Dubai’s tourism goes digital

Dubai’s tourism goes digital

Dubai has increased its e-footprint in the tourism sector to pamper tech-savvy travelers, experts said at the recent Arabian Travel Market Fair in Dubai. “One of the biggest trends in e-tourism this year is the enhancement of mobile apps, particularly in the hospitality industry,” says Cody Morris Paris, associate professor of social science at Middlesex University Dubai. For example, Dubai’s tourism authority and Hong Kong-based hotel smartphone service company Tink Labs signed an agreement on April…

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Britain’s tourism income set to double to 360 bln USD in decade

Britain’s tourism income set to double to 360 bln USD in decade

Tourism could be worth almost $360 billion to Britain’s economy within a decade, the head of the British Tourist Authority (BTA) said Friday. It would represent a more than doubling of the $170 billion currently generated in Britain through the tourism sector, said Steve Ridgway, chairman of the BTA. The national tourism agency Visit Britain said the tourism industry’s bid for a potential sector deal under the British government’s industrial strategy is a step closer…

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A Primer on Buying Travel Insurance

A Primer on Buying Travel Insurance

A dream Tahiti vacation or weekend road trip does not have to be derailed by events outside of your control. Don’t let the extra money deter you from making the investment of travel insurance — the peace of mind it buys is worth every penny. Travel experts have found that many recent global events have affected how travellers view insurance. For many Canadian travellers, insurance used to be a “nice to have” but not an…

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20 Tips Before Travelling Internationally

20 Tips Before Travelling Internationally

If this is your first time travelling abroad — or you just need a refresher — here’s a list of 20 things you should take care of before your trip. Security & Health 1. Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier. Double-check that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also, if you have private medical insurance, as your provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If…

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Travel More Tips in Canada

Travel More Tips in Canada

Tip 141: Explore Okotoks Erratic (Big Rock), Alta. “Set in the foothills of Alberta with the Rockies in the background, it’s a beautiful sight to see! Take a short stroll and enjoy it for all its natural and Aboriginal history. From there you can visit many nearby towns. Calgary is also just minutes away.” — Travelzoo member Bryan Tip 142: See Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Sask. “Saskatchewan doesn’t have a lot of big cities or…

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The Loudest Festival in Canada? It’s in New Brunswick!

The Loudest Festival in Canada? It’s in New Brunswick!

  People think of big cities as great destinations. But I think small towns, especially during their most important festivals, are even better! My Canada 150 recommendation is to go to Caraquet, N.B., for the first two weeks of August and participate in the Festival Acadien de Caraquet. The festival runs from Aug. 1-15 every year and includes concerts, the blessing of the local fishing fleet, decorating the town and dozens of other events. But the…

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16 Ways to Save on Family Day Weekend

16 Ways to Save on Family Day Weekend

For the tenth anniversary of Family Day in Ontario, our deal experts have rounded up some extra fun experiences for the whole clan. Would you rather spend the day in a museum, or out on the slopes? We’ve gathered our favourite options, with deals to suit all tastes. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below. If you want to keep the kids amused all day (or night) Kids Fest With locations…

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Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with 150 Travelzoo Tips

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with 150 Travelzoo Tips

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we’re bringing you 150 Travelzoo Tips — one per day until July 1 — to help you explore and enjoy this great land. Here, Lara Barlow, Travelzoo’s General Manager, Canada, introduces the project and shares our first tip. As Canada’s travel deal experts, we at Travelzoo love to inspire and inform our members — and our latest initiative showcases the thrilling sights to see in the…

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What Brexit Means for Canadian Travellers

What Brexit Means for Canadian Travellers

In a historic referendum, the UK has voted to leave the European Union, and there is much uncertainty about the future of the region and the global impact of the vote. However, there were immediate financial impacts Friday morning, with waves across the markets — amid market jitters here in Canada, coupled with huge losses in Europe, Asia and the United States. As the world tries to make sense of what the next chapter will…

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How to (Willingly) Give Up Your Airplane Seat for Cash

How to (Willingly) Give Up Your Airplane Seat for Cash

    There’s been much talk in the news lately about Canada’s proposed passenger bill of rights — Bill C-49 — which is currently wending its way through Parliament. The bill, which is anticipated to become law in 2018, could set standards for compensation when airlines bump passengers involuntarily. But as savvy (and flexible) travellers know, electing to give up your seat when flights are overbooked can be a profitable decision. How high the incentive goes will depend on every…

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