Travel site gets update

Whether it's a security crisis in the Middle East or a two-hour delay at a Canada-U.S. border crossing, a government website promises to change the way Canadian travellers hear about it.

Diane Ablonczy, Canada's junior foreign affairs minister for the Americas, announced the newly revamped travel.gc.ca at a news conference Friday.

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The website, accompanied by a new Travel Smart mobile app, Twitter account and Facebook channel, will make government-related travel information available at the tips of travellers' fingers.

The Travel Smart app lets travellers download up to five reports while abroad and access this bank of information when they're on the road without Internet connection.

The site includes travel advisories, a checklist advising travellers about what they can bring on the plane, information on airport security and border crossing delays, as well as health reports.

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