Air Canada Shows the World What Canada Is Made of with New Ad Narrated by Ryan Reynolds

On the heels of flying 750 members of the Canadian Olympic Team to PyeongChang, Air Canada celebrates Team Canada with the launch of a new ad — called "Our Time" — to be featured during today's broadcast of the Opening Ceremony. The ad portrays the values of multiculturalism, compassion and equality that make Canada a role model for the world and is narrated by Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds: 
"Canada has a lot to offer the world," said Andy Shibata, Managing Director, Brand at Air Canada. "From our inspiring people to our country's highly respected reputation, Team Canada represents the nation's values when they fly the flag in competition. In "Our Time" we celebrate those athletes as they show the world what we are made of."

"I saw myself and my family in this script," said Reynolds. "This is my experience of being Canadian, and the experience I want for my daughters. To be proud of where they come from, and of the values shared by all Canadians that are expressed in this ad. I also want them to be able to cheer for Team Canada (and their mother's team, if she asks you what I said)."

Air Canada has been a sponsor of Canada's Olympic Team since 1988 and Canada's Paralympic Team since 2007 and supports Team Canada with:

Special services and transport for competitions
The Altitude Podium Program, providing qualified athletes 35K status
Individual Care & Share packages for athletes to provide added comfort during the flight, along with gifts for the athletes to give to special people they meet in South Korea, to share a little piece of Canada;
Airport celebrations as athletes arrive at and return from the Games.
Additionally, Air Canada has agreements with six high-profile athletes who are featured in the Out of Home extension of the campaign, displaying in the Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver international airports. They include figure skaters Patrick Chan, flag bearers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; hockey player Marie-Philip Poulin; freestyle skier (halfpipe) Cassie Sharpe; and Paralympic Para Nordic skier Mark Arendz.

The ad is part of a larger campaign Air Canada launched in December to celebrate home. The first ad, also featuring Reynolds, received positive feedback from Canadians, who shared their sense of pride in Canada's values.

Stay in Vermont with your money at par when flying with Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines has partnered with Vermont to bring its passengers exclusive at-par savings on winter getaways in the Green Mountain State. Great offers on lodging and lift tickets are available exclusively for Porter passengers who can choose from more than 20 participating properties in Burlington, Stowe area and Mad River Valley. Savings of 20 to 30 per cent mean prices are equivalent to Canadian dollars.

Vermont offers a variety of winter activities from world-class skiing and riding to relaxing at the state's diverse range of premier accommodations.

"This partnership with Vermont offers our passengers exclusive savings during their time in the state," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "There are so many great reasons to visit Vermont this winter, and this program is one more."

"We are excited that passengers who fly to Vermont on Porter Airlines this winter season will receive at-par rates for lodging packages at select hotels, resorts, inns, and bed and breakfasts," said Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Wendy Knight. "Toronto to Burlington is a quick direct flight on Porter, and we expect this lodging promotion to further boost travel between Canada and Vermont."

Flights operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Burlington International Airport, until March 27, 2018. For complete schedule details, visit

Discounts for accommodation may be applied for new or existing Porter Airlines bookings. For details on specific offers, visit
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Air Canada's Helpful Tips for the Peak Holiday Travel Season #TravelTips 

Air Canada is expecting higher volumes of customers onboard during this year's peak holiday travel ending January 15, 2018. Air Canada recommends six important travel tips to help all customers travel across our network of over 200 cities across six continents.

1. Save time. Check-in online at, or via the Air Canada app (be sure to download the app for iOS or Android).

Check-in, select/change your seat, select the number of checked baggage and pay any baggage fees in advance, within 24 hours of departure.
Be sure to share your contact information (email or mobile number) when checking-in (mobile‎/kiosk/web) so that we can easily contact you in case of travel disruptions such as weather or other conditions.
2. Is your flight on time? Confirm online 24/7 at

Stay informed of flight status for all Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express flights by signing up for Flight Notifications or calling the toll free Air Canada flight status line at 1-888-422-7533; TTY (Hearing Impaired): 1-800-361-8071.
See our Daily Travel Outlook for possible disruptions due to forecasted weather or other conditions.
Use the Self-service rebooking tool in the event of flight disruptions.
3. Arrive early. Here's when:

Arrive early at the airport to be at the gate on time and avoid congestion that may occur during peak periods.
4. Review baggage rules. Here's what to carry-on and check-in.

Bring all valuables including electronics, documentation, medication, car keys, money, jewelry in carry-on bags and not in checked bags.
Bag Tags - Place identification INSIDE bags as well as on the outside, as external baggage name tags sometimes become detached.
Gifts – when travelling with gifts in your carry-on, remember to keep them unwrapped to facilitate security inspection.
Check size and weight allowances when packing at as carry-on baggage will be screened and tagged. Information on checked baggage allowance is available at:
5. Avoid unnecessary surprises before your vacation takes off. Double check your travel documents are valid at:

Travel within Canada

All Domestic travel
Valid government-issued photo identification that includes date of birth and gender for all passengers 18 years of age and older.
Travel from Canada to an international destination

All international travel
Requires a valid passport
Visas may be needed to enter the country of destination and/or when connecting via certain countries. Check IATA Travel Centre search tool for country-specific passport, visa and health entry requirements.
Travel to Canada from an international destination

Canadian citizens
Canadian passport for travel to Canada.
Dual nationals may no longer use a non-Canadian passport to arrive in Canada.
Friends and family from outside Canada
Reminder to visiting friends and family from outside Canada that the Government of Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) that must be obtained prior to travel. More information is here:
Parents travelling with children

If passports are required, all children must have their own passport. Remember that parents/legal guardians DO NOT sign their child's Canadian passport, as doing so invalidates it.
Visit IATA Travel Centre and Travel and Tourism Canada or contact the embassy high commission or consulate of all countries you and your child will be visiting to confirm all entry and exit document requirements.
6. Air Canada's global hubs make flying to the U.S seamless. Here's why.

Traveling to the USA

Air Canada customers flying to the U.S (from or via Canada) will clear US Customs at Canadian airports before their flight. Our operations at all four Canadian hubs, Toronto (YYZ), Montreal (YUL), Vancouver (YVR) and Calgary (YYC) are all under one roof with no terminal transfers, meaning connections are easy, comfortable, seamless, and smooth.
Traveling from the USA

For our customers travelling from the U.S. through our hubs and onwards to any international destination, the seamless connection process and quick passport check means passengers never have to wait in customs lines, pick up bags or transfer terminals. Simply walk to the next departure gate!
What else to know:

United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint lines can be longer during busy periods. The TSA recommends arriving at the airport two hours before departure if your flight is in the early morning or evening, when wait times for screening can be up to one hour. Members of Known Traveler Programs, such as Nexus or Global Entry, may experience normal wait times. Learn more.
The United States requires that travellers provide additional Secure Flight information at least 72 hours before their flight or at time of booking. Please note that this requirement applies to many international flights which are deemed to over-fly the US. For more information, please consult
Eligible Air Canada customers enjoy the benefits of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's TSA Pre✓™ program which provides accelerated security screening at most U.S. departure airports by allowing customers to keep shoes, belts and light outerwear on, and laptops and liquids in carry-on baggage. Learn more about TSA Pre✓ and how it applies to Air Canada flights.
Thank you for choosing to fly with Air Canada!
 Paris, the global hub of art, fashion and culture, is the most popular destination for luxury travellers in 2017. A recent survey by luxury travel website, has found.

