Visitors to Prince Edward Island are coming away disappointed, according to a report on CTV news. CTV Atlantic says Parks Canada is saving money by restricting operationg hours at Green Gables, closing on Sunday and Monday in the month of June.
"It's supposed to be a national treasure and they (tourists) were here and they wanted to see it on a Sunday and they couldn't," said tour guide Harry Moreland. "Definitely I don't think it is of any advantage to tourism on this island, for the Green Gables house to be closed up so early."
The grounds will be open seven days a week in July, the network said.
WINE IN A CAN - PLEASE NO!
Another sign the apocalypse surely is upon us? Or just another sign of how unglamorous air travel is these days?
Either way, the news that Spirit Airlines will begin serving wine (or something they call wine) in cans is surely not welcome news. The U.S. carrier, known for its extra fees and fun advertisements (which we don't see much in Canada) says it will save weight on board by selling its white moscato or strawberry moscato (sounds AWFUL) wines in aluminum cans. The cans are easier to stack and store on airplanes and also weigh less.
Spirit will continue to sell mini-bottles of Sutter Home wine, which is kinda drinkable last time I checked. But strawberry moscato? Why not just suck on some strawberry licorice?
The cans will cost $7, or two for $12.
Spirit, in case you've never had the pleasure, charges $3 for a drink of water. Want a bag in the overhead bin? That'll cost you $35.
And you thought airlines were nickel and diming you in Canada ...RECORD REVENUE FROM FEES
Speaking of nickel and diming,a report by IdeaWorksCompany and CarTrawler says ancillary revenue reported by airlines grew to $27.1 billion (all figures U.S.) in 2012. That's up a sizeable 19.6 per cent over 2011 and represents more than double the ancillary revenues that airlines brought in in 2009, when the figure was $13.47 billion.
"The blueprint for an airline business has changed dramatically over the past 10 years," said Mike McGearty, CEO of Car Trawler.
No kidding. We get hit for excess baggage. We get hit for change fees. We get hit for sandwiches and wine in cans. And, if you're on Spirit, even water.
A chart of the top airlines showed that United raked in $5.35 billion in extra revenue, followed by Delta at $2.58 billion and American at almost $2 billion. No Canadian airlines made the list of top ten revenue producers.
The study also showed that Qantas brings in an average of $56.21 per passenger in ancillary revenue, tops in the world, and that Spirit gets 38.5 per cent of its revenue from ancillary fees; also tops in the world.
One odd note: the study said Aeroflot sold $171.3 million of duty free goods on its flights in 2012 and attained a 115 per cent mark up on cost. That's a lot of perfume and, probably, vodka.MONTREAL JAZZ FEST
The 34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, will take place from June 28 to July 7, is coming up soon. On the menu this year : Oliver Jones, Martha Wainwright, Nikki Yanofsky, Wayne Shorter, Pink Martini, Charles Lloyd, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, George Benson, She & Him, Vijay Iyer, Alpha Blondy & the Solar System, Oliver Jones, Belle & Sebastian, Madeleine Peyroux… and many more acts.
BOMBARDIER SENDS PLANES TO WESTJET
WestJet has ordered 20 of the planes with options for an additional 25, and will use them on its new regional carrier, WestJet Encore. WestJet Encore launches June 24 and will provide flights to a series of regional destinations in Canada, including places like Saskatoon, Fort St. John, B.C., Brandon, Manitoba, Grande Prairie, Alberta and Nanaimo, B.C.
BIG VEGAS RESORT
Travelmole reports that plans have been unveiled by Eurasia Resorts for a massive new development in Las Vegas,
including six hotels, 39 casinos and a six-million-square-foot
Located off The Strip, the complex would also include indoor and outdoor theme parks, the world's largest Ferris wheel (800-feet tall), a sports arena with a visitor-participation XTREME Sports World, three PGA-quality golf courses and a shopping mall (naturally) with 15 million square feet of retail space.
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