on flights to Europe in Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upIn 2016 Air Canada launched 28 new routes including 15 new international and 12 U.S. trans-border routes. With new service to Morocco the airline now serves all six continents. In 2016 Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge started new services between Toronto-Seoul, Toronto-London Gatwick, Toronto-Prague, Toronto-Budapest, Toronto-Warsaw, Toronto-Glasgow, Montreal-Casablanca, Montreal-Lyon, Vancouver-Delhi, Vancouver-Brisbane and Vancouver-Dublin.Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge will continue their global strategic expansion in 2017, with the launch of new several new international services including Toronto-Mumbai, Toronto-Berlin, Toronto- Reykjavik, Montreal-Shanghai, Montreal-Algiers, Montreal-Marseille, Montreal- Reykjavik, Vancouver-Taipei, Vancouver-Nagoya, Vancouver-Frankfurt and Vancouver-London Gatwick.Air Canada will also receive its first B737 MAX aircraft at the end of 2017, marking the start of its narrow-body fleet renewal program, to be followed in 2019 with the delivery of its first Bombardier C Series aircraft.To date, Air Canada has taken delivery of 23 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners with 14 more planned by 2019, all offering the new international cabin standard. In addition, the airline completed the reconfiguration of its entire Boeing 777 fleet of 25 aircraft with the state-of-the-art Dreamliner cabin configuration and inflight entertainment systems. TORONTO — Air Canada is celebrating its 80th anniversary – and Canada’s 150th anniversary – with new branding and new livery across its entire fleet as well as new uniforms for its employees and new onboard menu offerings.Air Canada unveiled its new look at three events held simultaneously in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The airline’s new livery “signals a pivotal inflection point in our 80-year history,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at the Toronto event. “On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, with our new livery, new uniforms for our employees, the award-winning international cabin standard introduced with the launch of our Boeing 787 aircraft, and enhanced onboard offerings, the future Air Canada represents the strength of our nation and the future-looking spirit of our airline.” Friday, February 10, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Air Canada’s fleet of 300 mainline and regional aircraft are being repainted in a black and white design that highlights the red maple leaf brand, or rondelle, placed again on the tail of the flag carrier’s fleet after an absence of 24 years.The carrier says its new livery references Canada’s contrasting seasons, wildlife and First Nations heritage. Following yesterday’s launch the first three aircraft with the new livery went into service immediately.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAlong with the new symbol, Air Canada debuted new charcoal grey and black employee uniforms with red accents and accessories. The airline’s pilots, flight attendants, airport customer service agents and other uniformed personnel will start wearing the new uniforms later this year.New uniform – group shot with designer Christopher BatesConcierge uniformsPilots uniformsIn-Flight and Airport agents uniformsWorkwear uniform for below the wings employeesAir Canada’s culinary partner, B.C.-based chef David Hawksworth, was on hand together with Quebec-based sommelier Véronique Rivest. Both were actively involved in developing Air Canada’s premium menu choices. Air Canada’s selection of Signature dishes was launched in October 2015 for Air Canada’s International Business Class customers. Rivest will pair the dishes and develop Air Canada’s wine program with a selection of Canadian wine that will change seasonally. Tags: Air Canada Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Jetlines shelves Waterloo routes for now adds Abbotsford BC

Jetlines shelves Waterloo routes for now adds Abbotsford BC

first_img Travelweek Group Jetlines shelves Waterloo routes for now; adds Abbotsford, B.C. Tags: Canada Jetlines, New Routes Share Tuesday, October 31, 2017 center_img Posted by VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines Ltd. says it plans to offer ultra-low fare service from B.C.’s Abbotsford International Airport when it begins flight operations in summer 2018.“Jetlines is thrilled to expand the network to the west coast of Canada,” said Jetlines CEO Stan Gadek. “The addition of the Abbotsford International Airport extends Jetlines’ reach allowing greater access to large populations.”Jetlines plans to start service from Hamilton to Abbotsford next summer with continued development of the network after that.General Manager for Abbotsford International Airport Parm Sidhu, says: “Abbotsford International Airport is open for business. We are very excited that Canada Jetlines has announced Abbotsford as a base of operations. Our business model at Abbotsford International empowers airlines to grow our airport with one of the most competitive airport fee platforms in Canada.”According to reports in The Globe and Mail, Jetlines has scaled back its plans for its 2018 launch, focusing on Hamilton and shelving Waterloo service for the time being.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAs recently as Sept. 10 Jetlines was saying it was still on track to serve both Waterloo and Hamilton. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

US drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees in price

US drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees in price

first_img By: Joan LowySource: The Associated Press Friday, December 8, 2017 Share US drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees in price WASHINGTON — An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the Department of Transportation.The department said in a notice posted online Thursday that it is withdrawing the proposed rule, along with a second, early-stage rulemaking to force airlines to disclose more information about their revenue from fees charged for extra services, because the rules would have been “of limited public benefit.” It also said airlines would incur “significant costs” if required to report their revenue from fees for services like early boarding or extra legroom.Work on the proposals was frozen shortly after President Donald Trump took office.Airlines are already required to disclose bag fees, but critics say the information is often hidden until after consumers have taken several steps toward purchasing a ticket and isn’t always clear.Congressional Democrats and consumer groups decried the withdrawals, saying they would have protected airline passengers by providing greater transparency of airfares and fees.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthSince 2008, when airlines began introducing new and higher “ancillary” fees for services such as checking baggage and making changes to reservations, the true cost of flying has become more opaque, the Consumers Union said in a statement. Shoppers are being denied the basic ability to compare costs as they are shopping, as some airlines withhold critical pricing on fares and fees, both from their own websites and from third-party ticket sellers such as online travel agency sites, the group said.“The administration is turning its back on airline passengers just before families are about to head home for the holidays,” said Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the senior Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the airline industry.Charles Leocha, chairman of Travelers United, said passengers have no one to protect them from unfair airline practices except the Transportation Department, since no other federal or state agency regulates air carriers.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger“It is a dereliction of duty for the DOT to stop its review of unfair and deceptive pricing of ancillary fees, which make it impossible for consumers to comparison shop for the best costs of airfare,” he said.Besides scuttling the fee transparency proposals, the Transportation Department has also failed to issue regulations mandated by Congress last year to require airlines to refund fees charged for checked bags that are delayed and to ensure families with young children can sit together on planes, Nelson said.Airlines for America, a trade association for the airline industry, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tags: America << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Air Transats latest Chefs Menu by Daniel Vézina Transat AT named on