The survey is sourced on data from over 3 million visitors in 2017 (see methodology).

Dubai, New York, London and Singapore round out the top 5 destinations for luxury travellers according to the survey.

Besides Dubai, another city in the UAE, Abu Dhabi also made the list. The city has recently opened the Louvre and has a range of high end resorts and attractions under development.

Overall, three destinations in the US made the list, New York, Hawaii and Florida. Whilst two destinations in Spain (Majorca and Barcelona) were featured. London was the only UK city to be included.

Maldives and the Bahamas are also featured in the top 25 mainly due to their high average visitor hotel spend.

The top 25 luxury travel destinations for 2017 are as follows;

Escape to the Next Level of Luxury with Air Canada Vacations

  Air Canada Vacations is thrilled to unveil its new Ultimate Escapes Collection. This is the first collection of its kind for Air Canada Vacations and features newly added properties like the One&Only Palmilla, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos and Viceroy Riviera Maya, among others, specifically selected for their premium service and state-of-the-art amenities.

The 43 handpicked properties are located in 15 destinations across Mexico, the Caribbean and the USA. Carefully curated with the discerning traveller in mind, accommodations include ocean-facing suites and villas, as well as private round-trip transfers, dining from the menus of award-winning chefs, vast wine lists, butler service and more.

"Our Ultimate Escapes Collection meets the needs of travellers looking for a vacation offering the epitome of luxury that they can book in one place with the trust and convenience of doing so with Air Canada Vacations." said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations. "We're constantly striving to go beyond packaged vacations to offer effortless travel that transports travellers to the extraordinary and we're proud to say we've done exactly that, with luxury reflected in every last detail."

All packages come with round-trip flights aboard Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge, departing from 64 Canadian cities and private round-trip transfers as well as complimentary seat selection, preferred seating when available, and a one-time bonus of 1,500 Altitude Qualifying Miles for Air Canada AltitudeTM members. Customers travelling in groups can also choose to elevate their Ultimate Escape by booking a 58-seat private jet with Air Canada Jetz.

Travellers can now book on or through their travel agents.

Puerto Rico Declares It Is Officially Open For Tourism

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Puerto Rico is open for tourism as it kicks-off its winter season on December 20th and just in time for the holidays. More than 100 hotels are open and operating. More than four thousand restaurants are taking orders and serving up delicious cuisine. Major tourism attractions Island-wide have been cleaned up and restored. All this just in time for travelers to experience the longest holiday season in the world, one which will be celebrated stronger than ever this year. This announcement was made today by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), the official governing body of the tourism industry.

"It's been the continued collaboration with Governor Ricardo Rosselló's team and tourism industry partners that has resulted in tremendous progress and we're thrilled to be officially open for tourism," said José Izquierdo, Executive Director of the PRTC. "Tourism is a vital contributor to the Island's economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico, but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination."

Major milestones important for leisure and business travelers:

Airports: All airports are fully operational. There are approximately 70 flights per day across 27 different major commercial airlines. San Juan International airport (SJU) continues to have daily nonstop service from 17 major airports in mainland U.S. Additional nonstop flights are operating from Canada, Germany, Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic and other islands from the Caribbean.

Hotels: Over 75 percent of hotels are operational and taking reservations. As first-responders staying at hotels in San Juan prepare to depart, this frees up rooms for travelers. Not only are iconic hotels like El San Juan Hotel re-opening, but new hotels are also opening, like Solace by the Sea in Ponce.

Cruises: Close to 60 cruise shore excursions are available for enjoyment. These excursions have helped San Juan secure over 70 transit calls from cruise lines through the end of January 2018. Furthermore, 80,000 homeport passengers have embarked from San Juan over the last two months, and 85,000 more are expected to do so through January 31, 2018, proving once again the importance of Puerto Rico as a major Caribbean hub and sightseeing destination.

Tourism Attractions: There are 107 operating tourist attractions across the Island, including major sites like Old San Juan, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Cueva Ventana, among others.

Restaurants: The restaurant industry leads with a total of 1,673 open restaurants in the San Juan area and thousands more across the Island. So whether you're looking for a bar, lounge or restaurant, there's plenty to choose from.

Getting Around: Ground transportation is operating as usual. If arriving by air or sea, taxis and public transportation are at your fingertips. And, 24 major car rental companies are open, with dealers across the Island should travelers want to venture off and explore.

The PRTC is inviting travelers to let Puerto Rico re-enchant them this holiday as the Island prepares for a very special season and festivities ahead. Beyond Christmas, the holidays are extended through January 6, with Three Kings Day as the Three Wise Men travel throughout the Island visiting families. Old San Juan, meanwhile, holds its biggest holiday celebration, and continues through the end of January for the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, a culmination of the holiday season full of music, food, and drinks. To get a glimpse of what the holidays in Puerto Rico are like, the PRTC is launching a holiday-edition video series across its See Puerto Rico social channels that spotlights what makes the longest holiday season in the world also the most special. To take a peek, search #PuertoRicoAtoZ on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information, including details on open attractions, hotels, Puerto Rico's most popular restaurants and more, visit And, for information on other Island updates (related to hospitals, ATMs, supermarkets, etc.), visit  

Toronto wins bid to host the largest travel delegation from China to visit Canada

Toronto has won the bid to host the largest Chinese travel delegation to visit Canada, bringing an estimated 10,000 visitors and $80 million (CAD) in spending to the city. Amway China and their top distributors will be in Toronto for their Leadership Seminar in 2020.

Tourism Toronto has been actively developing the bid over the past five years, with strong support from the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. The announcement was made shortly after the Amway leadership team met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Beijing.

"Toronto was competing with some of the biggest destinations in the world for the Amway China bid, and we're thrilled to have been selected," said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "Toronto's tourism industry is thriving, especially from overseas markets like China - and that benefits the city, the province and all of the businesses in the visitor economy."

More than 321,000 Chinese travellers are projected to visit Toronto in 2017 – a 77 per cent increase over a five-year span. In 2017, Chinese visitors are forecast to spend $306 million, the first time the total spend has topped $300 million – the highest total from an overseas market.

