WestJet's new regional airline has been given a name.
WestJet Encore will launch in the second half of next year using Bombardier Q400 aircraft to service smaller Canadian communities.
A whole raft of cities have been lobbying for service under the new WestJet umbrella. The Calgary Herald reports that Nanaimo, B.C., had a huge social media campaign to try to get the airline's attention "while Brandon, Man., collected more than 10,000 signatures on a petition." Penticton, B.C., declared itself "WestJetville" for a day, the Herald said, and I like their style.
"We were looking for, as we developed a short list, something that related to WestJet and our proud 16-year history," said Bob Cummings, WestJet's executive vice-president of sales, marketing, and guest experience. "We brought low-cost travel to Canadians, and we're now going to go into smaller communities and bring low fares to them."
Air Canada recently announced its new, discount carrier will be launched next year as well, so it's clear that the Canadian air wars continue...
TASTE OF MONTREAL
Reservations are now open for the first edition of TASTE MONTREAL, an initiative of Tourisme Montreal. From Nov. 1 to 11, close to 100 restaurants across the great city of Montgreal will offer tasty menus at $19, $29 and $39.
In additiion to great savings there also will be food events. Mont-Royal Avenue will have six participating restaurtns that will welcome guests to candle-lit dinners on certain nights. Visit www.mont-royal.net for more information.
Sunwing has launched the newest edition of its Destination Weddings Guide. The new volume is twice the size of the original and has an array of new features along with tips and trends to help brides and grooms plan their dream Destination Wedding.
Couples can choose from Diamond or Platinum Sunwing Weddings Planning Packages and get personalized consultations, information on legal requirement, a budget spreadsheet and much more.
Out of country weddings are increasingly popular, with couples choose places such as the Caribbean, Paris or even cruise ships for their vows.
Off to Miami (supposed to rain tomorrow, damn) on Saturday for a day and then Key West. After that I'll be blogging from the U.S. Virgin Islands before heading back to Miami. So stay tuned for some sunhshine words and photos.
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