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TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

Russian bomber aircraft disrupt UK passenger planes
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30 JAN 2015: Two Russian long-range bombers flew over the English Channel on Wednesday and Britain has summoned the Russian Ambassador to ask for an explanation. Typhoon fighters were scrambled to escort the long-range Russian Bear planes out of the area where they were dangerously close to passenger planes.     MORE

MAKING A SPLASH AT THE SUPER BOWL

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30 JAN 2015: This image shows a scene from a Carnival Cruise Lines’ television ad scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1. Carnival is trying to shake off the negative publicity of recent years and boost the image of cruises with its first ever Super Bowl commercial. MORE

CACIQUE AWARDS

Sunwing named International Tour Operator of the Year
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30 JAN 2015: Sunwing Vacations was named ‘International Tour Operator of the Year’ at the 16th annual Cacique Awards in Nassau, Bahamas last weekend. One of the most prestigious events on the Bahamas’ calendar, the awards serve as an opportunity for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to pay tribute to both companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the country’s tourism and hospitality industries. MORE

STRIKES CANCEL FLIGHTS

Duesseldorf and Cologn-Bonn
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30 JAN 2015: Dozens of flights were cancelled at Germany's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports after private security workers walked off the job in a dispute over wages. MORE

COMING TO CRUISE SHIPS

Funky cool things.
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30 JAN 2015: Snow rooms, better Wi-Fi and a continued emphasis on specialty food and drink are some of the trends for cruising in the next year or two. Here are some details. MORE

TRANSAT TO HAITI

New vacation packages
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30 JAN 2015: Transat has introduced new vacation packages to Haiti from Montreal. Available for 7 or 14 nights, these more “traditional” packages include roundtrip flight, transfers and accommodation in one of three hotels offered in Port-au-Prince or at one of four resorts on the Côte des Arcadins. MORE

SECURITY HEIGHTENED AT MILAN WORLDS FAIR

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30 JAN 2015: Expo 2015 officials have heightened security measures surrounding the world's fair in Milan, which is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors over six months, following the terror attacks in Paris, the event's commissioner said Thursday. MORE

SHATNER BEAMS BACK

Returns as online travel pro for priceline.com
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30 JAN 2015: William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company. But in real life, even Shatner can't avoid the perils of getting through airport security lines. MORE

VIKING SHIPS ARE DOMINATING EUROPEAN RIVERS

Here are eight reasons why
By WALLACE IMMEN
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30 JAN 2015: I can’t imagine any voyage more steeped in European history than a cruise along the Danube aboard a Viking Longship whose programme director is a guy named Attila “the Hun-garian.” MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

COPYCAT THREATS

Airlines, TSA receive over 50 threats in 10 days
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29 JAN 2015: A US official has claimed that here have been 50 online bomb threats made since January 17 when a social media post led to a plane being evacuated in North Carolina. MORE

THEY KEEP ON COMING

The ins and outs of Canadian Travel
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29 JAN 2015: For the sixth consecutive month double-digit growth from overseas visitors to Canada was offset by a slowdown in US visitors, according to new CTC Tourism Snapshot. MORE

EXPLORING ZEELAND

By ANN WALLACE
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29 JAN 2015: I am hoping some stories about our late summer and fall cruise through The Netherlands will provide some sunny reading for you during these chilly months. It will certainly bring back happy memories for us. And I hope it will make some readers consider putting The Netherlands on their travel wish-list. You won’t regret it. MORE

NEW YORK AREA AIRPORTS SET RECORDS

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29 JAN 2015: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has broken its airport passenger record for the second straight year. The agency announced Wednesday that preliminary data shows an estimated 117.1 million passengers used John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Atlantic City International airports during 2014. MORE

WEDDING MARCH

Sandals hosts series of exclusive webinars for Travel Agents
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29 JAN 2015: Following the most popular time to pop the question and as the New Year gears up with wedding planning, Sandals Resorts is announcing dates for its ‘Engagement Season Tips and Tools’ webinars designed exclusively for travel agent partners. MORE

WEIRD WEATHER

Scientists blame loopy jet stream
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29 JAN 2015:  While easterners dig out after wintry blasts and blizzards, normally frigid prairie cities are into their second week of a January thaw that has seen overnight rain in Edmonton and shirt sleeves in Calgary. What's up with the weather? MORE

NO DOPE

Denver airport bans sales of pot themed souvenirs
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29 JAN 2015: Tourists who fly to Colorado to try legal pot can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Walker and Flambert in Antigua and Barbuda
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29 JAN2015: Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Development Investment and Energy, the Honourable Asot Michael has announced the appointment of tourism executives, Marie Walker and Jean-Marc Flambert as Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s (ABTA) vice presidents with responsibility for Sales and Marketing for the twin islands tourism portfolio. Walker is responsible for the US and Canada and Flambert has responsibility for the UK and Europe. MORE

R.I.P. SKYMALL

Digital claims another victim
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29 JAN2015: It’s no secret that the print industry has been suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous technology for some years now. As major newspapers around the world struggle for survival, iconic magazines like Newsweek and Gourmet (which I always loved as a travel book more than for the recipes) have quietly closed up shop. Check out the health of the likes of Time Magazine, which is now a wafer-thin shadow of its once glorious self. MORE
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