Michael Baginski

Editor at Large, Mike Baginski is well known and well respected within the industry across Canada, the US, in the Caribbean, Mexico and numerous other destinations outside North America.

Mike is a veteran journalist and editor, and his incisive reports, interviews and his individual and distinct take on our industry, as often evinced in his ‘At Large’ columns make him a valued voice at Travel IndustryToday and an invaluable member of the team.


31 MAY 2019:Recently my daughter Meghan took part in a student volunteer trip to South Africa with the terrific VESA program. She helped build houses, taught English, looked after kids at an orphanage, and got to see some of the amazing country as well, including experiencing some of the colourful Zula culture. MORE

2020 tunes in on coast and waters
30 MAY 2019: With over 800 islands, it’s only natural that Scottish tourism would eventually cast a line to its coastal heritage. As such, VisitScotland has declared that 2020 will be the Year of Coast and Waters. “If you look a map, you can see how close you are to the sea at pretty much all times,” observes the tourist board’s Michael McCuish. MORE

U.K. city set to make most of Mayflower milestone
29 MAY 2019: It seems odd that a historic city like Plymouth is considered an “up and comer” on the UK tourism scene, but with the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to North America on the horizon next year, the southwestern city is readying for a moment in the spotlight that will give the world a chance to see a city that is clearly on the rise. MORE

May 21-24, 2019
27 MAY 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE

Houston is certain to surprise
24 MAY 2019: Whatever you choose to call it – Space City, Bayou City, Magnolia City, Energy Capital of the World – Houston is sure to surprise and certain to defy any singular nickname. Beyond the iconic Space Center Houston, the city may not boast an array of attractions that jump off the pages of a guidebook, but America’s fourth largest metropolis is steadily forging an identity as a cultural melting pot with world-class culinary, arts and sports scenes. MORE

British tourism keeps calm and carries on
21 MAY 2019: Tourism to Britain continues to be unaffected by Brexit, at least when it comes to long-haul visitations – including Canada – says the country’s tourist board. MORE

May 13-17, 2019
21 MAY 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE

Da Vinci anniversary celebrated in France
16 MAY 2019: With many eyes focussed on the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France this summer, tourism types in the country’s Loire Valley are pointing out that another milestone is at hand: the 500th anniversary of the start of the French Renaissance. And to celebrate, the region is invoking the star power of an Italian, Leonardo Da Vinci, to help draw attention. MORE

VisitBritain welcomes the world at Explore GB
16 MAY 2019: It was a good week to be in Britain for ExploreGB, VisitBritain’s flagship travel trade event (May 8-10). Harry and Meghan conveniently had a baby, Brexit was on a relatively low boil, Liverpool and Tottenham both staged comebacks for the ages to qualify for the Champions League soccer final (against each other), and it didn’t snow. The locals were most excited. MORE

May 06-10, 2019
12 MAY 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick round up of some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE

When travel takes a toll on family life
09 MAY 2019: A life in travel is certainly nice work if you can get it, I always say, but the rigour of being a road warrior isn’t without its drawbacks and sacrifices. Foremost among them, of course, is family. There is, for example, many a marriage (or relationship) in the business that has failed to stand up to the hardship of the constant absences, whether or not what might be happening on the road stays there. MORE

Can camels lead Saudi women down new trail
08 MAY 2019: Following last summer’s long overdue social advancement to allow women to drive, Saudi Arabia has taken another step by allowing a woman to take part in the sacred sport of camel racing. The kingdom’s first female camel owner “entered the history books” by having one of her camels compete in the recent finals of the prestigious King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. This follows another “first” – when a woman won a blue ribbon in the festival’s camel beauty pageant (for the camel!). MORE

April 29-May 03, 2019
06 MAY 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE

MSC Cruises puts down roots in Canada
02 MAY 2019: At 9 a.m. on May 1, MSC Cruises launched a new chapter in Canada with the official opening of an office in Mississauga. It’s just one of 19 global offices for the Swiss-based cruise line, but the significance should not be lost on the Canadian public and travel trade, says the company’s president. MORE

Invaders enhance epic UK outdoor theatre event Kynren
30 APR 2019: Vikings are preparing to crash the UK’s biggest outdoor live theatre spectacular, Kynren – an epic tale of England, this summer. Featuring a 1,000-strong cast and crew, Kynren – an epic tale of England, takes place annually in the northeastern English county of Durham. MORE

JTB director Bennett at home in Canada
30 APR 2019: Chat with Angella Bennett for more than about 10 seconds and it appears clear that the new regional director of tourism for Canada for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is meant to be here. Funny and engaging, Bennett is a natural, despite having only replaced former director Philip Rose a few weeks ago (on April 8) and having been engaged in a “whirlwind” introduction since then.  MORE

April 22-26, 2019
29 APR 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE

Spring happenings at Britains royal palaces
29 APR 2019: From a transformed castle to explore and brand-new Queen Victoria exhibitions to live performances uncovering the “Terrible Tudors” in all their gory glory, there’s a whole range of activities visitors can join in at Britain’s Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) this Spring. MORE

Great West Way touring route a first in England
26 APR 2019: England’s The Great West Way may have been officially unveiled last November, but with the summer tourism season at hand, Canadian visitors are just now starting to roll out along the unique new touring route. MORE

New hotel a cool option in Negril
26 APR 2019: Negril’s newest hotel has a funky retro vibe that’s a perfect fit for the Jamaican town dubbed the “capital of casual.” The Skylark Negril Beach Resort is a sibling property to the renowned Rockhouse just down the road on the island’s western end and is the second lovechild of amiable Rockhouse chairman Paul Salmon, an Aussie from Melbourne who “chased a girl to Jamaica and fell in love with the country.” MORE

We’re here, airline declares at trade shows
25 APR 2019: Agents across Canada continue to meet the “new WestJet” as the airline rolls across the country at a series of close to 20 events for the trade, including five primary shows and over a dozen more intimate events, culminating May 2 in Calgary. MORE

Bet on it
23 APR 2019: I went to a theatrical production and a hockey game broke out. Not surprisingly, the experience unfolded in Las Vegas, where the hockey world has been turned upside down and is breaking new ground on many different levels as it continues to take root in the “entertainment capital of the world.” MORE

UK gem celebrating Year of Discovery in 2019
23 APR 2019: Yearly themes are nothing new in tourism as tourist boards often invoke general topics like food, art or culture, or sometimes specific events or anniversaries, in the hopes of inspiring or simply framing visitor interest. MORE

April 15-19, 2019
22 APR 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE

Singapore Changi unveils new Jewel
16 APR 2019: Already rated the top airport in the world for seven years running by Skytrax, Singapore Changi Airport has a new Jewel in its crown. More than a mall, Jewel Changi Airport is a “multi-dimensional tourist destination” that includes a four-storey forest and the world’s largest indoor waterfall. MORE