Hi there. The Great Canadian Travel Group has been in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada since November 21, 1980. It grew to incorporate an office in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada September 1, 2016. All our staff are Canadian and we all love Canada. Our clients span the globe as do our tour suppliers. We love travel and love to help our clients see as much of the world as we can. We are passionate about our jobs.
“But if you’re called the Great CANADIAN Travel Group, why are some of your prices in US Dollars?” We get this question a lot, so we felt like we needed to explain a little bit about our pricing, just to clear the air. First of all, we assure you, we are definitely 100% a Canadian company.
Secondly, a lot of our suppliers give us their pricing in US dollars. They aren’t all in the United States, most of them aren’t, it’s just a standard currency in the industry.
Thirdly, exchange rates change, almost daily. If we were to post Canadian rates for our tours, we would literally have to change the fees every few days, if not, every day. It’s just how the banking system works. We don’t have the time or the resources to continually change the rates on our website. There are two people currently who update the website. And with over 200 tours, it’s just not feasible. However, if you wish to have your quote in Canadian dollars, our consultants can give you that day’s exchange rate. When you pay your final payment, the exchange rate WILL be different than that of the deposit rate, but we are more than happy to give you the current day’s rate. All you have to do is ask and we will get that for you.
The fourth reason we quote in US dollars on our website, and this is linked to the third reason as well, is that sometimes our tours incorporate multiple currencies. One tour could be comprised of many different tour suppliers who have all given us rates in their local currency be it Euros, Icelandic Krone, Danish Krone, British Pound, etc. Those exchange rates also fluctuate more than the US dollar, therefore, the best way to keep your cost down, is to quote in US dollars. If we quoted in Canadian dollars, chances of you being charged more than that of your southern neighbour is high considering the fluctuation.
So, even though our prices aren’t always Canadian, the company is very proudly Canadian. And remember, if you are interested in any one of our tours, contact us for Canadian dollar pricing at any time. Your adventure awaits!