"Our government's business mission to China is focused on bringing our people and our businesses closer together to support long-term economic growth, investment opportunities and increased trade potential," said the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade. "Hosting marquee international conferences like Amway's 25th Anniversary Seminar in Toronto demonstrates our ability to build significant trade and business partnerships, while showcasing our province as a prime destination to live, work and invest."

"2020 will mark the 25thAnniversary Year for Amway China, and we're thrilled to celebrate that milestone in Toronto," said Angela Keung, Vice President of Sales, Amway Greater China Region. "Not only is Toronto an exceptional destination that is situated close to the Amway headquarters, this is also the first time a destination is working with us on our incentive plan – an exciting collaboration for both Toronto and Amway China."

"National and international conventions are major economic drivers, and we look forward to welcoming Amway China in 2020. In 2015, convention delegates in Ontario generated $1.4 billion in spending and tourism generated over $32 billion in economic activity," said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "By choosing us to host their 25th Anniversary Leadership Seminar, Amway China is giving a nod to Toronto as a world-class city and demonstrating that Ontario is a competitive destination for significant conferences."

"Attracting large travel groups like Amway China in 2020, showcases the long-term sustainability of Toronto as a top destination, and speaks volumes about Toronto's strength as a global force in the tourism industry," said Bélanger.

Air Canada Debuts Exclusive Air Canada Signature Suite for Premium International Customers at its Toronto Global Hub

 Air Canada unveiled today the Air Canada Signature Suite for its top International Business customers at its Toronto Pearson global hub. The new suite is an exclusive airport retreat where eligible premium customers can dine à la carte at a complimentary, full-service restaurant from a menu created by acclaimed chef David Hawksworth, or enjoy hors d'œuvres, champagne, fine wines and cocktails in an intimate, Canadian-designed and decorated setting.

"The Air Canada Signature Suite provides premium Air Canada customers with a luxury experience unrivalled in North America that elevates Air Canada into the ranks of leading global carriers for discerning international travellers. Customers can indulge in an à la carte meal service in the suite's complimentary restaurant or partake of fine wines, champagne and specialty cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere accented with original Canadian art and maple, marble and polished limestone finishes," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

"Our premium customers, particularly those who are connecting, highly value comfort and convenience when they travel. This unique airport enclave will serve as a welcome preliminary to boarding their international flights, where the premium experience will continue with our industry leading International Business class products and services, including lie flat suites and the other amenities that have earned Air Canada recognition as the Best Airline in North America from Skytrax and Best Long Haul Airline in the Americas for 2018 from"

The Air Canada Signature Suite officially opens Dec. 1, 2017 and is accessible to all full fare paying International Business Class customers, excluding upgrades and most point redemption programs. The 6,400-square-foot suite, conveniently located by Air Canada's international departure gates at Toronto Pearson Terminal 1, can accommodate up to 160 premium customers and is fully complimentary. It hosts a full-service restaurant offering à la carte dining from a Hawksworth-designed menu. The suite also features a cocktail lounge space with full service bar and a selection of hors d'œuvres and specialty snacks, a quiet sitting area and concierge service.

Other notable design features of the Air Canada Signature Suite include:

Design by acclaimed Montreal architecture and design firm Heekyung Duquette;

High quality wine and spirits supplied by our partners at Diageo and Moet & Chandon Champagne (both brut and rosé available), and feature Signature cocktails;

Mural by renowned Ottawa artist Gavin Lynch;

Cloudscape Chandelier by acclaimed Toronto design firm Moss & Lam;

Exclusive works by local Montreal artists Pascale Girardin and Nicolas Ruel;

And Luxury skin care products from Molton Brown.

Nearly half of the world's busiest airports have smoke-free policies 

 Among the 50 busiest airports in the world, 23 have smoke-free indoor policies. This means air travelers and employees at 46 percent of the world's busiest airports are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke. The other 27 busiest airports allow smoking in designated or ventilated indoor areas.

The report published in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's first assessment of smoke-free policies in the world's airports. More than 2.7 billion passengers annually pass through the airports included in the study.

Airports were defined as having a smoke-free policy if they completely prohibited smoking in all indoor areas. The 27 airports defined as having no smoke-free policy allowed smoking in designated smoking rooms, restaurants, bars, or airline clubs.

Smoke-free policies protect travelers, workers from secondhand smoke

"The Surgeon General has concluded there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure‎," said Corinne Graffunder, D.Ph., M.P.H., director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. "Even brief exposure can have health consequences."

The study, which assessed policies in 2017, found significant variations in smoke-free policy status by region. In North America, 78 percent (14 of 18) of the busiest airports have a smoke-free policy; in Europe, 44 percent (4 of 9); in Asia, 18 percent (4 of 22). All four of the Asian airports with a smoke-free policy are in China.

A previous CDC study documented that secondhand smoke can transfer from designated smoking areas into nonsmoking areas in airports, where nonsmoking travelers and employees can be exposed. As a result, travelers and workers are at risk of secondhand smoke exposure in these airports.

"Separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke," said Brian King, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Research Translation in the Office on Smoking and Health. "People who spend time in, pass by, clean, or work near these rooms are at risk of exposure to secondhand smoke."

Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 34,000 heart disease deaths and 7,300 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. Exposure to secondhand smoke from burning tobacco products causes premature death and disease including coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer among nonsmoking adults. In children, it can cause sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, exacerbated asthma, respiratory symptoms, and decreased lung function.

Award-Winning Aberlour Scotch Whisky Returns to Porter Airlines

This fall, Porter Airlines is bringing back Aberlour's award-winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky, serving on all domestic flights within Canada from November 15th to December 15th.

Launched earlier this year exclusively to Porter Airlines, in-flight teams will once again offer the 12-year-old spirit, steeped in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, during its complimentary food and beverage service.

Aberlour 12, crafted using a unique, age-old process that sees the single malt matured in two separate types of casks before marrying together when bottled, has won more than two dozen awards.

"Aberlour is a craft single malt scotch that champions discovering new experiences and knowledge," said Bryan Lin, Brand Manager, Imported Whiskies, at Corby Spirit and Wine. "We're excited to continue our partnership with Porter Airlines to reward curious, culture-seeking travelers as they journey to their next destination."

"We are pleased to re-introduce Aberlour Scotch Whisky as a short-term addition to our range of complimentary in-flight beverages," said Kevin Jackson, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Porter Airlines. "This is just one of the ways we aim to surprise and delight our passengers, further enhancing their refined flying experience."

In addition to the in-flight service, Aberlour will be taking over the Mainland Terminal and Island Atrium at Billy Bishop Airport with digital displays, elevator wraps, and an on-site activation. Those who come across the sampling site will be able to enjoy a complimentary tasting of Aberlour 12 Years Old and Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Redbreast 12 Years Old.

All- New "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™" Comes to Universal Studios Hollywood Bringing an Exciting Array of Keepsake Memorabilia and Holiday Gift-Giving Ideas as the Festive Holiday Celebration Continues at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. 