Air Transats latest Chefs Menu by Daniel Vézina Transat AT named on

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Air Transat, Culinary Tourism Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Air Transat’s latest Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina; Transat A.T. named on Forbes’ Best Employers list Thursday, February 8, 2018 MONTREAL — Air Transat has unveiled its summer 2018 edition of the Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina, which first made its debut on aircraft last December.Two new meals are sure to make taste buds sing: pork filet mignon with Quebec blueberries, and chicken cordon bleu garnished with smoked meat. The meals, in addition to other summer 2018 menu choices, can be pre-ordered as of today and will be served starting May 1 to all Club Class passengers, free of chard. Daniel Vézina meals are also available for purchase in Economy Class ($25 for lunch/dinner; $15 for breakfast).“The addition of Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina on Air Transat flights has had quite a positive influence on our clientele’s satisfaction and on the quality of their onboard experience, particularly for our Club Class passengers,” said Jean-François Lemay, President-General Manager of Air Transat. “Air Transat is the leading holiday travel airline in Canada, and we are conscious that for an increasing number of travellers, the possibility of savouring such a high-quality meal is clearly a distinct advantage.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe menu also includes two vegetarian choices. The full menu is as follows:Pork filet mignon with Quebec blueberries (NEW)Chicken cordon bleu garnished with smoked meat (NEW)Salmon fillet with Asian noodlesPulled beef shepherd’s pieVegetable risottoWhite bean and quinoa casseroleSpinach and basil omelette (breakfast)Crepes with goat cheese and smoked salmon (breakfast)Each lunch/dinner meal is served with a cheese plate, dessert and glass of wine, while breakfast meals come with a plain croissant, yogurt, orange juice and coffee.The new meals by Daniel Vézina can be pre-ordered by calling the Booking Centre at 1-877-TRANSAT or by visiting the Air Transat website.In other company news, Transat A.T. Inc. has been ranked among the best employers in Canada and second among airlines on Forbes magazine’s annual list. The company climbed 51 positions in the overall ranking, from 120th in 2017 to 68th in 2018.“We are very pleased to be one of the 70 best employers in Canada and to place among the top 20 in Quebec,” said Christophe Hennebelle, Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs. “We put a lot of emphasis on staff recognition, training and development, as well as on teamwork.” He continued: “Our employer brand is strong and appealing, which enables us to attract and retain talented employees. In particular, our commendable sustainability efforts come to mind. In keeping with our mission, we try to ensure that the joy of vacations brightens not only our customers’ everyday but also that of our employees.”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backForbes establishes its ranking of the country’s top employers based on a survey of 8,000 Canadians who work for some 1,500 private and public companies with more than 500 employees. Answers are given anonymously and without the involvement of employers.last_img read more

