Plenty of travel-related press releases landed in my inbox in the past week or two. Here are a few interesting ones that caught my eye.
Direct flight to Shanghai is first Air Canada Dreamliner service from Montreal
Air Canada announced the introduction of daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai, China beginning February 16, 2017. This marks Air Canada’s first direct service to China from Montreal as well as the introduction of state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on flights departing from Montreal.
Tickets will be available for purchase on aircanada.com and through travel agents on September 28. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.
With this announcement, Air Canada has increased its international capacity from Montreal by 133 per cent since 2009, with direct service to 13 cities in Europe, North Africa and China.
In Shanghai, Star Alliance partners Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, along with partner Juneyao Airlines, will launch an interline agreement with Air Canada in the coming weeks, offering connectivity to domestic China destinations such as Chengdu, Chongqing and Shenzhen.
Three more Canadian lighthouses protected under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act
The Government of Canada announced the designation of three more heritage lighthouses.
With these new designations, a total of 90 lighthouses in eight provinces have now been protected under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act – and more designations will follow.
The latest lighthouses to receive this designation are the St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse, a square, tapered, wooden lighthouse with an unusual hexagonal lantern located in Prince Edward Island; the Woody Point Lighthouse located in Newfoundland and Labrador, which is surrounded by Gros Morne National Park and is an important landmark from both land and water; and the Cape St. Marys Lighthouse located in Nova Scotia, one of a series of lighthouses from this location to provide navigational aid for shipping and fishing fleets in the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy for almost 150 years.
Among the 90 heritage lighthouses, 42 are to be managed by the federal government and 48 are to be managed by new, non-federal owners. Many community-based organizations and other levels of government are currently working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to take over responsibility for the care and protection of many more lighthouses that are important to their communities.
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Chototel Introduces the World’s First “Super Budget Hotel”
Chototel is derived from the words “chotu”, meaning small in Hindi, and “hotel”. The London head-quartered business has been established to provide dignified housing solutions for the global accommodation crisis.
To give global context to the housing crisis – access to decent, affordable shelter is embedded in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and yet, according to a 2014 McKinsey Global Institute report, it is still estimated that 440 million households or 1.6 billion people (a third of the urban population) will occupy crowded, inadequate and unsafe housing by 2025.
For more information, visit http://www.chototel.co.uk.