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A VERY GOOD YEAR

Hong Kong tourism goes from strength to strength
By ANN WALLACE
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27 FEB 2015:  It’s a new record!  Hong Kong welcomed over 60.8 million visitors to its shores in 2014, a growth rate of 12 percent over the previous year.  Canadians played their part in this impressive new figure, with arrivals from Canada totalling 354,408.   MORE

BIGGER AND BETTER

Royal Caribbean to launch Harmony of the Seas
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27 FEB 2015:  Royal Caribbean confirmed this week that the third vessel in its Oasis class series will be the largest ever built. The Harmony of the Seas is expected to begin service in 2016. MORE

AIR TRANSAT IMPROVES ITS FUEL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME

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27 FEB 2015:  Air Transat is acquiring a new fuel efficiency software. Developed by Swiss company Aviaso, the software will enable more accurate measurement of the impact of all the initiatives in the company’s fuel-management programme.   MORE

THAI AIRWAYS HITS SEVERE TURBULENCE

11 passengers injured
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27 FEB 2015:  A Thai Airways plane hit severe turbulence over Thailand Thursday injuring 11 people.  The Airbus A340-600 landed safely at its destination, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. MORE

NEW EUROPE PARTNERSHIP FOR GOWAY

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27 FEB 2015:  Goway has announced a partnership with Back-Roads Touring, a UK and Europe small group touring specialist. The London based company offers a unique range of fascinating and leisurely regional tours throughout the UK and Europe. MORE

NAME CHANGE

There could be problems
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27 FEB 2015:   A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents of the Namibian town are protesting plans to change its name.  The name proposed by some local officials and tribal authorities incorporates click-like sounds in the language spoken by the Nama ethnic group in the southern African nation. Those sounds are often represented in written form with punctuation symbols. MORE

COME ON UP

Nova Star Cruises looks to entice American travellers
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27 FEB 2015:  Nova Star Cruises has launched a marketing campaign aimed at bringing more US travellers to Nova Scotia this summer, and is offering Nova Star Discovery packages that will highlight Nova Scotian destinations to keep visitors in the province longer. MORE

THE PENINSULA

A serene retreat from the bustle of Bangkok
By WALLACE IMMEN
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27 FEB 2015: I always love it when I know even before I step into the lobby of a hotel that my stay is going to be a special occasion. By the time our limousine drives through acres of verdantly manicured gardens and up to an entrance that’s engulfed by blooming orchids, The Peninsula Bangkok has worked its magic. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

A MATTER OF SAFETY

United sends strong message to its pilots
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26 FEB 2015: United Continental Holdings Inc. sent its pilots a stern warning regarding their adherence to safety procedures. The airline cited four recent "safety events and near-misses" in a Jan. 9 bulletin.  The incidents included an emergency in which pilots had to perform a pull-up maneuver to avoid smashing into the ground, and a plane that landed with fewer fuel reserves than regulations require. MORE

HOW DID THEY MISS THAT

Southwest grounds 128 planes for overdue inspections
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26 FEB 2015:  Federal officials agreed to let Southwest Airlines Co. keep flying planes that missed an inspection of a backup rudder system if the planes are checked in the next five days. MORE

NOT TONIGHT

Cabin crew refuse to fly citing weather
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26 FEB 2015:  Four Norwegian Airlines cabin crew have been suspended after walking off a plane which was about to leave New York because they thought snow was so heavy they felt it was unsafe to take off in a snowstorm. MORE

YQB TO YYZ

Two flights daily for WestJet Encore
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26 FEB 2015:  Beginning March 15, WestJet will increase flights to and from Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. The airline's regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore, will operate two daily flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport, WestJet's hub in Eastern Canada.   MORE

POPOCATEPETL SPEWS ASH

Some Mexico City flights cancelled
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26 FEB 2015:  For the second time in 10 days, the Popocatepetl volcano east of Mexico City spewed ash into the sky, forcing cancellation of flights at the nearby Puebla International Airport. MORE

SILVERSEA SPECIALTY EXPEDITION CRUISES

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26 FEB 2015:  Silversea Expeditions has launched new collections of specialty expeditions, each focusing on such activities as birding, photography, scuba diving, wellness, and gastronomy. MORE

AIR CHINA MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING

Woman claims she has a bomb aboard
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26 FEB 2015:   An Air China flight from Nanning to Beijing was forced to make an emergency landing when, about an hour and a half into the flight, a woman allegedly claimed she had a bomb on board.   MORE

TEAM POINTS

Starwood and Uber partner
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26 FEB 2015: Uber is partnering with hotel chain Starwood to give riders a bit more incentive to choose the ride-hailing service over a taxi. Uber passengers can now earn one Starwood rewards point for each dollar they spend on a ride in a car found through the company's mobile app. MORE

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Let them eat Oreos
By DAVID TAIT
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The rapid disappearance of food as an inclusion on so many airlines around the world must have come as a real blow to comedy scriptwriters who were perhaps the only ones who feasted on airline food. MORE
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