This Week in Canada Tourism & Travel
January Tourism 11th to 17th, 2016

Tips for travelling with a falling loonie (Travel Tips)

Tips for travelling with a falling loonie

Tips for travelling with a falling loonie

“The strong American dollar may have you thinking of staying put in 2016, but do not be scared of our falling loonie! There is still hope for a holiday that won’t put a strain on your wallet if you follow these tips” Loren Christie, Canada AM’s Travel Expert

Interior Design Show spotlights Canadian talent (Travel Stories)

Interior Design Show spotlights Canadian talent

“Thousands of people are expected at the opening night party, with design lovers rubbing shoulders with big-name decorators, stylists, furniture makers, architects and authorities on the things that define the sense and sensibility of home and work spaces.” Vicky Sanderson Decor

Cheaper airfare for travellers as Air Canada,WestJet cut prices with NewLeaf arrival (January Tourism News)

Air Canada, WestJet cut prices with NewLeaf arrival

“Just as Canada’s newest discount airline, NewLeaf, is preparing to take off, Canada’s other two major airlines are slashing prices.” Brandon Gonez Global News

7 ways to beat the drooping dollar when booking your vacation (Travel Tips)

7 ways to beat the drooping dollar when booking your vacation

“Travel agents offer tips to make sure the Canadian dollar doesn’t ruin your vacation. Despite that, travel agents at the fair say there are still ways to beat the lagging loonie.” Carolyn Ray, CBC News

B.C. could lead Canadian economic growth in low-loonie era, economists say (January Tourism News)

B.C. could lead Canadian economic growth in low-loonie era, economists say

“Many of B.C.’s industries will benefit from the low Canadian dollar, making it likely the province will lead the country in economic growth this year, say economists.” The Early Edition, CBC News

Visa requirements for tourism eased around the world: UN agency (January Tourism News)

Visa requirements for tourism eased

” In 2015, 39% of the world’s population could travel as tourists without obtaining a traditional visa before departure, the UN agency says in its latest Visa Openness Report. That compares with 23% in 2008.” The Canadian Press

These Gorgeous Canadian National Parks Will Be Free in 2017 (Travel Stories)

Canadian National Parks Will Be Free

“In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the government has announced that they are waiving entry fees at more than 40 national parks in 2017.” Brittany Jones-Cooper. Yahoo Travel

A passion for the splendours of Canada (Travel Tips)

splendours of Canada

“As well as the highlight of the Rocky Mountains, a holiday in Canada also reveals cowboys and majestic animals, such as bears, moose and whales” Amanda Angus, Telegraph

One way to beat the loonie: Stay in Canada (Travel Stories)

Stay in Canada

“With the loonie dropping below 70 cents U.S. this week, Canadians are foregoing winter sun vacations and hunkering down for the season” Nicole Feenstra, PostMedia Network

The travel destinations for best value in 2016 (Travel Tips)

best value in 2016

“Turkey, Malaysia and Canada also feature in top 12 best value destination list based on current exchange rates.” Kat Romero, Express

Loonie Troubles Have Canadians Re-Thinking Travel Plans (Travel Stories)

Canadians Re-Thinking Travel Plans

“Canada’s faltering dollar, which recently hit a decade-long low, means those wanting a quick getaway south of the border may have to reconsider.” Baystreet

Top destination wedding spots for Canadians and things to consider (Travel Tips)

wedding spots for Canadians

“Experts say that option can be considerably cheaper for the bride and groom, since the guest list is usually much slimmer.” Patricia Kozicka, Global News

Two sides of a sliding Canadian coin for Alberta businesses (January Tourism News)

Two sides of a sliding Canadian coin

“The extended oil price slump and resulting economic downturn complicates the exchange rate story in Alberta, but a low loonie always affects every business sector.” Dan Barnes, Edmonton Jounal

Coast to coast: These are Canada’s best cooking schools (Travel Stories)

Canada’s best cooking schools

“With help from some chefs who have gone to culinary schools themselves (and hired quite a few graduates since then), here are some of the top kitchens in which to develop your culinary chops.” Karon Liu, Maclean’s

Ski hills best of the best (Travel Tips)

best of the best

“Interior ski hills are getting their due from USA Today. The publication is in the midst of a reader’s poll looking for the ’10 Best’ in five categories pertaining to ski hills.” Wayne Moore, Castanet


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