News and Notes: Mahala exhibit, G Adventures cruises in Norway and Orlando’s summer attractions

I’ve combed through my inbox, waded through the releases and notifications from near and far and compiled this list of travel news and notes that are of interest:
Malala’s blood-stained uniform is part of a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The school uniform that Malala Yousafzai was wearing when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman has become a symbol of courage, preserved by its owner to inspire action for girls’ right to education around the world.
The artifact is now on display in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where it will be available for public viewing – along with Malala’s 2014 Nobel Peace Prize diploma – until March 14, 2017, courtesy of the Yousafzai family.
“When I would go to school, I was wearing this uniform and the day I was attacked, I was wearing this uniform and I was fighting for my right to get education – so it’s very important to me,” Malala says in a video that plays in gallery. “Now I want to show it to children, to people all around the world that this is my right, it is the right of every child to go to school and this should not be neglected.”
The new exhibit, Girl of Courage: Malala’s Fight for Education, is located in the Museum’s “Rights Today” gallery on Level 5. “This exhibit recognizes Malala as a human rights champion who continues to speak out, undaunted even by a gunman’s attempt to silence her,” said curator Isabelle Masson. “It’s also about youth themselves as agents of change, taking a stand and being vocal.”

Box office hits and big thrills are new attractions in Orlando this summer

From the colossal return of King Kong, to a “Galaxy Far, Far Away” coming closer than ever, to the launch of the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster — Orlando’s newest attractions are bigger, bolder and better-than-ever.


  • At Universal’s Islands of Adventure “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” will honour one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong.
  • A new tropical oasis will welcome guests at Universal Orlando Resort: the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.


  • Epcot guests can cool off in the kingdom of Arendelle when the highly-anticipated attraction “Frozen Ever After” opens in the Norway Pavilion on June 21.
  • A new flight path will open for the popular attraction “Soarin’” at Epcot on June 17.
  • Guests will discover new entertainment around every corner this summer with the debut of four new shows across the parks, including “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,” and the nightly “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.”

Seaworld Orlando, Legoland Florida Resort and Crayola Experience also have new experiences for visitors this summer and several travel packages are available for Canadians to help offset the fall of the Canadian dollar. Details can be found at

G Adventures announces new expedition cruise itineraries for Norway

 G Adventures introduces three new itineraries in Norway onboard its expedition ship, G Expedition, in May 2017, following consumer demand for cruises in the area.

Additionally, the adventure operator is offering a 15 per cent early booking bonus for these trips, as well as all other 2017 round Longyearbyen, Svalbard itineraries, to encourage travellers to book early and secure their preferred itinerary, date and cabin category.
The early booking discount is valid for all bookings made before June 30, 2016 and applies to all Norwegian and Artic itineraries departing between May 11 and August 11, 2017.
Details of the the three new Norwegian itineraries can be found at

At The Reverie Saigon, good things come In threes

Dubbed “Haute Ho Chi Minh”, The Reverie Saigon’s first-ever package marries a three-hour shopping experience in one of Asia’s most dynamic cities with three spa treatments in a venue hailed by CNN this month as one of the world’s best new spas, and provides three nights’ accommodation in one of only 60 hotels in the world that received a shout-out by Condé Nast Traveler USA on its 2016 ‘Hot List’.

The hotel’s astonishing new spa anchors the pièce de résistance of Haute Ho Chi Minh. The 1,200-square-metre sanctuary, with 10 treatment rooms, strikes a poised balance between the extravagant and the understated.

Over the course of their stay, guests can indulge in three treatments from a selection of five massages selected for their rejuvenating qualities.

To complement, a guide from Trails of Indochina will escort guests on a personalized shopping excursion through a city that’s gaining a reputation for its original clothing designs, contemporary artwork and innovative crafts.

For more information visit

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday with a royal break, fit for a monarch

To celebrate the state festivities for HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, taking place on June 11, 2016, TTC (The Travel Corporation) has compiled a guide to the best royal vacation and leisure experiences from across its family of award-winning brands.

Live like royalty for a weekend

To commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations this year, The Rubens at the Palace, the hotel situated closest to Buckingham Palace, is offering a magnificent, 3-night Live like Royalty hotel package For more information visit

Meet a real life princess with Uniworld’s Monarch Collection

Uniworld has created specialist Monarch Collection departures, which give an in-depth exploration of Europe’s aristocratic heritage and a unique perspective of the life and times of royalty past and present. The cruise includes a visit to Artsetten Castle in Austria, where guests are hosted by Princess Anita von Hohenberg, the great-granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie von Hohenberg, for a champagne reception in her regal home. For more information about Uniworld, visit

Stay by the Palace of Versailles with Luxury Gold

On the 15-day Luxury Gold French Elegance itinerary guests will stay at one of France’s finest luxury retreats, the Trianon Palace, Versailles, just steps away from the royal Château de Versailles. For more information, visit

Explore Germany’s castles

Germany is a country teeming with castles, and Trafalgar’s 12-day Best of Germany trip reveals the best. Twinning historical castle visits with the stunning scenery of the Rhine, Black Forest and Bavarian Alps. For more information visit

Stay in a 17th Century French Château with Contiki
Contiki, the leader in youth travel for 18-35 year olds, has a Special Stopover site at their own Château de Cruix on many of its French trips, situated among the green rolling hills and vineyards of the famous Beaujolais Wine Region of Southern France. For more information, visit

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