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Grand Velas Los Cabos Opening in November

May 26, 2016 by douloff

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO — Velas Resorts will open Grand Velas Los Cabos, on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, in November, it was announced this month. Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the $150 million beachfront property will feature

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Australia Update

May 23, 2016 by douloff

SYDNEY — Australia is abuzz with activity as a number of new hotels and services have either debuted or are on the books. In New South Wales, for example, Best Western Hotels and Resorts has opened its latest property, The Best Western Haven

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Fairmont Developing Hotel in Riviera Nayarit

May 21, 2016 by douloff

TORONTO —Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Mota-Engil Tourism are developing a 250-room luxury hotel and additional private residences along the Riviera Nayarit, in Mexico. Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in late 2018 in the new $1.8 billion USD

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Air Canada and Avianca Brasil Announce Codeshare Agreement

May 18, 2016 by douloff

MONTREAL — Star Alliance partners Air Canada and Avianca Brasil announced earlier this month that they have implemented the first stage of a codeshare agreement. Initially, Air Canada will sell, in all its channels, tickets for flights operated by its partner

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Fairmont Adds to Luxury Portfolio

May 10, 2016 by Lori Smith

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) is developing new luxury properties in Morocco and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Fairmont Taghazout Bay, Morocco and Fairmont Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia are both scheduled to open before 2020. “The market for luxury

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Air Canada Ups Non-Stop Service to Delhi

April 27, 2016 by Lori Smith

Air Canada is introducing a non-stop seasonal service from Vancouver to Delhi, India beginning October 20, 2016 and ending on April 8, 2017. The announcement was applauded by both the British Columbia government and the Canadian-Indian Business Council. The seasonal, three-times weekly

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Stockholders Approve Marriott-Starwood Merger

April 8, 2016 by Lori Smith

The Marriott-Starwood merger is one step closer to completion. Proposals related to the transaction were approved by both companies stockholders at separate special meetings held this morning. Holders of 97 percent of Marriott shares present and voting at its meeting, representing

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Mullin Joins VoX

April 6, 2016 by Lori Smith

Michael Mullin has joined the VoX International team as a part-time account executive in Western Canada. He will focus primarily on the Tourism Australia account. Prior to joining VoX, Mullin was director of sales and marketing for Boomerang and Exotik Tours, part

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MPI Rendezvous Going to London

April 4, 2016 by Lori Smith

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation is bringing its signature networking and fundraising event, Rendezvous, to London, England. The Foundation has partnered with The Meetings Show and Rendezvous will now be part of the networking calendar for the event, which is

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Select Group Marketing Adds to Portfolio

March 29, 2016 by Lori Smith

Select Group Marketing (SGM) is now representing Ovation Switzerland in the Canadian market. “Ovation Switzerland is a great addition to our portfolio,” says SGM president Jan Zandboer. “Switzerland has been a solid destination for the meeting, incentive and group markets

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Marriott Gets Go-Ahead to do Business in Cuba

March 23, 2016 by Lori Smith

Marriott International’s application to pursue a business transaction in Cuba has been approved by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury. Marriott released the news yesterday during US President Barack Obama’s historic trip

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Marriott-Starwood Merger Back On

March 21, 2016 by Lori Smith

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has accepted a revised bid from its original suitor,  Marriott International, Inc., deeming it a superior proposal to the bid it received last week from the Consortium led by China’s Anbang Group Insurance. The two companies