31 AUG 2014: Iraq says its skies are safe, but a number of European airlines including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France, and Dubai-based carrier Emirates, are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes.
SKIP THE LINE
31 JUL 2014: Hotels made the progression from room keys to key cards, but now Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to allow guests to not just access their rooms using their mobile phone, but to use their smartphones to skip the check-in process altogether.
VISION TRAVEL GIVES BACK
31 JUL 2014: Independently-owned travel management company, Vision Travel Solutions, has launched the not-for-profit Vision Travel Foundation as part of its efforts to give back to the community.
SIGNATURE TO PANAMA
31 JUL 2014: Effective August 1, Signature Vacations will offer year round direct flights from Toronto to Panama’s Playa Blanca Airport. These direct flights eliminate lengthy transfers, allowing passengers to arrive at their chosen hotel or resort quickly and conveniently.
31 JUL 2014: Come September, Silversea Expeditions' all-suite Silver Galapagos will undergo a second phase of refurbishment during a month-long dry dock in Panama.
31 JUL2014: A Japanese man received a three-month sentence Tuesday for a drunken altercation with flight attendants during a trip to Hawaii for his honeymoon. Kenji Okamoto has been in federal custody since the May flight landed in Honolulu.
31 JUL 2014: A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five-day trip with her husband and didn't speak to him once. They weren't fighting. They were attending a silent retreat.
TOO MUCH ADVICE
31 JUL 2014: Australian budget airline Jetstar apologized after a crew member suggested, as part of the on-board announcements, that passengers, including some returning from a popular music festival on the Gold Coast tourist strip, to flush away "anything you shouldn't have".
BETTER AND BETTER
By DAVID TAIT
There are a lot of words in the English language that are horribly over-utilized and many are not fit to print here, but that’s not the kind I am talking about. I’m thinking of words like, “like” “scenario”, “designer”, “unique” and “absolutely”.
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:
A MATTER OF SAFETY
30 JUL 2014: More travellers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines – to keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely.
30 JUL 2014: We thought we had seen the last of former Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s excesses when it came to travel, but now it seems an internal report by the auditor general has discovered "false passengers" were booked on government aircraft, making it possible for Redford to fly alone with her entourage.
30 JUL 2014: WestJet has announced its second quarter results for 2014, posting its 37th consecutive profitable quarter with net earnings of $51.8 million - earnings per share of $0.40, up 18 percent over the same quarter last year.
A FAMILIAR FACE
30 MAR 2014: Congratulations to Dana Troy "D.T." Minich, a veteran Florida tourism sales and marketing executive, who has been named as the new President and CEO of Experience Kissimmee,Osceola County’s destination marketing organization.
30 JUL 2014: A law firm in the UK is preparing to sue Russian leader Vladimir Putin on behalf of relatives of the British passengers who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine.
APOLOGY AND COMPENSATION
30 JUL 2014: A group of Air New Zealand passengers were stranded in Hawaii for three nights after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems. The airline issued an unusual public apology and promised every passenger will be compensated with NZ $1,000 ($925) cash or the equivalent in a rewards programme.
30 JUL 2014: A group of whale watchers, including an Ontario family, expecting only a three-hour tour got much more after their boat was snagged by a lobster trap rope off Massachusetts and they were forced to spend a long night at sea.
By SAM ION
30 JUL 2014: Is your head spinning with all the changes in resorts? Mine is. I’m sitting in front of the computer thinking wasn’t that previously a “Whatever Resort?” and “look, that brand is spending millions on renovations.”