News and Notes: Frommer’s picks Montreal, aboriginal tourism and family travel tips

Lots of news in the travel world as the year winds down. Here are some notes of interest that passed through my inbox recently:

Frommer’s picks its top destinations for the coming year

Montréal has been named the best place to visit in 2017 according to Frommer’s.

This endorsement is excellent news for Montréal’s visibility, says Tourisme Montréal, the organization that leads efforts to promote the destination in various travel markets and coordinate hospitality strategies within the city. 2017 will be a great year for tourists to discover Montréal, which will be livelier than ever with more than 175 unique events planned throughout the year.

“We’re seeing the benefits of our ongoing promotional initiatives. The city is getting a lot of buzz and has become a choice tourist destination. So, we’re seizing this opportunity to get our message across: Rediscover Montréal in 2017! The spinoff benefits of this visibility are expected to last beyond 2017 and for years to come,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

For more information, visit

Aboriginal tourism gets a boost in Canada

Indigenous tourism is a key economic driver in generating long-term social and economic benefits for Indigenous people and for all Canadians.

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, recently announced an investment of $3.15 million for the implementation of a five-year national strategy, the Path Forward 2016‑2021.

The implementation of this strategy over the next few years in order will support and promote both new and existing Indigenous tourism businesses, enhance product and market readiness, increase the visibility of the Indigenous tourism industry, and facilitate the sharing of best practices within and between regions.

This investment will ensure that Indigenous communities can continue to grow the tourism industry, which is shared and celebrated worldwide, differentiating Canada as a unique tourism destination while respecting and strengthening Indigenous traditions and cultures.

For more information, visit Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada

Airport security authority offers tips for travelling families

Travelling with the family can be challenging, especially when you get to airport security. Following these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will not only help bring the stress level down, but also get you through the checkpoint faster and easier.

Download CATSA’s app
Go to CATSA’s website ( and download their “Breeze through security” mobile app. In addition to wait times, you’ll find information on what you can and can’t bring through security, and helpful tips about the screening process.

CATSA has staff that will answer your questions on Twitter (@catsa_gc), on the web ( or on the phone (1-888-294-2202) during business hours. If you prefer image-based information, CATAS has you covered with Pinterest (CATSAGC) and its YouTube Channel.

Remember the 100ml rule
Put large containers of liquids, aerosols and gels in your checked baggage. Only amounts less than 100 ml, placed in a 1 L clear, re-sealable plastic bag, are permitted in your carry-on baggage. This includes beverages and non-solid food (e.g. yogurt, pudding and peanut butter). However, beverages and food for children under the age of two are exempt from these restrictions (e.g. breast milk, formula, juice and purees). Keep these items within reach as they need to be inspected separately.

Leave gifts unwrapped
If you’re bringing gifts, leave them unwrapped in case their contents may need to be inspected. Some airports have gift-wrapping services located past security during the holiday season to help out busy travellers.

How to pack your electronics for airport security
Bringing your children’s electronic games is a good way to keep them busy at the airport. To save time, leave small electronic devices like tablets, e-books, cameras and handheld video games in in your carry-on baggage for screening. If you travel with large electronic items like laptops, DVD players, netbooks, notebooks or game consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, etc.) you need to remove them from your carry-on baggage and place them separately in a bin. Make sure there are no other items on top or underneath.

Choose easy-to-remove outerwear
Make sure the little ones are wearing easy-to-remove winter jackets, boots and hats. These items must be placed in bins for screening.

Look for the Family/Special Needs lane
If you need help at the checkpoint, look for the Family/Special Needs lane. It features screening equipment that can accommodate larger items, like car seats and strollers, and screening officers who offer additional assistance.

Have your boarding passes ready
Remember to have all family members’ boarding passes ready for inspection.


News and notes: Niagara Falls honour, new flight to Belize and Canada’s favourite new restos

Here are some travel items of note that flew into my inbox in the past week that I thought were worth sharing:

Canadians want Niagara Falls to be world’s 8th Wonder

A recent national poll by Ipsos Reid gauged Canadians’ support for the idea of designating Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World, and eight in ten (78%) Canadians across the country support the idea.

