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PACK PATIENCE

Weather could be a big factor for Thanksgiving travellers
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26 NOV 2014: Thanksgiving travellers in the US scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year. In Canada, snow and deicing could impact flights out of the Maritimes. MORE

A NEW LOOK

PEI and BC top list as Quality Tourism Destinations
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26 NOV 2014: Canada, one of the tourism world’s most analyzed destinations, now has a new measure for tourism success. The analysis of the relative quality of the tourism experience from one province and destination to the next from the all-important visitors’ point of view. MORE

FLEET EXPANSION FOR OCEANIA CRUISES

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26 NOV 2014: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises, Ltd. to purchase Ocean Princess for its newly acquired Oceania Cruises brand. The 684-passenger ship joins Oceania Cruises’ trio of award-winning sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica. The new addition will be named Sirena. MORE

BEING PREPARED

Security upgrades require funding
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26 NOV 2014: The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps this week to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control centre that disrupted travel nationwide - but said widespread upgrades will require money from Congress. MORE

I HATE THAILAND

Surprise video goes viral
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26 NOV 2014: It's been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery. The video called “I Hate Thailand” drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week. MORE

HARD FACTS

New Mexico spaceport shifts focus
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26 NOV 2014: The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight. MORE

BRAINS AND BEAUTY

The Brando is a Winner
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26 NOV 2014: The Brando, a unique environmentally-friendly luxury private island resort on French Polynesia’s beautiful atoll of Tetiaroa was a winner in the ‘Brains and Beauty’ category of the British publication, Tatler Magazine’s Travel Awards announced this week in London. MORE

RULES OF THE GAME

Gourmet Golf in the Loire Valley
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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26 NOV 2014: If ever a nation has mastered the art of living well, it’s the French. Think Champagne, foie gras, haute couture, fairy-tale castles, can-can, Cognac and more. Sprinkled liberally with magnificent châteaux and famous vineyards and blessed with gastronomy second to none, the Loire Valley is a Francophile’s dream. Add some outstanding golf to the mix and you’ve got a swinger’s getaway with a delicious French accent. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

NO PASSENGER LEFT BEHIND

Rescue fares for pax stranded by airline bankruptcy
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25 NOV 2014: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a new arrangement to help passengers impacted by airline bankruptcy. A voluntary agreement on behalf of its members flying to, from and within Europe will cover the repatriation of passengers unable to return home due to an airline ceasing operations as a result of financial failure. MORE

A RIU GOOD TIME

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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25 NOV 2014: If the Farmer’s Almanac is correct then we’re in for another winter blast. But that’s not discouraging one senior executive from the popular all-inclusive RIU Hotels and Resorts which is sold exclusively to Canadians through Signature Vacations. MORE

WESTJETTERS SAY NO

Tentative flight attendant agreement not ratified
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25 NOV 2014: WestJet announced yesterday that the tentative agreement with its flight attendants was not ratified. Turnout for the vote was very strong; of the 90 percent voter turnout, 57 percent voted against the tentative agreement. MORE

SEARCH ENDS

84 year old passenger goes overboard in Australia
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25 NOV 2014: An air and sea search for an 84-year-old passenger lost overboard from a cruise ship east of Sydney was called off Tuesday after authorities calculated that he could not have survived. MORE

A SPORT FOR THE WEALTHY

Is skiing becoming unaffordable
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25 NOV 2014: In 2010, the price of walk-up, single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts topped US$100. Aspen quickly followed suit, and ticket prices at resorts across the country have consistently increased in the years since. The trend has raised a question that has dogged the ski industry for years: Is the sport becoming unaffordable for the middle class? MORE

MORE THAN FISHING IN YEMEN

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25 NOV 2014: Court papers filed in New York City say the State Department has uncovered a potential security breach in Yemen involving a corrupt US embassy employee. A criminal complaint says the employee took under-the-table payments to submit at least 50 visa applications. MORE

TRUE OR FALSE

Top 10 airplane washroom myths
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25 NOV 2014: Fair warning. You may not find this interesting or amusing. If you aren’t given to wondering what happens in airline loos or consider it infantile bathroom humour, skip right on by. But don’t blame me if you read it and get pee’d off. MORE

ANOTHER SNAKE WALK

Day three hiking in Arizona
By PAM STELLINI
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25 NOV 2014: “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” That’s from Mark Twain, but I ain’t arguing with that wisdom. My trip to Arizona with my friend Sue produced a serious LIKE. And not only because the woman saved my life two days in a row. MORE
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