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DESTINATIONS FOR ALL

World Summit on accessible tourism
By DAVID BELL
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17 DEC 2014: The first “Destinations for All” World Summit was held in Montreal at the Palais des Congres - Convention Centre. The focus and goal of the summit was improving access to travel and tourism for those with special needs and considerations (wheel chairs, limited mobility, sight, hearing, mute, assistive animals, etc.) There were 300 participants – from 30 countries – including the United Nations. MORE

BRAND USA IS GOOD TO GO

Congress authorizes six more years
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17 DEC 2014: Brand USA say their international marketing efforts to increase US visitations from abroad were responsible for an additional 1.1 million visitors in 2013. These visitors generated US $3.4 billion in spending. Little wonder the travel and tourism industry were relieved and delighted when a $1.1 trillion federal government spending bill passed by the US Senate last week, included reauthorization for Brand USA through 2020. MORE

WISH LIST

Canadian thoughts on holiday travel
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17 DEC 2014: Among the interesting findings of a recent global survey by Hotels.com regarding travel during the holiday season, was the fact that 95 percent of Canadians admitted they would give up their gifts for travel during the holidays. MORE

DONE DEAL

CanJet signs distribution deal with TravelBrands
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17 DEC 2014: CanJet Airlines has signed a distribution deal with TravelBrands Inc. to offer its vacation packages and flights through the TravelBrands network of retail and wholesale companies. MORE

BAGS AND BAGGAGE HANDLERS

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17 DEC 2014: Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, say its baggage handlers who are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract. MORE

IN THE KNOW

Virgin launches hotel programme
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17 DEC 2014: Virgin Hotels, the new hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, has announced the launch of The Know a hotel preference programme. Members of the programme will receive personalized service and recognition, and be the first in "the know" about what is happening with Virgin Hotels and its partners. MORE

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING

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17 DEC 2014: A man has been accused of hurling racial slurs and swearing at a flight crew, created such a ruckus on a flight from Honolulu to the territory of American Samoa that the pilots nearly turned the plane around. This time however, the airline really has no one to blame but itself. MORE

JUST SAY I DO

By SAM ION
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17 DEC 2014: Fams can be wonderful, or not. Occidental recently hosted a Wedding Planner fam to Mexico which was not just wonderful, it was fabulous, one of the best I’ve ever been on. Our group included nine planners, four hosts and me. We liked each other, we really did. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

SELLING THE WURLD

Contac in Receivership
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16 DEC 2014: Riaz Pisani the chief executive officer at Contac Services Inc.(CSI), Mywurld Solutions Inc. and Onewurld Supply Chain Solutions Inc., left the company a couple of weeks ago. Now, the court-appointed Receiver, A. Farber and Partners Inc., has revealed that CSI has huge debts and they will be looking at a sale of its assets and properties. MORE

A SELFISH SELFIE SOCIETY

Nothing to be proud of
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16 DEC 2014: At a time when you might expect people to come together and offer a helping hand, there are always those ready to take advantage of the situation to make a quick buck or put themselves in the picture. The tragic situation in Sydney, almost unbelievably, saw such behaviour come into play. MORE

DUTCH TREAT

A journey through the Netherlands
By ANN WALLACE
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16 DEC 2014: We have now been in The Netherlands for over three months, settling down to life in this delightful small country. Well, ‘settling down’ are hardly the right words, since we have been travelling for much of the time, from the town of Breskens in the south to Texel, the most westerly of the West Frisian Islands in the north. (Yes, if you are interested in my stories, you may like to get out the family atlas! “That’s old-fashioned,” says my skipper, “everywhere can be found on Google Maps!”) MORE

GUNFIGHT ON LAS VEGAS STRIP

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16 DEC 2014: A wounded security guard shot back and killed a public transit passenger who opened fire when he was kicked off a bus on the Las Vegas Strip early Monday morning, police said. Authorities said the shooting happened a little before 2 am in front of the Paris casino in the heart of the tourist district. MORE

LATE AGAIN

New York Mayor delays flight
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16 DEC 2014: Sometimes politicians don’t have a clue. It has been revealed that perennially late New York Mayor Bill de Blasio kept 100 passengers waiting when he ordered a JetBlue plane to wait for him on the runway at JFK. MORE

NUT NUTS

Sales of macadamia nuts soar in South Korea
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16 DEC 2014: Hopefully this will be the end of this story. Despite the embarrassment and damage to the career it has caused a Korean Air Lines executive and her family, the nutty Korean Air Lines story has an unexpected upside - a boom in sales of macadamia nuts. MORE

GIVING THE GIFT OF BLISS

Buyer Beware
By CHRIS RYALL
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16 DEC 2014: ‘Tis the season of giving and you may want to give a friend, colleague, or family member a gift certificate or card for a spa treatment. Or why not really indulge and give your loved one a spa getaway whether for the day or longer. There are numerous ways to arrange this - including booking a spa getaway through a travel agent of course. Buyers beware however – this is one time you may want to read the fine print. MORE
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