News & Trends

An expedition yacht with 6 suites arrives in the Galapagos

Conservation-led luxury travel company &Beyond has announced the extension of its South America portfolio with the launch of an expedition yacht in the Galapagos Islands. Named the &Beyond Galapagos Explorer, the 38 m (124 ft) yacht will operate on two 7-night routes in the east and west of the famed Galapagos Islands. Boasting just six suites and cabins, the yacht

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Here’s why getting a Canadian passport might take a little longer

In the winter months, Service Canada has traditionally experienced spikes in demand for passport services. As Canadians plan for March break travel or other winter getaways, they may be experiencing longer queues for in-person service at passport offices. “Passport offices are often busy at this time of the year as people consider warm and sunny getaways, which can sometimes lead

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Travel to Europe is almost at pre-pandemic levels

Towards the end of 2023, European tourism continued its robust recovery, nearing pre-pandemic levels despite inflationary pressures. Across reporting destinations, foreign tourist arrivals stand at 1.6 per cent below 2019 figures, with nights 0.6 per cent below, showcasing a resilient travel demand across the continent – a trend which is expected to continue into 2024. This is according to the latest edition of the ‘European Tourism Trends &

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Seeing the Northern Lights is dream trip for most travellers

Northern Lights tourism is on the rise, spurred by reports that the astronomical phenomenon will be extraordinarily visible in 2024. According to a survey commissioned by Expedia, almost three-quarters of Canadians (71 per cent) aspire to see the Northern Lights in their lifetime but haven’t yet crossed the item off their bucket-list. Travelling to see the Aurora Borealis is more

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A look at the world’s most powerful passports for 2024

An unprecedented six countries share the top spot with visa-free access to a record-breaking number of destinations on the 2024 Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive and official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Four EU member states — France, Germany, Italy, and Spain — join Japan and Singapore in boasting the most powerful passports in the world, with their citizens able to visit an astonishing 194 destinations

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Affluent travellers will pay more for these 10 things

A new survey by Opinium Research for Kensington Tours reveals the habits of some of the world’s most affluent travellers. Using data provided by 400 adults, whose household income is above $250,000, shows that travellers in this demographic are inclined to pay extra for exclusive benefits, such as insider access to destinations, no waiting in lines, and a seamless travel

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