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Going To Europe But Always Wanted To See Toronto?

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I would bet this will draw a lot of takers but only if the US pax even knows about Toronto. Knowledge about Canada is not exactly great in the US of A. Will WestJet counter with a stayover for their Canadian origin passengers?

Air Canada Encourages Travelers to form a Toronto Connection
International customers can add up to a week at no charge in Canada's largest and most vibrant city
TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada customers travelling between the U.S. and Europe or Asia via the airline's Toronto Pearson global hub will have an opportunity to pause their journey in the city for up to one week with no stopover fee. This special offer, developed with the support of Tourism Toronto, is designed to encourage U.S. originating international customers to take advantage of their connection to experience Canada's largest and most vibrant city.
"As Air Canada's global hub, Toronto Pearson is quickly growing in popularity as the most efficient connecting point for U.S. originating travelers to Europe or Asia. But in addition to being extremely convenient for transiting international travelers, Toronto makes an ideal city getaway and for those who have the time, as there is a tremendous amount to see and do in one of the world's most multicultural and vibrant cities. This is why we are pleased to offer our U.S. originating customers flying on international connections with an opportunity to stop over in Toronto for up to a week at no extra cost to their Air Canada ticket so that they can explore and enjoy its diverse attractions," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada.
"International travelers are always looking for added value and exciting destinations and this offer provides both. It's the perfect way to spend some time exploring Toronto – for the first time or the tenth time – without any additional airfare," said Andrew Weir, Chief Marketing Officer of Tourism Toronto.
Air Canada's extended stopover offer is available to U.S. originating international customers connecting through Toronto while travelling from more than 50 U.S. cities to Europe or Asia and can be applied to either the outbound or inbound portion of the trip. Customers can stay up to one week in Toronto for the same price as a usual roundtrip ticket – without any additional fees for an interrupted journey. The offer is valid for flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express or Air Canada rouge. For more details including fare rules please see aircanada.com/travelsmarter

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I think WS is already doing this for transatlantic service with a long stop in Newfoundland.

It's an interesting initiative. I hope it drives tourism and demand.

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I think Icelandair's offer of an extended stay in Reykyavik beats both Toronto and St John's.

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seeker, I agree but a stay will be lots more money than the same stay in YYZ but then of course there is the scenery, trying arctic shark (don't) but do give their "bjork" and their Brennivin a try . If you intend to drive , they have a zero tolerance law re liquor and will ticket and fine you if you are stopped and they even smell liquor on your breath. .....

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