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Friday, February 9, 2024
Sunwing - Top leaderboard (newsletter) - Feb 3 2024 - Freeport

Judy Makara has left Barcelo (but not the industry)

After 13 years with the Barcelo Hotel Group, Judy Makara has left the company, PAX has learned. Makara was the brand's director of business development, covering all of Canada. Speaking with PAX, Makara said that 2024 would be a year of big changes, as she recently became a grandmother. Makara, however, isn't leaving the travel industry for good, telling PAX that she has accepted a new role elsewhere.

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Transat - standard banner (newsletter) - Feb 5-11 2024 - Ocean

Returning tourists & mega events – “Hong Kong is back,” says HKTB’s Michael Lim

Michael Lim can give you several reasons to visit Hong Kong – at least 80 reasons, these days. That’s the number of “mega events” the cosmopolitan city on China's southern coast will see in the first half of the year. The Hong Kong Tourism Board celebrated the "Year of the Dragon" with travel partners in Toronto on Thursday (Feb. 8), sharing its destination updates. Arts events and "mega" festivals are leading the post-COVID recovery.

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WestJet Vacations - standard banner (newsletter) - Feb 5-11, 2024 - AdultsOnly

Flair CEO sees more domestic travel, shorter trips this year

Demand for domestic air travel will rise this year as more Canadians get used to flying at cheaper prices, the CEO of low-cost carrier Flair Airlines said Thursday (Feb. 8). “People are getting used to travelling cheaply," said Stephen Jones, speaking to media at a virtual press conference as part of a 2023-year-in-review.

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Exoticca- Standard banner (Newsletter) - Jan 22-Feb 11 2024 Summer Favorite

Videotorial: Find your moment at Hilton Playa Del Carmen

Whether you're basking in the sun, exploring new cultures, or simply enjoying quality time by the pool, Hilton Playa Del Carmen will provide the perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories. See more in this week's videotorial courtesy of Playa Hotels & Resorts.

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MSC - Standard Banner (Newsletter) -Jan 19-Feb 11 2024 - WavesOfFun

Singer Gwen Stefani named godmother of Carnival Jubilee

Carnival Cruise Line will honour global music superstar Gwen Stefani as the godmother of its new flagship, Carnival Jubilee, at a naming ceremony in Galveston, Texas on Feb. 24. "Carnival is taking it to the next level of fun while being committed to children's causes and supporting our military families and veterans," Stefani said in a statement.

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TTAND - Standard Banner (Newsletter) - Feb 5-29 2024 - RightTime

Virgin Voyages rerouting Resilient Lady to avoid conflict in Middle East

Virgin Voyages says it will reroute its Resilient Lady ship to avoid the conflict currently taking place in the Middle East. In an update shared with media on Thursday (Feb. 8), the cruise line said it will sail around Africa instead of passing through the Red Sea. “We remain concerned about potential escalations in this part of the world over the next 12 months and the risk that this presents for safe passage through the region," the company said.

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AmaWaterways - Standard banner (newsletter) - Jan 4 to Feb 11 2024 - FreeLand

ACV adds Grenada & SVG packages to summer menu

Air Canada Vacations is expanding its summer vacation menu, adding Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to its offer. This summer, Air Canada will connect travellers to Grenada with non-stop flights departing from Toronto every Saturday starting April 6, while flights to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will operate on Sundays commencing April 7.

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PAX Travel Jobs - Standard banner  (newsletter) Feb 10 2020 to Feb 29 2024

Jamaica launches virtual Open House series for Canadian agents

The Jamaica Tourist Board is launching a new virtual series this month. The Jamaica Winter Open House on Feb. 21 will give Canadian travel advisors an opportunity to hear about the latest new developments from the island, ask their burning questions about the destination, and learn about the JTB’s programs and activations in market.

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Saint Lucia tourism picks Dexter Peril as head of marketing

Dexter Peril has been named head of marketing at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. Peril will play a role in promoting and enhancing the image of the destination, from developing and monitoring the tourism authority's strategic plan, advising the CEO on industry changes, and contributing to the annual marketing plan.

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Playa - Big Box (newsletter) - Jan 29 to Feb 11 2024 - HyattZilara Quick Presse - Big box (Newsletter) - Jan 14- Feb 29 2024 - QP


AI, alliances & Canada’s booming cruise sales: Travel Leaders unpacks a “banner year”

From introducing an artificial intelligence tool for travel advisors to creating expert-led communities to growing sales in Canada, Travel Leaders had a "banner year" in 2023, reporting “extremely strong" sales as people prioritized travel. “This is the renaissance of the travel advisor,” said John Lovell, president of Travel Leaders Group. PAX caught up with the executive team in Toronto on Wednesday (Feb. 7) to learn more.

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Uncork France: Avalon Waterways to set sail in Bordeaux in 2025

In 2025, Avalon Waterways will offer one, two and three-week sailings through Bordeaux, a hub of the famed wine-growing region in southwestern France. With new cruises on the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers and cruise combinations that also include the Seine, Saône, Rhône and Rhine Rivers, the river cruise line is increasing its France offerings by 30%.

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An "unfavourable outcome": ACTA disappointed with TICO's new fee structure

ACTA is expressing its disappointment with TICO's recent announcement to increase fees. “Unfortunately, despite lengthy consultations with the Ontario government and TICO, our concerns have not been addressed, leading to this unfavourable outcome,” said Wendy Paradis, ACTA's president, in a statement Thursday (Feb. 8).

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Air Canada - Footer Leaderboard - Newsletter - Feb 06-11 - Stockholm
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