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Best Places to Travel in Canada: 2014
The Huffington Post
The Vacay.ca list is in its third year and has emerged as a great forecaster and influencer of Canadian travel. For 2013, Fortress Louisbourg in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia was the No. 1 destination and it saw a 37 per cent increase in visitation from its 2012 levels. In 2012, Calgary topped the list and witnessed record numbers of travellers, many of whom arrived for the 100th Calgary Stampede.
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Sagging dollar helps tourism, bad news for imports
Ottawa Citizen
A weaker Canadian dollar will ultimately lead to more consumers spending their money at home, rather than across the border. For instance, shopping trips to the U.S. as well as online purchases made from American companies will start to look less lucrative for Canadian shoppers if the loonie continues to drop.
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Top 10 places to embrace winter in Canada
Canoe.ca
Brrr — it's cold outside! Even though the winter weather is frightful, in some places of Canada, it's just delightful! We name the top 10 places in Canada where all travellers can embrace the winter weather.
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Google is developing a Street View-like feature to showcase hotel interiors
Calgary Herald
Google is expanding its hotel business, offering several new ways for travellers to learn about accommodations. The most noticeable change will be the introduction of a series of high-resolution panoramic photos that are stitched together to create a 360-degree experience, similar to that found in the Street View feature in Google maps. These aren't independent photos but they are another resource for travellers.
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Successful lights festival winds down
Owen Sound Sun Times
This past weekend marked the end of the 26th annual Festival of Northern Lights and its 400 displays that wind along the Sydenham River and through Harrison Park in Owen Sound, ON. About 5,000 cars visited the festival in Harrison Park, which is about 10 per cent higher than the previous best, while the number of bus tours and donations were also up over last year's festival with a few days to go.
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Manitoulin Tourism Association touring Island-wide with new tourism vision
The Manitoulin Expositor
The January 2014 newsletter of the Manitoulin Tourism Association gave newly-elected president Ron Berti an opportunity to introduce himself to the membership and to shine a light on his perspective of the challenges facing the tourism industry on the Island, providing some indication of how those challenges can be met by leveraging practices that have proven effective in the past.
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Tourism study earns international award
Westman Journal
Researchers at Brandon University have received international attention for their recent work into how rural communities can better market themselves as tourist destinations. Dr. Christopher Malcolm and Dr. Doug Ramsey presented their findings to the 6th Annual International Tourism Congress, held in Peniche, Portugal.
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Hotels plan for 'challenging' year in 2014
Ottawa Business Journal
Ottawa tourism groups are bracing for a difficult 2014 after seeing only slight growth in the number of visitors during the past year. “"t looks like 2014 is going to be another challenging year, from what I'm hearing anecdotally from hoteliers across the city," said Dick Brown, executive director of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association.

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Ontario Tories support some road tolls to fund transit expansion
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's Progressive Conservatives are eyeing road tolls in high-occupancy-vehicle lanes as part of a traffic management plan to break the crippling gridlock around Toronto. The Tories are also championing synchronized traffic lights, fluctuating speed limits on expressways and having the authorities clear minor traffic accidents out of the way faster.

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Finding an extra hour every day: Time and email management tips
OMCA via Randy Dean
Every piece of information (paper, fax, email, v-mail, etc.) that you get you should touch one time. If you can take care of this task (accomplish, reply, file, read, forward, delete, toss, etc.) in three minutes or less, DO IT RIGHT NOW!

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Do you spend more than $1,500 on souvenirs when you travel?
Refinery29
An independent Chinese tourist, on average, spends $1,530, 20 per cent more than a Chinese traveller on a group tour, who already forks over $1,275 on shopping abroad. In contrast, the average American spends $1,180 total on vacations (and that includes travel and lodging costs).
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