Presenting the best of what Canada has to offer... Katarina Rookes, Francis Travel Marketing; Davina Bennetto, World Journeys; Helen Hersom, Rocky Mountaineer; Natasha Crowle, Adventure World; Karyn Blenkiron, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours Presenting the best of what Canada has to offer... Katarina Rookes, Francis Travel Marketing; Davina Bennetto, World Journeys; Helen Hersom, Rocky Mountaineer; Natasha Crowle, Adventure World; Karyn Blenkiron, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Vancouver and beyond

The opportunity for more yield by utilising increased connectivity to and beyond Vancouver was highlighted at the Canada Eh! event in Auckland this week.

Jared Jamison, sales account manager for Air New Zealand, says a move to the 787-900 (rather than the 777-200) in December also puts more Business Premier and premium economy on the AKL-YVR route. Both cabins are in demand with New  Zealanders heading to Canada, he says. ‘We’ve got 29 connections within domestic Canada working with Air Canada, United Airlines and WestJet Airlines that can be accessed via our North American gateways and there will be connections from New York into Canada as well.’

Jamison says that for clients heading to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, Chicago provides the quickest connections.

Operators at Canada Eh!, held at Auckland’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, say the event was the biggest opportunity in a couple of years for the trade to be updated on the destination. It came just a few weeks before Air Canada’s new service between Auckland and Vancouver commences on 14 December.

‘We are emphasising that Canada is a year round destination and that there are opportunities both in Vancouver and beyond,’ says Cathy Gibson, sales executive with Air Canada. ‘Some products and destinations have a high profile with the trade here but even with those agents can gain knowledge of details to help them sell Canada – like the hidden gems of Vancouver for example.‘And then there are places like the East Coast and Northern Canada that definitely provide more opportunities for the trade and their clients.’

Gibson says features such as wildlife and Niagara Falls are obvious attractions but agents shouldn’t forget the cities. ‘If you look at Halifax, Toronto and Quebec, each place has a totally different personality.’

As well as the two airlines, presenters included Adventure World, Scenic, World Journeys, Francis Travel Marketing, APT, Rocky Mountaineer, Tourism British Columbia, Vancouver Tourism, Whistler Tourism, and Calgary Stampede.

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