The work landscape underwent massive changes in 2020. This came with a new and urgent focus on digital tools that empower teams to collaborate with coworkers they may never have met. Workflow management – and integration tools in particular – have become critical for teams that need to accomplish, track, and manage everything from repetitive tasks to complex large-scale projects…
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Companies of all sizes are moving their infrastructure, digital assets, and work processes into the cloud. Gartner expects companies to spend $116 billion on SaaS tools in 2020. That massive investment represents multiple tools all being used at the same time. The average mid-market business used 137 SaaS tools in 2019. That's an increase of 30 percent from the year before. This increase isn't just present at the business-level; individual employees are using 10 apps or more. The sheer number of tools used by the average organization creates a new obstacle for collaboration: the tool silo…
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From fine dining to simple burgers, Amsterdam diners are spoiled for choice. No matter what you crave, you’ll find a memorable meal at any of these top spots.
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In the buzzing borough of Amsterdam-Noord, shipyards have become cultural playgrounds and wide-open spaces beckon young families, artists, brewers and entrepreneurs. Hop on the free ferry from Centraal Station, in the opposite direction to most international visitors, to reach NDSM Wharf: the centre of Amsterdam's street art scene and home to Europe's largest monthly flea market at IJ-Hallen (these days with increased stall spacing and one-way route markers).
On this side of the River IJ, Noord's young creatives have built a flourishing community of multi-concept businesses, like the cinema-slash-waterfront restaurant at FC Hyena (now with added drive-in theatre), SkateCafe – where you can take a break from the half-pipe for a meal and a glass of natural wine – and the urban beach at Pllek, with its airy organic restaurant built from old shipping containers.
The angular Eye Filmmuseum, Noord's most iconic modern building, lies just a short bike ride from traditional villages lined with gabled wooden homes. Then, for a dose of adrenalin (plus an awesome view of the entire neighbourhood and the rest of Amsterdam beyond), brave Europe's highest swing, perched atop A'DAM Tower.–Christina Newberry
Amsterdam is a compact capital city that's perfect for exploring on foot. At its centre, the concentric circles of the 17th-century canal ring ensure you never walk in a straight line for long, and there's something to discover around almost every bend…
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I’m honoured to have received my third Travel Media Association of Canada award last week. My story on family farms on the Saanich Peninsula took second place in the Coverage of a Host Destination category.
The judges said, “The juxtaposition of personal memory with current reporting works beautifully, and the inspirational reflective prose serves that theme well. Strong sensory detail, excellent reportorial detail on numbers, size, etc. Smooth transition to brief write-ups on various farms visited.”
This was such a fun piece to write. Thank you to the judges and congratulations to all the winners!
Every Easter, Bach's St. Matthew Passion becomes the main occupation for classical musicians across the Netherlands. The monumental oratorio that immortalizes the last days of Jesus features in hundreds of concerts across the country.
But in March, it became clear there would be no Passion concerts this year, and no work for classical musicians. "I found it unsettling to suddenly be without a job, not knowing when I’ll be able to play concerts again," said Eva Traa, a Dutch violinist based in Amsterdam…
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For Preferred Travel magazine, I interviewed Amsterdam locals Kor Hoebe and Tessel de Heij about their favourite ways to spend a weekend in the city. You might not be able to follow their suggestions now, but there are some great tips for next summer.
East Africa is known for its incredible wildlife tourism, from trekking with mountain gorillas to sundowner safaris and photographing the Big Five. With a growing focus on responsible tourism in this unforgettable region, we look at some ways for visitors to support local communities and the environment through their travel in Uganda and Tanzania.
Kyambura Gorge Buffer Project, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda
The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust has purchased a three-kilometer buffer area along the northern part of the Kyambura Gorge to protect this region neighboring Queen Elizabeth National Park. Approximately 3,000 indigenous trees have been planted in the buffer area, and Kyambura Lodge guests can plant their own seedling in the tree nursery…
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Playing and posing with dolphins was once considered the highlight of a family vacation to Mexico or Hawaii. An elephant ride was a must in Thailand. But as the conditions captive animals live in have become more widely understood, these and other tourism products involving wild animals have become socially unacceptable, and in some cases illegal.
Last June, Canada passed legislation banning the captivity of whales and dolphins. Air Canada and Transat followed this move by committing to stop selling and promoting captive dolphin entertainment. Air Canada will implement the change by August 2020, while Transat is phasing these activities out over the next two years…
Read the rest in the latest issue of Key Notes on Travel or on the Canadian Traveller web site.