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EARTHQUAKE IN MYANMAR

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25 AUG 2016: A 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least four people and damaging nearly 100 ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site. Strong tremors were felt as far in Eastern India including Kolkata, Guwahati and Patna and in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital. There were no immediate reports of damage in either of those countries. MORE

IS ITRAVEL2000 ON THE VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY

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25 AUG 2016: Just last month Red Label Holdings Inc., parent company of TravelBrands and Redtag.ca, announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire itravel2000.  Now it seems the once highly successful itravel2000 has filed an NOI (notice of intent) which is generally considered a precursor to bankruptcy. Richter is the proposal trustee. MORE

NO 2ND AMENDMENT HERE

People are welcome. Guns are not.
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25 AUG 2016:  The Canadian government is launching an awareness campaign targeting American travellers, reminding them that firearms are not welcome north of the border. MORE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Historic Quebec City train station celebrates its centennial
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25 AUG 2016:  Dignitaries marked the centennial of Quebec City's main train station, the Gare du Palais, lauding the building as an architectural icon with a rich history. Inaugurated on Aug. 10, 1916, in the city's old port, the gare has been “an inseparable part of the landscape of Quebec City for 100 years,” Mayor Regis Labeaume said Wednesday. MORE

DC SETS RECORD WITH MORE THAN 2 MILLION FOREIGN TOURISTS

But it does not count visitors from Canada or Mexico
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26 AUG 2016:  More than 21.3 million tourists visited Washington last year, with both domestic and international visitors setting records. International tourists topped 2 million for the first time, fueled by an influx of travellers from China, according to data released Wednesday by Destination DC. MORE

IF THERE IS AN UPSIDE

Some vacation spots quietly benefit as travellers avoid Zika
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25 AUG 2016: With government officials now warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach in addition to Puerto Rico, some sun seekers are desperately scrambling for a Zika-free vacation. And that has left other tourist destinations to capitalize - quietly. MORE

THAT'S A BUMMER

Airlander damaged on 2nd test flight
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25 AUG 2016: The developer of the world's largest aircraft nicknamed ‘The Flying Bum’ says the blimp-shaped airship “sustained damage” after it made a bumpy landing on its second test flight in eastern England. MORE

UBER THE TOP

You're driving me crazy
By DAVID TAIT
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25 APR 2016: Remember the old ‘Bob Newhart Show’ in which Howard, his goofy next-door neighbor, was a navigator for a commercial airline that looked very much like Pan Am or TWA? MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

EARTHQUAKE ROCKS CENTRAL ITALY

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24 AUG 2016: Central Italy was hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 03:36 local time about 100km north-east of Rome.  It was followed by several powerful aftershocks. At least 37 people are dead though it is believed that number could rise.  Many are trapped under rubble, according to reports. MORE

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

New Orleans Part 2
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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24 AUG 2016:  New Orleans is a city one could easily get swept up in whether it’s watching the budding buskers in the French Quarter, or indulging in the icing sugar-coated beignets at Cafe du Monde, or sinking your teeth into the hefty cold cut-rich muffaletta sandwiches at Central Grocery. That’s not even considering the countless tours one could take. MORE

QANTAS POSTS RECORD PROFIT AMID RESTRUCTURING

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24 AUG 2016: Qantas Airways Ltd. posted a record full-year profit of AU $1.53 ($1.5) billion on Wednesday, after undergoing a cost-saving restructuring amid steep losses just two years ago. MORE

GOBUMPFREE

Nova Scotia startup company is growing fast
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24 AUG 2016: Airlines are famous for handing out free flights to their employees — a corporate perk that sometimes turns sour when the carrier ‘bumps’ its employee from the flight at the 11th hour in favour of a late-buying customer. MORE

SPAIN ALL YEAR

Air Transat expands transatlantic programme this winter
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24 AUG 2016:  Air Transat has announced the addition of a supplementary flight to Malaga, Spain, to its transatlantic winter programme, departing twice weekly during high season. Direct flights will be operated from Montreal and service will also be available from Toronto, via Transat’s domestic flight programme connecting the two Canadian cities. MORE

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE

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24 AUG 2016:  The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction. MORE

HOW NECESSARY WAS THIS

Really. They thought he had a bomb implant
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24 AUG 2016: Last weekend nine-year old Chille Bergstrom and his family were to travel home to Minnesota from Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport.  He has a pacemaker, because of which his family is required to always request alternative screening as he cannot go through metal detectors – but this time the TSA refused. MORE

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Take the kids or go adults only
By SAM ION
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24 AUG 2016: Do your clients think of HUGE resorts when they’re looking at a holiday in the Mayan? Some clients love them, the bigger the better, others want small and intimate, the smaller the better. MORE
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