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HEFTY FINE FOR POLLUTION

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02 DEC 2016: Princess Cruise Lines will pay a $40 million penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship's use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters, authorities said Thursday. MORE

DOUBLE TRAGEDY

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02 DEC 2016: Two tragedies struck a city in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s North Island. A man was killed after a head-on collision with a busload of cruise passengers, and a woman (from the same cruise ship) was killed after being hit by a truck while on a cycle tour.  The incidents in Tauranga happened within an hour of each other on November 22. MORE

A GREAT YEAR FOR RIU

By PAM STELLINI
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02 DEC 2016: The team from RIU Hotels and Resorts along with the Sunwing Travel Group hosted a Toronto Christmas lunch with their top producers, as is their tradition since 2012.  Every year the Mallorca based hotel chain manages to deliver some great news to Canadian travel agents at this event, and this year’s announcement was no exception. Hugo Aguilera, director of business development and partner marketing advised that RIU no longer required restaurant reservations at their hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. MORE

EMERGENCY LANDING IN ALBUQUERQUE

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02 DEC 2016: An American Airlines plane flying from Dallas Fort Worth to Las Vegas made an emergency landing in Albuquerque International Sunport when the right engine failed. Passengers reported seeing flames shooting from the engine. MORE

LOOKING GOOD AT PORTMIAMI

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02 DEC 2016: PortMiami welcomed Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista, when it arrived Sunday to kick off a year-round schedule of cruises to the Caribbean. As well this week, MSC Cruises and PortMiami celebrated the commencement of construction of cruise Terminal F at PortMiami. MORE

BOOK TO WIN

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02 DEC 2016: Sunwing and MSC Cruises are offering agents a chance to experience the magic of a cruise vacation with the launch of an exciting new incentive. Agents could win a cruise vacation package for two if they book their customers on a cruise package with MSC Opera between now and December 24.  MORE

SEAWORTHY

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02 DEC 2016: The summer of 2016 was exceptional for the Port of Halifax, which welcomed more than 238,000 cruise ship passengers from 136 vessels. Lane Farguson, a spokesman for the Port, said that represents an increase of seven percent in the number of cruise ship passengers compared to the previous year. MORE

WONDER MAJESTY JOY AND MORE

A Look at 2017s Cruise Ship Crop
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02 DEC 2016: Meraviglia: it means wonder in Italian. It’s a huge cruise ship from MSC Cruises arriving in the coming year that aims to challenge the biggest ever built. It’s just one of the new crop of ships due to be christened in the coming year that promise wonders never seen before. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

NO LET UP

Storms, drought, flood and fires plaguing South
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01 DEC 2016:  November went out with a blast in the US South when at least five people were killed in two states after at least 13 twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. MORE

HERE COMES WINTER

Snow and rain cause outages, closures in New Brunswick
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01 DEC 2016: A messy mix of snowfall and cold rain has caused power outages, school closures and flight cancellations yesterday in the Maritimes. New Brunswick is the hardest hit by the storm, with NB Power reporting over 44,000 customers waking up without electricity. MORE

TICO WANTS FEEDBACK

Sign up for open forum sessions
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01 DEC 2016: TICO is reaching out to the industry to share information and to obtain feedback on the comprehensive review of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05. Led by the Ontario Government, the goal of the review is to: MORE

LAWRENCE ELLIOTT RETIRES

Sunwing Group vice president instrumental in building the company
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01 DEC 2016:  Sunwing CEO Stephen Hunter has announced, “with mixed feelings of gratitude and sadness” the retirement of Lawrence Elliott, group vice president, “and a key founding member of the Sunwing family.”    MORE

A THING OF THE PAST

Vegas hotels dump free valet service.
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01 DEC 2016: It didn’t take long.  Wynn Resorts says it's joining a growing number of Las Vegas hotel-casinos by ending free parking valet service. But the company says it will continue allowing drivers to park their own cars free of charge. MORE

COOL DRIVE

Last chance to drive ice road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk
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01 DEC 2016: In southern Canada, driving on ice is something to avoid. In parts of the North, it's the only wintertime option - and for some adventurers, part of the attraction. But that option will soon cease to exist on one well-known route: the 187 kilometres between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories. MORE

FIT FOR A PRINCE

Sandals Resorts hosts Prince Harry In Saint Lucia
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01 DEC2016: Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort recently welcomed Prince Harry of Wales, who spent two days in Saint Lucia, the third stop on a tour of seven Caribbean nations with strong historic links to the monarchy. The prince arrived at the resort on November 24th, to a royal welcome from Sandals general manager Winston Anderson and his team of resort executives. MORE

NAME GAME

Just call me Palma for now
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01 DEC 2016: Palma de Mallorca city on the Mediterranean tourism island of Mallorca is to be called simply Palma - again. Most residents call the city Palma and the name appears on road signs. But Palma de Mallorca is what greets tourists at the airport and is used by Spanish government offices and many maps. MORE

MORE INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS AT LAS

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01 DEC 2016: The number of international arrivals and departures is taking off at McCarran International Airport, where officials tallied nearly 4.3 million passengers coming and going in October. MORE

TOUGH STUFF

Korean Air passenger in beer fight gets two year prison term
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01 DEC 2016:  A Guam judge has ordered more than two years prison time for a Korean Air passenger who pleaded guilty to fighting with a flight attendant who refused to serve him beer, but gave lawyers time to assess whether he could serve it in home confinement instead of behind bars. MORE

WORDS OF A FEATHER

An Irish Trump card
By DAVID TAIT
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01 DEC 2016: Rank outsider Donald Trump’s contentious, against-all-odds ascension to “leader of the free world” has almost certainly caught the attention of other big ego, big business types around the globe. MORE
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