Launches New Service Air Canada has launched nonstop service between Raleigh-Durham and Toronto. The carrier became the first foreign flag carrier to fly into the city on a scheduled basis. The airline is offering two daily nonstop flights using the 50-passenger Canadair CL-65 Jet. This is Air Canada's 33rd new nonstop route since the Open Skies Agreement came into effect in February 1995. Travelers now have the choice of more than 1,000 nonstop flights per week operated by Air Canada from 34 U.S. cities.
Atlantis Comes to Vancouver An entertainment option well-known in Hawaii and the Caribbean is now available in Vancouver. Atlantis Submarines will take your group for a look below the waves in its window-equipped subs. Some of the customized touches that Atlantis Submarines can provide: special check-in area and welcome from the pilot, a crew that can wear your organization's logo, and underwater messages targeted to the group.
Vancouver is the tenth worldwide location for the battery-operated Atlantis
New Name for Edmonton Centre As part of a new corporate partnership with Shaw Communications, the Edmonton Convention Centre has been renamed the Shaw Conference Centre. The renaming is part of a $7.7 million package, including a one-time contribution of C$500,000 ($358,000) for convention center upgrades. Shaw will use the facility to showcase some of its services, including its digital music system and Internet access service.
Metropolitan Toronto Hotel Update In March, the Toronto Prince became the Westin Prince Hotel. Westin will provide sales,, and reservations support to the hotel through a franchise agreement with Prince Hotels.
The 381-room hotel is set amid 16 acres of suburban park land, a short distance from the CN Tower and the Ford Performing Arts Centre. The property has 19,000 square feet of meeting space.
In other Toronto hotel news: * The Four Seasons on the Park in Toronto has split into two hotels and is now the Inn on the Park and the Holiday Inn Don Valley.
* The Hotel Plaza II is now the Radisson Plaza Hotel Toronto.
* The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto has renovated its Chartroom Bar and Lobby Bar, added the Regatta function room, and recarpeted all convention areas.
* Canadian Pacific's Royal York Hotel has added a Xerox Business Centre on the lobby level.
New Publications: * The province of Manitoba capitalizes on its natural splendor in a new 20-page brochure called Manitoba: Your Natural. The publication describes possible itineraries combining the best of the capital city of Winnipeg with trophy fishing outings, tundra tours, antique train rides across the prairie, and snowmobiling picnics, to name just a few. For information, call Travel Manitoba at (800) 665-0040.
* Tourisme Quebec has just released a new four-color brochure called Meeting in Quebec for Unconventional Success. The publication highlights meeting venues and entertainment options around the province, including Montreal, Laval, Quebec city, Hull, and various resorts and country inns. For more information, call Tourisme Quebec, at (800) 363-7777.
* Toronto Special Events Resource Directory highlights unique sites, lighting and staging companies, caterers, and entertainment companies, among 12 categories of suppliers for meetings, incentives, and conventions. The 184-page directory is available for C$34.95, ($25) plus tax and shipping, and includes a free one-year subscription to Toronto Special Events Magazine. For information, call (416) 5965805, or fax (416) 596-5810.
* Tourism Toronto has just released its four-color Incentive Toronto pamphlet, a 35-page guide that highlights incentive travel venues and itineraries. It's free for the asking--call (416) 203-3803.