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Monday, May 23, 2011


Let's face it, there's a selfish side to spa going. With some spas boasting a ratio of anywhere from three to five staffers for every guest, if someone wants a random cuddle, there's a line up of cuddlers-at-the-ready. How refreshing then, that the Four Seasons has just introduced a way for spa-goers to give back. For every ''Four Seasons In One'' treatment sold, the spa will plant a tree, working with the Nature Conservancy and their ''Plant a Billion Trees'' effort. Last month, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a global commitment to plant 10 million trees to mark its 50th birthday.

Subject: donations; environment; hotels; review; spas; tourism; travel; trees

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Starting Dec. 21, the 21 SilverBirch Hotels and Resorts across Canada will donate $10 per booking to local charities, as well as offer deals on room rates. Holiday-season rates start at $65 at the newly renovated Best Western Charlottetown, $89 at the Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites Victoria and $99 at the Mayfield Inn and Suites at West Edmonton. For a complete list of participating hotels, reservations and further information on charities, visit or call 1-888-4CANADA.

Location: Canada;

Subject: donations; hotels; tourism; travel

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


The Fairmont and Delta hotel chains are once again providing free rooms during the holiday season to out-of-towners visiting family members in hospital. Fairmont has offered its Room at the Inn program since 1993. The program has provided thousands of complimentary room nights for families across North America. It runs throughout December at most of the 21 Fairmont hotels and resorts across Canada as well as some in the United States. Delta's program, called Home for the Holidays, runs until early January, with dates varying depending on the hotel. More than 25 hotels across the country, from Victoria to St. John's, are participating. Visitors should apply through hospitals, which make the hotel reservations.

Location: United States; Canada;

Subject: charities; hotels; donations

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Journalism museum to reopen at new site

A used cellphone. An old vest. It's a mishmash of donations, and they're not for Goodwill.They're items for display at the Newseum, the journalism museum set to open Oct. 15 at a new location near the U.S. Capitol.

Location: Washington; District of Columbia;

Subject: travel; tourism; museums; journalism; donations; finance

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


This holiday season enjoy a hotel-room discount of up to 50 per cent at 31 hotels across Canada and contribute to local charities at the same time. CHIP Hospitality -- manager of both independent and franchise hotels such as Delta Hotels and Radisson -- is offering rates ranging from $39 to $109 a night. For each room sold from mid-to late-December, $10 is donated to shelters, soup kitchens and other programs.

Location: Canada;

Subject: travel; tourism; hotels; charities; donations

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Aeroplan announced this week a new charity program called Beyond Miles, in which corporations and Aeroplan's five million individual members can donate air miles to six Canadian-based foundations: Medecins sans frontieres, Engineers Without Borders, Veterinarians Without Borders, Schools Without Borders, Air Canada's Kids' Horizons and the Canadian Executive Service Association.

Location: Canada;

Subject: airlines; incentives; charities; donations

Wednesday, February 1, 2006


You've racked up enough points to fly gratis from Montreal to Moldavia and back. You just don't have time to use them. Now, you can earn a different sort of mileage by donating that aisle seat. A new partnership between Aeroplan and LEADER -- a program that sends Ivey MBA students to kick-start small businesses in developing countries -- means you can transfer points to those helping transfer knowledge.

Subject: airlines; incentives; marketing; charities; donations

Saturday, January 14, 2006


Want to stop donating to the Hilton sisters? Or perhaps just make those do-good resolutions a reality while spoiling yourself silly? For every booking you make on this site, the hotels contribute 5 per cent to a charity of your choice. That means sleeping warmer in Antarctica, for example, knowing your trek equals cash for the World Wildlife Fund or Amnesty International.

Subject: travel; tourism; hotels; charities; donations

Friday, September 23, 2005

Donated points help hurricane relief

Hotel chains and airlines alike are letting their rewards program members donate points to relief agencies and resident affected after Hurricane Katrina left a wide swath of damage across the U.S. Gulf Coast earlier this month.

Location: Canada;

Subject: travel; incentives; charities; donations; hotels; airlines

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Donations to Cuba must go through embassy

Travellers to Cuba who plan to take articles for donation should inform the Cuban embassy in Ottawa or risk having them confiscated on arrival, according to Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs.

Location: Cuba;

Subject: travel; tourists; donations

Saturday, April 14, 2001

Landslide victims get free Med cruise

Inhabitants of the tiny Swiss Alpine village that was devastated by a landslide last year have been invited on a one-week Mediterranean cruise by a Greek shipping tycoon.Georges Poulides, chairman and chief executive of Festival Cruises, issued the invitation last week to the 150 inhabitants of Gondo as a gesture of solidarity after driving through the village for many years on his way to the nearby resort of Montana.

Location: Switzerland

Subject: landslides; donations; cruises

Wednesday, December 27, 2000

Three days left to give Canadian miles to charity

Charities will be one of the casualties -- at least in the short run -- when Canadian Airlines' frequent-flier program disappears this weekend.So if the holiday season has left you wanting to help others, and if you have spare Canadian Plus miles you'd like to share, you'll have to move quickly. This Friday is the last day donations will be processed by the Canadian Plus Foundation.

Location: Canada

Subject: business travel; airlines; incentives; charities; donations; obesity

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