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April 04, 2019 | Lois Farley

Company News:

We’re nicely settled into our new office at 1349 Portage Avenue (north side of Portage between Valour Road and Ashburn Street) and the weather finally warmed up enough for our signs to be installed. We’re no longer that nameless, light brown brick building on Portage Avenue! If you live in the Winnipeg area we invite you to pop in and see our new digs!

Our 2019 Consumer Events series kicked off with two successful evenings:
March 6th featured a presentation on expedition cruising in Europe, the North Atlantic and Arctic regions and Eastern Canada, conducted by Matthew James Swan from Adventure Canada.
March 24th we hosted an evening exploring the wet vs. dry season options for safaris in Botswana and Zimbabwe, presented by Yandisa Ngcuka of Wilderness Safaris.
Next up, April 25th, when Tony Perdomo from Exodus Travel will be in our office to present on soft adventure and active holidays for travellers of all ages. If you would like to attend please RSVP by email to sales@gctravel.ca with subject line: Exodus Travel RSVP.

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April showers bring great savings at CIE Tours! Their April Sale takes 10% off select, all-inclusive guided vacations through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Italy. Tours must be booked by April 22, 2019 and offer dates through the peak summer months. Contact us for information on which tours qualify for this promotion.

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Adventure Canada is offering a fabulous Ireland Circumnavigation cruise starting in Dublin on June 9th, 2019. You can save up to 15% off your cabin cost for bookings made by April 15th. Details about the cruise can be seen on the webpage.

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There are some great Promos & Specials in the marketplace right now. We send out an e-mailer outlining some of them every couple of weeks. If you want to be kept in the loop on these saving offers just sign up from our website, at the bottom of each page in the red “footer” or email us to be added to the list to receive updates from us. You can always unsubscribe at any time!

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Our Winnipeg office is moving! Effective November 30th our new address will be 1349 Portage Avenue. We’ll be on the north side of Portage Avenue between Valour Rd and Ashburn St. Our phone number, fax number and email addresses will all stay the same. We’ll be having a Grand Opening once we’re all settled in our new digs, so watch this space for updates.
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Top 60 Canadian Travel Blogger sites: Great Canadian Travel was just named as one of the top 60 travel blog sites in Canada by Feedspot.com. Blog sites are judged by their search engine ranking, social media influence, social media buzz, Alexa ranking (a division of Amazon that measures web searches and visitors), post frequency and quality scores. We try hard to keep providing interesting and relevant content and it’s nice to see that our effort is being noticed. So, if we keep blogging, will you keep reading?
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And the Michelin Stars keep coming to our favourite places! Dill has been named the best Icelandic restaurant on numerous occasions and can now boast a Michelin Star, the first every awarded in Iceland – way to go, Dill!  “Dill builds on Icelandic traditions and Icelandic and Nordic ideology, and we use only the best and purest of Icelandic ingredients in our cooking,” said Head Chef of Dill, Ragnar Eiríksson. “It’s an enormous honor for all of my fantastic coworkers.” Dill is a small restaurant that sits between 20-30 people, so book your reservation today before the rest of the world hears about one of Iceland’s (and the world’s) best restaurants!
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Congratulations to KOKS restaurant, Kirkjubøur, Faroe Islands on winning your first Michelin star, the first restaurant in the Faroe Islands to do so!  Makes the short drive to this stunning seaside town even more worthwhile (like we needed another reason)!  Run by 26 year-old Faroese chef Poul Andrias Ziska, the young avant-garde team at KOKS use Faroese produce, focusing on innovative, but at the same time, traditional cuisine.  The menu is determined by the season and what they have to offer, transforming the food by using ancient culinary traditions such as drying, fermenting, salting and smoking, into modern delicacies.  Way to go, Poul and your fabulous team at KOKS!