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FUEL PRICES DOWN. FARES UP. SURCHARGES STEADY.

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23 OCT 2014: Despite jet fuel prices being down 15.5 percent over what they were a year ago travellers shouldn’t expect to any see any reduction in airfares. In fact, US carriers have raised base fares on many domestic flights. MORE

SHUFFLING OFF

Canadians roam to Buffalo
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23 OCT 2014:The Buffalo Niagara International Airport wants Canadians to fly out of their airport and are hyping the benefits of cheaper airfares from the US. Despite the hike in airfares (see above story) Canadians can get substantial savings by crossing the border. MORE

TOP OF THE LIST

Wickaninnish Inn Voted Best Canadian Resort
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23 OCT 2014: The Wickaninnish Inn was named the Number One resort in Canada, as announced this week in the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. Situated in Tofino, on Vancouver Island, the Inn has views of the Pacific Ocean and a temperate rainforest as a backdrop. MORE

HOW DUMB CAN ONE GUY GET

Man charged in Miami
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23 OCT 2014: Do they never learn? It's not clever. It's not funny. It's just stupid.  Just shut it and board quietly.  Several flights were delayed at Miami International Airport after authorities say an international passenger joked about having a bomb. MORE

THE ULTIMATE TECH SUPPORT

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23 OCT 2014: The Indianapolis International Airport, has added a ground-breaking dimension to passenger assistance - the Double Robot by Double Robotics. The mobile platform will allow IND Guest Services staff in any location to check on and interact with passengers throughout the terminal via its on-board iPad. MORE

GETTING TOGETHER

Hertz becomes exclusive rental partner for United
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23 OCT 2014: Weeks after announcing a deal with car sharing firm Uber, United Airlines has revealed that Hertz and its Dollar and Thrifty car rental brands will become the airline's exclusive rental partners as of November 01. MORE

THE MOST EPIC SAFETY VIDEO EVER MADE

Another hit for Air New Zealand
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23 OCT 2014: Air New Zealand’s latest safety video is, yet again, a demonstration of the airline’s creative ingenuity. Dwarves, Orcs and Elves take flight as Air New Zealand unveils ‘The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’ ahead of the December release of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. MORE

TAILS WE WIN

Heads you lose
By DAVID TAIT
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23 OCT 2014: I always loved that great Jack Nicholson scene in ‘The Shining’, so if anyone noticed I was away for the summer, “I’m back!”  And the timing of my return couldn’t be better - just in time to say my piece on one of my all-time favorite subjects – checked baggage fees. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

WALKING A FINE LINE

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22 OCT 2014: Cruise lines are walking a fine line by using NCFs as a way to decrease their travel agent commissions, according to a just-released white paper from ASTA on non-commissionable fares. The report says cruise lines are essentially dis-incentivizing agents and encouraging them to look at alternate products. MORE

A CHOICE OF FIVE AIRPORTS

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22 OCT 2014: Beginning today, travellers whose trips originated in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must fly into one of only five US airports that have enhanced screening in place. MORE

THE SUSTAINABLE WORLD OF KENYA

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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22 OCT 2014: “We don’t want to change their culture,” says one of Kenya’s top hoteliers over breakfast as we sit outside the Hemingways Nairobi boutique hotel with the backdrop of the famous Ngong Hills that Karen Blixen made legend in her novel “Out of Africa.” MORE

MORE DESTINATIONS FROM BUFFALO

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22 OCT 2014: Sunquest has announced that it is offering more flights out of Buffalo Airport. The company is featuring six new destinations to bring the total number of routes from BUF to 10. MORE

NEW SAFETY RULES IN NEPAL

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22 OCT 2014: Nepal said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. MORE

PARIS CRUISE OPERATOR SET TO LAUNCH IN MONTREAL

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22 OCT 2014: The Paris-based Rivages du Monde cruise operator is planning to base its 220-passenger vessel M/V Saint-Laurent Prestige in Montreal next year, adding to the already busy cruise traffic on the St. Lawrence River. MORE

WINDSTAR TAKES TOP SPOT

Best in the world among small ship cruise lines
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22 OCT 2014: Conde Nast Traveler has announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Windstar recognized as the Number 1 in the world in the Small Ship Cruise Line category. Windstar’s winning score of 90.065 also garnered the line the Number 2 spot among all of small, midsize, and large ocean-going cruise lines. MORE

TOLL PROPOSED FOR GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Pedestrians and bikers could be charged
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22 OCT 2014: Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span's sidewalks. MORE

VEGAS APPROVES CAB PRICE HIKE

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22 OCT 2014: Nevada taxi regulators have approved a rate hike that would make cab rides in Las Vegas and surrounding areas the second most expensive among US. metropolitan areas with tourism-based economies. MORE

REMEMBERING ALL THE DETAILS

Iberostar Varadero gets it right
By SAM ION
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22 OCT 214: Some of your clients don’t want to have to either walk 10 minutes or more, or call a golf cart, to get to the beach. Clients with mobility issues, little kids, and just plain lazy like me, prefer a compact resort. MORE
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