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THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

Harriet Green out at Thomas Cook
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27 NOV 2014: Despite admitting that she has done a “phenomenal” job in bringing Thomas Cook back from the brink of bankruptcy, Harriet Green has been pushed out as chief executive in a shock move that saw shares of the travel company plummet over 20 percent. MORE

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Hundreds of flights cancelled
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27 NOV 2014: A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the US Northeast as millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving holiday getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous on what is typically one of country's the busiest travel days of the year. MORE

HIGHS AND LOWS

Subterranean park proposed for NYC
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27 NOV 2014: Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City's High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees. Private planners inspired by the High Line's success are now looking deep under Manhattan at a proposal to create the Lowline, billed as the world's first underground park. MORE

THEY KEEP ON COMING

Tourism continues to be lifeblood of local economy
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27 NOV 2014: The Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB), representing The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel in southwest Florida, has reported record-breaking tax collections for the fourth year in a row, with US $33 million in tourist tax on paid accommodations for fiscal year 2013-2014, which ended Sept. 30. MORE

DOING GOOD

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27 NOV 2014: Vision Travel Solutions recently held its annual conference in Montreal, and the recently-formed Vision Travel Foundation was a part of it. During the conference, Brian Robertson, COO, was pleased to accept a $1,000 cheque from (InterContinental Hotels Group), which the Vision Foundation has matched, resulting in a $2,000 donation to Montreal-based charity for homeless youth Dans la Rue. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Jocelyne Faucher director of CWT Lead Associate Programme
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27 NOV 2014: Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) Canada announced that Jocelyne Faucher has been appointed as director of CWT Canada’s Associate Programme. The CWT Associate Programme is a network of independently-owned travel agencies nationwide that operate as an extension of the CWT Canada’s network. MORE

THE IMPERFECT STORM

Thanksgiving schmanksgiving
By DAVID TAIT
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27 NOV 2014: According to AAA, some 46.3 million people are set to travel 50 miles and more this US Thanksgiving weekend – 3.55 million of them by air. A combination of disposable incomes being up 3.1 percent and average gas prices dropping by a remarkable 80 cents on 2013 levels will make it the busiest weekend in seven years. MORE
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PACK PATIENCE

Weather could be a big factor for Thanksgiving travellers
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26 NOV 2014: Thanksgiving travellers in the US scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year. In Canada, snow and deicing could impact flights out of the Maritimes. MORE

A NEW LOOK

PEI and BC top list as Quality Tourism Destinations
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26 NOV 2014: Canada, one of the tourism world’s most analyzed destinations, now has a new measure for tourism success. The analysis of the relative quality of the tourism experience from one province and destination to the next from the all-important visitors’ point of view. MORE

FLEET EXPANSION FOR OCEANIA CRUISES

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26 NOV 2014: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises, Ltd. to purchase Ocean Princess for its newly acquired Oceania Cruises brand. The 684-passenger ship joins Oceania Cruises’ trio of award-winning sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica. The new addition will be named Sirena. MORE

BEING PREPARED

Security upgrades require funding
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26 NOV 2014: The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps this week to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control centre that disrupted travel nationwide - but said widespread upgrades will require money from Congress. MORE

I HATE THAILAND

Surprise video goes viral
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26 NOV 2014: It's been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery. The video called “I Hate Thailand” drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week. MORE

HARD FACTS

New Mexico spaceport shifts focus
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26 NOV 2014: The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight. MORE

BRAINS AND BEAUTY

The Brando is a Winner
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26 NOV 2014: The Brando, a unique environmentally-friendly luxury private island resort on French Polynesia’s beautiful atoll of Tetiaroa was a winner in the ‘Brains and Beauty’ category of the British publication, Tatler Magazine’s Travel Awards announced this week in London. MORE

RULES OF THE GAME

Gourmet Golf in the Loire Valley
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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26 NOV 2014: If ever a nation has mastered the art of living well, it’s the French. Think Champagne, foie gras, haute couture, fairy-tale castles, can-can, Cognac and more. Sprinkled liberally with magnificent châteaux and famous vineyards and blessed with gastronomy second to none, the Loire Valley is a Francophile’s dream. Add some outstanding golf to the mix and you’ve got a swinger’s getaway with a delicious French accent. MORE
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