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DAYTONA GOES ORANGE

Rolling out the orange carpet for travel agents and Sunwing
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21 NOV 2018: There was a water cannon salute, an orange carpet welcome, a ribbon cutting ceremony (oversized orange handled scissors), and orange and white balloons galore at Daytona International Airport, as Sunwing flew a planeload of travel agents, media and influencers into DAB yesterday – just for the day - to showcase their latest destination (twice weekly flights begin in January). If all you know of Daytona is Nascar Daytona 500, Bike Week and Spring Break – give yourself a shake. There is much more to see and do, excellent hotels, great restaurants, plenty of shopping and 23 miles of truly fabulous beach.   MORE

US THANKSGIVING FORECAST

High chance of travel
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21 NOV 2018: Favourable weather is helping get the Thanksgiving travel rush off to a smooth start. By midday Tuesday, just a few dozen flights had been cancelled around the US, which is less than many regular travel days. The AAA auto club predicts that 54.3 million Americans will travel at least 80 km (50 miles) from home between Wednesday and Sunday. MORE

OVERCOMING FLIGHT DELAYS

Pilot union has suggestions for AA
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21 NOV 2018: The president of the Allied Pilots Association, said Monday that pilots will seek industry-leading wages when their current contract with American Airlines is due for renewal in January 2020. Daniel Carey says pilots will push American Airlines for more pay and schedule changes that they believe will reduce chronic flight delays at the world's biggest airline. MORE

RETALIATION

Israel reacts to Airbnb ban in West Bank
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21 NOV 2018: Israel said Tuesday it would slap high taxes on vacation rental company Airbnb and encourage legal steps against the site over its decision to ban listings from West Bank settlements. The threats of sanctions ramp up Israel's fight against a global movement advocating for boycotts over the country's treatment of the Palestinians. MORE

UN ENVIRONMENT CHIEF RESIGNS

Amid rumours of excessive travel
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21 NOV 2018: The UN Environment serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Program chief Erik Solheim resigned Tuesday following widespread criticism of his excessive expenses on official business travel. The former Norwegian diplomat, politician and environment minister announced he would step down Thursday. MORE

BOY WITHOUT BOARDING PASS. GETS THROUGH SECURITY AT ATL

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21 NOV 2018: Authorities say an 11-year-old boy got through airport security in Atlanta without a boarding pass and tried to make it on a plane. In a statement the TSA said the boy tried to board a plane Friday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport before authorities found him but it wasn't a security breach because officers screened him. MORE

ENJOY A BERMUDAFUL GOLF GETAWAY

By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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21 NOV 2018: Mark Twain, the ever articulate, globetrotting American humourist, once remarked, “You take heaven, I’d rather go to Bermuda.” Indeed, tiny, pristine Bermuda, a fishhook-shaped island 750 miles east of New York City, is blessed with an abundance of charms. It has the turquoise waters, blissful beaches and tropical flavours you’d find in the Caribbean, but with a refined British accent. MORE
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TRAVELS OF THE SISTERHOOD

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20 NOV 2018: Sisters Huda and Sana Alvi are the founders of the new company, The Girls Trip, one of a plethora of tour operators offering women luxury getaways to bucket-list destinations like Morocco and Peru, with the safety of a group and guides, and a focus on building new friendships and enjoying a sisterhood. MORE

AIRBNB PULLS OUT OF WEST BANK

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20 NOV 2018: Home-rental company Airbnb announced on Monday it would remove its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, prompting outrage from Israeli officials. The company said it would take down some 200 listings and cease its operations in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” It was not immediately clear when the removal would take effect. MORE

MORE CUBA

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20 NOV 2018: Air Transat announced that as of February, it would add an additional flight between Montreal and Cayo Coco, as well as between Toronto and Santa Clara, resulting in five flights to Cuba per week from each city.  MORE

GLOBUS HOSTS AGENTS AT OBERAMMERGAU

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20 NOV 2018: The Globus family of brands recently hosted 23 agents from across Canada on the nine-day Bavarian Highlights Tour. A major highlight for all was a visit to Oberammergau, site of the renowned 2020 passion plays, where the group met Frekerik Mayet who will be playing Jesus Christ.   MORE

TERMINAL TAILS OF COMPASSION

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20 NOV 2018: Passengers at Montréal-Trudeau have been enjoying a new entertaining and soothing experience at the airport since the beginning of October, called YUL PetSquad. A team composed of 30 dogs roams around the terminal, offering moments of companionship to travellers.  Passengers who are nervous or anxious in an airport environment can connect with the animals and speak with their handlers and possibly find calmness. MORE

GREAT OUTDOORS CAMPAIGN

Hong Kong through the lens of National Geographic
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20 NOV 2018: The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has joined forces with National Geographic, the world’s destination for science, exploration and adventure, to promote its 10th annual “Great Outdoors” campaign featuring 13 of the city’s most stunning landscapes. The campaign will include an authoritative guidebook Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong, photo gallery as well as collaborative content, with insights from National Geographic photographers and trail experts. VIDEO MORE

NEW CEO FOR BOSTON CVB

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20 NOV 2018: Rhode Island's top tourism official has been named the new head of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Martha Sheridan has been selected to be the new CEO, succeeding Pat Moscaritolo, who retires in February 2019. MORE

POSTURE PERFECT

By SABRINA SANTER
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20 NOV 2018: You know the story about the princess with the world at her feet, yet all she wants is a good night’s sleep. And no matter how many mattresses or soft surfaces were piled one on top of the other, restful sleep eluded her. Her mood and lifestyle were all completely out of whack, all because of one pesky little pea underneath. While it also sounds like the real life tale of my partner’s sleeping preferences, the point of this fairy tale is that one small and seemingly insignificant thing can completely disrupt your flow and quality of life.  MORE
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