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Holiday Homes website launch
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Oliver Wine Village officially 'a go' for the Wine Capital of Canada
Co-operators Development Corporation Limited (CDCL), Bellstar Developments Inc. and the Town of Oliver jointly announced that the purchase and sale agreement for a 3.63 acre riverfront re-development site has been executed.
"The Town of Oliver is delighted that CDCL and Bellstar are bringing their exceptional talents to the development of Oliver's Wine Village," says Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes. "We are indeed fortunate to have two such capable corporations working with us. The benefits to Oliver and area will be enormous, not only in measurable economic terms but also by enhancing Oliver and area's claim to be the Wine Capital of Canada".
Matthew McKechnie, President of CDCL and Jon Zwickel, Executive Vice President of Bellstar jointly stated, "We have been working on this exceptional project for a year and over the coming months we will finalize the financial structure, select the design team and move forward with village thematics, concept and vision. Real estate marketing will commence in the spring and construction should begin next fall."
CDCL and Bellstar have partnered to co-develop the Wine Village. Embracing Smart Growth principles, the project will be an experiential community which celebrates the culture and heritage of the South Okanagan and its relationship to wine, agriculture and culinary arts. Plans are to create a mixed-use development consisting of residential condominiums, a strata-hotel, conference facilities, spa and restaurant, as well as a wine interpretive and culinary arts centre.
New Exhibition at the Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre in Haliburton
The Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre in Haliburton is thrilled to announce that they will be hosting The Lost Boys: a touring exhibition by renowned Canadian artist Michele Karch-Ackermen.
Michele Karch-Ackerman creates exhibitions that manifest opportunities for healing and understanding. In her long standing touring exhibition, The Lost Boys, Michele explores the transition from childhood to adulthood during WWI; the tragedy that it came so early, and for far
too many not at all. Conscription or a sense of duty led many young people to the battlefields of Europe and to the abrupt end of childhood innocence. Weaving together the story of James Barrie's Peter Pan with the stories of so many lives lost in the First World War, the artist honours and pays tribute to these "Lost Boys".
Drawing from old photographs, using hand-knitted sweaters and other domestic materials, Michele Karch-Ackerman mines the comfort brought by home and hearth to create a poignant exhibition that expresses and honours loss, remembrance and consolation. The themes in this exhibition are timeless and timely, as our world continues to experience war, its associated losses and suffering. "It is my job to soothe" says Karch-Ackerman. "I would like to be Wendy. The Wendy of Peter Pan who so consoled her Lost Boys with stories and love. I will sew nightgowns. I will make dolls. I will knit sweaters. I will provide clean straw and clean sheets. I will make the terrible itching go away. And the fear".
The exhibition runs from October 20th through November 17th. The Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, October 20th from 2-4pm and includes performances by The Haliburton Children's & Teen Choirs.
An Old-fashioned Knitting Bee & Artist Talk:
The Lost Boys draws us together in community by inviting the public to become part of the exhibit and knit small sweaters at a Knitting Bee. Join us at the Gallery for an artist talk, knitting bee on Friday October 19, from 6 pm - 8 pm. Enjoy tea served on the gallery's beautiful china while you knit. Knitters will be supplied with a pattern and yarn for a tiny sweater. Needle size will be 4 ½ - 5, if you have some bring them along. All sweaters created will be incorporated into future exhibitions of the Lost Boys across the country.
Drop-in Knitters are welcome on Wednesdays - Fridays 11-5 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm throughout the run of the exhibition. Sit, contemplate the exhibition.... And knit!
Volunteers are also needed to wind yarn. Join us amidst the clutter and excitement of exhibition set-up to wind yarn for knitters, October 17, 18 & 19, 2007 during Gallery hours 11 am until 5 pm.
U.S. visitors to Canada spent less during summer, study finds
With the rising Canadian dollar losing its longstanding discount appeal, spending by visitors from United States during the summer dropped dramatically as Canadian merchants posted fewer U.S. credit card transactions, Moneris Solutions Corp. says.
The totals for credit cards and banking machines show a decline in U.S. card cash withdrawals during July and August, compared with last year, Moneris said Monday.
Moneris is Canada's largest provider of credit, debit and gift card payment services for merchants in virtually every industry segment, processing close to three billion transactions annually.
"Every major Canadian city was hit and just about every industry was hit by this decline," said Brian Green, senior vice-president at Moneris Solutions.
