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Travelling to the United States by Air? – Ottawa Citizen, December 28th, 2006 December 30, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Economic, Human, Political.
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This is not a story, rather it is a government announcement, which states that as of Janury 23rd, 2006, anyone entering the U.S. by air will need a valid passport. If you don’t know what the WHTI is by now, google it and find out. The impact is huge and just look at the categories it falls into.

The flip side to this story is that US travellers going back to the US from Canada, will also need passports.

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66-square-kilometetre “ice island” falls into the sea – Ottawa Citizen, December 28th, 2006 December 30, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Natural.
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Scientists blame global warming for Ellesmere Island incident. How does a huge chunk of Canada’s northern territory (part of Iqaluit) falling into the ocean and drifting away, impact Tourism? Read the article and find out.

Baird keen to expand Congress Centre – Ottawa Citizen, December 28th, 2006 December 30, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Political.
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This a a small story on the front page, with an absolutely huge impact. Read this article how there is apparantly $30 million available in federal funds to help expand Ottawa’s Congress Centre.

Google overtakes Yahoo in user visits – Ottawa Citizen December 30, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Technological.
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You may wonder how this title in the Ottawa Citizen on  December 23rd, 2006 affects Hotels and Restaurants….well the truth is that it has a huge impact. If your customers find you using Google, then it makes sense to understand exactly how to make it easy for them to find you.

OMERS puts up $1.5B for landmark Fairmont properties – Ottawa Citizen, October 5th, 2006 December 27, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Political, Uncategorized.
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Interesting story of how OMERS has bought several Fairmont properties including the Chateau Montebello, which is hotel you will visit next semester.

It’s all the Rave! Ottawa Citizen, October 11th, 2006 December 27, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Human, Uncategorized.
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Ottawa couples pay out $249 per person to party to techno music, drink as much as they can and prepare amazing meals in the hotel kitchen with the hotel chefs. Brookstreet Hotel is doing it. Can you find the target markets on your Cohort list?

Marriott rewarded for smoking ban – Ottawa Citizen, October 17th, 2006 December 27, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Human, Political.
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Marriott has awarded the Kent Street property for banning smoking, which is a trend filtering it’s way (so to speak) across the industry.

Give Tim’s a chance – Ottawa Citizen, October 20th December 27, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Human, Political.
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Westboro community groups and city counsellors at odds whether to allow a Tim Hortons to open . Interesting story.

Light Rail is dead if Chiarelli loses the election December 27, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Political.
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This prediction in the Ottawa Citizen of October 17, 2006, proved to be eventually true. Does it affect Ottawa as a destination?

Job, Housing Market remains hot – Ottawa Citzen December 27, 2006

Posted by Ian W. McVitty in Economic, Political.
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This story ties together the booming Ottawa housing market and the job market, both good signs for the economy and indirectly our industry.