Ranked ninth in overall business bookings for this year, Canada has seen more remote workers at its resort destinations and longer business stays, according to rental property managers. While much of this has been driven so far by Canadian citizens taking advantage of remote work (more than It is said that 27% of employed Canadians will take a job this year), international travel here is expected to increase further: the country scrapped its testing requirement in April for vaccinated travelers, which some say will lead to an influx of foreign workers and more international conferences.
“We’ve noticed that business travel is becoming an increasingly important part of our business,” said Vancouver resident Connor Griffiths, owner of vacation rental company Lifty Life. “This is due to remote workers opting for mid-length off-season stays and our move to larger metropolitan cities such as Kelowna and Calgary.”
Griffiths warns that Canada has the highest mobile data costs in the world, so business travelers should come prepared with an internationally supported plan, if possible.
According to industry, business travel tends to be concentrated in Vancouver and Calgary in the west of the country and Montreal and Toronto in the east. In Vancouver, the OPUS boutique hotel offers guests free cruiser bikes to explore the city and offers a zero-waste cocktail program. Toronto resident Baruch Labunski, CEO of Ontario-based marketing firm Rank Secure, recommends staying at Hotel X Toronto for its green ethos.
“It’s LEED certified, has green roofs, recycles everything possible, and is set in beautiful parks and gardens,” he said. “Sure, you could stay in a faceless hotel chain, but I think we should celebrate the return of business travel by cultivating cool experiences, even while we’re working on the road.”
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