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NOT JUST FOR SHOW

Guards armed and tour restrictions at Parliament Hill
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28 NOV 2014: Security is being tightened on Parliament Hill through additional screening, the arming of guards and the elimination of public tours during caucus meetings. House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer says even more changes may be in the works as a result of an ongoing, comprehensive review of Hill security. MORE

MAMMA MIA

Half a Millionth Passenger gets a surprise
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28 NOV 2014: Maciej KoƂodziej was the Half a Millionth Passenger to travel on LOT’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. He flew on November 19th at 4:45 pm from Warsaw to New York and neither he, nor other travellers at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport that afternoon, are ever likely to forget the surprise LOT had waiting for him. MORE

NOT THE REAL THING

Amsterdam warns of drug danger after tourist deaths
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28 NOV 2014: Health authorities in Amsterdam are warning of dangerous drugs being sold to tourists after three British men died in the last month after snorting heroin they may have believed was cocaine. MORE

MAKING IT EASY

India implements visas on arrival
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28 NOV 2014: India has launched its much-awaited tourist visa on arrival, enabled with electronic travel authorization, which is expected to ease travel formalities and has been a demand of the industry. MORE

EMIRATES CHOOSES CITIZEN RELATIONS

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28 NOV 2014: Dubai-based airline, Emirates, has named Citizen Relations its Canadian PR agency of record. The agency will handle all Canadian public relations activity for the company including media strategy and relations, sponsorship amplification, trade media outreach and crisis preparedness. MORE

SUNQUEST REPORTS ON LOS CABOS

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28 NOV 2014: Last week, Sunquest’s senior buying team visited Los Cabos to assess the situation with the various hotels, and the destination in general, following the damage caused in September by Hurricane Odile. MORE

PIGS CAN FLY

An emotional issue
By JEN SAVEDRA
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28 DEC 2014: A woman was made to get off a US Airways flight because passengers were being disrupted by her travelling companion - a pot-bellied pig. I’ll admit a predisposition up front – I have yet to be convinced that the vast majority of “emotional support” animals are not a ruse to get a pet to ride in the cabin. Frankly, if you are so emotionally fragile that you can’t fly without Fido or Porky, you’re probably better off on the ground. MORE

A FLOOD OF NEW SHIPS

Europe River Cruising is on a Roll
By WALLACE IMMEN
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28 NOV 2014: River cruising is  the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry now, and that’s due in large part to rethinking the possibilities.  Only a few years ago, river cruises didn’t appeal as much as land travel to North Americans. The ships that carried passengers on the Rhine and Danube tended to be built on the same hulls used for freight barges and passenger space was tight. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

Harriet Green out at Thomas Cook
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27 NOV 2014: Despite admitting that she has done a “phenomenal” job in bringing Thomas Cook back from the brink of bankruptcy, Harriet Green has been pushed out as chief executive in a shock move that saw shares of the travel company plummet over 20 percent. MORE

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Hundreds of flights cancelled
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27 NOV 2014: A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the US Northeast as millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving holiday getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous on what is typically one of country's the busiest travel days of the year. MORE

HIGHS AND LOWS

Subterranean park proposed for NYC
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27 NOV 2014: Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City's High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees. Private planners inspired by the High Line's success are now looking deep under Manhattan at a proposal to create the Lowline, billed as the world's first underground park. MORE

THEY KEEP ON COMING

Tourism continues to be lifeblood of local economy
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27 NOV 2014: The Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB), representing The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel in southwest Florida, has reported record-breaking tax collections for the fourth year in a row, with US $33 million in tourist tax on paid accommodations for fiscal year 2013-2014, which ended Sept. 30. MORE

DOING GOOD

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27 NOV 2014: Vision Travel Solutions recently held its annual conference in Montreal, and the recently-formed Vision Travel Foundation was a part of it. During the conference, Brian Robertson, COO, was pleased to accept a $1,000 cheque from (InterContinental Hotels Group), which the Vision Foundation has matched, resulting in a $2,000 donation to Montreal-based charity for homeless youth Dans la Rue. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Jocelyne Faucher director of CWT Lead Associate Programme
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27 NOV 2014: Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) Canada announced that Jocelyne Faucher has been appointed as director of CWT Canada’s Associate Programme. The CWT Associate Programme is a network of independently-owned travel agencies nationwide that operate as an extension of the CWT Canada’s network. MORE

THE IMPERFECT STORM

Thanksgiving schmanksgiving
By DAVID TAIT
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27 NOV 2014: According to AAA, some 46.3 million people are set to travel 50 miles and more this US Thanksgiving weekend – 3.55 million of them by air. A combination of disposable incomes being up 3.1 percent and average gas prices dropping by a remarkable 80 cents on 2013 levels will make it the busiest weekend in seven years. MORE
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