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NOT FAR ENOUGH

Price transparency and ancillary fees need more work
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01 OCT 2014:  Speaking for industry groups the Business Travel Coalition (BTC) says that as the US airline industry has consolidated to three mega network carriers, those airlines have to worry far less about customers' needs and concerns because they know that the customer has dramatically fewer airline choices than in past years. MORE

POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE

Ottawa updates travel advice for Hong Kong
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01 OCT 2014: The mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have prompted Ottawa to warn travellers of the potential for sudden violence in the Chinese region. The Department of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice on security in Hong Kong, saying Canadians should avoid large public demonstrations “as violence could erupt and escalate quickly.” MORE

PROBLEMS CONTINUE FOR LUFTHANSA

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01 OCT 2014:  The renewed strike announced by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union, continues to impact Lufthansa, as the airline cancelled 25 long-haul flights from Frankfurt yesterday. MORE

A STRATEGY FOR GROWTH

Ireland sees significant potential in Canadian market
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01 OCT 2014: Tourism Ireland is launching a new strategy for growth which outlines an ambitious plan to grow tourism from Canada to Ireland. Despite global economic uncertainty in recent years, the Canadian market has performed strongly for tourism to Ireland. MORE

CANJET VACATIONS NOW ON GALILEO

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01 OCT 2014: CanJet Vacations has announced a new partnership with Travelport, the travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.  Canjet’s flights and package holidays will now be available on the Travelport Galileo Vacations platform. MORE

HIKERS KILLED IN AVALANCHE

Searchers locate bodies of Canadian and Swede
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01 OCT 2014:  Chilean searchers on Tuesday found the bodies of two professional skiers, including a Canadian, who had been missing since an avalanche swept them away while they were hiking in the country's south. MORE

HAWAII ARRIVALS AND VISITOR EXPENDITURES DOWN

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01 OCT 2014:  According to monthly statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the number of tourists to Hawaii declined 1.3 percent last month from the same period last year.  Visitor spending in August also dropped 0.6 percent to US $1.3 billion. MORE

MOVE OVER

Civil rights versus religious rights
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01 OCT 2014:  An El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv last week was delayed when several ultra-orthodox Jewish men refused to take their seats next to women over religious objections. MORE

GOLF IS JUST A BOWL OF CHERRIES

By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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01 OCT 2014: Cherries, fudge, brewpubs, wine, fabulous golf at bargain prices - what’s not to like? Ancient glaciers carved the blue lakes and dramatic hills that give Northern Michigan’s Traverse City area the ideal landscape for golf courses. MORE
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A SLOW RECOVERY

Fallout from Chicago incident continues
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30 SEP 2014:  Flights in and out of Chicago continue to face cancellations and delays this week as the fallout from Friday’s fire at a Chicago-area air-traffic control center persists. More than 400 flights to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport - the nation’s second-busiest by passengers after Atlanta -  were cancelled Monday. MORE

GETTING READY

Cuba makes major tourism moves
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30 SEP 2014: At a recent breakfast meeting in Toronto, executives of the Gaviota Group updated media on the dramatic increases in the number of hotel rooms being built and renovated in Cuba and on its impressive plans for the ongoing expansion and revitalization of the general tourism infrastructure across the country. MORE

SIZE MATTERS

Qantas puts the A380 on the longest airline route
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30 SEP 2014:  Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route. A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia, on the 8,578-mile journey. MORE

NO HASSLES

Air inclusive is the way to go with Globus family
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30 SEP 2014: Agents looking to save time and money – for both themselves and their clients – should check out air-inclusive pricing with the Globus family of brands. “We offer excellent sked airfare at competitive prices for all of our Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways’ tour itineraries,” says Stéphanie Bishop, managing director. MORE

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES PASSENGER DIES IN FALL FROM MAST

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30 SEP 2014: Sometimes you can’t protect people from themselves. A 20-year-old man has died after falling from a mast on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship docked at Miami's port. MORE

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS

Go Roundundee
By PAM STELLINI
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30 SEPT 2014: The childhood song “Do your ears hang low?” is somewhat unremarkable; but if it’s piped from the top of an ice cream truck it triggers excitement.  Similarly, a coiffed middle aged woman lip synching with her five children is not so compelling.  But add a psychedelic painted bus to the image and Mrs Partridge makes you want to “Come on, get happy.”  My point is; lots of things are better on wheels.  I question if a travel agency is though. MORE
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