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Corporate Culture 2: The Power of Culture
 
“Culture east strategy for breakfast,” Peter Drucker famously said. What he means is: if you get your employees’ attitudes and motivation aligned with your company’s values, everything else falls into place.
 
In this series, we are looking at different corporate cultures and different approaches to deliberately shape companies’ culture in ways...
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017

The latest hotel trend is not a good one.  Major chains such as Marriott (who now own Starwood) and Hilton are imposing 48-hour cancellation policies on customers.

It wasn't that long ago that 6pm day of arrival cancellation policies were the norm.  Then, about 3 or 4 years ago, all the major hotel chains started imposing 24-hour cancel policies. Travellers accepted that change in stride, as it didn't seem too unreasonable.  Roughly the same time, hotels also started putting similar restrictions on cancelling nights during your stay: eg. insisting you must give them 1...

Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017

This is the first of an ongoing series of stories where we will explore corporate culture, particularly as it relates to travel.  We'll look at how various companies we support look after their employees and their unique policies and philosophies.  We are particularly interested, of course, in how they deal with their employees' needs when they travel.

 
One of the most memorable compliments I’ve ever received from a client about our travel agency was this: “The single...
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Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
In mid-June, The Travel Group joined dozens of other local travel companies for the 9th annual "Longest Day" Walk/Run event to raise money for Vancouver's Downtown Eastside causes.  In many ways, this was our best event ever: great weather, record attendance, and more than double last year's money raised.
 
This year's cause was: Saint James Music Academy (SJMA).

For those of you who heard Arlene's talk, you know that SJMA is more than just...
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Touring “The County” in Southern Ontario
 
When I was growing up in Southern Ontario, Prince Edward County (PEC) was a sleepy farming community with a few small villages and towns that no one had any particular reason to visit. In the past decade, however, Prince Edward County, located about 200 km east of Toronto and 200 km west of Montreal, has become a first class tourist destination, as well as a home of some very promising new wineries.
 
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As most frequent-flyers in Canada know, Air Canada operates a loyalty program within a loyalty program, which is known a "Altitude."  Based on actual mileage flown during the calendar year (or, alternatively, number of flights), you may be awarded Prestige 25K, Elite 35K, Elite 50K, Elite 75K, or Super Elite 100K status for the following year.  With each higher status level comes additional benefits.  For example, 35K members get access to Air Canada's Maple Leaf lounges, while members with 50K status or better are given "Gold Status" with all...

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