Tourism spending in Canada sees largest decline ever

Tourism gross domestic product (GDP) decreased 14.8 per cent, while jobs attributable to tourism fell 6.5 per cent, both also the largest quarterly declines

Tourism spending in Canada sees largest decline everTourism spending in Canada fell 14.2 per cent in the first quarter—the largest decline on record—in the wake of measures imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in March, reported Statistics Canada on Tuesday. The federal agency said tourism gross domestic product (GDP) decreased 14.8 per cent, while jobs attributable to tourism fell 6.5 per cent,…

Tourism sector fears losing summer travel season and beyond

Tourism sector fears losing summer travel season and beyondCharlotte Bell, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, is at the helm of the organization that is the champion of Canada’s tourism industry. Travel generates $1.2 billion a year and employs one in 10 Canadians, making it the fifth largest industry in the country. Travel Like This asked Bell a series…

$17-million investment to help restart Alberta’s tourism industry

The money comes from new federal and provincial programs for Alberta destination management organizations and tourism businesses

$17-million investment to help restart Alberta’s tourism industryTravel Alberta announced Monday a $17-million investment to help restart Alberta's tourism industry. The money comes from new federal and provincial programs for Alberta destination management organizations and tourism businesses. "From the Rockies to the Badlands, it's not hard to see why visitors are drawn to Alberta. Yet tourism and those whose livelihoods depend on…

What does the future hold for Canada’s airline industry?

Huge financial losses, massive layoffs and stringent safety protocols for the few remaining passengers sets a dark tone

What does the future hold for Canada’s airline industry?Many Canadians look forward to travelling when the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end (whenever that may be). Unfortunately, flying the friendly skies is quickly becoming far less friendly. Air Canada temporarily suspended all flights to the U.S. on April 26. Passengers are required to wear masks for the entirety of any trip, and flight…

Exploring Alaska’s remote, enchanting shores

Joining the few privileged to travel to remote and obscure offshore islands like Baby, Unga, Haystacks, Aghyuk and the Aleutians

Exploring Alaska’s remote, enchanting shoresMy anticipation heightened as I waited for my flight. I was about to join the few privileged to explore Alaska beyond the usual ports of call, travelling to remote and obscure offshore islands. Nome Nome is where it all began for me. I was surprised at the appearance of this small coastal community, for it…

California condor back from the brink

Only 22 birds were left in the wild in 1982. They were all captured as part of a breeding program. Now more than 500 live in the wild

California condor back from the brinkI’ll tell you the beginning and the end of the story first because they have nothing to do with California condors and everything to do with them. My first sighting of condors was on a cloudless day in January 1995. We were travelling from Apartaderos to Timotes in Venezuela along the spine of the Andes.…

In search of Borneo’s elusive ‘man of the forest’

Deep in a jungled land, where monkeys and apes share the trees with myriad snakes, birds and giant insects – and the orangutan

In search of Borneo’s elusive ‘man of the forest’As the flight neared the Borneo shore, the forest merged from the fog. The steam wafted skyward, slowly and mysteriously revealing the grandeur of the last remaining patches of Malaysian rainforest. Thoughts of strange wild men and headhunters still lingered as I contemplated my imminent arrival in Kota Kinabalu (K.K. to the locals), the capital…

Our tips when travelling with pets

While it is best to never travel with your pets, these 8 tips will make their trip as easy as possible

Our tips when travelling with petsDon’t travel with your pets if you don't have to. The stress of long distance travel is harder on them – especially if they are not used to it – than it is on you. But if there are times when you really have to take them on a trip (or you just can't bear…

Record year in 2019 for Canadian tourism industry

Canada received a record 22.1 million international tourists from abroad in 2019, surpassing the previous year's record of 21.1 million

Record year in 2019 for Canadian tourism industryIt was a record year for Canada’s tourism industry in 2019. Statistics Canada reported Friday that Canada received a record 22.1 million international tourists from abroad in 2019, surpassing the previous year's record of 21.1 million.  “This marked the sixth consecutive year of increased tourist arrivals to Canada, with growth in tourist arrivals from both…

Your passport to trouble-free travel

As you count down the days and dream of faraway lands, here are five ways your passport could derail your vacation and what to do about it

Your passport to trouble-free travelTravelling abroad this summer? As you count down the days and dream of faraway lands, you may be overlooking easily-preventable problems – including with your passport – that, unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of. Here are five ways your passport could derail your vacation and what to do about it: Your passport can be rejected…
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