Winnipeg-based travel and food writer Kathryne Grisim is continuing to share her experience this past December by trekking her family down to Mesa, Arizona and staying at an Airbnb property.
“The kitchen, oh the kitchen! It was furnished with every single small appliance you could think of including a movie theatre style popcorn maker, George Foreman grill, crockpot and waffle maker,” Grisim writes.
WINNIPEG — Airbnbs are now garnering serious consideration when making holiday plans. Booking a multi-bedroom house and sharing the cost, may prove more affordable than staying in a handful of hotel rooms. Airbnbs sometime provide extra benefits and more common space too. Such was the case for Winnipeg-based travel and food writer Kathryne Grisim of Food Musings when her multi-generation family travelled to Mesa, Arizona for a family wedding recently.
“When we heard about the family wedding that was to be held in Phoenix just after Christmas, we were all very excited about making the trip.”
While posh Mexican all-inclusive resorts definitely have their appeal, it’s the small towns and far-flung villages that hold the promise of the real Mexico for so many travellers. On the eastern shoreline of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and just 40 kilometres south of bustling Cancun is Puerto Morelos, with a population of under 10,000, that delivers the real deal.
This past week saw what can only be described as a soft launch of a new no-frills airline called NewLeaf. Partnering with a regional carrier based in Kelowna, NewLeaf will service a handful of smaller Canadian airports, including Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and Hamilton. Hands up if you didn’t know there was a Hamilton airport?
They are advertising one way tickets for as little as $89, but they’re carefully avoiding the word discount. Truth is that $89 could easily end up costing twice that much when you add in all the other charges that can quickly be tacked on. It’s called drip pricing, and NewLeaf is merely following the example of many other airlines who have flown before them.
Manitoba is hosting a tourism industry summit in Winnipeg early next year to set a long-term vision for growing the tourism sector in the province.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Travel Manitoba and Manitoba government will gather input from the tourism industry and other associated businesses.
“Tourism generates $1.5 billion in revenue, supports more than 24,500 jobs and generates more than $250 million in tax revenue,” said Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux.
WINNIPEG — The ribbon has been cut on Travel Manitoba’s new tourist information centre at The Forks.
The centre has been completely redesigned with the addition of new technology to connect with customers seeking information on the province.
“A new, state-of-the-art visitor information centre at The Forks allows us to give travellers a sample of the immersive experiences our province has to offer,” said Colin Ferguson, president and CEO of Travel Manitoba. “We’ve built a place that welcomes visitors and where our unique experiences come to life.”
Travel counsellors are available to answer tourist’s questions, while visual displays showcase the province’s many stunning views.
Travel Manitoba has won a tourism award for its 2014 campaign, “Manitoba, Canada’s Heart… Beats.”
The organization picked up two golds and one silver at WorldMediaFestival | TOURISM in Hamburg, Germany.
“To have our 2014 advertising campaign — the first one to feature our new Manitoba, Canada’s Heart… Beats brand — win gold at an international awards is proof that our messages have the power to resonate with audiences from around the world,” said Colin Ferguson, Travel Manitoba president and CEO.
Manitobans have hot, sunny destinations on their mind this winter and they’re proving to go above and beyond to win a free trip.
CAA Travel has been running its Swap Snow for Sand contest for several weeks, which calls on Manitobans to take a picture or video of themselves doing something wacky or creative while barefoot in the snow. The top five entries to gain the most votes will be chosen on January 28 and moved along to a panel of judges.
“Even though the last week or two have been mild as far as winter goes, it’s still not a beach with sun,” said Mel Carter, corporate manager of travel for CAA Travel. “Nothing beats a trip down south.”