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US SENATOR CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION

Should Anthem of the Seas have sailed
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10 FEB 2016: Florida Senator Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage of the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. MORE

GUESTLOGIX GETS COURT PROTECTION FROM CREDITORS

Stock Trading Halted
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10 FEB 2016: GuestLogix Inc. has obtained court protection from creditors, allowing the payment technology company to continuing operating while it works to resolve its financial problems. GuestLogix's core business is providing airlines and passenger rail services with technology for processing onboard customer purchases. MORE

TRAVELBRANDS EXITS CCAA PROTECTION

Creditors to be paid before December
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10 FEB 2016: TravelBrands Inc. announced yesterday that it has exited the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) proceedings. “We are thrilled to emerge from CCAA as a stronger, more competitive company, poised for success,” said Joe DeMarinis, president of TravelBrands. MORE

ALL STAR TORONTO

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10 FEB 2016: Seven months after the Pan Am Games and five months after the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto hotels are looking forward to another boon. The city can expect thousands of tourists to arrive for the first NBA All-Star Game to take place outside of the United States. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment estimates revenue from the games will reach up to $100 million. MORE

SIKH MAN SATISFIED WITH AIRLINE APOLOGY

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10 FEB 2016: An Indian-American actor and designer who wasn't allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline. MORE

SACRED PIPE COMPLAINT

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10 FEB 2016: A Manitoba aboriginal leader is filing a complaint over the handling of sacred items in his pipe bundle by security staff at Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says he told a screening officer on Monday what was in the bundle before it went through the X-ray machine. MORE

ANCILLARY DEAL FOR AA AND SABRE

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10 FEB 2016: American Airlines and Sabre Corporation have announced the availability of American’s Preferred and Main Cabin Extra Seats through Sabre’s travel marketplace using NDC-based technology standards. This launch represents both companies’ first implementation of NDC technology standards for ancillaries sold through a global distribution system (GDS). MORE

FLYING SOLO

Passenger goes it alone
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10 FEB 2016: A Chinese woman going from Wuhan to Guangzhou was flying solo last week. She was not only travelling without a companion, she was travelling without any other passengers on the Southern China Airlines plane that normally transports 137 passengers. MORE

DREAM ON

A different Dreams vacation
By SAM ION
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10 FEB 2016: Dreams Las Mareas is beautiful, just gorgeous. The landscape is a feast for the eyes, and the property is alive with animals waiting for a photo op. Tucked into the Northwest corner of the Guanacaste province area in Costa Rica just 15 minutes from Nicaragua border, this one-year-old 422-suite property is unique amongst the Dream properties. We loved it. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

WEATHER WOES I

Anthem of the Seas gets a rough ride
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09 FEB 2016: Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside. The cruise line says that although no one was injured and the ship suffered only minor damage, it's turning around and sailing back to its homeport in New Jersey. MORE

WEATHER WOES II

Winter storm causing travel delays shifts into Newfoundland
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09 FEB 2016: Blizzard conditions from an East Coast storm that cancelled flights and closed schools in parts of the Maritimes shifted into Newfoundland and Labrador early today. MORE

WEATHER WOES III

Storm Imogen lashes Britain with wind, huge waves
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09 Feb 2016: A winter storm with hurricane-force winds and huge waves battered Britain's coastline Monday, cutting power to thousands and disrupting travel across the country. More than 15,000 homes were without power as Storm Imogen hit Ireland, Wales and southern England. MORE

CABIN SMOKE FORCES FLIGHT BACK TO TURN BACK

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09 FEB 2016: A commercial flight headed to Los Angeles filled with smoke, turned around and made an emergency landing in Tucson, Arizona, where some passengers had to jump from the airplane to the runway. MORE

AIRLINES OFFER CREW REASSIGNMENT

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09 FEB 2016: US air carriers United, Delta and American Airlines have joined European carriers Lufthansa and Air France in announcing that pilots and cabin crew are being given the option to switch assignments, to avoid travelling to destinations that have a high risk of contact with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. MORE

FALLING STOCKS

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09 FEB 2016: One would expect that the low price of oil would benefit the travel industry, yet a number of factors appear to be affecting tourism in a negative way particularly south of the border. Last week stocks linked to tourism fell, with those in the hotel, resort and cruise sectors suffering a greater loss than the broader market. MORE

CRYSTAL WANTS THE UNITED STATES

By WALLACE IMMEN
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09 FEB 2016: Crystal Cruises has taken an option to rehabilitate the SS United States, that’s been rusting at a dock for a couple of decades. It was the fastest passenger vessel in the world when it was launched in 1952, but the U.S. flagged ship fell victim to jet travel and a number of schemes to renovate the ship failed over the years. MORE

TRAVEL MARKETPLACE UNVEILS SPEAKERS

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09 FEB 2018: Travel MarketPlace has announced the first group of speakers who will be featured during the popular travel industry forum, which returns to Toronto May 2-3, at the Sheraton Centre, in downtown Toronto, during Travel Agent Week. MORE

SOMETHING ABOUT THAT HAIR

The Florida Keys get political
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09 FEB 2016: A Florida advertising agency has an enchanting image of a snowy egret with its head plumage blowing on end. In the past the picture has been used with the tagline, ‘Bad hair day’, but now with a national election on the horizon - the coiffure of the heron is realizing greater potential in its similarity to a particular political candidate. MORE

THINK IT OVER AND GO TO PANAMA

By JUDI LEES
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09 FEB 2016: Think Panama, think cruise, right? Or you may think of the western beaches where high-rise condos overlook the Pacific and your neighbours are likely Canadian. Well, think again and think road trip. I went to Panama with my guy friend and in three weeks we put more than 2000 km on our rented Kia Cerato. MORE

2016 WELLNESS TRENDS

Welcome Sexual Wellbeing
By CHRIS RYALL
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09 FEB 2016: US based Spafinder Wellness 365, the world’s largest marketing wellness organization, recently announced its top ten wellness and spa trends. This is the 13th year of its annual Global Spa and Wellness Trends forecast and the ones selected usually reflect aspects of our society and lifestyle. Occasionally there are a few trends where you are left scratching your head. This year’s top trends threw out a couple of surprises including one that caught my attention: Sexual Wellbeing- Taboo No More. MORE
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