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HIKE GAS TAXES

Just what this industry needs
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01 AUG 2014: Interesting concept, but can it work?  And even if it does, travel and tourism will take a big hit. The International Monetary Fund says Canada and other countries can improve their economies and environment by hiking energy taxes - while cutting them on people and capital. MORE

TO GO OR NOT TO GO

Ebola outbreak causes concern
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01 AUG 2014:  Canada's public health agency has issued a travel health notice about the Ebola outbreak in three African countries. However, unlike the US, Canada is not yet warning citizens against travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. MORE

NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN

The search for Malaysia Airlines 370 continues
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01 AUG 2014:  The horrific events of recent weeks simultaneously reminded us and put into the background the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370.  Unlike the tragic shooting of MH17, which left bodies and debris scattered for miles, there has not been a single trace of MH370 since it disappeared on March 08 with 239 passengers on board. MORE

REVITALIZATION FOR ONTARIO PLACE

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01 AUG 2014: The Ontario provincial government says it will start the first phase of its planned Ontario Place revitalization in the next few months. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau says construction is expected to begin soon on the first phase of the project - a new urban park and waterfront trail expected to open next year. MORE

PAYOUT

TICO compensates claimants
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01 AUG 2014: This week TICO’s Board of Directors approved payment of $15,743.41 to assist 12 consumers who did not receive the travel services for which they had paid. MORE

RYANAIR EYES CYPRUS

A hub to new destinations
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01 AUG 2014:  Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has disclosed that the airline is looking to develop its business in Cyprus, with the idea of using it as a hub for flights to expand to destinations including Israel, Jordan and Russia. MORE

HELPING OTHERS

Travel group raises funds for Autism
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01 AUG 2014:  American Marketing Group, the parent company of TRAVELSAVERS, NEST, The Affluent Traveler Collection and 15 other global travel brands, recently raised more than $50,000 for Autism Speaks. MORE

ALL ABOUT ME

Recording the experience or a narcissistic distraction
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01 AUG 2014:  Jacquie Whitt's trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a “selfie fest.” MORE

CIGARETTES AND A PARACHUTE

Kicking and screaming
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01 AUG 2014:  Okay, here’s your Friday long weekend “some people should just stay home” story. Pilots were forced to divert a plane after a drunken passenger demanded “cigarettes and a parachute” from the crew and, on being denied, took off her prosthetic leg and threw it at the flight attendants. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

POTENTIAL DANGER

Dubai and European airlines divert flights
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31 AUG 2014:   Iraq says its skies are safe, but a number of European airlines including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France, and Dubai-based carrier Emirates, are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes. MORE

SKIP THE LINE

Hilton app allows check in and room access
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31 JUL 2014: Hotels made the progression from room keys to key cards, but now Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to allow guests to not just access their rooms using their mobile phone, but to use their smartphones to skip the check-in process altogether. MORE

VISION TRAVEL GIVES BACK

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31 JUL 2014:  Independently-owned travel management company, Vision Travel Solutions, has launched the not-for-profit Vision Travel Foundation as part of its efforts to give back to the community. MORE

SIGNATURE TO PANAMA

Direct flights to Playa Blanca Airport
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31 JUL 2014: Effective August 1, Signature Vacations will offer year round direct flights from Toronto to Panama’s Playa Blanca Airport. These direct flights eliminate lengthy transfers, allowing passengers to arrive at their chosen hotel or resort quickly and conveniently.   MORE

PHASE II

Silver Galapagos refurbishment continues
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31 JUL 2014:  Come September, Silversea Expeditions' all-suite Silver Galapagos will undergo a second phase of refurbishment during a month-long dry dock in Panama. MORE

PASSENGER SENTENCED

Drunken altercation ends honeymoon
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31 JUL2014:  A Japanese man received a three-month sentence Tuesday for a drunken altercation with flight attendants during a trip to Hawaii for his honeymoon. Kenji Okamoto has been in federal custody since the May flight landed in Honolulu. MORE

QUIET TIME

Silent retreats are an historic tradition
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31 JUL 2014:  A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five-day trip with her husband and didn't speak to him once. They weren't fighting. They were attending a silent retreat. MORE

TOO MUCH ADVICE

Just trying to help
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31 JUL 2014: Australian budget airline Jetstar apologized after a crew member suggested, as part of the on-board announcements, that passengers, including some returning from a popular music festival on the Gold Coast tourist strip, to flush away "anything you shouldn't have". MORE

BETTER AND BETTER

Luxury transcends stardom
By DAVID TAIT
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There are a lot of words in the English language that are horribly over-utilized and many are not fit to print here, but that’s not the kind I am talking about. I’m thinking of words like, “like” “scenario”, “designer”, “unique” and “absolutely”. MORE
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