According to the results, three in four Canadians (75%) say they already consider Niagara Canada a Wonder of the World and Niagara’s Regional Tourism Organization, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is setting out to make it official with a grassroots campaign that recently launched to rally support for the initiative.

Driven by local and national support the #Claimthe8th campaign aims to prove why Niagara Falls and the surrounding regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Twenty Valley, St. Catharines and Niagara’s South Coast (that collectively make up Niagara Canada) should stake the claim as the 8th Wonder of the World.

WestJet adds Belize to list of sun destinations

WestJet announced last week it will begin serving Belize City, Belize, non-stop from Toronto Pearson International Airport starting October 29, 2016.

Starting August 1, 2016, WestJet also began year-round, non-stop service between Calgary and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Both announcements come on the heels of WestJet’s recent winter schedule announcement of more than 85 new flights across its growing network.

Air Canada enRoute invites Canadians to choose their favourite new restaurant

 Air Canada’ inflight magazine enRoute, in partnership with lead sponsor American Express, invites Canadians to vote – until September 30 – for their favourite new restaurant from a select list of 35 nominees at
Customers’ votes will determine the winner of the people’s choice award for Canada’s Best New Restaurant of 2016, and everyone who votes will have a chance to win a culinary adventure.

The nominees for 2016 are:

Agrikol, Montreal, QC; Agrius, Victoria, BC; Alo, Toronto, ON; Ancora, Vancouver, BC; Antler, Toronto, ON; Backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; Bar Oso, Whistler, BC; The Berlin, Kitchener, ON; Candide, Montreal, QC; Chabrol, Toronto, ON; Charbar, Calgary, AB; Commodore, Toronto, ON; Datsun, Ottawa, ON; Fairouz, Ottawa, ON; Le Fantôme, Montreal, QC; Fireworks, Bay Fortune, PEI; Foxy, Montreal, QC; Highwayman, Halifax, NS; Hoogan & Beaufort, Montreal, QC; Hvor, Montreal, QC; Kissa Tanto, Vancouver, BC; Kraken Cru, Quebec City, QC; Le Mousso, Montreal, QC; Little Grouse on the Prairie, Saskatoon, SK; Máquè, Winnipeg, MB; Mission, Vancouver, BC; Montréal Plaza, Montreal, QC; Noorden, Toronto, ON; Osteria Savio Volpe, Vancouver, BC; Piano Piano, Toronto, ON; Royal Dinette, Vancouver, BC; Seto Kitchen + Bar, St. John’s, NL; Torafuku, Vancouver, BC; Uccellino, Edmonton, AB; Whitehall, Calgary, AB

This year’s Top 10 list of Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants and the Eat & Vote contest winner will be featured in the November issue of Air Canada enRoute and at

Hammacher Schlemmer introduces the self weighing suitcase

Continuing its 168-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Self Weighing Suitcase, a 26″ hard shell luggage piece with an integrated digital scale.

Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, this suitcase saves one from last minute overweight baggage fees by displaying its own weight in seconds when lifted by the handle. Weighing only 10 1/2 lbs., it is constructed of sturdy ABS that withstands all the bumps of baggage claim while keeping your belongings safe.

The Self Weighing Suitcase is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $199.95 USD.

Book your Icelandair flights via Facebook Messenger

Icelandair announced they will offer passengers the option of booking their next transatlantic flight through Facebook Messenger.

The Facebook Messenger Stopover Bot is the newest example of the rising trend in Conversational Commerce. Available 24/7, the new bot makes it easier than ever to book an Icelandair Stopover by bringing the point of sale directly to the customer, allowing passengers to book flights directly from Facebook Messenger.

The Stopover Bot is also an efficient customer service tool that can, together with booking and search functionality, answer commonly asked questions with quick, content rich answers combining text, photos and even video.

For more information please visit the Icelandair Facebook Messenger Bot info page.


The real story on Traveller’s Thrombosis

CHICAGO, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For those planning a trip, there can be plenty of things to worry about – airport security, the cost of travel and flight delays. It can also be a health hazard for some people who are at risk of getting blood clots.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the term for a deep blood clot, usually in the leg. Patients may have no symptoms at all, or they can get pain, swelling, redness or warmth along the affected vein. A blood clot is easily treatable but requires immediate attention since a piece can break off and travel to the lungs.

