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STORM CAUSES POWER OUTAGES AND FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS

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10 DEC 2018: A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain from Tennessee to North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday, causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people. Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays and hundreds of flights were cancelled. MORE

LOUNGE AT LGA

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10 DEC 2018: Air Canada unveiled its newest Maple Leaf Lounge at LaGuardia Airport in New York, located after security near Air Canada’s gates. It is the first airline lounge to open in the new Terminal B Eastern Concourse. MORE

HALIFAX BACK TO NORMAL OPS

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10 DEC 2018: A month after aBoeing 747 cargo jet overshot the secondary runway and came close to crashing through the airport's fence at Halifax Stanfield International Airport taking out navigational equipment and leaving a trail of debris in its wake - the airport has finally resumed normal operations. MORE

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Juneau cruise fees must be connected to ships
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10 DEC 2018: Juneau’s local government collects a fee for every cruise ship passenger that arrives at the port. The cruise industry has challenged how those fees are spent and now a federal judge has ruled against the city, saying that the use of fees collected from cruise ship passengers by the City and Borough of Juneau must be connected to the ship. MORE

ALL OF A TWITTER

A fine feathered friend in NYC
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10 DEC 2018: A horde of photographers has been gathering daily for well over a month, hoping to catch a glimpse of an exotic bird with pink, purple, orange and emerald green plumage. The brightly coloured Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond has fascinated both New Yorkers and visitors and coined a new word for the photogs - quackarazzi. MORE

WE ARE NOT AMUSED

Teenager incarcerated for false bomb threats
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10 DEC 2018: A British teenager has been jailed for three years after his bogus bomb threats led to school evacuations and an airport security incident.  George Duke-Cohan, 19, touched off panic in March 2018 when he emailed 1,700 schools, warning about an explosive, whereupon 400 of the schools were evacuated, according to the National Crime Agency. MORE

NEW CMO AT AMA WATERWAYS

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10 DEC 2018: AmaWaterways announced the expansion of its senior leadership team, naming Janet Bava chief marketing officer. Effective immediately, Bava will be responsible for the company’s strategic and tactical marketing areas with a special focus on working with travel partners to develop a more personalized approach to guest communication and lead generation. MORE

WHY A DAYTIME PANAMA CANAL CROSSING

Is still an essential cruise adventure
By WALLACE IMMEN
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10 DEC 2018: Clang, clang, clang go the cute little electric trolleys that are still known as mules.  Crystal Serenity seems to move in slow motion as the lock gates open and close at a stately pace. It takes from dawn to dusk to travel just 60 miles, but what a day it is. The Panama Canal is more than a century old. It’s well worn and in many ways antique, but it still ranks as one of the peak cruise experiences. MORE

ROUND UP

Dec. 03-07, 2018
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10 DEC 2018: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

FIRE AND RAIN

California storm raised flood fears in burn areas
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07 DEC 2018: Authorities are keeping a worried eye on fire-scarred hillsides in Southern California after a storm brought flooding fears and prompted evacuation orders for hundreds of homes. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Los Angeles-adjacent counties ravaged by a summer wildfire. MORE

LOW RISK

But Marriott pledges to pay for new passports for impacted guests
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07 DEC 2018: Marriott International will pay guests to replace their passports if it is found they have been victims of fraud or identity theft. While the company said it would reimburse guests, it acknowledged the theft of passport numbers only represents a 'smaller subset of customers,' compared to other guest data stolen in an enormous data breach. MORE

PANTS ON FIRE

Fake holiday illness case referred to police
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07 DEC 2018: A man who claimed he had suffered food poisoning on holiday has not only had his case thrown out of court – he could now be prosecuted for a crime as the judge referred the case to police and asked them to investigate whether the fake claim constitutes criminal activity   MORE

SAVE THE WHALES

Federal whale saving efforts threaten Vancouver Island livelihoods
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07 DEC 2018: Sport fishing, tourism and business leaders from across Vancouver Island say their livelihoods would be damaged by an extension of federal fishing closures to protect endangered southern resident killer whales.   MORE

VAN GOGH IN HOUSTON

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07 DEC 2018: Few artists have left behind as complete an account of their life and work as Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). In March 2019, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will present Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art, an exhibition showcasing key passages in the artist’s life, from his early sketches to his final paintings, and chronicling his pursuit of becoming an artist. More than 50 portraits, landscapes, and still life paintings will be on display from March 10, to June 27. MORE

TOP 50 BEACHES IN THE WORLD

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07 DEC 2018: There are a lot of fabulous beaches in the world –  choosing the best depends on a number of factors, personal preferences, bucket lists, the memories you made there,  just to name a few  - so it is all  largely subjective. Nonetheless, whether you agree with the choices or not, lists like this are always fun, so we’re bringing you FlightNetwork’s picks for the World’s Top 50 Beaches.   MORE

ELVIS SHOWS THE WAY

German town has Elvis lights
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07 DEC 2018: Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the central German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a US soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon.   MORE

TALL TAIL TALES

The other side of animal encounters
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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07 DEC 2018: Recently my colleague Jen Savedra called out PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – for its hypocritical business practices and lamented how its positions and pronouncements on some issues are uncritically and “blindly” heeded by others. MORE

CLAP ALONG

It might seem crazy
By JEN SAVEDRA
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07 DEC 2018: This Friday’s music video was inspired by a recent incident. Three women involved in our industry were having a conversation at the next table which we just happened to overhear. Their voices were loud - and okay – we were eavesdropping. These women - on an all expense paid cruise on a high end ship were listening to one of their colleagues bitching loudly about the treatment she had received from a staff member on the phone – she was literally furious at some – from the sound of it, imagined – slight. Her companions listened, commiserated and added their two bits. Need I add, the service on board was exemplary. MORE
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