The arrival of Universal Studios Hollywood's first "Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™" also brings an exciting selection of all-new themed merchandise inviting guests to cherish and share their Harry Potter experience far beyond their visit to The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

From stockings to stuffers, the addition of these specialty keepsakes and gift-giving items complement the land's immersive holiday festivities as the theme park continues to envelope guests in the captivating world of Harry Potter.

Featured items include an array of all-new custom-made ornaments designed especially for "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter." A variety of decorative HogwartsTM castle snow globes, as well as Hogwarts crest and Hogwarts mascot tree ornaments are available in addition to a selection of Christmas stockings, stocking holders and a variety of unique Hogwarts-themed tree toppers and house pennant garland. Name ornaments will also be available or they can be customized. Items available for purchase are representative of each of the four Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses.

An original Hogwarts Express collection is also available featuring an array of holiday and everyday themed items. From Platform 9 ¾, Hogwarts Railways and Hogwarts Express train ornaments to stockings and holders, as well as themed scarves, hats and gloves to a selection of clothing and collector Hogwarts Express tickets.

For guests who prefer to channel their inner Slytherin, Professor Severus Snape's dramatic full length wizard's robe makes a grand debut, adding to the selection of existing house robes from the four Hogwarts' houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. For fans of the popular Quidditch sport, a keepsake Gryffindor Quidditch robe scores as a must have and can be paired with either the impressive full size Firebolt or Nimbus 2001 broomsticks as well as select Quidditch accessories, including the coveted Golden Snitch, Quaffle ball and Bludger.

Several new interactive namesake wands are added to the collection, including the Cho Chang, Cedric Diggory, Yaxley and a new Death Eater wand.

Beginning on November 24, 2017 and continuing through January 7, 2018, the all-new "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, "The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle" will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new seasonal songs. Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.

A special time in the Harry Potter series, the all-new "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" tradition invites guests to celebrate this part of J.K. Rowling's story for themselves.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling's compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter's world, as well as "Flight of the Hippogriff™," Universal Studios Hollywood's first outdoor family coaster.

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog's Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with nine retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko's™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch's Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at Join the conversation online using #UniversalHolidays and #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™" which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" and "Flight of the Hippogriff™," Universal Studios Hollywood's first outdoor rollercoaster. Other immersive lands include "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" and "Super Silly Fun Land" as well as "Springfield," hometown of America's favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning "The Simpsons RideTM" and the "The Walking Dead" daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood's signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world's biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as "Fast & Furious—Supercharged." The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

Holidays Are The Happiest When Celebrating Tico Style

This holiday season, globetrotting families should consider exploring the cultural wonders that are waiting to be discovered in sunny Costa Rica. Celebrating the season with an unforgettable immersive experience is one way to ensure lasting memories that will be treasured long after the tan lines are gone. Experiential travel, which continues to rise in popularity for its transformative results, is a great way to change up the holiday routine. Travelers return home informed and enlightened, motivated by the shift in perspective, genuine human connections made and deeper communion with nature and culture.

While Costa Rica's biodiverse terrain and year-round warm climate are key elements attracting visitors from around the world, it is also a rich cultural haven where visitors can find a myriad of unforgettable holiday celebrations taking place throughout December and January. During the most wonderful time of the year, Costa Rica comes to life with month-long celebrations.

December is for festivals. Festival de la Luz kicks off Christmas with lights, lights and even more lights. During the month of December, the entire city of San Jose lights up just in time for Christmas. Throughout the capital, all buildings can be found adorned with glorious lighting displays and fun holiday decorations. On the third Saturday of December (Dec 16), the main event takes place and includes concerts, dances, an evening parade of beautifully-lit floats, local marching bands and a fireworks show. For more information, visit

For families interested in learning about traditional indigenous celebrations that honor Costa Rica's rich native history there is Fiesta de los Diablitos (Dec 30-Jan 2), which takes place on the Boruca Indian Reservation in Puntarenas. This four-day celebration honors Ticos' original roots with battle reenactments, a traditional dance and typical foods.

Traditionally, Costa Rican families attend a large Mass on Christmas Eve and open their gifts at midnight on December 24.

Ring in the New Year Like a Tico. Following Christmas Eve, public country-wide year-end celebrations take place all throughout the last week of December (Dec 25 – Jan 1). New Year's Eve is celebrated with family and New Year's Day is a national holiday where most Ticos observe the day resting at home.

Starting on Christmas Day, the Festejos de Fin Y Principio de Año kickoff, which is a week of celebrations throughout San Jose that lead up to the New Year. Visitors will be delighted to find fireworks lighting up the Costa Rican sky, while street parties everywhere celebrate with music, dancing and food. In San Jose, New Year's Eve festivities are centered around the downtown area and in the Zapote district.

Zapote Fiestas—on the Zapote fairgrounds, offer carnival rides, fair and street food, bullfighting and plenty of typical drinks from Dec 25- Jan 1. El Tope Nacional, on December 26, is an annual national horse parade where thousands of Ticos from all over the country proudly display their equine traditions by showing off their beautiful breeds, riding skills and fancy footwork, during a procession through downtown San Jose.

From January 18 – 22, the Palmares Fiestas take place—a week of concerts, bullfighting, folklore dancing and family-friendly fun. Another popular event is el Dia de Santo Cristo de Esquipulas (Jan 15), where visitors will get to see an oxcart procession to the iron cross, which is situated on the mountain above Alajuelita—where a blessing is given.

With plenty to do and see—in a wonderful tropical setting, nothing beats celebrating the holidays with the family in Costa Rica. Experiencing a rich and beautiful culture through different holiday traditions is a memorable experience the whole family can enjoy and creates cherished memories, as a result. The warm tempered climate is an added bonus.

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About Costa Rica
Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica offers visitors an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates -- meaning a trip to this Central American country is anything but run-of-the-mill. The country proudly shelters approximately five percent of the known biodiversity in the world and has become a global leader in sustainable practices. Visitors to Costa Rica enjoy a highly organized tourism infrastructure offering a broad terrain of activities and accommodations.

About Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT)
Established in 1955, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (the ICT), alongside its partners in the private sector, spearheads the vital task of regulating and promoting Costa Rica's extensive tourism offerings.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

November 7, 2017
Tammy Yetman of Cambridge, Ontario can finally go on her dream honeymoon to Mexico after 18 years of marriage. Alonso Mendizabal of Oakville, Ontario has one less obstacle standing in the way of his dream European vacation.

What do these two have in common? They are two of six CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) members who were recently surprised with their next dream vacation. Tammy, Alonso and the four other winners thought they were participating in member research for CAA in Burlington, Ontario. Little did they know that a CAA travel expert was in the back room, customizing an itinerary for the vacations they were describing and preparing gift certificates to help make that dream a reality.

