FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
22 MAY 2015: The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) called on the US Department of Transportation to investigate the latest anti-competitive and anti-consumer airline initiative. BTC said airline strategies to reduce price transparency, undermine consumer protections and diminish competition will harm consumers.
COMMON SENSE PREVAILS
22 MAY 2015: A South Korean court Friday suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard “nut rage” tantrum delayed a flight last year. Her incarceration was immediately ended. MORE
22 MAY 2015: The Portuguese government says it will hold talks with two Latin American airline operators to decide which of the two will be sold a 61 percent stake in state-owned flag carrier TAP Air Portugal.
MAKE A QUICK BUCK
22 MAY 2015: Cheapflights.ca is giving Torontonians 10,000 reasons to celebrate the beginning of the summer getaway season by taking to the streets of downtown Toronto this Saturday morning, asking the simple question: “How far will your loonie take you?” They are also handing out the 10,000 coins to whet the travel appetite of summer getaway-ready Canadians. MORE
TALK ABOUT INCENTIVES
22 MAY 2015: All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours.
WATCH IT LIVE
22 MAY 2015: Cunard's three Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, will gather in the company's 'spiritual home' of Liverpool to mark its 175th anniversary on Monday, 25 May. MORE
22 MAY 2015: Waimanalo Bay Beach Park has been named the top beach on an annual top 10 list of US beaches compiled by the coastal science professor known as Dr. Beach. MORE
22 MAY 2015: The oldest member of the Rockefeller family is giving a gift as part of his 100th birthday celebration: 1,000 acres of land including streams, trails and carriage roads abutting Acadia National Park. MORE
EIGHT TASTES OF LIFE
By WALLACE IMMEN
22 MAY 2015: The Viking Star is a ship that really celebrates Norwegian heritage. If you’re really into all things Norse, you can get a Swedish massage at the Liv Nordicspa and plunge into an ice-cold pool before heading to lunch, where you can have a plate of herring and smoked salmon to wash down with a complimentary draft beer.
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JUST KEEP ON COMING
21 MAY 2015: Governor Rick Scott announced yesterday that Florida set another record in tourism numbers by welcoming the highest amount of visitors of any quarter in the state’s history according to VISIT FLORIDA. In the first quarter of 2015 (January-March), 28.4 million visitors came to the state, an increase of 6.2 percent over the same period in 2014. MORE
NEW PRESIDENT FOR CLIA
21 MAY 2015: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced Thomas Ostebo will join CLIA as president and chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015.
21 MAY 2015: A cruise ship that ran aground on a reef near Bermuda departed for Boston on Wednesday after repairs were made to its steering system, officials said.
21 MAY 2015: Disney says it has opened its first store in China, calling its new Shanghai location the largest Disney Store in the world.
21 MAY 2015: A camera on the helmet of well known daredevil climber and cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.
PLANNING FOR AMSTERDAM
By ANN WALLACE
21 MAY 2015: Spring is springing here in Amsterdam. The canals are filling with boats, the trees are a delicate filigree green, window boxes are bursting with spring blooms, and patio bars are crowded although the tables in the shade are not popular. It’s time for me to find a place in the sun myself, computer on knee, to look back in words over the past few months in the hope that I can encourage you to visit lovely Amsterdam.
PLUS CA CHANGE
By DAVID TAIT
21 MAY 2015: Last week’s widely reported story of the group of British ‘holidaymakers’ (isn’t that a great word) who arrived at a new supposedly five-star hotel in Halkidiki, Greece only to find it was still a construction site, brought back a flood of memories of the ‘good old days’ in European package holidays. And by no small coincidence, it was none other than my old employer, Thomson Holidays that was still pulling such unfortunate tricks some 40-years later.