Alaskan campaign could kill B.C. cruise industry

The state wants non-U.S. cruise ships to be allowed to go straight from continental U.S. ports to Alaska, cutting out B.C. entirely

Alaskan campaign could kill B.C. cruise industryYou may think British Columbia has a cruise ship industry because of our great location, marvellous climate and amazing attractions, natural or otherwise. You would be wrong. We have a cruise industry here because of actions by the United States 100 years ago to put America first. The U.S. wanted to ensure that it had…

Travel restrictions are one step too far

Enough is enough

Travel restrictions are one step too farThe COVID-19 pandemic has revealed more than ever that those who trade freedom for security can’t stand people preferring the former. By ignoring rules they force onto others, such as travel restrictions, politicians reveal the primary goal was power all along, not safety. Earlier this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instituted additional travel restrictions…

Dam dynamics often fail fish

It seems strange how little we know about fish, their habits and whether the help we’re trying to give them is actually helpful

Dam dynamics often fail fishMany of us who received our education on fish migration via TV nature programs have missed a few important things. All I remember is that salmon can leap several feet in the air over cascades to get upstream to spawn. Somewhere in these documentaries I recall an industrialist taking full credit for installing a fishway…

Loss of international students a blow to Canadian schools

Foreign students spent about $23.6 billion in Canada last year and much of that income will be lost as a result of COVID-19

Loss of international students a blow to Canadian schoolsSome industries are obvious victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Everybody knows that businesses in the travel and hospitality sector, especially at the international level, have taken a serious if not lethal blow. Even with government aid, airlines, cruise ships, hotels and tourist attractions will have great difficulty rebuilding and even…

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…

Air Canada buying Transat A.T. Inc. for $520 million

Will create a Montreal-based global travel services company in leisure

Air Canada buying Transat A.T. Inc. for $520 millionHot on the heels of the announcement this week that Calgary-based WestJet is being sold in a $5-billion deal to Onex Corp., Air Canada announced on Thursday that it intends to buy Transat A.T. Inc. for about $520 million or $13 per share. In a news release, Air Canada said it will create a Montreal-based…

2018 record year for Canada’s tourism industry

Tourism generates 745,300 jobs across the country and creates an estimated $102.5 billion in income

2018 record year for Canada’s tourism industryTourism in Canada had its second consecutive record-breaking year in 2018 with 21.13 million travellers to Canada, according to a report released on Thursday by Destination Canada. The organization said tourism generates 745,300 jobs in communities across Canada and contributes an estimated $102.5 billion to the economy. “The results released today once again demonstrate that…

The nomadic life of retirement tourism

Among the many fascinating people found in San Miguel de Allende was a couple who sold everything to travel the world

The nomadic life of retirement tourismI’ve just returned from San Miguel de Allende full of interesting new experiences gathered in a 475-year-old Mexican central highlands town renowned worldwide for its hospitality to culturally creative folk. Those visitors like to rent 300-year-old casas, practise speaking Spanish and participate in a nuanced cosmopolitan life. The local media refer to this phenomenon as…

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotels

Eric Watson explains how MasterBUILT Hotels’ business strategy allows the company to succeed in challenging times

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotelsEric Watson is president of MasterBUILT Hotels. Tell me about MasterBUILT Hotels – the history of the company, the number of hotels and where they’re located. Watson: MasterBUILT Hotels was formed in April 2011 by two prominent Calgary business leaders and friends – Jay Westman and Marc Staniloff – with the mission of developing 75…

Canadian tourism industry booming

Tourism in the first six months of this year directly accounted for more than $18 billion of Canada's GDP

Canadian tourism industry boomingCanada's tourism industry is booming and the federal government says it’s having its best year ever. Tourism activities in the first six months of this year directly accounted for more than $18 billion of Canada's gross domestic product, an increase of more than six per cent over the first half of 2017, said the federal…