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EVERYTHING UNDER THE MEXICAN SUN

Notes from Tianguis 2016
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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02 MAY 2016: The 41st annual Tianguis Turistico, Mexico and Latin American’s largest tourism trade fair was held last week in Guadalajara in the State of Jalisco, birthplace of tequila and mariachi music … the quintessential (if not stereotypical) Mexican destination. MORE

Q3 2015

Cost of domestic flights at a six year low
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02 MAY 2016: The average domestic airfare on major Canadian airlines remained at a six-year low in the third quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, although that might come as a surprise to travellers. MORE

LOOKING GOOD

Canadian Tourism bets on Millennials
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02 MAY 2016: The recent Budget announced an additional $50 million over two years to Destination Canada to increase marketing initiatives to boost travel and tourism to Canada. The office of tourism is encouraging millennials to be part of the campaign by being ambassadors for Canada in the lead up to, and throughout 2017, as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. MORE

ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH

A good idea both times
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02 MAY 2016: Tourism Quebec launched a three and a half minute ‘blind love’ video in which an American tourist named Danny Kean, who has been blind since birth, enjoys the natural gifts of la belle province in an active video set to inspirational music and loaded with a like message. The video is visually spectacular and the story compelling - it’s very effective – but, it’s not an original idea. MORE

UP AND DOWN

Travellers have every right to be perplexed by fares
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02 MAY 2016: No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares - even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times. Southwest Airlines caught rivals and Wall Street by surprise when it cut many US fares by $5 each way. The reduction this week applied to tickets bought within seven days of departure, which are usually favoured more by last-minute business travellers than vacationers. MORE

GIBRALTAR WANTS IN

British territory pushes for airport to be under EU aviation laws
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02 MAY 2016:  Gibraltar's authorities have joined air-travel industry leaders in calling for the small British territory on Spain's southwestern tip to be included in the European Union's laws governing European aviation. MORE

MELANCHOLY MUSIC

American Airlines apologizes to musician
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02 MAY 2016:  A concert musician who was not allowed to board a flight with her violin says she hopes the incident will raise awareness of regulations that permit violins and other small instruments as carry-on luggage. MORE

THE SILK ROAD

Secrets, legends, tea and porcelain
By STEVE GILLICK
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02 MAY 2016:  Huang Shougong, a wealthy landlord in the city of Quanzhou in Fujian Province looked over the orchard of mulberry trees that were integral to his lucrative silk production business.  That night he had a strange dream.  A monk approached to beg that the land be donated for the building of a temple. Shougong suggested, “If my mulberry trees bloom lotus blossoms, I’ll grant you the land”.  And wouldn’t you know it?  A few days later the mulberry trees were festooned with white lotus flowers, a Buddhist symbol of purity.  The land was donated and the Lotus Flower Temple, later renamed the Kai Yuan Temple, still stands 1300 years later. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE

By JEN SAVEDRA
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29 APR 2016: Aren’t those cruise lines hard hearted? A poor mother rushed back to the ship just a minute late and the ship sailed without her. Video showed her on her knees presumably begging the ship to return and that her children were on board – but it just kept right on going. Bad Norwegian! Well, not so fast, that’s not the whole story. MORE

ORDERS FLYING IN

Bombardier gets a boost
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29 APR 2016: Bombardier says Delta Air Lines Inc. has placed a firm order for 75 CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 50 CS100 aircraft in what would be the largest order for the CSeries jets. The company says, based on the list price, the firm order is valued at approximately US$5.6 billion. MORE

ROGUE WAVE CAUSES HAVOC

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29 APR 2016: Passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas woke up to a ‘rogue wave’ crashing against the ship early Monday morning. The impact broke windows and flooded cabins affecting 89 passengers in total. MORE

STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT

JetBlue pilot accused of flying drunk
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29 APR 2016: A commercial pilot was under the influence of alcohol while flying a JetBlue airliner carrying 151 passengers last year from Orlando to New York City, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. MORE

RESCUE NETS FLEEING FUGITIVES

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29 APR 2016: The Disney Fantasy was in the waters near Castaway Cay when passengers noticed stranded boaters. When the captain was notified, a small boat was sent out to rescue three Cuban nationals. A call was made to the US Coast Guard who arrived within 30 minutes to rescue the migrants. But the boaters were not migrants escaping Cuba, they were in fact fugitives fleeing from the US where there was a warrant for their arrest. MORE

NEW LOOK FOR THE OLD PORT

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29 APR 2016: Montreal’s Old Port will be the recipient of funds promised by municipal and provincial authorities. The tired Alexandra Pier and the Iberville passenger terminal will be upgraded in time for the 2017 cruise season with a cost estimated at $78 million. MORE

DEATH BY MISADVENTURE

Cruise line absolved of blame
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29 APR 2016: A coroner’s inquest into the death of a 75 year old woman who died trying to board a cruise ship has resulted in a verdict of ‘death by misadventure.’ Mary Atherton’s misfortune was deemed the result of an accident, rather than negligence on the part of Cunard, or its parent company Carnival UK. MORE

ENOUGH ALREADY

No more dumping of wastewater into the Baltic Sea
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29 APR 2016: The International Maritime Organization has announced that ferries and ships that cruise the Gulf of Finland in the summer will soon be banned from dumping untreated wastewater into the Baltic Sea. Getting to this point was a ten year effort, now the challenge will be to have full participation from all countries and companies affected. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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29 APR 2016: Royal Caribbean has added to its list of cancelled sailings on the Empress of the Seas. Seven more cancellations bring the total to 13 aborted itineraries through May 23, 2016 due to maintenance work required in the ship’s galleys. MORE

STAR FLYER TOUR VISITS NICARAGUA

Where the Past Looms Large
By WALLACE IMMEN
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29 APR 2016: A brochure welcoming visitors to town asks: San Juan del Sur: Can you believe it was once a sleepy fishing village? Yes I can believe it. It still is. But at least there’s an actual dock for Star Flyer’s tenders to tie up to on our port stop in Nicaragua. MORE
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