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Breaking News ...UPDATE... Air Algerie has confirmed that a flight that went missing en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 people on board including 50 French nationals has crashed. No further details have been released.
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DIFFERENT STROKES

US lifts ban. Europe stays away.
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24 JUL 2014:  The FAA issued a ban on US carriers flying to Tel Aviv after a rocket struck a mile from the Tel Aviv airport on Tuesday.  The ban was extended Wednesday, but was suddenly lifted just hours later.  European airlines continue to avoid the troubled area.  Air Canada cancelled its flight to Tel Aviv on Wednesday, as well as a return flight from Ben Gurion airport on Thursday. MORE

CHECK THE DAY

The cheapest days to fly in Canada
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24 JUL 2014:  Canadians should look to fly on a Tuesday if they're travelling domestically or on a Thursday if they're leaving the country, suggests data from the travel website Kayak, which is looking back on its first year in Canada. MORE

TICO CHARGES WOMAN

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24 JUL 2014:  Maria Rowena Santiago Belen has been charged with one count of operating as a travel retailer without registration contrary to the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002. Belen offered travel services in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. MORE

SUNWING INTRODUCES YWG TO ZIH

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24 JUL 2014: This winter Sunwing Vacations will offer weekly flights from Winnipeg to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The direct flights will operate on Thursdays from December 11 until April 2, 2015. MORE

SPEND OR GO

Court upholds firing of tourism director
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24 JUL 2014: The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 dismissal of a former state tourism director who was fired because the agency said she didn't spend millions of dollars meant to promote tourism and filmmaking in the state. MORE

TRUMP TALK

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24 JUL 2014:  Donald Trump was shovelling yesterday.  Trump says his new hotel in the Old Post Office building just four blocks from the White House in downtown Washington “will be one of the fine - and maybe the finest” hotel in the world. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Nathalie Tanious to TravelBrands
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24 JUL 2014:  Joe DeMarinis of TravelBrands Inc., has announced the appointment of Nathalie Tanious to the role of vice president of Cruise effective 04 August. MORE

MINOR PROBLEMS

Let’s get real
By DAVID TAIT
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Yorkshire England has some wonderful old folksy sayings the most popular of which is probably, “there’s nowt so queer as folk,” which translates to, “there’s nothing so strange as people.” This was certainly the expression that sprang to mind when I read the story, “BA changes child seating policy following court case.” MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

NOT RIGHT NOW

Airlines cancel flights to Israel
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23 JUL 2014:  In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, Air Canada, joined US and European airlines in halting flights to Israel after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. MORE

IS THIS REALLY THE TIME

China warns of flight delays
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23 JUL 2014: China's airline regulator has warned travellers to expect flight delays at 12 airports through mid-August, and an airport employee said military exercises are the reason. MORE

HAT TRICK FOR AIR TRANSAT

Named Best North American Leisure Airline
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23 JUL 2014:  Air Transat was named Best North American Leisure Airline and ranked second in the world's best leisure airlines at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, held on July 15. MORE

SAVE TIME

Thinking outside the box
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22 JUL 2014:  The US Transportation Security Administration wants to do something about airport security lines and it’s looking for new and innovative ideas.  MORE

TOO LATE

Time to do the time
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23 JUL 2014:  Mazdak Anvari operated various companies including One Step Travel which in 2008 were convicted of trust account violations. The closure of One Step Travel resulted in approximately $1,000,000 in claims being paid by the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund. MORE

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Greenpeace and Inuit join forces
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23 JUL 2014: Greenpeace and the Inuit are joining forces to protest Arctic seismic testing, warning Ottawa that its plans to gauge oil and gas reserves with high-intensity sound waves pose grave dangers to marine life. MORE

THE ANSWER IS MACHU PICCHU

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23 JUL 2014:  The question is, “Where would you go if money were no object?”  The historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, a Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site by Unesco, has been overwhelmingly voted as the world´s most desired destination by more than a million travellers out of 30 adventure travel destinations. MORE

VIENNA WALTZES INTO RECORD BEDNIGHTS

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23 JUL 2014:  Vienna hit a new all-time high for bednights.  A total of 6 million overnight stays were recorded in the period from January to June 2014, 5.8 percent more than in the same period of 2013. MORE

PITTSBURGH

Gritty Steel Town is now clean, green and lots of fun
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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22 JUL 2014: Over the past half century Pittsburgh, once known as the Smoky City, has undergone an extraordinary urban environmental transformation. Now, considered America’s “Most Liveable City,” it continues to rank among the top places in the US for safety, affordability and culture. MORE
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