Dr. Deepak Nair, chief of vascular surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, answered some common questions about this syndrome.

Is deep vein thrombosis really related to travel or is it mostly because the patient is not moving? Is travel more dangerous than working at a desk all day long?

Inactivity for four hours or more may contribute to DVT.  Long journeys that offer few options to move pose an increased risk. The risk of DVT doubles after four hours or more of travel, but the absolute risk is still only about 1 in 6,000. That’s because DVT occurs when there is a perfect storm of other risk factors.

What are those risk factors?

Injury to any blood vessel releases chemicals that promote clotting. Recent surgery, a recent IV (intravenous line), or injuries such as a sprained ankle or blunt trauma, all increase the risk of deep venous thrombosis. The longer one waits between these injuries and travel, the less the chance of DVT.

There are reports that people can get DVT from traveling even days after their trip. Why is that?

There likely isn’t a time lag. The clot may have already been there during travel and it just grew or matured and then caused symptoms afterwards. However, one study found that the risk of blood clot complications remains elevated for up to four weeks after a flight.

Why is a clot in the leg life-threatening?

A DVT can be life-threatening if it travels to the lungs and gets stuck in a major blood vessel which then limits blood flow to one or both lungs. This puts a major strain on the heart as well.

If I am treated with blood thinners, am I still in danger during this treatment time? How long would I have to be on them?

If the blood thinners are working, then the risk of another blood clot or worsening of the current one is very low. Your physician will determine the length of treatment based on your particular situation.

What if I am at higher risk? I still want to travel.

During a trip, try some seated leg and foot exercises like ankle circles, leg lifts and calf stretches. This encourages blood flow and reduces blood stagnation. Wear loose clothing so that blood flow is not constricted. As your doctor if compression stockings will help.

Read more about deep vein thrombosis on the Society for Vascular Surgery website.

The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a 5,400-member, not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of specialty-trained vascular surgeons, which seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness.

News and Notes: enRoute film festival, CityPASS in NYC and Stars coming to Jasper

It’s time to comb through my inbox to find the most interesting news and releases. Here are the items that I wanted to share.

Air Canada enRoute Film Festival celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2016.

The 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free outdoor public screening at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. with the screening starting at sundown.

The selected short films will be available to millions of Air Canada passengers on their personal seatback in-flight entertainment system and online at

Passengers and movie lovers alike will have the chance to vote for their favourite film to win the People’s Choice Award. Voting will start in August on and run to October 31, 2016.


CityPASS lets people discover New York attractions for less

CityPASS announces New York C3, a new product that allows users to select any three of New York City’s top attractions at one low price using a mobile pass.

Designed for shorter-stay visitors, New York C3 offers CityPASS’ same signature savings and opportunities to skip most ticket lines. Users can select three attractions from this curated list of 10 must-see sights:

  • The Empire State Building Experience
  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises

New York C3 is accessible as a mobile pass on users’ smartphones, allowing users to select attractions as they go instead of choosing preferred experiences at the time of purchase.

New York C3 is available for purchase exclusively through The price is $71 US for adults and $51 for children (ages 4-12,) offering savings up to 25 percent off the cost of individual admission tickets. Each pass is valid for nine consecutive days, starting the first day of use.

See the stars under the stars at Jasper’s 2016 Dark Sky Festival

World-renowned scientist and educator, Bill Nye will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 Dark Sky Festival presented by Rocky Mountaineer.

Running October 14 – 23, this year’s Jasper Dark Sky Festival will feature two separate days with Bill Nye: an adults-only engagement and VIP event on Friday, October 14 and a family-friendly afternoon on Saturday, October 15.

Also joining this year’s line-up is actor, social justice activist and social media powerhouse, George Takei.

Best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, Takei will appear at the festival on the night of Friday October 21.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 4 at

Cruise Canada’s Arctic with award-winning filmmakers

Award-winning wildlife filmmakers, Neil Nightingale and Karen Bass, will be special guests on One Ocean Expeditions’ 12-night Baffin Island – Jewel of the High Arctic cruise, departing on August 1, 2016.