New Secrets resort in St Martin will be significant in more ways

New Secrets resort in St Martin will be significant in more ways

first_imgTags: ALG, AMResorts, St. Maarten This story originally ran in the September 6, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — A new resort in the Caribbean may seem like run-of-the-mill news at first. But for AMResorts’ new all-inclusive property in French-speaking St. Martin, three interesting tidbits give this opening far more weight: it marks AMResorts’ entry into the island; it gives the destination (which has a limited number of all-inclusive properties) a new player in the all-inclusive market; and it’s coming at a time when the island needs it most, post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Owned by Sole Resorts, a longstanding partner of AMResorts’ parent company Apple Leisure Group (ALG), the yet-to-be-named resort (formerly the Riu Palace St. Martin) will undergo a US$20 million renovation prior to its reopening in 2019 under the Secrets brand. It will reemerge as adults-only, with 350 rooms, a rooftop pool with direct views of Anguilla, luxury swimout suites and the largest pool in the Caribbean, all situated on a private and protected enclave.Considering the timing of the announcement, travel agents, vacationers and local tourism officials have all welcomed the news. Less than one year ago, the island was devastated by Irma and Maria, with damage and losses reaching upwards to $3 billion, reports The New Yorker. And although much of the destination has mostly recovered – 75% of airlift is currently servicing the island, 65% of nightlife attractions and restaurants are open, and 26 accommodations representing just under 2,000 rooms are also open, with an additional 1,000 opening in Q4 2018 – the new Secrets resort is being regarded as the start of a new era.“Every cloud has a silver lining, which is exactly what the Secrets resort brand means to the island,” says St. Maarten Minister of Tourism Stuart Johnson, adding that the new resort will help further target wedding couples and honeymooners. “The arrival of the new Secrets resort will help change the trend for the island and attract other luxury push resorts and amenities that are expected with this niche market.”AMResorts’ entry is exactly the kind of tourism boost that the destination is working towards. In fact, just this past July, the governments of the French and Dutch sides of the island signed a one-island agreement to redevelop cooperative tourism and marketing initiatives. And it’s high-profile developments like Secrets that will reiterate the message to travellers and the world at large that St. Maarten/St. Martin is open for business.“While the hurricanes may have devastated the island, it also presented us with the chance to rebuild better and stronger and allow for new opportunities such as attracting the Secrets brand to our island,” says Johnson.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAs a highly regarded four-star brand that caters to adults, Secrets’ arrival also puts the spotlight back on the island’s reputation for being a luxury destination and, more importantly, away from the hurricanes’ aftermath. Its high-end hotels, on both sides of the island, have long attracted discerning travellers in search of first-class guest experiences. And though Secrets will certainly fall in line with other nearby luxury properties, it will easily stand out for the simple fact that it’s an all-inclusive.Upon opening next year, the new Secrets resort will join a handful of other all-inclusives on St. Martin/St. Maarten, including Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, which has been offered as an all-inclusive option through Canadian tour operators for a couple years now; Sonesta Ocean Point and sister property Sonesta Maho Beach Resort; and the upcoming Planet Hollywood (formerly Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort) opening in 2019 under new owner Sunwing Travel Group.You may think a handful of all-inclusive properties sounds paltry in comparison to other Caribbean islands like Cuba and Jamaica, but the truth is it’s a good amount for a destination that’s only 37 square miles from end to end.That said, any new all-inclusive to arrive on the island, especially on the French side, will create major buzz in the industry, as the new Secrets has clearly done.“St. Martin has a limited all-inclusive offer as it stands now, so the addition of our five-star Secrets Resort & Spa property will truly be a standout,” says Jan LaPointe, Vice President, Strategic Planning Retail Sales North America, AMRewards, Sales & Marketing Canada. “There is nothing like it on the island, creating a great opportunity for agents with clientele seeking a true luxury, all-inclusive resort in St. Martin.”Noting how St. Martin has long been a favourite destination for the Canadian market, LaPointe adds that the company is “happy to be able to provide Canadian travel agents with one of our award-winning brands to offer to their clients on the island”, and that its Unlimited-Luxury offering coupled with its location “are sure to make it a favourite upon opening.”Pauline Blacoe, Destination Wedding Specialist at Shinetravel.ca in Keswick, ON, is one of many agents counting down the days until Secrets’ opening. Already well versed in the brand’s offerings (“I sell it a lot to my clients”), and a fan of AMResorts properties herself (“I love AM properties, they have wonderful agent perks”), Blacoe says that despite a dip in bookings to St. Martin immediately after last year’s hurricanes, she’s not at all concerned about selling the new Secrets.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“It will be an easy sell; great product, great destination,” she tells Travelweek. “There are not a lot of all-inclusive options in St. Martin, and even less since the hurricanes, so this will be a welcome addition.”For now, details about the new resort are scarce but Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group, tells Travelweek that its official name will be unveiled soon. He also notes that the renovation of the property will be “significant” to meet the Secrets’ brand standards.As for why St. Martin, and why now? Coll says that it makes perfect sense for the brand.“St. Martin has always been on our radar, and we identified the right opportunity to expand there,” he says. “ALG always has its fingertips on the pulse of the Caribbean tourism industry and is constantly monitoring for unique opportunities to grow AMResorts portfolio.”The potential for growth in the Caribbean is limitless, with the World Travel & Tourism Council reporting that international visitation has tripled from approximately 6.7 million to 20.1 million between 1980 and 2010. Moreover, it’s estimated to reach 26.5 million in 2018, and 39.0 million by 2028. “As such, we will continue to place our bets on this market, along with Latin America and, of course, on Mexico where we have deep roots,” Coll adds.And although there’s no such thing as a ‘sure thing’ in the travel industry, St. Martin, with its blissful beaches, beautiful resorts and array of fine dining restaurants, comes pretty close. Says Coll, “We believe in the island’s potential to become a top high-end destination that is the perfect fit for our Secrets brand.” Thursday, September 20, 2018 Posted by About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 New Secrets resort in St. Martin will be significant in more ways than one Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Cindy Sosroutomo last_img read more

