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NOT EVEN CLOSE TO SUFFICIENT

Pilots criticize Boeing for mistakes on its grounded jet
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20 JUN 2019: Retired pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight, told a congressional panel Wednesday that pilots should practice the failure of Boeing flight-control software on simulators, not planes full of passengers. MORE

LET YOURSELF IN

Tourism Toronto launches new destination campaign
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20 JUN 2019: Fresh on the heels of the Raptors capturing the NBA title and Toronto's sense of welcome and diversity, Tourism Toronto is launching a new destination marketing campaign, “Let Yourself In”. The campaign also arrives as Toronto celebrates another record year in visitation having welcomed 44 million travellers into the city in 2018. MORE

TIME FREE ZONE

No sunsets for Norwegian island
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20 JUN 2019: Residents of a Norwegian island where the sun doesn't set for 69 days of the year want to go “time-free” and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days. MORE

ACV WINTER LINEUP

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20 JUN 2019: Air Canada Vacations has revealed its new lineup for winter 2019/20. The roster boasts 25 new flights and significantly expanded capacity in Western Canada. New this year, Air Canada Vacations will offer a nonstop route from Ottawa to Varadero, Cuba operating on Mondays starting December 23. MORE

BIG BOOST FOR AIRBUS

American Airlines buys into new long range jet
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20 JUN 2019: American Airlines is buying 50 of Airbus' newest long-range plane, giving a big boost for the just-launched A321XLR and spurring Boeing to push ahead to develop a rival aircraft. MORE

WHAT NEXT

Air New Zealand boss resigns.
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20 JUN 2019: Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said Wednesday he's resigning after seven years in the top job at the national carrier. There is speculation that Luxon has political ambitions, and that he would be a natural fit with the conservative National Party that was ousted from power in 2017 by a liberal coalition led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. MORE

OUR FINAL DAYS IN ITALY

By ANN WALLACE
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20 JUN 2019: Our motorhome adventure in Italy was rapidly drawing to an end. So, with just a few days on the rental left, would we have enough time for a quick visit to Verona and a glimpse of the Italian Lakes before we were due for a family get-together in Milan and the relinquishing of our motorhome in Monza? Without spoiling our days too much by rushing we would try. MORE

BOURTON IN BANGKOK

Red light district to get an English countryside makeover
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20 JUN 2019: Somethings one cannot make up. Bangkok’s red light district is reportedly set to be remodelled on, of all places, the quintessentially English Cotswold village, Bourton-on-the-Water. It is thought the Prime Minister wants to transform the centre of Rattanakosin Island in a bid to drive sex tourists away. MORE

CHANGES AT TRANSAT

Nathalie Boyer leaves. Louise Fecteau and Karine Gagnon get new appointments
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20 JUN 2019: Transat has announced the appointments of Louise Fecteau as general manager of Transat Distribution Canada (TDC), and of Karine Gagnon as commercial director for Transat’s Quebec region. These changes follow the departure of Nathalie Boyer, who has accepted a senior executive role outside the travel industry. Nathalie will leave the company this July 31. MORE

A GRAND DAME IN NICE

By MARGARET SWAINE
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20 JUN 2019: Some hotels are so iconic they are a destination. Such is the case with the Negresco Hotel, listed as a National Historic Building of France in 2003. It overlooks the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice at one of the most beautiful points of view on the Bay of Angels. The Negresco’s 6,200 piece art collection on full display throughout the hotel is a mosaic of classical and contemporary spanning five centuries of art. The hotel’s future however is uncertain. MORE
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INTO THE SUNSET

Visit Florida is optimistic but is the future of Florida tourism in peril
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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19 JUN 2019: Despite record visitations for eight consecutive years, Florida tourism is on a slippery slope thanks to funding cuts and a threat of closure, says America’s top-ranking tourism official, Roger Dow. The state has slashed its marketing organization’s budget by 30 percent and has presently reauthorized it only until the end of June 2020 (the so-called “sunset clause”). MORE

EMERGENCY LANDING FOR PORTER

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19 JUN 2019: A Porter Airlines flight travelling from Montreal to Toronto made an emergency landing in Hamilton on Tuesday. Fire officials were on hand but there were no reported injuries. MORE

GOOD NEWS FOR BOEING

Aircraft manufacturer signs first deal for 737 Max jet since crashes
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19 JUN 2019: Boeing announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday that International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and other carriers, signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 aircraft. The sale is subject to final agreement but is a vote of confidence in Boeing as it struggles to win back trust. The planes would be delivered between 2023 and 2027 to airlines owned by IAG. MORE

GET GOING

Companies with a strong travel culture have a competitive advantage
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19 JUN 2019: New research shows that when aligned with a company's strategy, a well-managed travel program can deliver a tangible competitive advantage. The report shows 58 percent of business leaders confirm that having a strong travel culture – one where the company, its leaders and its processes support the use of corporate travel as a form of strategic investment with business value – produces better business results. MORE

TAKING A TOLL

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19 JUN 2019: The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that highway tolls in Germany are illegal because they unfairly penalize drivers from other European Union countries. The court's ruling means Germany will have to drop or revise its highway toll system. MORE

SMOKESCREENED

Six smoke grenades found in carry on bag
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19 JUN 2019: The things people think they can carry on a flight get weirder every day. And the question has to be asked, why do they need this stuff? Transportation Security Administration screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport discovered six smoke grenades in a passenger's carry-on bag as he attempted to board a flight to the Dominican Republic. MORE

EXPEDIA FINED FOR VIOLATING CUBA EMBARGO

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19 JUN 2019: Expedia has been fined more than US $325,000 for violating the Cuba embargo going back to before travel restrictions were eased by the Obama administration. A US Department of the Treasury report said that between April 2011 and October 2014, Expedia facilitated travel for more than 2,000 people to travel to Cuba from a third country, including for Cuban nationals. MORE

WHAT YOU REALLY REALLY WANT

Spice Girl tests Mega RockStar SuiteĀ 
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19 JUN 2019: To test out its new offerings, Virgin Voyages and Sir Richard Branson called on Spice Girls star Geri Horner.  In a new video as part of an exclusive partnership with Virgin Voyages, Horner gives a RockStar seal of approval to the ship’s Mega RockStar Suites. MORE

GETTING ANTSY

United Airlines plane invaded by ants
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19 JUN 2019: A United Airlines plane was taken out of service after landing at Newark due to an infestation of ants. The transatlantic flight from Venice landed safely but was then taken away to be fumigated. MORE

AS YOU LIKE IT IN STRATFORD, ONTARIO

By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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19 JUN 2019: Along with its claim to fame as one of Canada’s top theatre destinations, Stratford and surrounding Perth County have become an epicurean mecca brimming with artisan producers, unique food boutiques, breweries, distilleries and eateries. This is town with a fascinating history and welcoming enthusiast locals where you can save and splurge with artistic license. MORE
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