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LONDON CALLING

News, events and openings in April
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22 MAR 2019: With marathons, boat races, annual celebrations and new happenings all over the city, there is something for everyone in London this April. Here’s a taste:   MORE

PARIS BLUES

Eurostar tells passengers not to travel until April
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22 MAR 2019: Eurostar has advised passengers not to travel to Paris unless absolutely necessary for the rest of the month of March. The company issued a statement saying: "Due to industrial action by French customs, we are experiencing lengthy queues at Paris Gare du Nord station and expect this to continue until the end of March. MORE

AERIAL VIEWS

Billy Bishop Airport voted one of the most scenic airport landings for fifth straight year
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22 MAR 2019: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has once again made Private Fly’s top ten list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. YTZ ranked eighth among 129 airports worldwide, representing the fifth consecutive year that Toronto’s city airport has made the top ten global list. MORE

SHORT AND SUITE

Avalon introduces shorter itineraries for 2020
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22 MAR 2019: It’s no secret that Canadians love their vacation breaks. From weekend getaways to shorter stays in more exotic destinations, it seems we like to vacation for a shorter time – and more often. MORE

BY ANY OTHER NAME

Squabble over airport name heads to court in Florida
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22 MAR 2019: Apparently, this region ain't big enough for two airports with the name “Orlando” – especially when one isn’t quite there. The authority that governs Orlando International Airport has sued the authority for the much smaller Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Florida's Space Coast, claiming its name is misleading passengers into believing they're going to the theme park mecca instead of the coast. MORE

NO DUCK BOATS THIS YEAR

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22 MAR 2019: The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, announced Thursday that it won't operate the vessels this year because of the ongoing investigation and will instead open a replacement attraction in the tourist town of Branson. MORE

POPPY APOCALYPSE

Tens of thousands converge on California
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22 MAR 2019: Like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz,” the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies. About 150,000 people last weekend flocked to see this year's rain-fed flaming orange patches of poppies lighting up the hillsides near the city of about 60,000 residents, about a 90-minute drive from either San Diego or Los Angeles. MORE

NOT A PLAYBOY BUNNY

Man recreates bunny suit marriage proposal
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22 MAR 2019:  A New Hampshire man celebrated his wedding anniversary by showing up at the airport in a bunny costume similar to the one used when he first proposed to his wife. Londonderry resident, Mark DeAngelis says he asked his wife Jolene to marry him on Easter 1998, surprising her in a bunny suit.  MORE

WALKING IN MEMPHIS

More than just about a place
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22 MAR 2019: While ‘Walking in Memphis’, composed and recorded by American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, reached number 13 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ way back in 1991, I only heard it recently (thank you Mike Baginski) and loved it. Cohn has said the song is "100 percent autobiographical”, describing it as a pretty literal transcription of a visit he made in 1986. MORE
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IS IT CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Did US Defence Secretary use office to help former employer Boeing
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21 MAR 2019:  The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. Shanahan, who was travelling with Donald Trump to Ohio on Wednesday, spent more than 30 years at Boeing, leading programs for commercial planes and missile defence systems. MORE

WE WILL LOOK FOR OURSELVES

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet
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21 MAR 2019: The decision by Europe and Canada to break with US air-safety regulators over the safety of the Boeing 737 Max is likely to delay the resumption of flights after two of the jets crashed. The decision to conduct their own reviews of Boeing's changes to a key flight-control system, not to simply take the Federal Aviation Administration's word that the alterations are safe could undercut the FAA's reputation around the world and scramble an ambitious schedule set by Boeing. MORE

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

UK seeks three month delay to Brexit
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21 MAR 2019: With just nine days to go until Brexit day, Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to postpone Britain's departure from the European Union until June 30. The decision is in the hands of the 27 remaining EU nations, whose leaders must agree unanimously for an extension to be granted. MORE

FOREIGN AID BEGINS FLOWING TO EAST AFRICA

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21 MAR 2019: International aid has started trickling into the East African countries devestated by the imapct of Cyclone Idai, in an effort to ease the humanitarian crisis created by floodwaters caused by the storm. Relief efforts that were initially stifled by airport closures slowly gained steam Wednesday and foreign governments began pledging aid to help the region recover from the worst flooding in decades. MORE

GETTING CONNECTED

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19 MAR 2019:  The recent Connect Business Travel Conference held at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida, saw corporate travel executives get together with key suppliers to do some serious business. We had an opportunity to talk with Will Seccombe, the president of Connect Travel and Connect Marketing. He took no time in getting down to the basics – “13,630 individual appointments between North American Suppliers and 100 buyers from 29 countries.” MORE

LAUNCH OF FINGAL

A First for Scotland
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21 MAR 2019: Fingal opened in January 2019 in the historic Port of Leith as a unique addition to Edinburgh’s hotel scene. This former Northern Lighthouse Board ship, begins an exciting new chapter offering beautiful cabins, dining and entertaining space. Developed by The Royal Yacht Britannia, Fingal’s 23 luxury cabins are each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by its maritime heritage. MORE

OPENING SOON

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa
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21 MAR 2019: Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa, Antigua’s newest all-inclusive resort will open its doors on May 1, to travellers in search of a luxurious beach vacation. The stunning 294-room resort is situated on the pristine white beach of picturesque Deep Bay. This resort will be the first in the Royalton portfolio to include the Diamond Club Chairman Overwater Bungalows offering unparalleled views and direct access to the Caribbean Sea. MORE

TOO MUCH SPRING BREAK

Raucous crowds stressing Miami Beach officials
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20 MAR 2019: The Miami Beach Police Department says additional officers will start patrolling Ocean Drive this weekend to keep an eye on a raucous spring break crowd. That was one of the solutions that came out of Tuesday's emergency meeting of the Miami Beach City Commission. MORE
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