While Head of The BBC’s Natural History Unit Neil oversaw an immense number of successful TV series including LifePlanet EarthBig Cat LiveFrozen PlanetDeadly 60 and Springwatch.  He also directed the recent theatrical films, Walking With Dinosaurs and Wild Africa.

Karen is a television director and producer with a passion for travel and natural history who, during 30 years with the BBC’s Natural History Unit and National Geographic, has made wildlife films in almost every corner of the Earth.

Together they, and other on-board experts, will regale passengers with fascinating tales of their many interesting travel experiences, answer questions and educate with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of Baffin Island and the Canadian Arctic.

Prices start from $7,995 U.S. per person, based on triple share and include travel on a special charter flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit, all meals on board the ship and excursions as outlined, plus a charter flight from Resolute to Edmonton at the end of the voyage.

For further information, visit 

Air Transat gets high marks in Quebec

The Protégez-Vous customer satisfaction survey, which ranked companies according to their customer service, placed Air Transat in the “above-average satisfaction” group, third after Porter and KLM.

Airlines were evaluated on various criteria, such as the importance given to clients, staff courteousness, product and service knowledge, timely and efficient service, problem-solving skills, prices, product or service quality, and the overall satisfaction of consumers.

Between March 7 and 28, 2016, more than 3,000 people participated in the customer service survey at, the Protégez-Vous consumer community. To see the survey, visit

News and Notes: More preclearance locations, EVA is honoured and flying in a Martin Mars

Lots of interesting travel news and releases found their way to my inbox this week. Here are some of the ones that I wanted to share:

Canada expanding US preclearance to more cities

The Government of Canada announced the introduction of legislation last week to expand its preclearance agreement with the United States to a number of new Canadian locations, including Quebec’s Jean Lesage International Airport, Toronto’s Billy Bishop City Airport, Montreal Central Station and the Rocky Mountaineer.

The expansion – which now includes passage by land, water and train – will allow more Canadians to enjoy the benefits of preclearance, which include direct access to more U.S. destinations, and greater economic growth for local economies that will benefit from increased tourism.

Preclearance operations currently take place at eight Canadian airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

SKYTRAX awards EVA Air 5-stars

, an international air transport standards and quality rating organization, awarded EVA Air its prestigious 5-Star Airline ranking during a ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan last week.

SKYTRAX ranks airlines in five categories, from 1-star through the top 5-star designation. Its evaluations are recognized as a global benchmark for airline quality.

SKYTRAX sent auditors to fly the airline and analyze airport and on-board products in addition to front-line staff service on the ground and in the air. These auditors flew multiple EVA flights from different gateways and sampled all of the carrier’s cabin classes during the year-long certification process of.

EVA joins an elite group of carriers consistently recognized as the best of the best. The other seven 5-star airlines are All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singa

A chance to fly the Martin Mars is a treat for AVgeeks

Coulson Flying Tankers – owners of the largest flying water bombers in the world, the mighty Martin Mars, announced last week the launch of the Ultimate Aviation Experience: A chance to fly the Martin Mars aircraft.

“The Martin Mars aircraft, holders of numerous world records, are truly amazing pieces of WW II history, as they are the largest aircraft ever built.  Before the fleet is retired, Coulson Aviation is offering Aviation enthusiasts a chance to fly one of these incredible pieces of aviation history,” said Wayne Coulson, CEO and President of Coulson Flying Tankers.

Coulson purchased the water bombers in 2007 with the notion to modernize these aircraft and continue to use them for aerial fire suppression through-out North America. They were the anchor of the BC Government Firefighting program until released from service in 2015.

More information can be found on the company website: or visit the experience:

Intrepid Travel launches new expeditions for 2016 & 2017


Intrepid Travel has added 12 new itineraries to its Expedition Range, taking the most adventurous travellers to some of the world’s wildest frontiers.

The 2016/2017 limited edition trips include exclusive experiences that may not be available in years to come, including:

These voyages are original, unexpected, and as far from the beaten path as possible. Initial departures for the 2016/2017 Expedition Tours are set for September 2016 with prices ranging from $1,045 to $7,235 CAD per person.

