TREADING LIGHTLY WITH TREADRIGHT
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
08 OCT 2015: “We all have a role to play in preserving our environment,” the CEO of one of the largest worldwide tour operators and upcoming recipient of this year’s World Tourism Award, said at a recent press luncheon as he outlined the non-profit arm’s latest developments.
08 OCT 2015: We won’t know until October 19 whom Canadians want as their next Prime Minister, but they’ve clearly chosen Justin Trudeau as their preferred travel buddy, according to a new survey conducted by Travelzoo, a global Internet media company.
CARIBBEAN HOTELIER OF THE YEAR
08 OCT 2015: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) presented the "Caribbean Hotelier of the Year" award to Adam Stewart, chief executive officer, Sandals Resorts International, during the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), which took place last week in Puerto Rico.
08 OCT 2015: Alicia Kielek was charged with three counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002. Kielek operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. This is the fourth time Kielek has been charged under the Act.
TIME TO SPLURGE
08 OCT 2015: Gyrations in currency markets are helping to make some high-end hotels more affordable for Canadian travellers. The price of a five-star hotel room in Moscow, in Canadian dollars, fell 24 percent to $202 in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014, according to a Hotels.com survey. The drop coincided with a slide in the value of the ruble versus the dollar.
BOX JELLYFISH STING IS FATAL
08 OCT 2015: A 20-year-old German woman died at a popular Thai resort island after being stung by a box jellyfish, police said Wednesday, the third reported fatality in Thailand in 14 months from one of the world's most toxic jellyfish. MORE
IF YOU CANNOT RESPOND
By DAVID TAIT
08 OCT 2015: My old boss Sir Richard Branson always used to (and still does I am sure) maintain that “Customers are not always right, but they are always relevant.” At the same time he has always been a fanatic about the need to have all levels of staff involved in product and service development from the get-go. MORE
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WHAT HAPPENED WITH MKI
By JEN SAVEDRA
07 OCT 2015: When the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund paid claims related to the closure of MKI in May 2013 there were unhappy rumblings within the industry. And there were seemingly valid reasons. The $2 million payout was to a government entity and the president of the failed registrant was a former TICO Board Member. MORE
UNITED AIRLINES CO PILOT PASSES OUT
07 OCT 2015: A United Airlines flight from Houston to San Francisco had to be diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico, after the co-pilot passed out. Air-traffic controllers got word shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday that the plane would be landing after the first officer, who is second in command, had a medical episode. MORE
GLASS FLOOR CRACKS
07 OCT 2015: A group of Chinese tourists were screaming in terror yesterday on the side of a 3,540 ft high cliff after a glass pane on a new transparent walkway suddenly shattered. MORE
BOND IS BACK
07 OCT 2015: Bond is back in SPECTRE and VisitBritain is once again utilising 007's iconic international profile to show the world what makes Britain GREAT.
07 OCT 2015: UK tour operator Cosmos Holidays (not to be confused with Cosmos Tours) has changed its name to Monarch and beginning next summer will no longer use third-party airlines. The holiday programmes offered by the tour operator will feature only destinations served by Monarch.
07 OCT 2015: A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says she asked staff with United Airlines at Dulles Airport where she might go to pump her breast milk. Liz Meagher Cooper says she was told she could use the bathroom, which Cooper rejected as unsanitary – and they next suggested the pet relief area.
07 OCT 2015: Authorities say a 48-year-old New Jersey man returning from Peru was stopped at Newark Liberty International Airport with 10 pounds of cocaine stuffed inside food products. MORE
MORE ADVENTURES IN SICILY
By SAM ION
07 OCT 2015: By mid-week in Ayola, Sicily, we’d been to the airport three times, solved all our problems except Tom’s lost glasses and were set to explore. Every day, we got in the car to go look at famous sites. “It doesn’t look far on the map” I’d say but that was always before we’d decide to take a side road, and stop here and there to admire the almond trees, the olive trees, the grapes the lemon trees.