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COMING HOME

Sunwing flies storm impacted pax to YVR and YYZ
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18 SEP 2014: Almost 200 Canadians stranded in Los Cabos, Mexico because of Hurricane Odile arrived in Vancouver late Wednesday. The storm on Sunday battered many resorts and shut down the airport, leaving many tourists wondering how and when they'd be able to return home. MORE

SCOTLAND VOTES

Regardless of the outcome the location stays the same
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18 SEP 2014: Scotland goes to the polls today and a final series of opinion polls last night suggested the outcome too close to call. Polling stations opened at 7am (GMT) this morning and people have until 10pm to cast their ballot, with the result expected to be known early tomorrow. MORE

THE WEST IS READY

Super ultra low cost carriers on the way
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18 SEP 2014: A new report suggests above average economic growth across Western Canada in recent years has created the right conditions for another shot at super low-cost air travel in the region. The report says the brighter prospects have created the right context for the launch of new carriers, especially in the “ultra-low cost” segment, which remains essentially nonexistent in Canada. MORE

9-11 MUSEUM SEES ONE MILLION VISITORS IN FOUR MONTHS

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18 SEP 2014:  The museum at the site of the 9-11 attacks in New York has welcomed its one millionth visitor just under four months after opening to the public. Museum president Joe Daniels said Tuesday the million-visitor mark wasn't expected to be reached until sometime in the fall but visitors recognize the museum is “a piece of history that they need to understand firsthand.” MORE

BREAK IT UP

Glass bottles banned on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks
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18 SEP 2014: Glass bottles and containers are no longer welcome among the throngs of tourists on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks. The move has the support of the powerful Nevada Resort Association casino lobby, but was opposed by some small business owners and the Retail Association of Nevada. MORE

WISHING AND HOPING

Utah launches Ski City USA campaign
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18 SEP 2014:  Saying it doesn’t make it so, but Utah officials launched a $1.8 million campaign Tuesday to market Salt Lake City as “Ski City USA” in an effort to lure skiers away from top destination spots like Colorado and earn a bigger chunk of the lucrative winter sports market.  But are they just blowing smoke? MORE

WHAT A CARRY ON

Handbags and hand grenades
By DAVID TAIT
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The story out of Sharjah (UAE) about the baby found secreted in a carry-on bag may sound shocking to most of us, but such a tale would come as no surprise to any of the world’s long-suffering and usually under-appreciated airport security agents. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

SUNWING LOS CABOS TRAVEL ADVISORY

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17 SEP 2014: The Los Cabos area continues to be impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Odile, with widespread power outages and poor communications. Tour operator Sunwing says  they have been able to have limited conversations with their in-destination team who indicated that all of their guests are safe and secure. MORE

THE WHITE ELEPHANT TO BE DEMOLISHED

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17  SEP 2014:  Despite efforts to save Mirabel airport, the Montreal airport authority is going ahead with plans to demolish the facility, which has had no passenger flights since 2004. On Tuesday, James Cherry, president and CEO of Aeroports de Montreal, announced that a demolition company has been chosen to tear down the structure - an announcement that effectively shuts the door on a proposal to turn the terminal into a convention centre. MORE

VANCOUVER TO OSAKA

Air Canada rouge to launch seasonal flights
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16 SEP 2014:  Air Canada has announced that it will introduce non-stop flights between Vancouver and Osaka, Japan, next summer. Service to Osaka's Kansai International Airport will be operated up to five flights per week by Air Canada rouge with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of economy and premium cabins of service. MORE

DO IT YOURSELF

Time for hotels to pay their staff appropriately
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17 DEP 2014: Marriott is launching a programme with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Called 'The Envelope Please,' the campaign began this week and will see 160,000 rooms in the US and Canada outfitted with envelopes bearing the name of the room attendant MORE

DELTA ADDS FLIGHTS

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17 SEP 2014: Delta Air Lines has announced plans for twice-daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and San Antonio starting next spring. The flights begin April 7, 2015. MORE

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Egypt rejects criticism of pyramid restoration
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17 SEP 2014: Egypt's antiquities minister took journalists inside a 4,600-year-old pyramid on Tuesday to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and “without evidence.” MORE

OLYMPIC TICKET BASICS

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17 SEP 2014: Organizers have announced the basic outline of ticket prices for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.  They said Tuesday that 7.5 million tickets will be issued for the Rio Games. Half of them - 3.8 million - will be priced under $30. The cheapest ticket will be about $20. MORE

VIVE MONTREAL

How to enjoy Canada's most bilingual and cosmopolitan city
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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17 SEP 2014: I had not been to Montreal for over a decade and I’m happy to report that it’s more dynamic and delicious than ever. Perhaps I love this city because, like me, it does nothing in moderation. Almost everyone speaks Canada’s two official languages. Could we not all take a lesson from that?  The arts scene is astounding—from the state-of-the-art new symphony hall to the ever expanding Museum of Fine Arts to the non-stop festivals. MORE
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