"Clearly, fewer Americans are seeing Canada as an attractive tourist and shopping destination and the Canadian economy is seeing a negative impact as a result of the sharp decline in U.S. spending," says Green. "Through our data, we have seen a significant decline in U.S. spending in key segments and that is having a dramatic impact on some Canadian merchants."
Significant declines in U.S. cardholder spending were noted in several key industries:
-Bus travel, down 13 per cent
-Gasoline outlets and convenience stores, 10 per cent
-Public golf course visits, 14 per cent
-Trailer parks and camp sites, 22 per cent
-Specialty retail, 35 per cent
-Department stores, six per cent
-Hotel reservations, 13 per cent
-Restaurant visits, down eight per cent.
"It appears Canadian merchants have been hit with the perfect storm of conditions and businesses that rely on tourism are getting hit the hardest," Green said. "The softening U.S. economy, the continued strength of the Canadian dollar and stiffening border requirements are keeping U.S. citizens out of Canada."
Canada-U.S. border requirements will tighten further on Sept. 30, likely reducing the number of U.S. visitors.
Separately, the Canadian Airports Council said Monday that parity of the Canadian and U.S. dollars "serves to highlight competitive challenges hurting Canada's airports."
The council called on the government to tackle several policies that are negatively impacting Canadian airports and causing Canadian passengers and cargo to choose U.S. airports instead.
"America's gain is Canada's loss," said CAC president and CEO Jim Facette. "For quite some time we have been highlighting to the federal government the competitive disadvantage faced by Canada's airports due to federal policy on the aviation sector. Parity of the Canadian and U.S. dollars is bringing this disadvantage out into the open."
Canada's airports are losing millions of passengers a year to nearby airports across the border that don't pay rent as airports in Canada do and often benefit from government subsidies for infrastructure improvements and expansions. Similarly, Canadian shippers are trucking hundreds of thousands of tons of freight across the border to U.S. airports each year.
Latest lodging report (week ending September 29th) from the Canadian hotel industry showing 'revenue per available room' (RevPAR).
|Newfoundland & Labrador||$79.16|
|Prince Edward Island||$91.47|
*RevPAR is typically defined as room revenue divided by rooms available.
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Tourism set to suffer from the climate change it generates: UN
DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) — A booming worldwide tourism industry could prove its own worst enemy by contributing to the global warming that threatens some of the planet's most prized destinations, UN agencies warned Monday.
If no measures are taken, tourism's impact on climate change is set to more than double in the next 30 years, according to advance data from a report by the UN tourism, environment and weather agencies.
"The tourism industry is both challenged by climate change and a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions," UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said at an international conference in Davos, Switzerland.
Coastal, mountain and nature destinations, especially in poor countries or island states like the Maldives, are likely to be the most affected by weather shifts and rising sea levels or temperatures, according to extracts from the report on climate change and tourism.
While travel to other destinations in more temperate areas might grow, global warming could drain a vital part of the economic lifeblood of some least-developed countries, it added.
UN World Tourism Organisation Secretary General Franco Frangialli called for immediate action from the industry and public authorities, even though tourism's contribution to global warming is smaller than many other industries.
"Climate change is pushing the world of tourism to a revolution, not only an economic and technological one, but also a cultural one," he told the three day conference in this Swiss Alpine resort
"The Swiss Alps suffered due to a lack of snow this winter and it's not due to chance. Tourism contributes to climate change just as it is a victim (of it)," he added.
Transport, accommodation and other tourism activites already account for four to six percent of global greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change, according to the report, which is due to be released later this year.
But the industry's growth could lead to a 150 percent increase in its carbon dioxide emissions alone in the next 30 years, the UNWTO, UNEP and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) agencies said.
Just under three-quarters of the carbon dioxide produced by tourism comes for transport -- 40 percent from aircraft and 32 percent from cars, while accommodation accounts for an estimated 21 percent, the report said.
Emissions are being driven by the rapid increase in international travel, with about 846 million international trips worldwide last year and growing at an average annual rate of 6.5 percent since 1950, according to the UNWTO.
The number of international trips is expected to nearly double to 1.6 billion by 2020.
The global tourist industry is now worth 880 billion dollars annually, surpassing oil exports, food production or the auto industry, it said.