Fly to Ireland for 699 anytime in 2019 with CIE Tours

Fly to Ireland for 699 anytime in 2019 with CIE Tours

first_img Share Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Fly to Ireland for $699, anytime in 2019, with CIE Tours MORRISTOWN — CIE Tours is drawing on the luck of the Irish with its St. Patrick’s Day airfare spectacular.Running until March 19 and applicable on all 2019 tours, the air deals allow travellers to fly from Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to Dublin or Shannon starting at $699 roundtrip. All rates include tax and fuel surcharge.Better still, prices cover high-season travel, with no blackout dates from April 1 through Dec. 31, 2019.Guided Irish vacations that can be paired with CIE’s March special include:Irish Myths & Legends (from the Family Collection): This eight day tour, priced from $2,770 land only (children save $255), is designed for families and includes visits to a Dublin cookery school and Blarney Castle, a tour of the Cliffs of Moher, and stops in Kinsale and Galway.Jewels of Ireland: Available for 14 or 15 days, this land-only tour is priced from $4,320 and includes stop points in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Dingle, the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park and Galway before moving onto the Slieve League Cliffs, Belfast and Giant’s Causeway.Taste of Ireland: Priced from $1,675 per person, land only, this seven-day fast-paced jaunt through Ireland is ideal for first timers. Highlights include Blarney Castle, a drive along the Ring of Kerry, a stop at the Skellig Experience and a visit to an Irish farm for a sheepdog demonstration.Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour: Priced from $3,225 land only, this eight-day itinerary highlights five castles over the span of a week, beginning in Limerick at the 13th-century King John’s Castle on the River Shannon. Other highlights include the Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and the 15th-century ruins of Ross Castle in Killarney National Park.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThis St. Patrick’s Day-inspired special is valid for bookings in conjunction with any CIE Tours Ireland guided vacation of seven or more days. The airfare offer is available by phone only – call 1-800-243-8687 and reference MARCHAIR19.To learn more about CIE Tours’ Irish journeys and March airfare, go to www.cietours.com/march-air.center_img Posted by Tags: CIE Tours, Ireland << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Huge disconnect with typical FAMS spurs G Adventures to create Change Makers