"People know us best for helping them on the roadside and making what could be a bad day better, yet positive CAA experiences don't stop there," said Rhonda English, chief marketing officer, CAA Club Group. "For over 50 years, our travel associates have been creating unique experiences for our members and customers, providing travel advice to make every moment count when planning their next vacation."

The unsuspecting members weren't the only ones surprised by what was in store for them. The CAA associates who had recruited the members were also unaware of the true reason they had been recruited, making the reveal even more exciting.

"My husband and I always planned to go to Mexico on our honeymoon," said Ms. Yetman, CAA Travel Surprise winner. "Unfortunately, he was laid off just before the wedding and then diagnosed with cancer shortly after, so we had to reprioritize to get through that difficult time. The fact that 18 years later we can celebrate our love as originally planned is a dream come true."

Alonso is an avid traveller but typically chose to vacation at all-inclusive resorts rather than venturing out to discover new destinations that required more planning and research.

"I've always wanted to experience the culture and energy of Europe or possibly Indonesia," said Mr. Mendizabal. "There are so many beautiful places to visit, cultures to see and things to experience. It was a bit daunting to even start planning but this experience has given me the motivation and resources to make it happen once and for all."

Tammy, Alonso and the other winners can now work with CAA's experienced travel consultants to plan these special vacations, customizing along the way to make each one truly a trip of a lifetime.

Flair Airlines Announces Expansion

November 2, 2017
Flair Airlines Ltd(Kelowna, BC)., Canada’s leader in low fare travel today announced that it will increase seat capacity in the ultra-low-cost-carrier market by an additional 40%.
Flair Airlines is finalizing a private financing arrangement that will result in the addition of two more B737-400 aircrafts into its fleet. The aircrafts will begin service in the spring of 2018.  “By April 2018, Flair Airlines will be servicing the Canadian ULCC market in earnest with a total of seven B737-400s throughout our existing and future route network, “ stated Chris Lapointe, Vice President, Commercial Operations for Flair Airlines. “Currently we operate between two and four aircrafts in the market, this addition will increase seat capacity significantly.”
Flair Airlines purchased the assets of NewLeaf Travel Company earlier this year, flying over 375,000 passengers since the beginning of 2017.  With Flair’s aggressive strategic plan in place, Flair anticipates flying over one million passengers in 2018.  “We are gearing up for a busy 2018 season by completing maintenance inspections and aircraft rebranding this winter,” says Jim Rogers, CEO of Flair Airlines.  “Flair offers passengers excellent value for their money and we are continually analyzing cost-saving measures to keep our prices low.”
In addition, Flair confirms today that it will emphasize an increased presence in servicing southwestern Ontario in 2018.  The focus will be to connect the region with the rest of Canada and key cities in the United States.  “This expansion of both capacity and our route structure, may require us to add larger aircrafts to our fleet, such as the B737-800s as they have 189 seats,” said Lapointe. “As we head into the Holiday Season, we are focused on customer service and lowering airfares for Canadians. However, we do expect to be making exciting announcements prior to year-end, regarding our  ongoing expansion into the ULCC market.”
About Flair Airlines 
Flair Airlines Ltd is a Canadian Airline based in Kelowna, BC. Flair operates a fleet of Boeing 737 -400 aircrafts and recently received delivery of additional aircrafts. 
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Eight Travel Predictions for 2018, as Revealed by

Looking for inspiration for your 2018 travel? Facilitating reservations for more than 1,500,000 room nights each day, the experts at, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, have combined customer insights from over 128 million real guest reviews with research from 19,000 travellers across 26 countries around the world to reveal the biggest travel predictions for 2018.

New tech frontiers
Immersive experiences will reach the next level in 2018, with travellers looking to technology to help better understand a destination or accommodation before they book. Artificial intelligence and digital technology are helping consumers turn the corner when it comes to smart destination intuition, reshaping the way we research, book and experience travel. Almost a third (29%) of global travellers say they are comfortable letting a computer plan an upcoming trip based on data from their previous travel history and half (50%) don't mind if they deal with a real person or computer, so long as any questions are answered. Over six in 10 (64%) of travellers say they would like to 'try before they buy' with a virtual reality preview, while 50% find that personalised suggestions for destinations and things to do encourages them to book a trip. Taking all the hard work and stress out of decision making, in 2018 technology will continue to guide us seamlessly to find the best stays and experiences for us.
From dream to reality
2018 is the year to dream big as 45% of travellers have a travel bucket list in mind and the majority of those (82%) will aim to tick one or more destinations off their list in the coming year. The yearning for experiences over material possessions continues and drives our desire for more incredible and memorable trips. With dwindling patience, instantaneous appetites and empowered by technology, travellers in 2018 will seize the moment like never before.
Most likely to feature on a bucket list is seeing one of the wonders of the world, as almost half of travellers (47%) will look to tick this off in 2018. Over a third (35%) yearn to tantalise their taste buds by trying a local delicacy, 34% want to head to an island paradise and 34% are thrill seekers wanting to visit a world famous theme park. Adrenalin junkies should consider Orlando, USA, The Gold Coast in Australia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates the top destinations endorsed by travellers for theme parks[i]. The other top travel activities to complete in 2018 look set to be experiencing a unique cultural event (28%), learning a new skill (27%), going on an epic road or rail journey (25%) and visiting a remote or challenging location (25%).
Retro reboot
As well as new experiences, travellers will be revisiting their favourite childhood memories as part of their trips in 2018. Blending the future with the past, next year's travellers will be inspired to return to previously loved destinations and explore them in a whole new way. A third of travellers (34%) will consider a holiday they experienced as a child for 2018.
These popularity of these vintage vacations stems from the feelings of nostalgia and happiness the destinations evoke. Travellers say that former family holidays recall the fondest memories, even more so than childhood sweethearts or family pets. Millennials look set to be even more sentimental with 44% of 18 to 34 year olds keen to hark back to favourite family destinations. With 60% of travellers in 2018 intending to post on social media each day, we can expect to see these nostalgic places brought back to the future and captured for social posterity.
Pop culture pilgrimage
With the world at our finger tips, we rely on many sources to inspire us to travel to new destinations. Tapping into our passions is one way of helping to identify the locations most suited to us - from culture and entertainment, to food and history. In 2018, television shows, films, sport and social media in particular look set to have an increasingly significant sway over booking decisions, as travellers turn to pop culture for their travel inspiration. Reading blogs or watching YouTuber recommendations will spark ideas for four in ten (39%) travellers and on screen locations from television, film or music videos will win over 36% of travellers in the coming year. More than a fifth (22%) of travellers will be tempted by travelling for a major sporting event, with 43% of those considering a summer of football in Russia.
The top television programme locations travellers most want to visit in 2018 are Croatia, Spain and Iceland inspired by Game of Thrones (29%), London as seen in Sherlock and the Crown (21% and 13%), New York and Manhattan from Billions (13%) and Los Angeles viewed in Entourage (10%).
Walk your way to wellness
The trend for wellness getaways isn't slowing down for 2018, with almost double the amount of people planning to take health and wellbeing trips in 2018 compared to 2017 (from one in 10 in 2017 to nearly one in five in 2018). Trips enjoying particular prominence will be those that involve travelling on two feet. A brilliant way to take in the local landscape, walking will be the ultimate way to explore next year, with 56% of travellers saying they want to do walking or hiking trips in 2018. A new generation of walkers will lace up their boots.
Other health and wellness inspired activities high on the travel agenda in 2018 include visiting a spa or receiving beauty treatments (33%), cycling (24%), water sport activities (22%), taking a full body detox holiday (17%), going on a yoga retreat (16%), running (16%) and undertaking meditation/mindfulness (15%). Embracing such experiences is popular with travellers, with 59% saying they prioritise experiences over material items when on holiday. Partaking in a health and wellness trip may also be good for the mind, as over half (55%) say that going on holiday is a moment for them to reflect and make better lifestyle choices - something which can be easily facilitated through a health and wellness trip.

