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THREAT DIVERTS WESTJET

Six passengers injured in evacuation
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30 JUN 2015: WestJet says six passengers sustained injuries during an emergency evacuation when one of its flights was diverted to Winnipeg on Monday night due to what the company has only termed “a threat.”   MORE

MEGA RESORT FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

Baha Mar blames contractor
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30 JUN 2015: The developer of a roughly $3.5 billion hotel-and-casino megaresort project under construction in the Bahamas has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Baha Mar Ltd. announced Monday that the US filings were being done “voluntarily” to hopefully complete construction and finally open the sprawling megaresort touted as the most expensive project ever undertaken in the Bahamas. MORE

PORTER FINED FOR ANTI SPAM VIOLATIONS

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30 JUN 2015: Porter Airlines has been fined $150,000 for violating the CRTC's anti-spam legislation. The CRTC says the Toronto-based airline has agreed to pay the fine for sending emails without an unsubscribe button or one that was clearly labelled. MORE

AC LAUNCHES DAILY YYZ TO YXX

Local boy flies home
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30 JUN 2015: Air Canada rouge flight AC1979 touched down at the Abbotsford International Airport yesterday morning, marking the start of new non-stop seasonal service from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. MORE

SUNWING CRUISES

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30 JUN 2015: Sunwing Vacations has launched its 2015-2016 cruise brochure, offering customers a ‘one-stop’ cruise shopping experience where they can select from a range of 7, 8, 10 or 11 night fly-cruise itineraries across the Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba and Florida, or opt for a two -week cruise and stay package.     MORE

MAGIC COMES EARLY

Carnival adds another cruise ship at Port Canaveral
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30 JUN 2015: Carnival Cruise Lines is adding another ship a bit earlier than planned to its fleet based out of Port Canaveral. Port officials said last week that the ship, Carnival Magic, will make its home at the port starting next April instead of December. MORE

SAFETY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE

Weather cameras make a huge difference
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30 JUN 2015: A federal agency installed weather cameras and took other steps in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes like the one that crashed last week and killed all nine people aboard, officials said Monday. MORE

THE WELL-BEING MARKET

Big and Confusing
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30 JUN 2015: How do you define wellness? Where does an agent begin in developing a clientele interested in wellness vacations? Is it a lucrative market for agencies? These questions and more were raised, debated and answered at the recent Well-Being Travel Symposium held in Toronto. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

BEACH ATTACK THREATENS TOURISM

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29 JUN 2015: Thousands of tourists fled from Tunisia on Saturday after the country's worst terrorist attack killed 38 people - including 15 British along with German, Irish, Belgian and Portuguese victims - as the government struggles to prevent future jihadi attacks against the all-important tourism sector.   MORE

YES. NO. MAYBE.

Can a mainstream tour operator start up and survive today
By JEN SAVEDRA
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29 JUN 2015: The demise of CanJet Vacations made me wonder if the idea of a mid- sized mainstream tour operator is feasible in in Canada today. If anyone was going to make it, you would think CanJet might. They had an inhouse airline, an idea as to how it could be done, a large budget and the not inconsiderable talents of Robbie Goldberg. MORE

CASH ONLY

Greek economic problems threaten tourism
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29 JUN 2015: At the Acropolis, hundreds of tourists braved the Greek sun as they walked toward the Parthenon temple, pausing in awe at the ancient marble ruin, many of them oblivious to the different kind of ruin threatening modern Greece.   MORE

NEW VICE CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR TICO

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29 JUN 2015: Following TICO’s Annual General Meeting on June 23, , TICO’s new Board of Directors named Richard Vanderlubbe as Vice Chair. Vanderlubbe is president of Travel Superstore Inc. in Hamilton, Ontario. The term is for one year until TICO’s next Annual General Meeting to be held in 2016.   MORE

PIRATE ATTACKS

Guyana considers allowing fishermen to carry weapons
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29 JUN 2015: The threat of pirates off the oceans of Guyana has authorities considering a measure to allow fishermen to begin carrying weapons. Guyana strictly controls the use of firearms and the government said Saturday it is deciding whether to begin permitting deep-sea fishermen to carry guns while at sea.     MORE

CHEERS

Prince Charles toasts the 200th Anniversary of Laphroaig Distillery
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29 JUN 2015: Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, visited the world famous Laphroaig Distillery on Islay in Scotland's Inner Hebrides last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the brand. Laphroaig, owned by Beam Suntory, is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bear a Royal Warrant, a mark of recognition to those who supply goods or services to the Royal Households. MORE

LET YOUR HAIR DOWN IN GUANGXI PROVINCE

More than just a stop in Guilin
By STEVE GILLICK
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29 JUN 2015: The women of the Yao Minority in Huangluo Village cut their hair once in their entire lifetime. At the age of 16, before they get married, they unwrap what appears to be a shiny, black turban around their head to reveal tresses that often reach1.7 meters (5 1/2 feet) or longer. After marriage, they grow their hair again, as a harbinger of good fortune, longevity and wealth (a kind of ‘hair way to heaven’). MORE
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