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SKYGREECE

Another reason to use a travel agent
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31 AUG 2015:  SkyGreece Airlines located in Attiki, Greece has announced a ‘temporary cessation’ of operations as of August 27. Consumers who purchased their SkyGreece Airlines travel services from a registered Ontario travel agency and who did not receive their travel services and have not been reimbursed may file a claim from the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund. MORE

LUXE ON ST. KITTS

One tiny Caribbean destination wants you to take big notice
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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31 AUG 2015:  A group of country and tourism officials from St. Kitts and Nevis accompanied the new tourism minister to meet with local media in Toronto recently to showcase some of their latest tourism initiatives. The theme: Luxury MORE

ST.PETE TO HOST IGLTA GLOBAL CONVENTION

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31 AUG 2015:  St. Petersburg, Florida has won the bid for IGLTA’s 2017 Annual Global Convention.  Home to the largest Pride event in the state, St. Pete will be the first city on Florida’s Gulf Coast to host the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism industry.  The 34th edition of the conference, will be held 3-6 May 2017. MORE

GROWTH SPURT

Las Vegas airport to double international gates
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31 AUG 2015:  Las Vegas plans to double the number of international gates at McCarran International Airport with the expectation that foreign travel to the destination will climb as officials seek out prized direct flights, particularly to Asia. MORE

WINDSTORM CAUSES CHAOS

Trees down and power out in southwest BC
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31 AUG 2015:  A powerful windstorm caused chaos in southwestern British Columbia on Saturday, knocking out power to 400,000 homes and felling trees that crushed cars and critically injured a woman. Winds gusting up to 90 kilometres per hour forced the closure of Vancouver's Stanley Park, although the east side of the park re-opened Saturday afternoon. MORE

HIKERS BEHAVING BADLY

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31 AUG 2015:  When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring - not a rolling, months long frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night's sleep while listening to the sounds of nature were instead filled with trash, graffiti and people who seemed more interested in partying all night, said Spencer, who finished the entire trail last month in just 99 days. MORE

TSA OFFICER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE AT LGA

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31 AUG 2015: A Transportation Security Administration officer has been arrested after police say he molested a female passenger after luring her into a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport. MORE

THE GOOD CHEER TRAIL

A First for Canada
By MARGARET SWAINE
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31 AUG 2015:  When I heard that Nova Scotia launched a Good Cheer Trail this year, of course I had to rush to the province to imbibe. Called Canada’s first winery, craft brewery and distillery trail, it encompasses over 35 beverage-specific culinary tourism experiences across Nova Scotia. Every day I plotted my travel to end up surrounded by good spirits, in a gorgeous locale with the car parked. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

ERIKA BATTERS CARIBBEAN

Florida, Bahamas on Alert
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28 AUG 2015: Erika remains a tropical storm about 155 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, as of 5 a.m. EDT Friday. It is expected to bring torrential rain, flash flooding, mudslides and gusty winds to many of the northern islands of the Caribbean, before heading towards the Bahamas and Florida this weekend. On the island of Dominica eight inches of rain fell in six hours and four people are dead due to mudslides. MORE

GETTING CLOSURE

TICO publishes list
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28 AUG 2015:  TICO has published a list of companies who have voluntarily terminated their TICO Registration, those who have had their registration revoked, and a list of individuals and companies who have recently been charged or convicted under the Travel Industry Act.     MORE

CARNIVAL PRIDE BACK IN TAMPA

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28 AUG 2015:  Carnival Cruise Lines has announced the return of the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride to Tampa.  The cruise ship which sailed out of Tampa last year, has since been upgraded with new dining and lounge options and a redone water park. MORE

SMOKE DAMAGE

Okanagan businesses hurt by Washington wildfires
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28 AUG 2015:  Heavy smoke sweeping in from Washington state wildfires is causing some tourists to blow off their Okanagan vacations, say business people around Kelowna, B.C. MORE

CUNARD WORLD CRUISES 2017

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28 AUG 2015:  Cunard, which says it has carried more passengers and made more trips around the world than any other cruise line, has announced its 2017 lineup of luxury world cruises which go on sale September 10. MORE

ADULTS ONLY

Sunwing adds Viva Wyndham V Heavens
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28 AUG 2015: Couples in search of a laid back, tropical beach getaway will appreciate the addition of Viva Wyndham V Heavens  to Sunwing’s Adults Collection of properties. Now available exclusively through the tour operator, the stylish all inclusive, adults only resort is located on its own beachfront on Playa Dorada, near Puerto Plata, on the Dominican Republic’s northern coastline. MORE

NEW CRUISE TERMINAL FOR LONDON

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28 AUG 2015:  London’s Mayor Boris Johnson gave his backing this week to a commercial cruise terminal on the Thames at Greenwich. The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Planning Board had last month given its consent for the development at Enderby Wharf, SE10, which will allow mid-size ships – measuring up to 230m in length and with a maximum passenger capacity of up to 1,600 – to dock. Now, with the Mayor's backing, the terminal is expected to be operational by 2017. MORE

DISPUTE DISPUTED

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28 AUG 2015: Images of meal trays and plates lying scattered in a plane aisle on a flight from Casablanca to Lisbon were published after reports of an alleged dispute between two cabin crew members. Passengers reportedly feared the noise was associated with a technical failure of the aircraft. MORE

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS ON LOCH NESS

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28 AUG 2015:  The fabled monster was a no-show, but Inverness based cruise company Loch Ness by Jacobite made a splash this week as it celebrated 40 years of sailing on the world’s most famous loch. The company’s ruby anniversary comes as the firm announces a 10 percent annual increase in visitor numbers to 180,000 since August last year. MORE

AND THE WINNER IS

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28 AUG 2015:  Teresa Terry Dicredico from St. Clair Travel North, in Toronto, is the grand prize winner of the Barcelo devotion winter promotion, a 42” Flat Screen TV plus a five nights stay at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort. MORE

NEW RULES OF MONEY

Save Stress on a Cross Border Vacation
By WALLACE IMMEN
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28 AUG 2015:  I’m sorry Sir, your credit card is not authorizing the charge. Fortunately, I still had enough Euros in my pocket to pay cash for my hotel and a cab to the airport after the shopkeeper gave me the bad news I wasn’t creditworthy at the end of my recent trip in Europe. But what the hell? MORE
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