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HURRICANE ODILE SLAMS BAJA PENINSULA

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16 SEP 2014:  Hurricane Odile raked Mexico’s  Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains on Sunday.   Locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters Monday to assess the damage to everything from luxury high-rise hotels to small inland neighborhoods. MORE

WESTJET ADDS FIRST BAG FEES

Air Canada expected to follow suit
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16 SEP 2014:  The cost of flying is increasing for millions of Canadian passengers after WestJet Airlines announced it will start charging some economy fare customers a fee to check their first bag on flights within Canada and to the US. MORE

AIR FRANCE PILOTS STRIKE

Lufthansa pilots call off strike
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16 SEP 2014: Air France cancelled at least half its flights around the world on Monday as pilots began a weeklong strike, highlighting the trouble Europe's flagship airlines face in keeping up with low-cost competitors. MORE

TICO GETS A CONVICTION

Anas Araznajani pleads guilty
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17 SEP 2014:  Anas Araznajani, a partner of BTM Services, a registered travel agent that operated in Mississauga and elsewhere in Ontario, whose registration lapsed effective March 31, 2012, plead guilty and was convicted of various offences. MORE

EGYPT TO BOOST SECURITY FOR TOURISTS

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16 SEP 2014:  Egypt plans to increase the number of security cameras at hotels and popular tourist destinations as part of a series of new security measures aimed at buoying the flagging tourism sector following three years of political turmoil, the country's tourism minister said. MORE

OH SHOOT

Manitoba hunting guide fined
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16 SEP 2014:  A Manitoba hunting guide has been fined $21,500 after admitting to a string of violations which were caught during an undercover sting operation involving both Canadian and American officials. MORE

MEMORIAL FOR BILL ORR

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16 SEP 2014:  A memorial is being held for Bill Orr on Sunday October 19, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Town Hall, 75 Eglinton Ave East, in Toronto.  Bill, a long time travel industry executive died suddenly last month.   MORE

SOCIAL SCAM

Creating a dream trip
By PAM STELLINI
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16 SEPT 2014: A young Dutch woman had a dream trip to South East Asia.  For 42 days she enjoyed the magic of the Orient keeping a digital journal of her travels, sharing the exotic images on social media. She planned an itinerary that included cultural experiences that many people just fantasize about. As did she. The trip was a fake and the woman experienced it all from her apartment. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

WILD AMBITION

North Korea sentences American man to six years of hard labour
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15 SEP 2014:  Well, he may have changed his mind by now, but 24-year-old American Matthew Miller is getting what he asked for.  North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced him to six years of hard labour for entering the country illegally to commit espionage. MORE

JUST WRONG

FAA says British Airways put hazardous oxygen generator on passenger jet
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15 SEP 2014:  Regulators say that British Airways violated safety rules by shipping an oxygen generator on an American Airlines flight from London to Dallas, and they are seeking to fine BA US $195,000. MORE

A GAME CHANGER

Airlines need information
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15 SEP 2014: Emirates chief, Sir Tim Clark, has said the downing of MH17 changed everything when it comes to airline security policies.  Cark also claimed information on weapons capable of shooting down commercial airlines in conflict regions is often not shared with airlines, as was the case with Malaysia Airlines.   MORE

MORE IS BETTER

Air New Zealand adds more flights to its North American routes
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15 SEP 2014: Air New Zealand is adding more flights to its North American schedule. Beginning in 2015 the airline will step up frequency between Auckland and Los Angeles from twice daily to three times daily on three days of the week. MORE

SABRE BUYS HOSPITALITY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY

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15 SEP 2014:  In a move expected to strengthen its position as a leading technology partner to hoteliers worldwide, Sabre Corporation has announced the acquisition of Genares, a global, privately-held hospitality technology company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. MORE

GOOD TO GO

CanJet inaugural brochure now available
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15 SEP 2014:  The inaugural edition of the CanJet Vacations brochure is now available and distribution to agencies will commence last week, according to John Kirk, VP Sales, and Marketing. MORE

WHAT WAS HE THINKING

Idiot on Board
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15 SEP 2014:  On one of the most tense days for flying – September 11 – a Southwest Airlines 737 flight had to be delayed due to a bomb threat made by a passenger. The flight, headed for Denver, had pushed back from the gate in Seattle when the captain notified the tower that there was a potential onboard threat to security. MORE

MONTREAL EATS

Long Time Faves and New Raves
By MARGARET SWAINE
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15 SEP 2014:  Montreal may have more than its share of scandals and political turmoil, but dining is one thing the city has always gotten right. Every time I return to my home town I head to old faves and search out the latest raves. This past trip the newest hot spot has made my list of restaurants to cherish in Canada. MORE
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