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 February 27, 2015
Destination France Roadshow and Press Event Held At Vancouver's Pan Pacific Hotel

 Four City Destination France Roadshow Concludes In Vancouver

Last night 150 members of the Vancouver travel community and members of the local media were invited by Atout France to enjoy an entertaining evening of news and information about France; new product announcements; prize draws; and, a wonderful dinner at the waterfront Pan Pacific Hotel. The occasion the fourth and final event in a four city Destination France Show that began in Montreal and included Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

The Destination France Roadshow included speeches, videos and an exhibition hall manned by representatives from Destinations & Accommodations; Air Carriers; Culture & Heritage; Tour Operators & Destination Management Companies, including:

Destination & Accommodation

- Normandy Tourist Board
- Saint-Martin Tourism Office
- Montpellier Tourist Office
- Belgian Tourist Office Brussels/Wallonia
- Plaza Elysees Hotel Paris
- Les Hotels du Roy
- Martinique Promotion Bureau
- Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board
- Club Med
- Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez
- Grand Hotel -- Le Touquet Paris Plage


- Air France
- Air Canada
- Rail Europe

Culture & Heritage

- French National Monuments
- Lido de Paaris
- Compagnie des Alpes: Parc Asterix -- Futuroscope -- Grevin
- Chateau Clos Luce -- Leonardo da Vinci Park
- Galeries Lafayette Haussman
- Cointreau
- Juno Beach Centre

Tour Operators & DMC

- Atout France: France Tourism Development Agency
- TravelBrands
- Transat Holidays
- Alio
- Victours
- Euro Travel Concept
- Group Voyages Quebec



Highlight of the Evening -- Air France Announces Vancouver-Paris Service Starting March 29

Vancouver is a key protagonist in the marked increase in Air France flights between Canada and France, as the airline prepares to start operating flights out of the city this March 29, three times a week at first, and then five times weekly as of May 4. The flights will be aboard a 309-seat Boeing 777-200 - 35 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 250 in Economy. "The introduction of our Vancouver route stems from our desire to better serve Canada by completing our customary Montreal and Toronto services, and thus provide our partners and customers with a broader, more comprehensive offering," said Jean-Noel Rault, Vice-President and General Manager of Air France KLM Canada.

This Summer 2015, Air France and KLM will combine for 72 flights a week to Europe. Air France will fly 33 times weekly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle from Montreal (21), Toronto (7) and Vancouver (5) effective March 29, to which will be added KLM's 39 flights to Amsterdam from Montreal (7), Toronto (14), Calgary (7), Vancouver (7) and Edmonton (4) as of May 5, 2015. And thanks to the codeshare flights operated jointly with WestJet, residents from some 15 Canadian cities - including Victoria, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Quebec City and Dear Lake - will be able to access Air France flights via one single booking.