Huge disconnect with typical FAMS spurs G Adventures to create Change Makers

first_img PERU — G Adventures’ first-ever Change Makers Summit, held earlier this month in Peru, was no ordinary FAM.Agents had to earn a spot on the trip based on their sales, as well as ‘social good’ entry submissions. They knew the week-long summit would take place in June, but they didn’t know where. Nor did they have advance details about the itinerary, except that they’d see first-hand the impact of responsible travel on local communities.Ultimately more than 100 travel agents from around the world took part in the Change Makers Summit. Travelweek attended the FAM as well.Bruce Poon Tip speaks to travel agents at the first-ever Change Makers Summit (all photos courtesy Vawn Himmelsbach)G Adventures’ novel approach is meant to inspire change in the way FAMs are run. “I’ve been extremely angry for years about the traditional FAM policy of this industry,” Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, told Travelweek during the summit.“I know it’s super controversial when I talk about these FAMs,” he says. “Travel agents don’t get paid a lot so they’re in the travel industry to travel, and the head offices are taking advantage of that by not paying them more and offering these FAMs as their incentives to retain employees.”As a result, many agents pick FAMs based on the date or destination, but “there’s no connection to the operator or why they’re choosing it,” he says. “They’re the face of our company when they’re delivering our brand promise to their customers, and there’s a huge disconnect with this traditional FAM and a lack of innovation in this accepted behaviour of FAMs.”That was the inspiration behind the brand-new Change Makers Summit, which involved 147 attendees from 17 countries, including 15 Canadian travel agents. The FAM included stays in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as well as a day trip to Machu Picchu and a ‘Big Night Out’ bash on the last night of the summit.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Poon Tip says previously G wasn’t always getting the right type of agent on its FAMs. But with Change Makers, agents had to earn a coveted spot on the FAM.“The travel agent becomes an instrumental part of delivering our really aggressive brand promise,” says Poon Tip. “Our product is just not commoditized like it is when you’re selling capacity on ships or in resorts.” People don’t know what to expect when they book a trek in Nepal, a bike trip across Vietnam or a river boat cruise up the Amazon. “They have tons of questions, and that’s the role of the agent.”While the summit was a chance to connect with agents, it was also a chance to showcase G’s social enterprise projects. Rather than offering volunteer experiences for travellers (a concept Poon Tip feels can’t be done in a meaningful way on organized group trips), G created the Planeterra Foundation in 2003. This non-profit organization supports social enterprise projects connected to G’s tours.“Planeterra was created because we believe that travel is the biggest form of wealth distribution the world has ever seen and we want to make sure the communities and local people that we visit benefit from travel,” says Victoria Houle, Planeterra’ director of development.Locals can earn income from tourism by providing accommodations, meals, transportation and cultural experiences. So far, Planeterra’s projects around the world have received more than 500,000 travellers.Travel agents visit the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Cooperative in PeruPlaneterra lives under the ‘G For Good’ umbrella, which also encompasses the Ripple Score (the percentage of money G spends locally on trip services), Responsible Travel Policies and G Values Fund. “We do this because it’s estimated that out of every $100 that somebody spends in a country on a trip, only about $10 of that actually stays in that community,” says Houle.During the summit, Planeterra announced the next phase in its evolution. The foundation started out with 25 projects, and in 2015 launched ‘50 in 5,’ with 50 additional projects to be completed within five years.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“We’re so happy to say that we just met our goal of 75 projects in total around the world,” says Houle. “We decided we wanted to up the game, so now we’re going to launch ‘Project 100.’ We are going to be adding 25 more projects by the end of 2020.”Travel agents visit the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving CooperativeWhile in Peru, agents visited the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op in the Sacred Valley. The Planeterra-supported co-op provides an economic alternative for women who previously didn’t benefit from the tourism industry. Today, 60 women are directly employed by the co-op — which uses traditional weaving methods to produce textiles from llama and alpaca wool — but the impact extends to 440 community members, with 10,000 travellers visiting each year.Agents also visited Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, also in the Sacred Valley. All income earned by the restaurant is used for investment in social projects for the community. The project directly impacts 65 people, but also benefits 1,000 community members (the ingredients used in the restaurant, for example, are purchased from local farmers).“My a-ha moment [on this trip] was when we visited Parwa Restaurant,” says Vicky Young, an international travel consultant with Flight Centre in Calgary, one of the Canadian agents who earned a spot on the FAM. “I’ve talked about this project for a very long time with clients.” So seeing it for the first time is something she won’t soon forget.“Seeing how Planeterra has changed that community is incredible — it’s given new life to them and they continue to pay it forward,” says Young. “I feel blessed to be a change maker and come here this week. I know we love changing lives, but I truly feel that all of our lives have been changed by being here as well.” Share Friday, June 28, 2019 Tags: FAMs, G Adventures, Peru “Huge disconnect” with typical FAMS spurs G Adventures to create Change Makers Summit By: Vawn Himmelsbach << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Man finds cruise passengers message in a bottle – 50 years later

Man finds cruise passengers message in a bottle – 50 years later

first_imgMan finds cruise passenger’s message in a bottle – 50 years later Share Friday, July 19, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Australia By: The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — A fisherman said on Wednesday he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was written.Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia state while fishing.Elliot said he was looking for the author Paul Gibson, who described himself in the note as a 13-year-old English boy travelling in a cruise ship along the southern Australian coast from Fremantle in the west to Melbourne in the east.Government oceanographer David Griffin said the bottle could not have remained afloat for 50 years off the south coast because “the ocean never stays still.”Griffin suspected that the bottle had been buried on a beach for years then refloated by a storm.“If it had been dropped in anywhere in the ocean somewhere south of Australia, then there’s no way it’s going to stay actually at sea moving around for more than a year or two,” Griffin said.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe author gave his position as “1000 miles east of Fremantle.” However it is not clear whether the author actually meant 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) out of Fremantle, which would have included a journey south along the west coast before turning east.Hundreds of thousands of Britons migrated to Australia in the 1960s with the Australian government subsidizing their fares. Children travelled for free.But a quarter of them returned to Britain within a few years when life in Australia fell short of their expectations.last_img read more