Travel to and from the poorest countries that rely heavily on tourism represents only a small proportion of trips but they are among the ones most exposed to climate change, Frangialli stressed.
He said that overall efforts in the industry to tackle climate change could also contribute to poverty reduction in such countries.
"Tourism is an important player in both as it represents the main economic driving force for several developing states," Frangialli said.
The Davos meeting is due to set the agenda for a ministerial summit on tourism and climate change in London on November 13.
Qantas staff attack service standards In New YouTube Campaign
In a first for enterprise bargaining campaigns, the Australian Services Union has today launched a 30 second online advertisement accusing Qantas of cost cutting and downgrading service standards in airports across the country.
The YouTube ad will front the new campaign website, and is part of a postcard, email and workplace based campaign to put pressure on Qantas in the lead up to their annual general meeting.
The 30 second ad shows a kangaroo bounding through the outback, with a voice over warning about sliding customer service standards at the airline.
"How much longer will Qantas be able to maintain their customer service standards if they keep cutting staff numbers and wages?"
Assistant National Secretary of the ASU, Linda White, said the clip was part of the union's campaign to highlight the downgrading of services at Qantas.
Qantas airport staff have already collected more than 1000 postcards signed by the flying public, addressed to Geoff Dixon, Qantas CEO.
Ms. White said that airport staff members were particularly angry that Qantas was cutting staff, downgrading classifications and refusing to negotiate a new enterprise agreement while paying themselves millions in executive bonuses.
Ms. White said, "Despite Qantas executives paying themselves millions in executive bonuses, they want to pay new customer service staff nearly $4000 per year less."
"That will mean a decline in customer service standards at Qantas counters around the country."
"This ad marks the start of our intense campaign to highlight the double standards and penny pinching antics of the Qantas Executives."
"We will be emailing the ad to thousands of members and encouraging the flying public to visit the website."
Disney’s dream promotion extended another year
Dream on, Disney. Perhaps in part because it generated more buzz then expected, "The Year of a Million Dreams" celebration at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida has been extended another year.
"The guests were happy. Our cast was happy. It drove attendance, which was a great thing," said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of global alliance marketing for Disney Destinations Marketing.
The new 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway that starts next January features more than one million dreams -- more than 50% of which are new -- to be awarded through a random process to eligible guests in both resorts and mail-in participants.
Clients' favorite dreams of 2007 such as Dream FastPass badges, Cinderella Castle Suite stays and in-park shopping sprees will also be granted during this new giveaway, Disney says.
New dreams that are being added as part of the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway include a "Reign at Disney's Private Island for the Day." One winner will be awarded Disney's private Bahamian paradise for the day at Castaway Cay, where three guests can also have sole use of the island.
Dozens of smaller prizes such as free meals and "FastPass" tickets will also be rewarded to hundreds or thousands of people during the coming year. The giveaways are expected to prop up attendance at a time when the economy is stagnating.
"When we do things that are not accessible to the majority of people, we find it clearly spikes interest," said Peter Yesawich, chairman of Ypartnership, a Florida-based travel and research company.
Disney does not release attendance figures, but revenues and operating profits were reportedly up this year, apparently in part because of promotions.
Other major prizes:
- On Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, one winner and up to three guests will be treated to an unprecedented "ultimate Disney character breakfast," with at least 25 Disney characters including Mickey and Minnie.
- New Year's Eve will be celebrated by a winner and up to three guests inside the Cinderella Castle Suite, in the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. The winners will attend a film premier and other events.
- Taking on the honorary role of a "Sorcerer's Apprentice," one winner and a guest will get to peek behind the magic and enter the secret labs of Walt Disney Imagineering.
- One winner and up to three guests will be sent on a 15-day whirlwind tour of four Disney destinations -- Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Resort Paris.
As in 2007, travel agents will be able to find marketing support including online tools and vacation planning DVDs on Disney agent Web site.
"Travel agents have been an integral part of our celebration as the designers of our guests' vacation dreams," said Ed Fouche, senior vice president of travel industry sales and marketing for Disney Destinations."
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Visitor traffic to holiday homes.ca (www.holidayhomes.ca) & For Rent By Owner in Canada (www.FRBO.ca) web sites for the month of September 2007:
Total 'hits' for the month = 105,402 hits (3,513 per day)
Total 'unique visits' for the month = 9,471 (316 per day)
Visitors came from 90+ countries.
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