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AIRBUS GETS THE BLAME

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31 MAR 2017: Airbus's negligence contributed to a crash landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport two years ago, Air Canada claims in a lawsuit against the French aircraft manufacturer. In a statement of claim filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Air Canada said Airbus failed to identify shortcomings of the Airbus 320. MORE

TICO BOARD APPROVES TRAVEL COMPENSATION FUND CLAIMS

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31 MAR 2017:  On March 28, TICO’s Board of Directors approved payment of $6,848.00 to assist eight consumers who did not receive the travel services for which they had paid. The payment was due to the closure of Akkiratourz Ltd. in Toronto ($5,950.00) and SkyGreece Airlines S.A. ($898.00). MORE

MONEY TALKS

North Carolina bathroom bill repealed
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31 MAR 2017: North Carolina lawmakers rolled back North Carolina's “bathroom bill” Thursday in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state billions in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments. MORE

CROATIAN LINER

Fundraising for Downs Syndrome
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31 MAR 2017: Croatia’s Katarina Line has launched a funding drive to help the Down Syndrome Associations of Dubrovnik and Rijeka in Croatia, donating one Euro for every guest who books a cruise with them in 2017.  With the company serving more than 26,000 cruise customers a year, Katarina Line’s contribution will play an important role in helping to improve the quality of life for people with Down syndrome, providing them with superior medical care, education and employment. MORE

DAME JOAN COLLINS

Godmother to Uniworld
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31 MAR 2017: Uniworld newest ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre, set sail this week on its maiden voyage along the historic Seine River. The event included a christening ceremony in Paris led by the ship’s Godmother, Dame Joan Collins, after which the S.S. Joie de Vivre embarked on its journey through Northern France along Uniworld’s Paris & Normandy itinerary. MORE

VACATION CREATION

Features Queen Mary II
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31 MAR 2017: This spring Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 will be featured on the CW Network’s Vacation Creation. Tommy Davidson, best known for his role in ‘Living Color’ hosts alongside travel expert and YouTube sensation Andrea Feczko. The episode features the Cheatham family as they sail on a transatlantic crossing onboard Cunard’s signature flagship liner, Queen Mary 2, for some much needed time together.  MORE

COLORADO WELCOMES TOP CHEF

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31 MAR 2017: Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ is heading to the state of Colorado for season 15, with production beginning this spring. A new batch of talented chefs will be battling it out for the coveted title amongst the landscapes and thriving culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder and Telluride. MORE

APRIL 01 INCREASE

No joke
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31 MAR 2017: Norwegian Cruise Line has yet again set new service fees in all cabins, resulting in the third rate increase since February 2015. The new fees affect the whole fleet, with a larger increase expected for passengers sailing on the Norwegian Sky. MORE

JAMIE MCNAIR AT UNIGLOBE

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31 MAR 2017:  UNIGLOBE Travel (Eastern Canada) has announced the appointment of Jamie McNair as president of the UNIGLOBE Eastern Canada Region effective May 01.  He will be based in the Mississauga office and will lead the management team in business development and growth initiatives. MORE

AT HOLLAND AMERICAS LE CIRQUE

Theres No Clowning Around
By WALLACE IMMEN
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31 MAR 2017: For one night and one night only, ladies and gentlemen, the staff of Noordam’s premium restaurant Pinnacle performs an act of transformation, attempting to recreate the flavours and ambience of the classic Le Cirque restaurant. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

AN EXTRAORDINARY MIND

Bonnie Buckhiester wins HSMAI Top 25 award
By JEN SAVEDRA
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30 MAR 2017: When the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International announced ‘The HSMAI Top 25: Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, Revenue Optimization,’ along with a number of other industry folks, I was delighted to find that our friend and colleague Bonnie Buckhiester, president, Buckhiester Management Limited was among the honourees. MORE

IT GOES BOTH WAYS

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30 MAR 2016:  New figures show that the rate of Americans being turned back at Canadian border land crossings has increased a stunning 31 percent over the last year. Canadian border guards have discretion over entry permission, and are not required to publicly disclose their reasons. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) did not explain why more Americans are being turned away.  They reportedly said only that the number ‘fluctuates’. MORE

ETIHAD WORKS AROUND ELECTRONICS BAN

Airline will lend US bound passengers iPads
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30 MAR 2017:  One Mideast airline affected by the ban on most electronics in the cabins of US-bound flights will lend iPads to its top-paying travellers. Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that it will offer the tablets to US-bound passengers in first and business class, along with vouchers for free onboard Wi-Fi starting on April 2. MORE

JUST TOO POPULAR

Via Rail youth passes sold out
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30 MAR 2017:  Via Rail said early Thursday that all available $150 youth passes for unlimited travel across Canada in July had been sold out after the sales were derailed on Wednesday due to high demand on its website. MORE

TRAVEL BAN STILL ON HOLD

A look at latest ruling
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30 MAR 2017:  A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. US District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday at Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travellers from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the US refugee programme. MORE

TOP DESTINATIONS FOR LGBTQ SNOWBIRDS

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30 MAR 2017:  A small but significant number of Canadian snowbirds come from the LGBTQ community, and while LGBTQ snowbirds share many of the same needs and concerns as all snowbirds, they also have some more specific needs and concerns that must be considered when choosing where to travel. MORE

START THE NEGOTIATIONS

Is UK Open Skies agreement with EU in jeopardy
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30 MAR 2017: When Britain leaves the EU, it will no longer be party to the 'open skies' agreement, which permits any European carrier to fly to and between any EU countries. This means that the UK government must negotiate a new bilateral flights agreement with the EU or UK carriers will lose the rights to fly to Europe and European airlines won't be allowed to fly to the UK. MORE

BIG DEAL

Alaska Airlines, Branson clash over licensing fees
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30 MAR 2017:  Alaska Airlines could be headed toward a showdown with Richard Branson over millions of dollars in licensing fees.  Alaska took control of Virgin America last year. Branson, the British billionaire who helped create Virgin America, told reporters in Seattle this week that Alaska must pay royalties for the Virgin name under a licensing deal that runs until 2040. MORE

AIRBORNE PARANOIA

Breeding airborne lunacy
By DAVID TAIT
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30 MAR 2017:  No matter how irritating CATSA and TSA lines and procedures can be, most thinking people will agree that airport security checks and staying alert as to “things suspicious” are important components of safe travel. MORE
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