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Cruise ships will be allowed in Canadian waters starting Nov. 1, 2021
by Kathryn Folliott, TravelWeek
posted on 1:36 PM, July 15, 2021
Canada’s cruise ship ban, previously effective through Feb. 28, 2022, will end earlier than expected. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra today announced that cruise ships can return to Canadian waters effective Nov. 1, 2021.
David O’Connor appointed General Manager of CanAssistance
by CanAssistance
posted on 12:36 PM, July 15, 2021
CanAsssistance is pleased to announce the appointment of David O’Connor as General Manager. David joined the CanAssistance team on June 14, 2021. He has over 30 years of experience in business management...
Will Covid Take Down Travel Again In The Fall?
by Gary Leff, ViewFromTheWing
posted on 6:39 AM, July 5, 2021
When summer ends, and people return to offices, leisure travel may dry up and may not be replaced by traditional business travel. Meanwhile, variants could lead to new restrictions or virus fears that keep people home.
Porter Airlines Gets $270.5M Loan From Feds, Including $20.5M For Refunds
by The Canadian Press
posted on 10:07 AM, July 2, 2021
The parent company of Porter Airlines has reached an agreement with the federal government for loans valued up to $270.5 million, including $20.5 million to refund passengers for flights cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PRESS RELEASE: Global Excel Management Inc. acquires Hines & Associates, Inc.
by Global Excel Management
posted on 9:55 AM, July 2, 2021
Global Excel Management Inc. has acquired Hines & Associates, Inc. (Hines), which provides case, utilization and disease management services focused on the U.S. market. Steve McClung, previously Global Excel’s Senior Vice President of Technology & Innovation, has been named the new CEO of Hines.
Sunwing Lands $100-Million Bailout From Ottawa For COVID-19 Flight Cancellation Refunds
by Eric Atkins, The Globe and Mail
posted on 9:30 AM, June 28, 2021
The federal government will lend Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations as much as $100-million to provide refunds to customers whose trips were cancelled in the pandemic. This is in addition to a loan worth $348-million the government made to the Toronto-based airline and tour operator earlier in 2021.
PRESS RELEASE: TuGo Covers COVID-19 for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Canadians
by Melissa Kaerne Manning, TuGo
posted on 12:16 PM, June 23, 2021
TuGo’s Emergency Medical Insurance includes COVID-19 medical and related coverage for travellers who have been partially vaccinated with a Health Canada approved dose at least 14 days before their departure date, have received or scheduled any subsequent vaccine doses before departing or are not yet eligible for a vaccine due to their age.

New Travel Rules Will Make It Easier To Go Abroad This Summer — But Businesses Say It Could Devastate Canada’s Tourism Sector
by Jo-Anne Liburd
posted on 9:37 AM, June 22, 2021
Tourism businesses are frustrated after the federal government announced it is relaxing COVID border restrictions July 5 but the border will still be closed to non-Canadians for non-essential travel, including the mostly American tourists vital to their businesses.
Travel Agencies Hit Hard By COVID-19 Call For Extended Support
by Irene Galea, The Globe and Mail
posted on 9:25 AM, June 22, 2021
Although interest for travel later in 2021 is picking up, revenue is months away for travel agencies due to a commission structure that reimburses them after a client's trip. The association representing Canada’s travel agencies is calling on the federal government to extend support for the industry, or thousands more jobs could be lost.
A Major Cruise Line Will Welcome Back Fully Vaccinated Customers This Fall - Here's Where It's Sailing To
by Brittany Chang, Business Insider
posted on 11:22 AM, June 21, 2021
Princess Cruises has announced it will resume sailing in US waters this fall from California and Fort Lauderdale to destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii.
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