Economic intuition
Every year, travellers are becoming savvier, especially when it comes to getting the most for their money. With significant numbers basing their travelling decisions on finance-related matters, 2018 will see travellers looking to be even more economically intuitive. Nearly half (47%) will take currency exchange rates into consideration when planning their travels for the year, and almost the same amount (48%) will think about the economic climate of a destination before making the decision to travel. Good news for the retail industry, a third of travellers (30%) also plan to make more purchases from airport duty free shops in 2018 and one in four (26%) will even go on holiday specifically to buy goods such as fashion items because they are cheaper than in their home country.
More confident to follow their own intuition, travellers are less obliged to follow the herd, with over half (57%) wanting to do more independent travel in 2018, placing growing value on personalised endeavours, looking for the best deals and putting together their own packages - all with the help of apps and technology. Almost half of travellers (44%) will use travel apps more in 2018, with technology continuously developing to make travel stress free in 2018. This includes geo-location technology directing you to your accommodation, all within one click from your app, or planning activities while on holiday in just a few simple taps of your smart phone, as over two in five (41%) expect to do in 2018.

The great mate escape
2018 is gearing up to be all about the group get-away. When asked who their 2018 travelling companions were likely to be, the segment with the biggest increase when compared to 2017, were travelling with a group of friends, increasing from 21% to 25%.
With 2018 shaping up to be all about the experience, it's not just about the destination but also the people that matter to create memories. Mate's escapes are the ultimate social time away from our everyday pressures, reducing stress and building connections with your friends. With the world only a click away it's never been easier to find the perfect place to stay and explore with a large group of friends looking for adventure across every corner of the globe.
Friend based getaways also have financial advantages as four in ten (42%) said that joint holidays with friends will allow them to stay in accommodation they wouldn't be able to afford on their own.
Live like a local, not with one
In 2018, rental homes are going to be particularly popular - not just for travellers looking to stay in one, but also home owners who are thinking of inviting others to stay in their own abode. One in three travellers (33%) say they'd prefer to stay in a holiday rental (a holiday home or apartment) over a hotel and one in five (21%) would consider listing their home on a travel accommodation site.
When it comes to playing the role of a host, travellers reveal that it isn't about having them there all the time. Travellers are keen to have a local experience and will look to hosts for their expertise, as a quarter of travellers say it will be important that their host has strong local knowledge about local food and places to visit (25%), but travellers will want the flexibility to interact with hosts on their own terms. In 2018, it will be important for travellers that their host is available but not too over-bearing (30%) and one in 10 (12%) want a host who they don't have to speak to at all.
Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer at commented: "As technology continues to advance, it's also advancing and enhancing the way we travel. It empowers us to plan the perfect holiday and makes it easier to explore further and with more confidence, flexibility and options than ever before.

At, we build and design everything we do around our customers, responding to their wants and needs when it comes to researching, booking and enjoying travel. As expectations evolve and new trends rise to the fore, we're excited to see how emerging technology can continue to help and guide people to get the best experience for them in 2018."

Research commissioned by and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 18,509 respondents were surveyed (1,000+ from the UK, US, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, India, Singapore and Russia and 500+ each from Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and Taiwan). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2017

Minister Chagger celebrates another successful summer tourism season in Canada

With the release today of the latest tourism statistics by Statistics Canada, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, made the following statement:

"As Canadians, we are known the world over for our generosity, inclusiveness and warm hospitality. I am very proud of the fact that in the first eight months of this year—the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation—Canada welcomed more than 14.6 million visitors from around the world, an increase of more than 4 percent over the same period in 2016. Notably, we saw impressive growth in key markets, including almost 8 percent growth from visitors travelling from Asia. Chinese tourists now account for more than 10 percent of overseas visitors.

"Canada's tourism industry creates economic growth and good middle-class jobs right across our country. It comprises approximately 200,000 businesses, of which almost all are small businesses and which directly or indirectly support one in ten jobs across this country—in rural areas, small towns, Indigenous communities and big cities. These jobs are in a broad range of sectors and are a key part of Canada's middle class.

"Tourism is also Canada's largest service export. Last year, international tourism accounted for over $20 billion in revenue. As we continue to welcome more and more visitors to our beautiful country, I expect that this thriving sector will continue to see growth. That means increased demand for new products and services and new opportunities for tourism operators to grow, offer new experiences and create good middle-class jobs.

"As we look back on an amazing summer of celebration for Canada 150, I am proud to have worked with so many hard-working tourism entrepreneurs and small businesses, and we will continue to open our doors to the world and show off all that Canada has to offer.

"And as we prepare for the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, we have another opportunity to capitalize on the successes of a vibrant tourism industry and continue to promote our country as a go-to destination. I look forward to many more great months and years ahead."

Tourism's Dirty Secret: Oxfam Canada highlights exploitation of women hotel housekeepers

 Profits in the global hotel industry are based on the systematic exploitation of housekeepers, the majority of whom are poor women living in fear of losing their jobs, says a new report by Oxfam Canada entitled Tourism's Dirty Secret: The Exploitation of Hotel Housekeepers.

In interviews with current and former hotel housekeepers in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Thailand, Oxfam heard hotels often don't pay housekeepers enough to survive, make them work long hours with no overtime pay, and turn a blind eye to high rates of injury and sexual harassment on the job.

"You cannot say anything because if you say something, you don't know if you're there tomorrow. If you report it, they don't even believe it," said Toronto housekeeper Luz Flores.

One housekeeper in Punta Cana was hospitalized with severe vomiting, despite repeatedly complaining to her supervisor about exposure to toxic chemicals. In Toronto, housekeeper Lei Eigo was asked to deliver a pillow to a guest, only to be greeted by a naked man at the door.

