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EXPLOSIVE RESIDUE FOUND

Missing passenger presumed to have fallen from plane
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05 FEB 2016: The head of the Daallo Airlines whose jetliner was damaged in an explosion shortly after takeoff from Somalia on Tuesday, said that investigators have found what appears to be residue from explosives, though he cautioned that the findings were inconclusive. MORE

MEXICO MAKES IT CLEAR

Zika virus poses no risk to tourists
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06 FEB 2016: Officials from Mexico’s Ministry of Health met with tour operators from the US and Canada yesterday in Cancun, at a meeting organized by the Mexico Tourism Board. The meeting focused on a report of the latest Zika virus facts, the prevention and containment efforts by the Mexican government and tourism industry. MORE

VIRGIN SETTLES WITH VEITCH

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05 FEB 2016: Former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO, Colin Veitch partnered with The Virgin Group in 2011 on a plan to enter the lucrative luxury cruise market by building a pair of state-of-the-art ships capable of carrying 4,200 passengers each. MORE

BILLIONAIRE BOAT DESTROYS CORAL REEF

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05 FEB 2016: A five-deck luxury yacht destroyed most of a protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands last month. The 92 metre luxury vessel, owned by Microsoft co-owner Paul Allen caused the damage when its anchor chain scraped 1,300 square metres (14,000 square feet) of reef near two scuba diving sites in the West Bay. The Tatoosh is the 49th largest yacht in the world. MORE

TO CONSERVE AND PROTECT

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05 FEB 2016: Royal Caribbean has partnered with The World Wildlife Fund for Nature to develop programmes for ocean conservation and to share exposure of the WWF with five million cruise passengers annually. MORE

HIGH TECH ON THE HIGH SEAS

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05 FEB 2016: MSC Cruises has announced the commission of two new ships in the Meraviglia class due for completion in 2019 and 2020. Boasting an additional 200 staterooms and a maximum capacity of nearly 6,300 guests, the cruise line says the vessels will be “the largest ships at sea able to call at any port.” MORE

DANCING WITH THE STARS AT SEA

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05 FEB 2016: Holland America Line crowned guest Katrina Pedersen of Sunnyvale, California, the cruise line's final "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Champion. Pedersen, who represented ms Maasdam, triumphed over 14 other guest competitors to claim the title and take home Holland America Line's coveted "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Mirrorball Trophy. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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05 FEB 2016: Holland America’s Maasdam has been calling to Charlottetown longer than any other cruise ship. She will be replaced with calls from Veendam (a regular visitor) and the newly renovated Zuiderdam and Rotterdam. The ships that will be arriving in the PEI port will carry the same number of passengers or more. Corryn Morrissey, business development manager for the Charlottetown Harbour Authority said "We were sad to see the Maasdam go. She's called us longer than anyone. "I think we'll see her again in our future." MORE

MARK CONROY TO SILVERSEA CRUISES

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06 FEB 2016: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises announced yesterday the appointment of cruise industry veteran Mark Conroy as head of the company's Miami office, which has responsibility for the Americas. "I have known, appreciated and respected Mark for more than twenty years and cannot hide my satisfaction in having him join us," said Silversea's chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio. MORE

ALLISON RAMOS TO GLOBUS

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05 FEB 2016: Kim Clarke, director of sales for the Globus family of brands, has announced the appointment of Allison Ramos to the newly-created position of BDM for Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley. MORE

SIX COOL THINGS

Hong Kong’s Grande Dame Keeps Ahead of Her Time
By WALLACE IMMEN
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05 FEB 2016: Hong Kong’s certainly taken an unbelievable growth spurt since the Peninsula Hotel was the largest building on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbor in the days of the British Empire and slow boats to China. MORE
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UP AND AWAY

Demand for Air Travel in 2015 Surges to Strongest Result in Five Years
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04 FEB 2016: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2015 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.5 percent for the full year compared to 2014. This was the strongest result since the post-Global Financial Crisis rebound in 2010 and well above the 10-year average annual growth rate of 5.5 percent. MORE

JANUARY RAINBOW ROUNDUP

A monthly summary of LGBT news and events
By BRYEN DUNN
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04 FEB 2016:As much as Pride events around the world continue to be a voice for some in the LGBT community to raise awareness of political issues, for others it’s also a great party atmosphere. Similarly, politics often go hand-in-hand when this community makes decisions on where to travel.  MORE

AIR CANADA REPORTS RECORD JANUARY TRAFFIC

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04 FEB 2016: Air Canada has reported a system-wide capacity increase of 7.1 percent and a record load factor of 80.1 percent tying last year's January record. On this additional capacity, traffic increased 7.1 percent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity and Air Canada rouge. MORE

TICO COMPENSATES, CHARGES, CONVICTS.

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04 FEB 2016: On January 26, TICO’s Board of Directors approved payment of $16,663.19 to assist 21 consumers who were at risk of not receiving the travel services for which they had paid. The payment was due to the closure of Aerosvit Airlines in Ukraine ($2,308); Blue Mountain Travel in Toronto ($5,805.04); SkyGreece Airlines S.A. ($2,950.15) and Smartchoice Travel in Scarborough ($5,600). MORE

HOTELS OFFER HEALTHY CHOICES

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06 FEB 2016: Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room. The hotel industry is moving beyond basement gyms and basic spa menus to accommodate guests' growing requests to stay healthy while on the road. MORE

DELTA CEO RETIRES

Anderson will be replaced by Bastian
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04 FEB 2016: Richard Anderson, who oversaw Delta Air Lines' transformation into one of the world's most profitable airlines, will retire this May. His right-hand man, airline president Ed Bastian, will take over as CEO, the Atlanta-based airline said Wednesday. MORE

WILL US PRIVATIZE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

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04 FEB 2016: Responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, non-profit corporation under legislation introduced Wednesday as part of an overhaul of how Washington oversees the aviation system. MORE

GLITTER, FEATHERS, PAINT

New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras
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04 FEB 2016: It's glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, paper mache, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across garages, kitchen tables and warehouses, residents are feverishly sewing elaborate costumes, painting floats and decorating custom throws. MORE

LET THEM EAT STROOPWAFELS

Snacky days are here again
By DAVID TAIT
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06 FEB 2016: Maybe airlines have a conscience after all. Nah, perish the thought: A better description of American and United’s sudden burst of pretzel and cookie altruism is more likely the result of a guilt complex. The dots aren’t hard to connect: Following United’s example and just a few days after announcing a record fourth quarter net income of US $3.28 billion, American said it would be extending “free snacking” to all its coach passengers by April. MORE
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