For more information on Intrepid Travel, visit

Air Canada launches 10 new international routes in one month

When Air Canada flight AC061 departed for Seoul, South Korea last week, it inaugurated the carrier’s tenth new international route in the past month.

Since May 19, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge have, between them, started seven new non-stop routes to Europe and one each to Asia, Africa and Australia as part of the airline’s international expansion. In addition, Air Canada has also launched 11 new U.S. trans-border routes since the start of May.

“Air Canada has undertaken the most intensive period of international expansion in its history. Over the past month, through Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge we have launched 10 new non-stop, year-round or seasonal services to international destinations on four continents. This gives customers, in time for this summer, more choices of destinations and routings than ever before,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Along with year-round service non-stop between Toronto and Seoul, Air Canada has also started non-stop, year-round VancouverBrisbane service. Air Canada has also launched up to five-times weekly, year-round service between Montreal and Lyon.

Air Canada Rouge has begun operating seven new seasonal flights since May 19. The new city pairs include: Toronto and LondonGatwick, Glasgow, Prague, Budapest and Warsaw; VancouverDublin; and MontrealCasablanca.

Also since the start of May, Air Canada has launched 11 new transborder routes to the U.S. The new pairings include: Toronto and Washington-Dulles, Jacksonville, Fla., Portland, Ore., and Salt Lake City; Vancouver and San José, San Diego and Chicago; Montreal and Philadelphia, Denver, and Houston; and, beginning June 18, CalgarySan Francisco.

Hotel Guests can pan for gold to pay for their stay
in Northern California’s Gold Rush home of Jamestown

In a small town in Northern California, hotel guests have an opportunity to participate in a history-rich Mother Lode tradition that no place else can claim. They can pay for their stay in gold dust at the National Hotel in Jamestown.

In the early days of the Gold Rush, newly panned gold dust was widely accepted by taverns and boarding houses with a pinch buying a shot of whisky at most saloons. Now, the owner of the Historic National Hotel is bringing back the idea. Stephen Willey will accept gold dust as legal tender to make purchases for rooms, meals and drinks.
The offer is open only to overnight guests, who are free to pay for their rooms, meals and drinks with a precisely weighed and valued stash of gold dust.

How likely is a greenhorn panner visiting Jamestown to harvest enough gold dust from Woods Creek–where gold was originally discovered 168 years ago–to pay for two nights lodging, a couple of dinners, bottle of good wine and a few drinks at the National Hotel? Stephen Willey can’t say, “but being able to brag about it is worth every penny and pinch.” Willey also takes cash and credit cards.

For reservations at The National Hotel, visit

Hotels want you to celebrate the International Day of Yoga

In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga to bring the world together in a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice.

The Yoga Network of Canada and the InterContinental Toronto Centre (225 Front Street West) will be celebrating International Day of Yoga with a free mass open-house yoga class in the hotel’s lobby from 7 am to 7:45 am. RSVP to

If you want to practice yoga in a more remote setting, nowhere else on the planet is it taken to a more elevated level of solitude than at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a luxury tented resort outpost, located in the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Area provides three options for guests seeking the ultimate yoga retreat, on Tuesday June 21 and every day during its five-month, May through September season. During each extraordinary experience, guests travel by helicopter to remote nature and serenity to find sacred solitude, including above the clouds to the 4,500-foot Ursus mountain top, on a private island beach, alongside whales and marine life or in an old-growth forest so ancient, the land vibrates with the healing energy of the ages.

Rates start at $775 per person CAD half-day, $1,550 per person full-day, minimum three persons.

Fore more information, visit

Heroes & Legends and U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame to open at Kennedy Space Center

With all the drama of an actual trip to space, guests of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will be greeted with a dramatic sense of arrival when the new Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame opens on November 11, 2016.

Positioned just inside the entrance, the attraction will provide the emotional background and context for space exploration and the legendary men and women who pioneered our journey into space.
Through engaging storytelling, guests will embark on an awe-inspiring journey that begins with an immersive exhibit designed to spark thought and discussion about how society defines a hero. Then, through cutting-edge technology, interactive elements and engaging exhibits, visitors will be introduced to the heroes of the NASA space program: the pioneers who worked together to make space exploration possible.

