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BETTER TOGETHER

Scotland votes for a United Kingdom
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19 SEP 2014: Almost 60 percent of tourism professionals in Scotland who took part in a secret ballot at the Scottish Tourism Alliance’s annual summit earlier this month reportedly said they would be voting 'no' to independence. Yesterday a majority of Scottish voters followed suit, rejecting independence from the UK in a referendum that had threatened to break up the 307-year union. MORE

PILING ON

Air Canada adds checked bag fees
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19 SEP 2014:  Well that didn’t take long.  Air Canada has joined rival WestJet Airlines in charging a $25 fee for first checked bags on domestic flights. The fee applies to passengers booking the lowest economy class Tango fares, as of Thursday for flights as of November  2. MORE

ALL INCLUSIVE ADULTS ONLY IN ARUBA

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19 SEP 2014:  Couples in search of barefoot luxury in the Caribbean have a new option to consider this fall with the opening of the Riu Palace Antillas on Aruba. The resort is the island’s only all-inclusive property that is also reserved for adults. Exclusively available through Signature Vacations, Riu Palace Antillas opens October 11. MORE

STRIKE AT AIR FRANCE

Flights cut as pilots protest budget carrier
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19 SEP 2014: A strike by Air France pilots that has caused widespread cancellations, comes as increased competition from low-cost rivals is forcing European carriers to speed up restructuring their business models. MORE

CHANGE AT THE TOP

JetBlue to get a new CEO
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19 SEP 2014: JetBlue Airways Corp. CEO Dave Barger will step down in February and be replaced by the company's president after months of speculation about leadership at the airline, which is profitable but has lagged its rivals. MORE

COVER UP

Bikinis not for the beautiful
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19 SEP 2014: Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis. The comments came just after the bodies of two British tourists were found bludgeoned to death on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao on Monday, dealing another blow to a tourist industry which has been struggling to recover since the army seized power in May. MORE

DON'T PANIC

Robots are not ready to take over cruise ships - yet
By WALLACE IMMEN
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19 SEP 2014: Who would you rather have as your bartender on a voyage to Mars aboard the Starship Enterprise: Guinan (as played by Whoopi Goldberg) or Data? There’s no contest in my mind that you'd choose the wise-cracking mixologist who knows you want an extra olive and a twist of sympathy ahead of a servo-activated beverage manipulator who’s convinced there’s only one correct way to mix a martini and insists “Your cocktail order is not logical.” MORE
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COMING HOME

Sunwing flies storm impacted pax to YVR and YYZ
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18 SEP 2014: Almost 200 Canadians stranded in Los Cabos, Mexico because of Hurricane Odile arrived in Vancouver late Wednesday. The storm on Sunday battered many resorts and shut down the airport, leaving many tourists wondering how and when they'd be able to return home. MORE

SCOTLAND VOTES

Regardless of the outcome the location stays the same
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18 SEP 2014: Scotland goes to the polls today and a final series of opinion polls last night suggested the outcome too close to call. Polling stations opened at 7am (GMT) this morning and people have until 10pm to cast their ballot, with the result expected to be known early tomorrow. MORE

THE WEST IS READY

Super ultra low cost carriers on the way
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18 SEP 2014: A new report suggests above average economic growth across Western Canada in recent years has created the right conditions for another shot at super low-cost air travel in the region. The report says the brighter prospects have created the right context for the launch of new carriers, especially in the “ultra-low cost” segment, which remains essentially nonexistent in Canada. MORE

9-11 MUSEUM SEES ONE MILLION VISITORS IN FOUR MONTHS

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18 SEP 2014:  The museum at the site of the 9-11 attacks in New York has welcomed its one millionth visitor just under four months after opening to the public. Museum president Joe Daniels said Tuesday the million-visitor mark wasn't expected to be reached until sometime in the fall but visitors recognize the museum is “a piece of history that they need to understand firsthand.” MORE

BREAK IT UP

Glass bottles banned on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks
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18 SEP 2014: Glass bottles and containers are no longer welcome among the throngs of tourists on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks. The move has the support of the powerful Nevada Resort Association casino lobby, but was opposed by some small business owners and the Retail Association of Nevada. MORE

WISHING AND HOPING

Utah launches Ski City USA campaign
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18 SEP 2014:  Saying it doesn’t make it so, but Utah officials launched a $1.8 million campaign Tuesday to market Salt Lake City as “Ski City USA” in an effort to lure skiers away from top destination spots like Colorado and earn a bigger chunk of the lucrative winter sports market.  But are they just blowing smoke? MORE

WHAT A CARRY ON

Handbags and hand grenades
By DAVID TAIT
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The story out of Sharjah (UAE) about the baby found secreted in a carry-on bag may sound shocking to most of us, but such a tale would come as no surprise to any of the world’s long-suffering and usually under-appreciated airport security agents. MORE
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