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TOO HIGH A PRICE

Airlines and pilots balk at suggested safety measures
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23 JAN 2015: Responding to recent incidents in which airliners vanished, US accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash. MORE

NEW VISTA

Carnival to launch first new ship in four years
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23 JAN 2015: Carnival Cruise Lines on Thursday unveiled details about its first new ship launch in four years, Carnival Vista. The ship will also be the company's largest vessel when it debuts in 2016, with a capacity of over 3,900 people. MORE

KNOCKOUT SHOT

Tourists get Rocky selfie in Philadelphia
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23 JAN 2015: A group of tourists who ran up the “Rocky” steps got a knockout photo at the top - a selfie with Rocky himself. Peter Rowe said he and two friends had just finished racing up the staircase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday when they saw Sylvester Stallone. MORE

ALL CANADIAN

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23 JAN 2015: A number of factors drove the decision to focus solely on Canadian whisky at the Delta Toronto’s new Char No. 5 to differentiate itself from SOCO Kitchen plus Bar, also situated in Delta Toronto’s lobby. MORE

SUNWING LAUNCHES YWG TO ZIH

And opens new resort in Cuba
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23 JAN 2015: This week Sunwing Vacations launched a new direct service between Winnipeg and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Once a coconut plantation, Ixtapa has become one of Mexico’s foremost beach resort destinations. MORE

KEEL LAYING FOR SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER

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23 JAN 2015: The first building block for Seven Seas Explorer was placed this week during a special keel laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. The keel laying signals a significant milestone in the construction for what the cruise line says will be the most luxurious ship ever built, and brings the vessel one step closer to its July 20, 2016 maiden voyage. MORE

TRANSAT CELEBRATES

20 years of Europe Caravan
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23 JAN 2015: From February 7 to 12, Transat Holidays will be touring Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Montreal and Quebec City to meet travel agents for the 20th anniversary of Transat’s Europe Caravan. MORE

PARKS AND RECREATION

Kissimmee hosts Grand Opening Celebration of Lakefront Park
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23 JAN 2015: The city of Kissimmee will unveil the third and final phase of the Lakefront Park project this month, which includes 52 new boat slips, a splash pad featuring natural elements, a state-of-the-art playground and an event lawn which can accommodate 40 vendors for large festivals. MORE

HIGH HOPES

First you have to build it
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23 JAN 2015: Like many states, Oklahoma wants to be a tourist destination. And leaders there believe they have an ideal attraction - Oklahoma's heritage as the US Indian Territory in the 1800s and as home to 39 tribes. However, ‘believing’ isn’t nearly enough. MORE

COLD CALLS

Disney Cruises are Frozen this sumer
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23 JAN 2015: Beginning this summer, Disney Cruise Line guests can immerse themselves in the animated hit “Frozen” with experiences inspired by the film, including a spectacular deck party, a three-song stage show production number, new character meet and greets, storybook adventures ashore and more. MORE

WHERE IS THAT

Five new ports appearing in the Caribbean
By WALLACE IMMEN
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23 JAN 2014: They’re gated communities; fenced-in shopping malls that have little to do with the local cultures. They’re tropical amusement parks. Say what you will about the proprietary cruise ports and private islands that cruise lines are building in the Caribbean, a lot of passengers seem to like them. MORE
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IS ORBITZ FOR SALE

Who will buy
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22 JAN 2015: Orbitz, the operator of Orbitz.com, Cheaptickets.com and various other sites, is reportedly looking for a potential buyer. Bloomberg News reported this week that Orbitz is working with a financial adviser, rumoured to be Goldman Sachs, exploring possibilities for a sale. MORE

CRIME DID NOT PAY

Man posed as airline worker
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22 JAN 2015: A Georgia man who posed as an airline employee to book cut-rate reservations - then resold the tickets for thousands of dollars - has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. MORE

A WALKABLE GAMES

Boston plans for Olympic bid
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22 JAN 2015: The organizers of Boston's Olympic bid revealed their plans for the 2024 Summer Games on Wednesday. Those plans include a pedestrian boulevard along a channel running to a temporary Olympic stadium that would serve as the event's “front yard,” and existing or upgraded public transportation to shuttle fans between the university and waterfront venues. MORE

SUNWING SUMMER

New domestic flights daily YYZ to YVR
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22 JAN 2015: Although most Canadians are still in the thick of the winter, Sunwing Airlines is gearing up for warmer weather with the reintroduction of its popular domestic flying schedule for summer 2015 - the tenth season that the airline has offered direct flights across the country. MORE

UP CLOSE AND FRIENDLY

The paddle boarder and the killer whales
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22 JAN 2015: A Southern California paddle boarder has captured his up-close encounter with an orca pod and posted the resulting video on social media. MORE

NOROVIRUS IN NASHVILLE

Cancellations follow news of outbreak at hotel
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22 JAN 2015: We usually read about outbreaks on cruise ships, but of course it can just as easily - and has - happened at a large resort hotel. At least one conference has been cut short and another cancelled after norovirus struck at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. MORE

JUST SHOUT IT OUT

She missed the boat
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22 JAN 2015: A presumably adult woman threw a tantrum worthy of a potty-mouthed two-year old after missing her ferry at Tsawwassen BC Ferries terminal in Delta BC. The shrieking, foot stamping public meltdown was, of course, filmed by stunned but giggling onlookers and posted on social media. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Mary Santonato to Transat
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22 JAN 2015: Transat Tours has announced the appointment of Mary Santonato to the position of director, groups Ontario and Atlantic Canada. MORE

THE POD MAN COMETH

The shrinking hotel room
By DAVID TAIT
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While it’s the iPad Mini that has been hitting the headlines in recent weeks there is another ’mini’ revolution that has been slowly brewing for several years now. On a recent trip to the UK I had my first experience of what is branded as a ‘mini boutique hotel’. MORE
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