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ORANGE ALERT

Icelandic volcano threatens travel
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20 AUG 2014:  Airlines are on high alert after geologists warned that an Icelandic volcano may be close to erupting. Officials issued a ‘code orange’ to travel firms after intense seismic activity at the Bardarbunga volcano in the island’s centre. MORE

KEEP FLYING SAYS IATA

Air travel a low risk for Ebola
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20 AUG 2014: The International Air Transport Association has urged airlines to continue airlift to and from Ebola ravaged regions in West Africa as more carriers cancel services. A World Health Organization advisory says air travel constitutes a "low risk" for Ebola transmission and IATA has outlined the measures airlines need to take to safeguard passengers. MORE

A MATTER OF LEGROOM

Air Canada Expands Preferred Seating Options
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20 AUG 2014:  Air Canada has launched an enhanced Preferred Seats programme that offers customers the choice of more seats with additional legroom aboard its North American flights. It also made it easier to book a Preferred Seat through multiple channels, including the web, airport kiosks and mobile devices. MORE

KISSIMMEE GOES PRIVATE

Minich Confirmed as 1st president and CEO
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20 AUG 2014:  Osceola County commissioners adopted a contract Monday to privatize tourism promotion, empowering a newly formed not-for-profit organization to market the area to travellers from around the world. Experience Kissimmee will cease operating as a department of Osceola County government when the new fiscal year begins on October 1. The vote also confirmed the selection of D.T. Minich as first ever President and CEO of Experience Kissimmee  MORE

THEY JUST KEEP ON COMING

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20 AUG 2014:  Florida had a record number of visitors during this past spring. Gov. Rick Scott announced that 24 million tourists visited the state during the second quarter of 2014. MORE

HELLO HELLO

The statues talk
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20 AUG 2014: Calling all London tourists.  Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want a word with you. Statues of some three dozen historical and fictional characters in London and Manchester are coming to life thanks to a new interactive project that gives them a voice to tell their stories. MORE

A GOOD THING

Arches, Canyonlands national parks are latest to prohibit drones
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20 AUG 2014:  Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks, says the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility. MORE

BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM OPENS

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20 AUG 2014:  Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the grand opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA-Tenn. The Smithsonian Institution-affiliated museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. MORE

PACKING HEAT

A complete embarrassing error
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20 AUG 2014:  A spokesman for the US Transportation Security Agency said Tuesday it's likely a Vermont man who tried to carry a gun onto a plane at the Burlington International Airport will face a fine of up to US $3,000. But Burlington police said it's unlikely the man will be criminally charged. MORE

SAVE AND SPLURGE

Viva Venezia
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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20 AUG 2014: The moment I first laid eyes on her I was smitten by La Serenissima. Who would not be seduced by this fantastic mirage rising like a Venus from the lagoon? Nothing succeeds like excess could be her motto - from the golden mosaics of the Doge’s Palace to the marvelous Tintoretto-painted ceilings on the Sculoa di San Rocco. MORE
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UN WANTS EBOLA SCREENING

Affected countries must screen all passengers
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19 AUG 2014:  Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the UN health agency said on Monday. MORE

THREE AMIGOS CHARGED

Failure to maintain proper Trust Accounts
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19 AUG 2014: Esterlina Coyant, Mirta Zamora and Amigo Travel Ltd. have been charged under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the “Act”) with 15 counts each of failing to properly maintain trust accounting. Amigo Travel Ltd. operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. MORE

PEOPLEXPRESS ADDS NEW ORLEANS

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19 AUG 2014: PEOPLExpress, the new discount airline with the old name, will add New Orleans service begining Aug. 28.  Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport officials say they're welcoming a new low-cost carrier that will provide service to Virginia. MORE

BITING NEWS

Canada updates travel warning on Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean
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19 AUG 2014:  Canada has warned travellers to the Caribbean to protect themselves from mosquito bites as the spread of the Chikungunya disease continues across the region. “Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you travel,” said the Public Health Agency of Canada in its latest travel update on the virus. MORE

IF AT FIRST YOU DONT SUCCEED

Charleston tries again
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19 AUG 2014:  Nearly a year after a judge tossed out a permit for a US$35 million cruise terminal in Charleston, the South Carolina Ports Authority is once again seeking federal permission for the project. MORE

AMAZING VANCOUVER

English Bay has lots to offer
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19 AUG 2014:  English Bay offers a spectacular view, ships anchored in the water, an expansive number of beaches and a surprising amount of art. The 14 larger-than-life laughing bronze statues, self-portraits of a renowned Chinese artist, are hard to miss even with the many other notable distractions near Vancouver's West End residential neighbourhood. MORE

APP HAPPY

New CinePlus app from Air Transat
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19 AUG 2014: Air Transat has announced the launch of its new CinePlus app for tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android). Passengers flying to Europe, the US or the South on an Airbus A310 can now access inflight entertainment on demand more easily than ever. MORE

A SHORT HOP

Just a minute or two
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19 AUG 2014:  Turning in the cockpit to face his passengers, pilot Colin McAllister sounded apologetic. The duration of the Loganair flight was the issue: not how long it would be, but how short. MORE

FINE

For not showing the love
By PAM STELLINI
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19 AUG 2014: Getting hotel guests to re-use their towels had been an exercise in psychology. Studies show that guests who are told that a high percentage of previous guests in the same room have re-used their towels; results in a higher rate of compliance. Researchers call it persuasive appeal. So what would psychologists call a NY hotel for taking retaliatory action against negative reviews on-line from their guests?   MORE
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