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AMA WATERWAYS CHAIRMAN DIES

Jimmy Murphy recognized the potential of river cruising
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19 DEC 2014: Jimmy Murphy, one of the founders of AmaWaterways died yesterday. Murphy was also instrumental in the creation of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). Murphy 82, had battled cancer for the past year. MORE

ACV TALKS TRAVEL

Trends for this winter
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19 DEC 2014: Air Canada Vacations president and COO, Eamonn Ferrin, reminded guests at a recent media presentation that Air Canada Vacations has been providing tours and vacation packages for over 35 years, and in doing so, have carried millions of Canadians around the world every year. MORE

USE SUNCREEN IN THE COCKPIT

Are pilots at greater risk for skin cancer
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19 DEC 2014: Flying for an hour at 30,000 feet exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as they would get from 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study. MORE

ENDING THE HOSTILITIES

Not a quick process
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19 DEC 2014: How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbour? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the US and Cuba. It won't happen overnight. But here are some of the likely steps. MORE

CONSUMERS CHOOSE AND WIN

Carnival debuts Super Bowl TV Commercial
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19 DEC 2014: Carnival Corporation has announced it will unveil the first TV commercial from its new multi-brand national marketing initiative during Super Bowl XLIX airing on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC. MORE

CAPITAL CHOICE

Air Transat offers new Ottawa to Orlando flight
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19 DEC 2014: Air Transat now offers service to Orlando from Ottawa. Direct flights to Florida from the Canadian capital will be operated on Fridays, from February 13 to April 10, 2015. MORE

WHAT'S NEW

Top 10 aviation trends in 2014
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19 December 2014: What trends did we see this year in the airline industry? The website airlinetrends.com watches and follows the global aviation industry for product and service innovations launched by airlines in response to cultural, technological, and economic changes that influence airline customers’ needs and expectations. MORE

CHARMING

Noisy baby initiates on board brawl
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19 DEC 2014: A brawl involving three women erupted on an Air China flight from to Chongqing to Hong Kong this week when two of them complained to a mother that her baby was making too much noise. MORE

JAMAICA HONOURS TOP SELLING AGENTS

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19 DEC 2014: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) recently rewarded its top selling Jamaica vacation travel agents with a three-night getaway. As part of JTB’s ‘A One Love Rewards’ travel agent specialist programme, the top 50 agents from North America were flown to Jamaica and given the royal treatment at Secrets Resorts in Montego Bay. MORE

CRUISE AROUND CUBA

But Star Clippers cruises still not available to Americans
By WALLACE IMMEN
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19 DEC 2014: Good news for Europeans and Canadians: Star Clippers is continuing to offer a series of cruises to ports around Cuba. For Americans, there’s not so good news: they’re still technically not invited. MORE
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BUT WHAT ABOUT US

Will new US policy with Cuba impact Canadians
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18 DEC 2014: US President Barack Obama’s not so surprising announcement that he plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba, has some in this country wondering what it will mean for Canadians who have for decades made Cuba one of their top three holiday destinations. MORE

AMERICAN TOURISM TO CUBA

The industry is ready and waiting
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18 DEC 2014: The US Government's plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba doesn't mean that the Caribbean nation will suddenly open for tourism to Americans. It does, however, give hope to US airlines, hotel chains and cruise companies - all of which have been quietly eyeing a removal of the travel ban - that they soon will be able to bring tourists to Cuba. MORE

CLIA HEAD HEADS FOR CARNIVAL

Christine Duffy named new president
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18 DEC 2014: In a surprise move, Carnival Corporation announced yesterday that it has chosen Christine Duffy, head of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), to lead its namesake brand. Duffy, who started out as a travel agent more than 30 years ago, will begin her job as president of Carnival Cruise Line on February 01. MORE

ANYTHING THAT HELPS

Dedicated screening lines at airports
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18 DEC 2014: The federal government has unveiled a new initiative aimed at making air travel to the US easier. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says NEXUS members and other low-risk trusted travellers who have already undergone extensive background checks will have access to dedicated screening lines. MORE

BERMUDA ROLLS THE DICE

Will casinos revive tourism
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18 DEC 2014: Bermuda's Senate has approved a heavily debated measure that would allow the tiny, wealthy British territory to build its first casinos. The bill caps the number of casinos at three, and it calls for all of them to be located inside hotels to help revive the island's sluggish tourism and construction industries. MORE

THIRD AIRPORT FOR BEIJING

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18 DEC 2014: China has green-lighted a third airport for the capital Beijing in a bid to reduce congestion and chronic delays, state media reported Wednesday. The massive new airport will be located 46 kilometres south of the city centre and will take five years to build. MORE

BC FIRST NATION STILL PLANS LUXURY HOSPITAL

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18 DEC 2014: Plans for a for-profit hospital on Westbank First Nation land in West Kelowna, B.C., are still alive despite years of apparent inactivity, says the band's leader.  Chief Robert Louie said members continue to be consulted to gain support for the project. MORE

SPICEJET GROUNDED

Indian low cost carrier financially strapped
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18 DEC 2014: Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet grounded all flights Wednesday after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier. MORE

NUTS AND DOGS BOLT

Pet peeves
By DAVID TAIT
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Two recent stories serve to demonstrate just how whacky the aviation world can be. As Air Canada introduced its long-anticipated nut-free zones to serve the interests of those unfortunate passengers who suffer from peanut allergies, we also had the specter of some yappy little canine charging around a US Airways flight snapping at passengers and eventually biting a crewmember. MORE
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