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THE ELEGANT EXPLORER

By JEN SAVEDRA
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25 JUN 2015:  Luxury French cruise line PONANT, has partnered with Cruse Strategies in the expectation of increasing awareness throughout Canada and, if the reception they received from agents last week in Toronto was any indication, a hard sell won’t be required. MORE

ATLANTA POSTS BIG NUMBERS

Everybody is going somewhere
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02 JUN 2015: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International officials say the airport will host a projected 327,170 passengers during the holiday weekend. MORE

LEGAL AND TAXABLE

Airbnb in Philadelphia
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03 JUL 2015:  Philadelphia has legalized and plans to tax Airbnb and other short-term rentals ahead of Pope Francis' visit in September and next year's Democratic National Convention. Airbnb says the city became the nation's largest to legalize rentals through online marketplaces. It joins San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, among cities authorizing the transactions. MORE

CUBA LAUNCHES PUBLIC WIFI

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03 JUL 2015:  Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana's cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by. MORE

SILVER MUSE

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03 JUL 2015:  Silversea Cruises is building a new flagship, the 596-guest Silver Muse, which is scheduled for delivery in April 2017. The new ultra-luxury vessel, which will be Silversea’s ninth, is being built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. MORE

BC RESORT JOINS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

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03 JUL 2015: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World has added Siwash Lake Ranch to its prestigious collection of boutique hotels in remarkable destinations around the world. Siwash is among 14 new Unique Lodges members who have each demonstrated their commitment to authenticity, excellence, and sustainability, while offering outstanding guest experiences that support the protection of cultural and natural heritage. MORE

CONTROLLING TOURISM

Barcelona suspends new accommodation licenses
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03 JUL 2015: Barcelona's new leftist mayor Thursday temporarily halted the issuing of new licenses for tourist accommodation while new regulations are drawn up to govern a sector some say has grown too big in recent years. MORE

ON OCEANIA

An Alaska Fish Story Where No Fish Gets Away
By WALLACE IMMEN
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03 JUL 2015: What do Alaska fishing guides do after a long day of helping visiting anglers catch hard-fighting king salmon? They go fishing.  Taylor and Zane are local Alaska boys who pretty much live on their fishing boat. After their day of taking our group from the Oceania Regatta to what they swear is some of the best fishing and whale watching waters on the Alaska coast, they plan to head out again, because nothing beats a good day of fishing. MORE
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NOW IS THE TIME TO GO

Stephen Hunter on Cuba
By JEN SAVEDRA
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02 JUL 2015: In a conversation with Stephen Hunter late last week, the Sunwing Group president and CEO focused on Cuba. “These are exciting times,” he said, “there is a lot going on.” And of course that proved to be prescient, as President Obama announced yesterday that the US was re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, and that the two countries were reopening their embassies after more than 50 years. MORE

WESTJET TARGETED AGAIN

Four threats in five days
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02 JUL 2015: A WestJet flight from Vancouver to Toronto was diverted to Calgary Wednesday night after a bomb threat, the fourth such incident targeting the airline in the past five days. MORE

US GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATES AIRLINES

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02 JUL 2015: The US Justice Department has sent subpoenas to several major airlines as part of an investigation into "possible unlawful coordination" to limit capacity increases, and thereby keep ticket prices high, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. .   MORE

MAN BITTEN BY SHARK

7th attack on North Carolina coast in 3 weeks
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02 JUL 2015: A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh attack in the state's coastal waters in less than three weeks. MORE

GOING TO POT

Oregon legalizes marijuana
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02 JUL 2015: Oregon is easing into an era of legal marijuana after an early-morning party on a bridge at the centre of Portland. A few thousand people jammed a sidewalk and bike path at midnight Tuesday to mark the legalization of recreational pot in the state at 12:01 a.m.   MORE

WHITE HOUSE LIFTS PHOTO BAN

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02 JUL 2015: Want to take a picture inside the White House landmark Blue Room? Well, it's now OK to pull out your cellphone or camera and do so. The White House on Wednesday ended a long-standing ban on tourists taking photos or using social media during public tours of the building. MORE

LIFE IN MAYBERRY

Festival recreates town
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02 JUL 2015: The city of Lebanon, Kentucky is launching a new festival built around the town of Mayberry from “The Andy Griffith Show.” They're calling it the Mayberry Pie Festival, and it will include two comedians who impersonate the show's bumbling patrolman Barney Fife and the town drunk, Otis.   MORE

THE JOY OF TRAVEL

Take a deep breath and try not to think about it
By DAVID TAIT
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As a kid I always hated going to the dentist and had a similar loathing for getting my Beatle mop shorn at the barbershop. But, both those experiences were relatively short - the drilling and filling took a half hour of pain and the hair always grew back.   MORE
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