"With the busy holiday travel season approaching, Canadians need to understand the daily reality for the women who ensure their rooms are clean and comfortable. A housekeeper's job can be dangerous, dirty and demanding," said Diana Sarosi, Women's Rights Policy & Advocacy Specialist at Oxfam Canada. "The hotel industry is just one example of how our global economy relies on exploiting women's cheap labour to maximize profits. It illustrates the vast and growing inequality of today's world."

Oxfam has warned the gap between the super-rich and everyone else is increasing at an unprecedented rate, disproportionately affecting women who make up the majority of the world's poor. Consider it would take a housekeeper in Phuket, Thailand nearly 14 years to earn as much as the highest paid hotel CEOs make in a single day.

"The working lives of hotel housekeepers and those of hotel CEOs graphically depict the unacceptable inequality that plagues today's world. This growing wealth gap is bad for us all. It makes it harder to end poverty, and it has particularly adverse consequences for women," Sarosi said.

Such systematic exploitation is not inevitable. Oxfam's report found when women have the ability to unionize, they earn decent wages and benefits, have greater job security, and experience less stress and fewer injuries. However, employer resistance and a climate of fear created by management make organizing in the hotel sector extremely difficult, particularly in developing countries.

"Governments around the world must hold corporations accountable for violations of labour rights, and take action on pay equity," said Sarosi. "Politicians, companies and everyday people all have a role to play in putting an end to the exploitation of women at work. We need to build a movement where everyone does their part to ensure women's work is fairly paid and equally valued."

Insta-granma, Baddie Winkle, Announces Ultimate Bad Ass Bucket List Trip

Baddie Winkle and® announce that the Instagram superstar will be heading to Niagara Falls for the kick-off of her #BadAssBucketList tour of North America, Brazil and Europe. Baddie wrote on her Instagram page today; 'Guys!!!!! @hotelsdotcom is giving me my bad ass bucket list of a lifetime!! I'm international baby! See you soon #BadAssBucketList'.

The epic trip will see the 89-year-old star, whose celebrity fans include Miley Cyrus, Khloe Kardashian and Nicole Richie, tick off her ultimate bucket list, including VIP helicopter rides, samba dancing with Brazilian beauties and riding the legendary Niagara Falls boat tour experience in Canada.

Baddie's Top 10 Bucket List includes:

Chase waterfalls in Niagara Falls
Mix bad ass cocktails at a New York City rooftop bar
Score a touchdown with a Dallas Cowboy
Ride a helicopter across the Grand Canyon
Shake her ass at a Samba class with the locals in Rio de Janeiro
Watch hunky volley ball players on Ipanema beach
Bag herself a Prince at Buckingham Palace in London
Enjoy an eye-popping performance at the Moulin Rouge in Paris
Sing, dance and drink in a traditional Irish pub in Dublin
Spend the night reveling at G-A-Y London
Baddie's #BadAssBucketList trip celebrates the Rewards program*, which gives members one free hotel night for every ten stayed. Baddie will complete 10 bucket list activities and hotel stays, then give her free Rewards night to one lucky mega-fan. The last night of Baddie's bucket list bonanza will see her touchdown in London, where the super-fan will hook up with Baddie's squad and complete the last activity on her bucket list with her.

Details of this once-in-a-lifetime social media competition can be found on Instagram page. Wannabe squad members need to share a picture of themselves completing one of their bucket list goals to be in with a chance of heading to a surprise vacation to hang out with Baddie herself!

Talking about her upcoming trip, Baddie said; "I am so excited for my trip with! I have always wanted to party in London, go to the Moulin Rouge in Paris and watch cheeky volleyball players do their thing on a beach in Brazil. Life is only as rewarding as you make it, so make the most of it!"

Baddie's plus one for the tour will be her 21-year-old great granddaughter, Kennedy. New research** from reveals there's a new trend in groovy grandparents teaching young travellers a thing or two about making the most of life, as a fifth of under 30s across the world are inspired to travel based on the adventures of their grandparents and parents.

And it seems bad ass grandparents make the coolest travel companions, as 40% of millennials would prefer to complete their bucket lists with their parents or grandparents – that's more than celebs (11%), siblings (28%) or on their own (25%).

Baddie is the ultimate 'Glam Ma' but almost a fifth of millennials admit to having a glamourous gran and one in eight confessed that their gran (or nana) was cooler than them and travelled more than them!

Josh Belkin, VP and General Manager, North America for brand, said; "We are the biggest fans of Baddie Winkle here at We love her immense passion for life and her outrageously stylish wardrobe. We're so excited to see what adventures she gets up to on her Bad Ass Bucket List tour.

"We know Baddie will have the most amazing trip, staying at some of the coolest hotels around the globe. We're all about giving travellers the most rewarding experiences, which is why we are very proud of Rewards, where members can collect 10 hotel nights and get one free. Baddie will spend her free Rewards night in London living it up with a super fan but don't miss a second of Baddie's experience, so check us out on social for details!"

Follow Baddies' #BadAssBucketList Tour across her Instagram account and social channels including Instagram and Facebook. Start your own adventure by downloading the mobile app to choose from hundreds of thousands of places to stay around the world.

Escape The Winter To Sunny Orlando Melbourne With New Nonstop Flights

 Winter is around the corner and now is the time to start planning your next getaway. Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is welcoming thousands of Canadian visitors with new direct flights from Porter Airlines.

In addition to the seasonal nonstop flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), Porter is introducing nonstop flights from Canada's Ottawa (YOW) and Windsor (YQG) airports. The new flights commence December 16, 2017 and run through March 31, 2018. The Toronto flights continue through April 7, 2018. These are among Porter's first U.S. flights from an airport outside of its main base in Toronto. Complete schedule and booking options are now available at

Porter introduced the Orlando Melbourne route in 2015 and has expanded annually to meet the increase in passenger demand. "Canada is a vital tourism market to us," said Greg Donovan, A.A.E., airport executive director. "Canadian travel to MLB is increasing as they fall in love with our destination and we are committed to provide them with the most technologically-advanced entry in the United States."

"Porter has seen tremendous interest in Orlando-Melbourne since service launched two years ago," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "The introduction of direct, non-stop flights from Windsor and Ottawa means more travellers will experience the best that Florida has to offer with Porter's affordable, award-winning service."

The Sunshine State is an ideal destination to escape from the cold and snow-filled winters that embrace Canada. Orlando Melbourne is home to beautiful sunny beaches, world-class theme parks and is in close proximity to Port Canaveral, one of the most popular cruise ports in the world.

Whether travellers are in need of a relaxing vacation or thrill-seeking adventures, Orlando Melbourne has something for everyone. Learn the exhilarating sport of surfing and ride the waves at the Ron Jon Surf Shop. Sit down to a chef-prepared buffet meal as an astronaut shares their tales of space bound voyages at the Kennedy Space Center. Experience the tropical breezes while spending a day in paradise on any of the picturesque beaches, then head over to watch the Disney fireworks over Cinderella's castle.

