THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
29 MAY 2015: The next Calgary Stampede, the legendary 10-day cowboy bonanza better known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” is just over a month away. MORE
BAG BAN LIFTED
29 MAY 2015: Norwegian Cruise Line is reversing course on a ban on doggie bags. The Miami-based cruise line recently instituted a rule that banned passengers from taking food from a ship's restaurants back to their cabins. MORE
JUST CHARGE IT
29 MAY 2015: International Visa cardholders spent $1.7 billion in Canada this winter, which was a 2.7 percent decrease over the same period last year, according to the 2015 Winter Travel Snapshot released by Visa Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). MORE
AUTO RICKSHAWS IN THE US
29 MAY 2015: They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures the tuk-tuk- the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than half a century- aims to make inroads in the US. MORE
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO TO BUILD WATER PARK
29 MAY 2015: Universal Orlando Resort is building a water park. Construction has begun on Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort. The new park is expected to open in 2017.
29 MAY 2015: Walk Off the Earth singer Sarah Blackwood says she wants compensation and an apology after being kicked off a United Airlines flight because her young child was being fussy. MORE
AN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
By WALLACE IMMEN
29 MAY 2015: The Plate Police won—again. The service is so continual on Silversea Cruises that even at the lunch-time buffet on the Deck 7 terrace of Silver Wind, there’s regularly a waiter or two at the end of the line offering to carry your plate to your table. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:
TRAVELBRANDS UNDER CREDITOR PROTECTION
28 MAY 2015: TravelBrands Inc. which is comprised of ten tour operator wholesale and five retail travel brands, caused a furor yesterday when it announced that it has obtained an Order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial Division) granting it creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”). MORE
PLANE LOSES POWER IN BOTH ENGINES
28 MAY 2015: Passengers were terrified when a Singapore Airlines jet plunged 13,000ft after both of its engines failed in mid-air. The Airbus A330-300 was flying from Singapore to Shanghai on Saturday. MORE
SOMETHING ABOUT SEAWORLD
By JEN SAVEDRA
A reminder, readers, that SeaWorld is offering you an opportunity to do something VERY SPECIAL! SeaWorld is noted for its popular parks and entertainment, but it is also committed to animal care, conservation, rescue and rehabilitation. Come behind the scenes at SeaWorld Orlando and learn more about this 50 year legacy of care, which includes caring for 25,000 sick, injured, ill or in need animals. Readers are telling us why they want to see for themselves. If you want a chance to come along - drop us a line now MORE
28 MAY 2015: Well, there's nothing like consistency. It seems Vancouver has gone from being one of the world’s most livable cities to “mind-numbingly boring” in the space of nine months - at least according to The Economist. MORE
28 MAY 2015: Transat’s upcoming Travel Basecamp episodes are taking travellers off the beaten path and will showcase a new way to journey through Honduras. The four part web series dedicated to Honduras takes Travel Basecamp to the next level. MORE
ONE MORE TIME
28 MAY 2015: So let’s get this straight. Spanish air traffic controllers who were fined for causing chaos by striking over the holiday season in 2010, have retaliated for those fines by calling for partial strikes over four days in June as the summer holiday season kicks off.
TWO IN A ROW
28 MAY 2015: The 2015 Consumer Choice Award has been presented to Sunwing Airlines winning in the category of Aircraft Charter Services for the Greater Toronto Area. This is the second year running that the airline has received the accolade.
28 MAY 2015: Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them. MORE
28 MAY 2015: David Whitaker has been appointed Brand USA’s chief marketing officer. Whitaker brings significant destination marketing expertise to his new position after eight years as president and CEO of Tourism Toronto and 17 years at the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, most recently as its executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
BACK NEXT WEEK
28 MAY 2015: Our Mr. Tait got so caught up in next week's column, he didn't finish this week's, but now we have something to look forward to next week!