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10 Ways Kelowna Has Changed In The Last 10 Years

April 6, 2017 by Tourism Kelowna

Considering the city’s population has grown by nearly 20% in the last 10 years, it’s no wonder the lakeside city of Kelowna has changed as much as it has. A blossoming tech sector, revitalized downtown, changing infrastructure, an acclaimed university,


Celebrity Cruises Increases Galapagos Capacity

March 8, 2017 by Lori Smith

The addition of two new ships has upped Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos Islands cruise capacity by 65 percent. This month, the 210-foot Xperience and 98-foot Xploration join the 296-foot Xpedition, which was inaugurated in June 2004. All three vessels are available for


PEI Bucket List Reception in Toronto

March 3, 2017 by Lori Smith

WHO: Meetings & Conventions Prince Edward Island & Partners WHAT: A feast of seafood and fun, emceed by PEI comedian Patrick Ledwell. Diane Alexander from SM+i took home the top prize of a flight to the island courtesy of WestJet. WHEN:


Renaissance Hotels Debuts in Sub-Saharan Africa

January 30, 2017 by douloff

LAGOS, Nigeria — The Renaissance Lagos Ikeja Hotel, in Nigeria, has opened, marking the brand’s debut in sub-Saharan Africa, it was announced Jan. 19. Centrally located in Ikeja GRA, the hotel features 155 guestrooms, including 17 contemporary loft suites. Designed


Best Advice... Ellie MacPherson

January 26, 2017 by Lori Smith
Ellie MacPherson, Best Advice

Ellie MacPherson is senior vice-president of Strategic Meetings + Incentives (SM+i). A leader in the Canadian incentive travel industry, she was inducted into M+IT‘s Hall of Fame in 2015 in the Industry Veteran category.   WATCH MORE BEST ADVICE VIDEOS!


Ritz Guests Given Access to Prestigious Golf Course

January 20, 2017 by douloff

TUCSON, ARIZ. — Overnight guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, can now participate in non-member play at the prestigious Gallery Golf Club, it was announced Jan. 18. The private, 36-hole Gallery adds to 27 award-winning holes already offered by the


Gran Melia Opening in Brazil in March

January 19, 2017 by douloff

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Meliá Hotels International will debut its Gran Meliá luxury brand in Brazil with the grand opening of Gran Meliá Nacional Rio in March, it was announced Jan. 17. Built in 1972 in Rio de Janeiro’s


Hottest Luxury Hotel Trends for 2017

January 14, 2017 by douloff

NEW YORK —Virtuoso, the global network of luxury travel agencies, has released the top trends and insights seen among recent additions to the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts collection, it was announced Jan. 9. Luxury Hotel Boom in Emerging Destinations: According


Hilton Signs 9 Mexican Properties

January 13, 2017 by douloff

MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton has signed nine properties in Mexico representing a number of brands, it was announced Jan. 11. These newly announced properties contribute nearly 1,200 rooms to the hotel company’s pipeline and will join the portfolio of more than 45


Lake Lucerne Resort Opening this Summer

January 9, 2017 by douloff

LAKE LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND — Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is accepting bookings for incentive groups for March and will be open to other guests by June, it was announced last month. For meetings and events, the resort’s 23,762-square-foot conference centre will feature up-to-date


Air Canada Launches Montreal-Costa Rica Flights

January 7, 2017 by douloff

MONTREAL — Air Canada has introduced twice-weekly non-stop flights between Montreal and Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport that will operate until April 23, it was announced last month. “The new flight complements Air Canada’s existing Toronto-San Jose service and


JW Marriott Opens on Florida’s Marco Island

January 3, 2017 by douloff

MARCO ISLAND, FLA. — Following a $320 million renovation, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa has converted to a 726-room JW Marriott property, it was announced Dec. 3. “This brand conversion brings to fruition years of