Travel to MLB in style as Porter provides a premium experience including complimentary wine and beer onboard, and airport lounge access in Toronto and Ottawa for all passengers. Its "flying refined" philosophy has helped the airline win numerous global awards.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) serves the Central Florida coast with three runways, a 200,000 sq. ft. terminal and 40,000 sq. ft. customs facility. It is served by Porter Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Elite Airways and American Airlines with nearly 500,000 passengers annually. For more information, visit: or follow @FlyMLB on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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Winter in Mont Tremblant arrives with Porter Airlines seasonal service

Porter Airlines welcomes ski season with winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant on December 8, 2017. Flights are available until April 2, 2018, with service up to five times weekly. Connecting flights to Mont Tremblant via Toronto are also available from a number of Porter destinations.

In 70 minutes, passengers can travel from downtown Toronto to the snow-covered hills of Mont Tremblant. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, winter in Tremblant offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. For those seeking slower-paced activities, enjoy the serenity of a spa retreat, and dine or shop in the vibrant pedestrian village.

Porter Escapes offers flight and hotel packages from $600 per person for a three-night stay. Prices are based on double occupancy, including taxes, fees, and airport transfers.

Plan ahead and save on ski lift tickets, rental ski equipment or spa services by adding these to your Porter Escapes package prior to travel. For a full list of packages including hotels and activities, visit

The Mont Tremblant International Airport (MTIA) is offering passengers two special promotions this ski season. Passengers receive two free weekday ski lift tickets when they arrive on a Sunday or Monday and depart on a Thursday or Friday. Passengers travelling with children ages 2 to 12 years old are eligible for an airfare rebate courtesy of MTIA airport. For full details of both offers, visit

About Porter

Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Stephenville, N.L., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Burlington, Vt., and Orlando-Melbourne, Fla.

Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at or call (855) 372-1100 for more information.

Expedition will allow Canadians to explore never-before seen parts of Canada's oceans with innovative underwater robot and round-the-clock live streaming

Today, Oceana Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, along with Alexandra Cousteau, will set sail to explore never-before-seen areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The week-long expedition is the most in-depth visual exploration of the area in Canada's history, and its findings will help understand and protect habitat essential to the health of our oceans.

Sailing from Québec City, the Canadian Coast Guard Science vessel Martha L. Black and its crew will explore important coastal and deep-water areas of the ocean floor using ROPOS, a state-of-the-art underwater robot that will collect samples and scientific data while capturing high-definition video. For the first time ever, Canadians and the world can participate in all aspects of ocean exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence through a round-the-clock, live broadcast -- from a first-hand view of the seafloor, to daily life on a research vessel and what it takes for scientists and technicians to work in the control room. Viewers will have opportunities to interact with the expedition team and learn about oceanographic research with real-time question and answer periods.

Throughout the expedition, the CCGS Martha L. Black will host scientists, technicians, videographers and Alexandra Cousteau, Senior Oceana Advisor and granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. In addition to collecting scientific information, the expedition will capture images and video that brings the richness of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to life. A second research vessel, the Leeway Marine Odyssey, will host a science team that will collect vital information about marine species visible from the surface of the sea, such as endangered Right whales as well as seabirds, turtles and sharks.

"For many, our oceans are out of sight, out of mind; but they are integral to the health of our planet and our ability to feed humanity's growing population in a sustainable way," said Alexandra Cousteau. "The Gulf of St. Lawrence expedition continues the legacy of my grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and I am honoured to be part of uncovering and sharing the research needed to conserve this vulnerable ecosystem."

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is one of the most productive marine areas in Canada. The nutrient-rich currents from the Atlantic and Arctic oceans combine with freshwater input from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River system, making it an important and productive area for several coastal and marine species. The area is home to diverse marine life, including cold-water corals and sea pens, as well as Right whales, blue whales, sea turtles and basking sharks. In turn, the area supports many thriving commercial, recreational and Food, Social and Ceremonial fisheries, including the lobster and snow crab fisheries. For thousands of years, Indigenous Peoples and coastal and inland communities have depended on this resource and it is a vital part of Canada's identity and heritage.

"Research carried out in collaboration with Oceana Canada, one of our highly respected partners, will further contribute to our understanding of the dynamic Gulf of St. Lawrence," said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. "As we celebrate Canada's 150th year, I am so proud that our scientists are continuing in the proud DFO tradition of conducting important science work at sea."

"We're excited to partner with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to connect Canadians to the wonders of our oceans by using a world-class Remotely Operated Vehicle with high-definition, live-action video," said Josh Laughren, Oceana Canada Executive Director. "This technology creates a one-of-a-kind expedition experience allowing Canadians to discover the wonders of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in ways never before possible."

For more than a decade, Oceana has been conducting expeditions around the world, exploring and protecting habitats off the coasts of Europe, the Philippines, Chile and the United States. Oceana Canada is excited to bring this expertise and passion for ocean exploration to Canada in 2017. Through expeditions, we can better understand and protect our precious marine resource.
Join Oceana Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Alexandra Cousteau for a journey into the wonders of Canada's oceans. Learn more at
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Take a tiger tour to India this winter with a Canadian travel writer

Canadian travel writer, digital storyteller, and India travel specialist Mariellen Ward is leading a tiger tour to India in March 2018. Mariellen publishes the popular and award-winning travel site She will be leading a small group tour to some of India's top tiger reserves, including Kanha, Bandhavgarh, and Pench.

"Seeing a tiger in the wild is on many peoples' bucket lists. There are only about 3,000 wild tigers left in the world, and 70% of them are in India," says Ward. "March is the ideal time to see tigers in the wild in India as it's starting to get hot, and they come out of the jungle for the water holes."

The tiger tour is organized and sold by Pugdundee Safaris, India's leader in tiger safaris and luxury, sustainable lodges. Guests will stay in Pugdundee Safaris award-winning lodges, be guided by their talented naturalists, enjoy delicious local foods, and take part in some very special, customized experiences – such as walking safaris, a boat ride, village visits, hiking, and one overnight camp. At least 7 game drives, in Satpura, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Pench are guaranteed – which means the chances of seeing a tiger are excellent.

"To see a tiger, you need three things: a good naturalist, a good opportunity, and of course good luck. On this tour, you will get the two things that are within our control: good naturalists and a good opportunity," says Ward.

Mariellen Ward will accompany the trip, imparting her enthusiasm and knowledge of travel in India. She will also be available to teach travel writing and blogging.

For more information about the trip, and to book, please visit:

Breathedreamgo is an award-winning travel site dedicated to transformative travel – the kind of travel that changes you, and has a positive impact on local communities and environments. Breathedreamgo was founded in 2009 by Canadian travel writer and digital storyteller Mariellen Ward. Mariellen splits her time between Delhi and Toronto, and has spent about three years in India, in total, travelling the length and breadth of the country.