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WIN A TRIP BEHIND THE SCENES AT SEAWORLD

It is time to see for yourself.
By JEN SAVEDRA
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Okay readers, this is an opportunity to do something very special! SeaWorld is noted for its popular parks and entertainment, but it is also committed to animal care, conservation, rescue and rehabilitation. I'm going behind the scenes at SeaWorld Orlando to see for myself - and I want to take you with me. MORE

HISTORY, CULTURE AND CUISINE

So much more than a cruise stop or a beach vacation
By JEN SAVEDRA
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27 APR 2015:  United States Virgin Island Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson Doty met with local media, travel trade and airline partners  at a recent luncheon in Toronto.  The Commissioner was obviously eager and willing to discuss the many unique attractions and developments and of the USVI, but she also encouraged travellers to visit the entire region. MORE

DELAYS AND CHANGES FOR DREAMLINER

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28 APR 2015:  American Airlines says it will delay delivery of five Boeing 787 jets in response to slower growth in international travel demand. American took delivery of its third 787 on Friday. It plans to put the first one into service next month on flights between Dallas and Chicago, then use 787s on international routes starting in June. MORE

A SPECIAL PLACE

Historic hut straddles Continental Divide
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28 APR 2015:  If you're a hiker and it isn't already on your bucket list, it should be. Perched in the picture-perfect Rocky Mountains is one of the oldest and highest places in the country.  The Abbot Pass Hut is like nowhere else on Earth. MORE

TDC CRUISE CONNECT ROADSHOW

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28 APR 2015: Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) is now adding a series of in-depth cruise product training forums for its members.  The TDC Cruise Connect Roadshow was introduced this spring in conjunction with 18 cruise partners to over 250 TDC delegates across five cities.  MORE

GARDEN TRAIL

Nine floral destinations in eastern Ontario
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28 APR 2015:  A new garden trail in eastern Ontario links nine destinations, ranging from Confederation Park in Gananoque, with its large collection of outdoor art, to a labyrinth set amid 1,000 evergreen trees in Johnstown. MORE

SUDDEN CLOSURE

Puerto Rico Radisson closes
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28 APR 2015: A large hotel in one of the main tourist districts of Puerto Rico has abruptly announced that it will close. Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association President Miguel Vega says the Radisson Ambassador Plaza in the Condado district of San Juan will close Wednesday (today).  MORE

SEEN AND HEARD

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Here's a new feature which will bring you short items of interest that we've seen or heard or picked up along the way. This was all David Tait's idea - so he gets first go… MORE

APPOINTMENTS

MSC Cruises and Hilton Worldwide Properties
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MSC Cruises has announced Riccardo Casalino as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Hilton Worldwide Operations has announced that Doug Gehret has been appointed the area vice president of operations for Hilton Worldwide properties in Central Florida and South Carolina. MORE

BUILDING A NATION

One resident at a time
By PAM STELLINI
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28 APR 2015: He is a modern day Marco Polo. A Czechoslovakian Christopher Columbus. A man from the Czech Republic’s Free Citizens Party recently did something that you never hear about anymore. He discovered a new land. I venture to say that it has been a very long time since someone has been able to put Explorer, Navigator and Colonizer on their resume. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

EARTHQUAKE BRINGS DEVASTATION

Death toll over three thousand
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27 APR 2015:  A sense of eerie calm and uneasiness hangs over Kathmandu, as the aftershocks keep coming for a third day after Saturday's massive quake. People are still trying to absorb what's happening to them and their city. Part of their anxiety appears to be fuelled by a near complete absence of any real information. MORE

SPRING IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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27 APR 2015:  Off the Place Bellecour in Lyon, footsteps from the Father of French Nouvelle Cuisine Paul Bocuse’s casual brasserie Le Sud, I’m at another foodie bastion – Le Grand Cafe Lyonnais carving into a succulent organic chicken leg bathed in a heavenly butter cream sauce. MORE

SPEED IT UP

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27 APR 2015: International travellers arriving at Chicago's O'Hare airport should find shorter lines at passport control thanks to a smartphone app.  The free Mobile Passport Control app was developed for US Customs and Border Protection. It allows travellers to plug in their passport information and submit customs declaration forms before arrival. MORE

EMOTIONAL CEREMONY AT GALLIPOLI

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27 APR 2015 - Almost 500 Australians and New Zealanders joined their fellow passengers on the decks of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth for a very special memorial service as the ship sailed the waters off the Gallipoli Peninsula Friday morning. Marking Cunard’s long-standing association with Australian and New Zealand wartime campaigns, including Gallipoli, the emotional ceremony saw the ship’s crew and guests lay wreaths in the water in remembrance of the heroic soldiers who fought in the First World War campaign. MORE

KNOWN THREAT

Security heightened at LAX
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27 APR 2015: Security officers were out in force at Los Angeles International Airport and other airports in Southern California had heightened security on Saturday, because of a "known threat" to LAX from ISIS, according to a federal law enforcement official. Officials allegedly learned that ISIS called for attacks on uniformed personnel as part of a possible terror plot. MORE

OUTSTANDING GROWTH AND SERVICE

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27 APR 2015: UK and Ireland tour operator Rabbie's, is celebrating. The small group tour company received the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade in recognition of outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years. Set up by Robin Worsnop in 1993, following a loan from his brother to buy his first mini-coach, Rabbie’s now employs over 100 staff in peak season and has a fleet of 52 mini-coaches. MORE

BOMB THREAT AT STATUE OF LIBERTY

Tourists evacuated
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27 APR 2015: The Statue of Liberty was evacuated as a precaution on Friday after a bomb threat, forcing hundreds of tourists to be herded off the New York island. A caller made the threat late Friday morning, "stating they were going to blow up the Statue of Liberty," the National Park Service said in a statement. MORE

GOING TO THE DOGS

In a good way
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27 APR 2015: Amtrak says it has not had a single complaint or problem with a pilot project in Illinois allowing customers to travel with small pets. So, it's making the programme permanent around the state. MORE
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