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DEADLY AVALANCHE IN ITALY

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20 JAN 2017: On Wednesday evening a powerful avalanche covered a four-story hotel in Italy’s Abruzzo where 30 people (including two children) were reported as missing and were feared to have perished under tonnes of snow and debris. MORE

DISCOVERING THE COAST

That few travellers have seen
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20 JAN 2017: Maple Leaf Adventures and the Canadian Geographic Society are partnering to offer an adventure cruise to the Salish Sea, an intricate network of coastal waterways that includes the southwestern portion of British Columbia and the northwestern portion of Washington. MORE

THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

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20 JAN 2017: Lucky is the visitor who is in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, from January 22 to February 12.  Festive markets brim with auspicious foods and flowers, temples are crowded as prayers for good fortune are offered, the city is adorned with shock-red banners and lanterns and images of the New Year’s symbol - this year the rooster - will be everywhere. On the big night there’s the Night Parade followed by a fireworks displays.  MORE

CALL IT COMPENSATION

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20 JAN 2017: Consumers who were targeted for robocalls for a ‘free cruise’ in 2011 and 2012 are eligible to receive compensation of $500 per call. Caribbean Cruise Line is settling a lawsuit worth up to $76 million for violating the Telephone Protection Act in the United States. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Eric Johnston, named GM of ATOQ
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20 JAN 2017: The Association of Tour Operators of Quebec (ATOQ) has announced the appointment of Eric Johnston as the general manager. Johnston will be responsible for moving forward the major priorities of the organization in areas relating to both commercial activity and governmental affairs. MORE

RUMOURS

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20 JAN 2017: FlowRider, Inc., which manufactures Royal Caribbean's signature surf simulators is said to have revealed the as yet ‘unrevealed’ name of Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis class ship debuting in the spring of 2018. MORE

DISCOVERING 6 NIFTY NEW HIDEAWAYS

On the Huge Harmony of the Seas
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20 JAN 2017: The Attic is in the cellar. The Solarium is actually a good place to find shade. Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas is full of surprises.  But despite its vast size and the fact there are 5,400 fellow guests on board, you can find plenty of quiet places to relax. You just have to look beyond the ordinary MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

FOUR DEAD IN SHOOTING IN CANCUN

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19 JAN 2017:  Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors' office in Cancun Tuesday, and authorities said four people were killed, just a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead. MORE

WHERE THEY STAND

UK and EU differ on Brexit
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19 JAN 2017: Britain's Supreme Court says it will give its highly anticipated judgment in a legal battle over Brexit next week. The UK’s highest court will deliver its judgment on Jan. 24 on whether Prime Minister Theresa May can formally begin the process of leaving the European Union without Parliament's approval. MORE

CANADA TRAVEL GUIDES

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19 JAN 2017: Two National Geographic travel guides are being launched this month to help mark Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. “National Geographic Guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada” covers 236 national historic sites dotted in every province and territory. Hands-on activities and events at each location are featured. MORE

KEEPING A WATCH

Satellite tracking to keep tabs on airliners over oceans
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19 JAN 2017:  Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans. MORE

BASIC ECONOMY

American Airlines strips down
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19 JAN 2017:  If you want to get the cheapest fare on American Airlines, you'll soon have to leave that rolling carry-on bag at home. American announced Tuesday that it will soon unveil its version of a “basic economy” fare that will presumably cost less than other coach tickets but come with fewer comforts. For one thing, buyers will only be allowed to carry a personal item that fits under their seat. MORE

NO MEDIA ALLOWED

Trump visits his Washington hotel
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19 JAN 2017:  He just couldn't stay away. President-elect Donald Trump made a surprise visit to his Washington, D.C., hotel on Wednesday night, grabbing a late dinner while in town for a couple of fundraisers. And one has to wonder, doesn't even a visit by him constitute a promotion of his hotels and therefore a conflict of interest? MORE

UNFAIR COMPETITION

Airbnb and others sued in France
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19 JAN 2017: A group of French hoteliers and real estate agents has launched a lawsuit targeting accommodation-rental platforms, including Airbnb, arguing that their practices amount to unfair competition. MORE

SOFT SENSUALITY IN WASHINGTON

Seats still available
By DAVID TAIT
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19 JAN 2017:  It’s not too late to jump on a plane and snag some front row seats for tomorrow’s big political lollapalooza in Washington. As of Wednesday it was looking as if the attendance for the inauguration of POTUS 45 could turn out to be the worst in modern American history. While Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration drew a record crowd estimated at 1.8 million, Friday’s attendance is being optimistically forecast at about one third that number. MORE
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