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STANDING ON GUARD

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23 JUN 2017: City police officers patrolling the airport in the nation's capital are getting military-style rifles, but officials say the move wasn't prompted by any specific security threats. Rather, police say, the issuance of carbine rifles to officers at Ottawa International Airport will simply provide a higher degree of safety for travellers. MORE

QATAR WANTS A STAKE IN AMERICAN

AA CEO less than thrilled
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23 JUN 2017: Earlier this month Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar and blocked direct flights with the country. Qatar Airways, one of the region's largest, also stopped its flights to the four Arab countries in response to the UAE's Etihad, Emirates, FlyDubai, EgyptAir and Bahrain's Gulf Air suspending flights to Qatar. Now, Qatar Airways is attempting to buy a 10 percent stake in American Airlines and American Airlines is not happy about it.   MORE

AN END TO GENDER DISCRIMINATION

Airline loses lawsuit
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23 JUN 2017: Two years ago Renee Rabinowitz, a retired lawyer and former Holocaust survivor was on an El Al flight from Newark to Tel Aviv when an ultra-orthodox man was seated beside her in business class.  The man was whispering with a flight attendant who subsequently offered Rabinowitz a different seat. The reason given was that the man’s faith prevented him from sitting next to a woman who was not his wife. MORE

AIRPORTS DENY VIDEO ADS

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23 JUN 2017: Flight Claim is a Montreal based company that promises to battle on behalf of disgruntled airline passengers, to get compensation from airlines for delays, cancellations and overbooked flights. The company has produced a video ad to educate the travelling public on their rights, but two venues have refused to display the ads; one is Toronto Pearson International Airport and the other is Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. MORE

SHIPPING OUT

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23 JUN 2017: A unique gathering of more than 50 grand sailing vessels from around the world is winding down after six days. The ships started departing Boston Harbor on Thursday morning. Among them was the US Coast Guard's Eagle, which was originally built in 1936 by Germany and taken by the US as reparation following the Second World War. MORE

VOTE RESULTS ARE OVERWHELMING

Albeit unofficial
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23 JUN 2017: A referendum took place this week in Venice where residents were asked if they were in favour or against large cruise ships entering the lagoon that protects the city from the Adriatic Sea. Those who voted left little room for uncertainty, but the referendum was unofficial, set up by activists opposed to the 600 cruise ships that visit annually. MORE

MAKING EXCEPTIONS FOR PESTO

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23 JUN 2017: The Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special airport waivers for those who can't get enough of the basil and pine nut pasta sauce. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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23 JUN 2017: This week, Amsterdam’s city council brought forward a motion to move the city’s cruise ship berth from the city centre. The plan is to relocate the passenger terminal that is presently near the central railway station to one of four sites under consideration. If approved tourists will be shuttled into the city from the new terminal. The council will vote on it this summer. MORE

ITS GETTING CROWDED AT THE TOP

As Ritz-Carlton plans to go cruising
By WALLACE IMMEN
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23 JUN 2017: It’s a race to be first with the most in luxury yachts. As new ships have been getting ever larger, it’s as though everyone seemed to sense a need to build small, ultra-luxurious ships at the same time. The latest to enter the completion is Ritz Carlton Hotels, the luxury division of Marriott International, which promises its new The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will fill “a void in the luxury cruise market that we felt we were uniquely positioned to fill,” according to the company’s president and CEO, Herve Humler. MORE
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CANADIAN CHARGED IN US AIRPORT ATTACK

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22 JUN 2017: A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck Wednesday at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said.   MORE

TICO AGM

New Vice Chair and Election Results
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22 JUN 2017: TICO’s Annual General Meeting which was held in Mississauga this week, was attended by Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. After the meeting TICO’s Board of Directors named Richard Vanderlubbe as vice chair of the Board. Vanderlubbe is the president and co-founder of tripcentral.ca with 27 locations in Ontario. The vice chair appointment is for one year until TICO’s next Annual General Meeting to be held in 2018. MORE

SCHIPHOL TAKES THE LEAD

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22 JUN 2017: Amsterdam's Schiphol has overtaken Heathrow as Europe's largest airport for direct flights. According to the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, Schiphol growth is at least partly due to the rise of low-cost carriers, which now make up 21percent of its direct flights. MORE

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT

More US temporary worker visas to be issued
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22 JUN 2017: The US Homeland Security Department has decided to offer extra visas for temporary, seasonal workers, a department spokesman said Wednesday. DHS spokesman David Lapan said Homeland Security John Kelly hasn't decided how many visas will be offered but that number should be set soon. Lapan said the department expects to start issuing visas as soon as late July.   MORE

LAS VEGAS CRACKS DOWN ON SHORT TERM RENTALS

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22 JUN 2017: Las Vegas property owners interested in renting out their properties for brief periods will have to comply with new rules meant to crack down on a booming short-term rental industry. The requirements passed Wednesday include proof of liability insurance for US $500,000 and placement of letter-size placards outside the properties with contact information and maximum allowed occupancy.   MORE

NEW RESTRICTIONS SET ON VISITING MACHU PICCHU

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22 JUN 2017: Travellers wanting a glimpse of Peru's famed Machu Picchu will be restricted to visiting during morning or afternoon tours in a move aimed at conserving the site's archaeological splendor. The changes are a result of a 2015 study by a US archaeologist and recommendations from UNESCO on how best to ensure that Machu Picchu isn't hurt by rising numbers of tourists.   MORE

AIR TRANSAT AND HERGE IN QUEBEC CITY

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22 JUN 2017: Air Transat has partnered with the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City, which this year is celebrating the immense talent of Belgian artist and creator Georges Rémi, better known as Hergé, the spiritual father of Tintin, the famous globe-trotting hero of la bande dessinée. The exhibition Hergé in Québec City runs till October 22.   MORE

HOW BOUTIQUE HOTELS ARE DELIVERING THEIR OWN BRAND OF LUXURY

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22 JUN 2017: Travellers searching for a luxurious hotel stay don’t have to look far in cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Hotels that include world-renowned spas and five-star restaurants are not hard to find in these primary US markets – but in secondary and tertiary markets, the hunt can be a bit more challenging. MORE

YOU BETTER BELIEB IT

Madame Tussauds Orlando unveils new figure
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22 JUN 2017: A little Canadian pride here, folks! Justin Bieber's wax figure was unveiled yesterday during an event at Madame Tussauds Orlando. Touted as, “One of the hottest stars in the world, the award-winning singer-songwriter's newest figure arrived just in time for National Selfie Day.” At the unveiling, local super fans had the opportunity to take the first official selfies with the Bieb’s latest wax likeness.   MORE

ALL OF A TWITTER

The girl who kicked over Visit Swedens nest
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When Visit Sweden’s ad agency Volontaire presented the concept it seemed like a really cool idea. As Creative Director Patrick Kampmann put it “Sweden stands for certain values; being progressive, democratic, and creative.” Little did he realize just how creative.   MORE
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