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MAKING IT EASY

Try Ireland off season
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31 OCT 2014: Traditionally, Canadians visit Ireland between May and September. However, Irish tourism officials are hoping to change that habit with the introduction this fall of direct flights year-round from Toronto to Dublin offered by Aer Lingus, Ireland's national carrier and by Air Canada Rouge. MORE

CONFETTI

Something for everyone
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31 OCT 2014: Transat is launching Confetti, a unique sales programme that aims to reward top travel agents, as well as their agencies. A different sales challenge will be issued each month, with extravagant prizes to be won. MORE

SUNWING NON STOP FROM CALGARY TO GRAND BAHAMA

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31 OCT 2014: As of November 01, residents of Calgary can look forward to an easier way to reach the Bahamas this coming winter with the introduction of a weekly service to Freeport, Grand Bahama. MORE

CONSTRUCTION AT LAS

Closed runway will not disrupt flights
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31 OCT 2014: McCarran International Airport officials say a US $67 million construction project to swap out asphalt for more durable concrete is closing the airport's longest runway until May next year. MORE

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES CEO GERRY CAHILL RETIRING

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31 OCT 2014: Carnival Cruise Lines announced Thursday that Gerry Cahill, who has steered the Fun Ship fleet through disaster and into recovery, is retiring from his position as CEO. Cahill, 63, will leave the post on Nov. 30 but has agreed to remain in an advisory role for an unspecified amount of time. MORE

HOLLAND AMERICA TO EUROPE

Eight Ships. 62 Itineraries. 99 Departures
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31 OCT 2014: Travellers looking to explore the history, culture and famous sights of Europe in 2015 have more options with eight Holland America Line ships offering sailings ranging from seven to 50 days. The 62 unique cruises highlight three new itineraries, four maiden calls and overnight visits to 21 of the continent's most popular and culturally rich cities. MORE

CRYING TIME

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31 OCT 2012: This time it’s not just an adult acting up. An American couple says they were escorted off a plane and met by police inside the terminal after their two-year old son threw a tantrum and an argument with flight attendants ensued. MORE

SIX UP AND COMING DESTINATIONS FOR YOUR NEXT CARIBBEAN CRUISE

By WALLACE IMMEN
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31 OCT 2014: Looking for a different island to explore on a Caribbean cruise? You’re not alone. The proliferation of cruise ships criss-crossing the Caribbean has created traffic jams in classic stops like as St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Mexico’s Cozumel, whose ports are beginning to resemble theme parks. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

THEY LIKE US

Canada travel hits the high notes.
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30 OCT 2014: August was another auspicious month for the Canadian tourism industry. Building off the summer’s early positive momentum, 2.7 million international travellers made Canada their must-do destination, a four percent year-on-year rise, according to the latest Tourism Snapshot from the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department. MORE

NOT A BITTER PILL

Medical tourism is good for us
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30 OCT 2014: Ontario's health minister says the treatment of so-called medical tourists at a few hospitals in the province generates millions of dollars of revenue for the health system. MORE

SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Holiday in North Korea
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30 OCT 014: Personally I wouldn’t be all gung–ho about rushing off to pack, but North Korea will be at this year’s World Travel Market touting leisure travel. With a notorious reputation as one of the most secretive societies in the world under the capricious but iron fisted dictatorship of Kim Jong-Un, it might seem the best thing about straying into North Korea is the possibility of meeting Bill Clinton when he comes to get you outta there. MORE

UP TO THE CHALLENGE

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30 OCT 2014: With November just around the corner, many people now beginning to think about plans for a ski holiday or beginning to dream about getting away and finding a challenge on the slopes. If Europe is on your mind, here’s a guide to the toughest slopes in The Alps. MORE

FACETIME

Going beyond Linkedin
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30 OCT 2014: A new social networking site has been launched in Europe, and it is called butN. Its founder, Robin Chater, addressed the media at a news conference this week, and he pointed out why butN "goes well beyond other networking systems such as LinkedIn." MORE

VAN GOGH TO ROTHKO

A year of Art in Arkansas
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30 OCT 2014: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced six temporary exhibitions that will go on display next year at the facility in Bentonville, Arkansas. The first exhibit “Van Gogh to Rothko'' features my two favourite artists and will feature 75 artworks from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. MORE

VISION EXPANDS ITS ACTIVE TRAVEL TEAM

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30 OCT 2014: Lynda Sinclair, vice-president of leisure travel for Vision Travel Solutions, has announced the addition of a number of active travel experts to the company roster in Western Canada. MORE

UNCIVIL AVIATION

Pax behaving badly
By DAVID TAIT
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30 OCT 2014: So what’s going on out there? Readers of Travel Industry Today (I almost wrote TIT but thought better of it) this week must have noticed the two stories of passengers behaving badly. MORE
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