A MATTER OF SAFETY
30 JUL 2014: More travellers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines – to keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely.
30 JUL 2014: We thought we had seen the last of former Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s excesses when it came to travel, but now it seems an internal report by the auditor general has discovered "false passengers" were booked on government aircraft, making it possible for Redford to fly alone with her entourage.
30 JUL 2014: WestJet has announced its second quarter results for 2014, posting its 37th consecutive profitable quarter with net earnings of $51.8 million - earnings per share of $0.40, up 18 percent over the same quarter last year.
A FAMILIAR FACE
30 MAR 2014: Congratulations to Dana Troy "D.T." Minich, a veteran Florida tourism sales and marketing executive, who has been named as the new President and CEO of Experience Kissimmee,Osceola County’s destination marketing organization.
30 JUL 2014: A law firm in the UK is preparing to sue Russian leader Vladimir Putin on behalf of relatives of the British passengers who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine.
APOLOGY AND COMPENSATION
30 JUL 2014: A group of Air New Zealand passengers were stranded in Hawaii for three nights after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems. The airline issued an unusual public apology and promised every passenger will be compensated with NZ $1,000 ($925) cash or the equivalent in a rewards programme.
30 JUL 2014: A group of whale watchers, including an Ontario family, expecting only a three-hour tour got much more after their boat was snagged by a lobster trap rope off Massachusetts and they were forced to spend a long night at sea.
By SAM ION
30 JUL 2014: Is your head spinning with all the changes in resorts? Mine is. I’m sitting in front of the computer thinking wasn’t that previously a “Whatever Resort?” and “look, that brand is spending millions on renovations.”
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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
29 JUL 2014: Two US legislators are urging the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine and projectiles fired near Tel Aviv's airport.
29 JUL 2014: Let’s hope they get this sorted before they head for Canada. The FAA said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with US safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.
CHINA LEADS THE WAY
29 JUL 2014: Business travel in Asia Pacific, led by a dominant China, outpaces the rest of the world, according to a newly released travel forecast by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Overall, the forecast expects global business travel spending to hit a record US $1.18 trillion in 2014, a 6.9 percent growth over the previous year.
VIRGIN AMERICA TO GO PUBLIC
29 JUL 2014: Virgin America's next destination is Wall Street. The California-based airline filed on Monday for an initial public offering of shares. Virgin America Inc., which operates out of Los Angeles and San Francisco, flies to 22 airports in the US and Mexico.
VENEZUELA OWES AIRLINES OVER FOUR BILLION DOLLARS
29 JUL 2014: IATA has called on the Venezuelan government to honor the commitment it made in March to 'permit airlines to repatriate in full and at fair exchange rates airline funds being blocked in the country.' In other words - to pay what they owe!
THE MAGIC OF CINEMA
29 JUL 2014: A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome-based Cinecitta Studios - still in operation - were known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.''
By JEN SAVEDRA
29 JUL 2014: I was flipping through a relatively new travel publication yesterday when I suddenly noticed the tag line - ‘The only business magazine for travel professionals.’ Well, that was so blatantly and obviously untrue that it got me thinking about the embellishment and veracity of what is put out today in self-promotion.
WORLD'S BEST SPAS
By CHRIS RYALL
29 JUL 2014: Do you have a favourite spa in Canada or around the world? I certainly have my favourites in Canada and spas I have visited in numerous countries on six continents. I have yet to find a spa in the seventh continent - Antarctica! Spafinder Wellness 365 has launched the first ever world Wellness Travel Awards. Did your favourite spa make the nominees list?