US visitors spur tourism hopes in Canada
Globe and Mail
Canada’s tourism industry is enjoying a boost in spending from foreign tourists and Canadians alike, giving businesses a reason for optimism ahead of the summer holiday season.
Spending on vacations in Canada has been on the upswing since late 2009 and climbed again in the first quarter of 2012, according to Statistics Canada. This was thanks in part to American visitors, who crossed the border despite the rising value of the Canadian dollar.
In Vancouver, the number of visitors from the U.S. has increased 3 per cent from compared with last year, said Stephen Pearce, vice-president of leisure travel and digital marketing at Tourism Vancouver. Most are travelling up the West Coast from Washington and California.
Flight attendant loses cool aboard NYC plane
A flight attendant on a weather-delayed plane at LaGuardia Airport yelled at passengers and challenged them to leave the plane if they dared.
The incident involving American Eagle flight attendant Jose Serrano was caught on video. Flight 4607 to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., was delayed for five hours on Monday.
Port Authority police were called to the plane.
Luxury hotels use social media to push summer incentives
If social media has taught us anything, it’s that no matter how many followers, fans or pins you have, you’re eligible to win just about anything. In the travel industry, the rewards are even more appealing. By simply checking in, posting a photo, or filling out a Facebook form, travelers have a chance at winning everything from free hotel amenities to weeklong stays. To capitalize on the social media craze, some luxury hotels are hosting social media contests to get travelers in the mood to share.
Saturday Only Flash Sale at San Juan Marriott
The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering a special flash sale for Social Media Day, June 30th. Guests who book in the 24 hours of the 30th will receive 15% off their room rate. PLUS guests who tweet or post their confirmation number on Facebook will automatically receive a special in-room amenity gift upon check-in. Promotion code: D3Q. Book online at
www.marriottsanjuan.com or at 888.817.2033.