For more information or to book a visit, go to

News and Notes: A waterproof e-reader, Arctic itineraries and multi-currency credit cards

Once again, my inbox is overflowing with press releases and news from agencies representing destinations and travel operators from around the world. Here is a selection of some of the items that I thought were particularly interesting so read on:


The Kobo Aura H20 is the world’s first fully waterproof eReader.

At just 233 grams, it makes the perfect travel companion regardless of the destination as book lovers can read anywhere and anytime, with access to more than 4.9 million eBooks and magazines. The device also has a stunning HD display that showcases stories with crisp and clear clarity that reads just like paper.

The Kobo Aura H20 is available across Canada at Best Buy, Indigo, Chapter, Coles, London Drugs, Staples, The Source, Walmart and online at for an MSRP of $199.99.


The time to visit the High Arctic is now, with leading expedition cruise operator, One Ocean Expeditions.  OOE has packages to create a memorable summer holiday and with savings representing up to $2,400.00 US, the Arctic is suddenly an attainable getaway.

One Ocean Expeditions’ Arctic 2016 season introduces new cruise itineraries to the Northwest Passage.  Travellers with limited time can now join shorter Arctic voyages including the Northwest Passage.

The 7-night Wildlife Encounter voyage immerses travelers in abundant nature and wildlife, one of the biggest attractions to the north.

The 8-night Finding Franklin Expedition, departing on August 20, takes intrepid travelers back to the days of early polar explorers and the discovery of the Northwest Passage in the footsteps of British Explorer, Sir John Franklin.

One of One Ocean Expeditions most popular voyages is their 12-night Classic Northwest Passage, considered as the ultimate Arctic experience for people that have always dreamed of exploring this pristine destination.

The Arctic trip that surprises and touches travellers the most, for its raw beauty and haunting wildlife is the Baffin Island-Jewel of the High Arctic voyage.

OOE’s Canadian Arctic cruise prices start from US $5,195 per person for a 7-night voyage, ranging up to US $8, 895pp for a 12-night voyage, based on triple share.

For more information and departure dates, visit


Canadian travellers can soon reap the same benefits as their neighbours to the south, as the next generation of prepaid travel cards is preparing to launch north of the border.

Designed to put consumers in control of their travel money and make it easier to budget for the next trip, the MasterCard Multi-currency Cash Passport is one of several multi-currency cards that will soon be available in Canada.

With it, travellers feeling the pain of the Canadian dollar will be able to access up to seven different currencies for fuss-free destination hopping and shopping, and will also benefit from


The secret is out — the stunning beaches and azure seas featured in the all-new unscripted dating series Coupled is none other than the alluring Caribbean destination  of Anguilla.

The series, produced by Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett  premiered on May 17 on FOX.

Hosted by entertainment personality Terrence “J” Jenkins, COUPLED follows 12 single, smart and young professional women looking for love, who will meet face-to-face with eligible single men against the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean island.

“The decision to make Anguilla the destination of choice for this major network television production represents a tremendous vote of confidence in our island,” said Anguilla’s Chief Minister, The Hon. Victor Banks.

Fans of the show are invited to follow COUPLED on Facebook Follow the series on Twitter @CoupledFOX and join the discussion using #Coupled. See photos and videos on Instagram @CoupledFOX.

For more information on Anguilla visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board:


Summer has already started in Taiwan with the May 7, 2016 launch of the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival on Fulong Beach. Twenty four sculptors from 12 countries around the globe, including Canada, are showcasing their incredible works, heralding the start of the summer season in a festive event that blends art, architecture, music and more.

Now in its ninth year, the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival is renowned as the best sand-sculpting event in all of Taiwan.

Last year’s event broke world records with more than 300,000 travellers attending throughout the summer, and visitors of all ages are invited to join the festivities by creating their own artistic sculptures. Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival is runs until July 10.

Located just 55 kilometer east of Taipei, Fulong is renowned for its diverse scenery and abundant outdoor activities within the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area. Visitors can enjoy swimming, surfing and canoeing, while the nearby Longmen camping site and coastline biking trail attract outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide.