What happens when a major travel company goes out of business?

Over the past week, we’ve seen news coverage out of the United Kingdom detailing the collapse of iconic airline and tour operator Thomas Cook. The company shut its doors, impacting the travel plans of 600,000 people and left 150,000 passengers stranded in destinations around Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S. We’ve seen that the U.K.’s…

Tips for travelling during hurricane season

Travelling to the Caribbean and U.S. Gulf Coast during the summer and early fall can mean taking advantage of off-peak rates to popular destinations. But, with hurricane season lasting from early June until the end of November, there’s the potential that your holiday could see anything from a little bit of drizzle to a major…

New Air Passenger Protection Regulations are here – learn what they mean for you!

Big changes are here for airline passengers in Canada. Until now, there have been no standardized passenger protection rules for air travel in Canada. Airlines have set their own policies when it comes to transparency, communication and compensation. This year, the Federal government is rolling out the new Air Passenger Protection Regulations, which apply to…

5 Travel Tips To Prepare You For Traveling Abroad

Traveling should always be a pleasurable experience. Unfortunately, unexpected problems may occur and pitfalls can await the unprepared. Having a happy holiday involves doing your homework and taking some precautions before you embark. Ontario’s travel industry is regulated for consumer protection, which is why it’s important to book with an Ontario registered travel agency or…

4 Travel Tips For Purchasing Last-Minute Cruise Deals

If you search online for cruise deals, you’ll be sure to see all kinds of ads like this: “Once-in-a-lifetime cruises at low prices.” If you’re a savvy traveler, there are plenty of amazing deals on cruise vacations floating around. You’ll get to enjoy top-notch service, accommodation, dining, onboard activities and entertainment while enjoying each stop…

Becoming a TICO Certified Travel Counsellor or Supervisor/Manager In Ontario

All individuals wishing to sell travel services in Ontario must meet TICO’s Education Standards and obtain the required Travel Counsellor Certification.  It’s the law. Every person who works for a registered Ontario retail travel agency and sells travel services or provides travel advice to the public must, by law, meet TICO’s Education Standards. This includes…

3 Ways To Tell If A Home-Based Travel Agency Is Registered

Travel is a global industry and like many other global industries, the trend of working out of home and being mobile has crossed over in a big way. In Ontario, the travel industry has experienced a dramatic increase in home-based travel agencies and travel counselors working as outside sales representatives on behalf of travel agencies….

7 Tips To Avoid A Travel Scam When Buying Airline Tickets Online

  When searching for the best online deal for airfares, it pays to be cautious. Falling for a travel scam is fairly common and people are regularly tricked into thinking they’re getting an amazing deal when they book a flight online, only to find out too late that they were conned.

5 Travel Tips to Navigate the New Dual Canadian Citizen Entry Passport Rules

If you’re a Canadian citizen with dual citizenship, you can now only fly into the country if you have a valid Canadian passport. This is a recent change as of November 10, 2016. Let’s say you have dual citizenship in Canada and the United Kingdom. Previously, you may have been able to fly to Canada…

10 Travel Tips for Crossing the Canadian/US Border

Thinking about popping down from Canada to the U.S. for a quick road trip? Maybe you want to go shopping, cheer on your favourite team, do some sightseeing, or visit friends and family. Keep in mind that if you’re travelling at peak times, wait times at the border can be painfully long. But with some…