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CRUISE PASSENGER TESTS NEGATIVE

Carnival Magic back in Galveston
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20 OCT 2014: A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after a seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations disrupted with an infectious disease scare. MORE

CLIA ISSUES EBOLA GUIDELINES

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20 OCT 2014: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) president and CEO, Christine Duffy, commended Carnival for their handling of the situation on the Carnival Magic (see previous story) and issued guidelines for cruise line members “to reduce even further the already low risk of Ebola on a cruise ship.” MORE

NOT AS BAD AS EXPECTED

Hawaii rides out the storm
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20 OCT 2014: The powerful Pacific storm churning toward Hawaii became a hurricane but remained far enough away from the islands allowing tourists to make the most of Friday's sunny weather. However as the weather worsened over the weekend some airlines cancelled flights and waived change fees. MORE

IRAN SEES A SURGE IN TOURISM

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20 OCT 2014: Iran's top tourism official says the number of foreigners visiting the country has jumped dramatically over the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year earlier. MORE

A GLASS OF LUNCH

Historic London pubs
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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20 OCT 2014: Take an educational pub-crawl through London and visit a handful of the city’s finest and most remarkable pubs. Learn about Britain’s love affair with booze in 16th-century Shakespearian alehouses, Dickensian coaching inns and the story behind gin palaces. MORE

SLEEP.CHAT. DRINK

Survey reveals nationality reflects flying habits
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20 OCT 2014: A survey by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) suggests that onboard behaviour is predicated by nationality. So if your seat mate chats, sleeps or drinks – take a peek at their passport. MORE

LET IT SNOW

Colorado ski season starts
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20 OCT 2014: Ski season has officially started in Colorado with the opening of Arapahoe Basin. Skiers and snowboarders rode down the single intermediate trail that opened Friday under sunny skies. MORE

GIANT SEX TOY OR INFLATABLE CHRISTMAS TREE

Paris sculpture puzzles passersby
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20 OCT 2014: A giant green art installation on the tony Place Vendome in Paris is attracting perhaps more attention than American artist Paul McCarthy bargained for. It's called “Tree,” and vaguely resembles an inflatable Christmas tree. MORE

DEAR HOMO SAPIENS

Regards from artificial intelligence
By PAM STELLINI
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20 OCT 2014: By now we are all used to doing the captcha. You know, the command to re-type the distorted image of letters or digits that appear on the screen when you are trying to submit to a corporate website. The test is computer generated; done to make sure that submissions come from humans and not computers. Shame that companies don’t use actual humans to respond, as a fellow from Florida found out recently when he got an email back from an airline he complained to; that addressed him as Mr Human. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

BACK TO THE FUTURE

AC flight attendants put the gloves on
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17 OCT 2014: Air Canada flight attendants will be able to wear disposable gloves to help protect themselves from the risk of contact with the Ebola virus. Normally, Air Canada attendants can wear gloves for in-flight emergencies and duties such as handling food and washroom maintenance. MORE

NEW FEARS AS PASSENGER DIES ON FLIGHT

Obama muses about an Ebola Czar
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17 OCT 2014: Rightly or wrongly, confidence in the authorities lessens and fears escalate throughout the US as any indications of fever and vomiting, especially among travellers, are being viewed with alarm. In the latest incident a 63-year-old man died during a flight from Nigeria to New York's JFK after vomiting profusely. MORE

TIAC CEO WILL HEAD CTC

David Goldstein takes over
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17 OCT 2014: David Goldstein has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), effective December 1. Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture), Maxime Bernier made the announcement yesterday. MORE

UNPLUGGED NO MORE

How mobile devices impact travel
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17 OCT 2014: Expedia.ca and Egencia, the business travel brand of Expedia, Inc. have released the results of a global study of mobile-device-related behaviour and preferences among travellers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The study revealed the deep dependence modern travellers have on their mobile devices – defined as a smartphone, tablet, e-reader, laptop or smartwatch. MORE

BACK ON TRACK

Riu resorts in Los Cabos are open for business
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17 OCT 2014: Signature Vacations and RIU Hotels and Resorts have announced the re-opening of Riu Santa Fe and Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas in Los Cabos, Mexico. Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas welcomed its first guests on Thursday, October 9, while Riu Santa Fe officially re-opens on October 16.  MORE

BUYING A VACATION HOME

Canadians choose BC over Florida and Arizona
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17 OCT 2014: A new survey says a majority of Canadians (73 percent) are thinking of buying a vacation home within the next five years. Interestingly, half of them are targeting Canada instead of the US or other warmer locations. MORE

BIGGEST AND BEST

Canada has lots to offer
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17 OCT 2014: In a country the size of Canada, there is no shortage of places to visit, ranging from ‘don't bother’ to ‘don't miss’. But which ones are the best? Aaron Kylie, editor of Canadian Geographic magazine, takes a stab at answering that question with his new book. MORE

TSA CHIEF TO RETIRE

Pistole introduced controversial screening procedures
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17 OCT 2014: John Pistole announced Thursday he is stepping down as chief of the Transportation Security Administration after four and a half turbulent years in which the agency attempted to balance passenger privacy against safety and stay a step ahead of terrorists looking for cunning new ways to smuggle bombs aboard planes. MORE

WILL GLOBAL WARMING MAKE THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE A HOT TICKET

By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 OCT 2014: Ever since adventurers first started exploring the Arctic in the days of Henry VIII, there have been dreams of sailing from Atlantic to Pacific over the roof of the world through Canada’s Northwest Passage. Many tried and many failed. MORE
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