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WALKING A FINE LINE

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22 OCT 2014: Cruise lines are walking a fine line by using NCFs as a way to decrease their travel agent commissions, according to a just-released white paper from ASTA on non-commissionable fares. The report says cruise lines are essentially dis-incentivizing agents and encouraging them to look at alternate products. MORE

A CHOICE OF FIVE AIRPORTS

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22 OCT 2014: Beginning today, travellers whose trips originated in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must fly into one of only five US airports that have enhanced screening in place. MORE

THE SUSTAINABLE WORLD OF KENYA

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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22 OCT 2014: “We don’t want to change their culture,” says one of Kenya’s top hoteliers over breakfast as we sit outside the Hemingways Nairobi boutique hotel with the backdrop of the famous Ngong Hills that Karen Blixen made legend in her novel “Out of Africa.” MORE

MORE DESTINATIONS FROM BUFFALO

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22 OCT 2014: Sunquest has announced that it is offering more flights out of Buffalo Airport. The company is featuring six new destinations to bring the total number of routes from BUF to 10. MORE

NEW SAFETY RULES IN NEPAL

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22 OCT 2014: Nepal said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. MORE

PARIS CRUISE OPERATOR SET TO LAUNCH IN MONTREAL

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22 OCT 2014: The Paris-based Rivages du Monde cruise operator is planning to base its 220-passenger vessel M/V Saint-Laurent Prestige in Montreal next year, adding to the already busy cruise traffic on the St. Lawrence River. MORE

WINDSTAR TAKES TOP SPOT

Best in the world among small ship cruise lines
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22 OCT 2014: Conde Nast Traveler has announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Windstar recognized as the Number 1 in the world in the Small Ship Cruise Line category. Windstar’s winning score of 90.065 also garnered the line the Number 2 spot among all of small, midsize, and large ocean-going cruise lines. MORE

TOLL PROPOSED FOR GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Pedestrians and bikers could be charged
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22 OCT 2014: Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span's sidewalks. MORE

VEGAS APPROVES CAB PRICE HIKE

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22 OCT 2014: Nevada taxi regulators have approved a rate hike that would make cab rides in Las Vegas and surrounding areas the second most expensive among US. metropolitan areas with tourism-based economies. MORE

REMEMBERING ALL THE DETAILS

Iberostar Varadero gets it right
By SAM ION
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22 OCT 214: Some of your clients don’t want to have to either walk 10 minutes or more, or call a golf cart, to get to the beach. Clients with mobility issues, little kids, and just plain lazy like me, prefer a compact resort. MORE
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HURRICANE GONZALO HITS UK

Expect travel disruptions
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21 OCT 2014: Having wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, Hurricane Gonzalo is still going strong and is now giving UK travellers some headaches. Strong winds from the tail of the hurricane are causing delays and cancellations to flights and ferries. MORE

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Saint Martin cleans up
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21 OCT 2014: The Saint-Martin Tourist Office is congratulating the public services on their quick response in getting the island and its services back up and running in the aftermath of hurricane Gonzalo which struck the island on Monday, October 13. MORE

LUFTHANSA PILOTS STRIKE AGAIN

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21 OCT 2014: Lufthansa pilots are at it again. Their union, Vereinigung Cockpit has, at very short notice, once more called an official strike. The dispute is primarily over retirement benefits. MORE

TAKE THAT

Man defends kids against shark
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21 OCT 2014: A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a weekend shark attack in waters off Maui. That encounter and another one Monday prompted state officials to again warn people to stay out of murky water after a hurricane that churned past the state. MORE

NACC LAUNCHES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

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21 OCT 2014: The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) has announced that it is launching a new scholarship programme to help students pursuing post-secondary studies in an aviation-related programme in Canada. MORE

CHARLESTON NO 2 DESTINATION IN THE WORLD

Tops in US
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21 OCT 2014: Charleston has been ranked the No. 2 travel destination in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine - second only to Florence, Italy. Really? Charleston? MORE

PUMPKIN CARVING WITH A DIFFERENCE

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21 OCT 2014: A crafty group of divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to carve jack-o-lanterns during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest Sunday off Key Largo. MORE

CHILLING OUT IN CROATIA

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21 OCT 2014: Battle weary soldiers during the Roman era would “take to the waters” to nurse their wounds and aching muscles. Even the father of medicine, Hippocrates was a strong proponent of water’s healing effects. On a recent visit to Croatia I decided to check out two completely different but equally therapeutic spa resorts where water springs if not eternal life at least a temporary reprieve from a stressful life. MORE
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