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ERIKA BATTERS CARIBBEAN

Florida, Bahamas on Alert
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28 AUG 2015: Erika remains a tropical storm about 155 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, as of 5 a.m. EDT Friday. It is expected to bring torrential rain, flash flooding, mudslides and gusty winds to many of the northern islands of the Caribbean, before heading towards the Bahamas and Florida this weekend. On the island of Dominica eight inches of rain fell in six hours and four people are dead due to mudslides. MORE

GETTING CLOSURE

TICO publishes list
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28 AUG 2015:  TICO has published a list of companies who have voluntarily terminated their TICO Registration, those who have had their registration revoked, and a list of individuals and companies who have recently been charged or convicted under the Travel Industry Act.     MORE

CARNIVAL PRIDE BACK IN TAMPA

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28 AUG 2015:  Carnival Cruise Lines has announced the return of the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride to Tampa.  The cruise ship which sailed out of Tampa last year, has since been upgraded with new dining and lounge options and a redone water park. MORE

SMOKE DAMAGE

Okanagan businesses hurt by Washington wildfires
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28 AUG 2015:  Heavy smoke sweeping in from Washington state wildfires is causing some tourists to blow off their Okanagan vacations, say business people around Kelowna, B.C. MORE

CUNARD WORLD CRUISES 2017

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28 AUG 2015:  Cunard, which says it has carried more passengers and made more trips around the world than any other cruise line, has announced its 2017 lineup of luxury world cruises which go on sale September 10. MORE

ADULTS ONLY

Sunwing adds Viva Wyndham V Heavens
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28 AUG 2015: Couples in search of a laid back, tropical beach getaway will appreciate the addition of Viva Wyndham V Heavens  to Sunwing’s Adults Collection of properties. Now available exclusively through the tour operator, the stylish all inclusive, adults only resort is located on its own beachfront on Playa Dorada, near Puerto Plata, on the Dominican Republic’s northern coastline. MORE

NEW CRUISE TERMINAL FOR LONDON

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28 AUG 2015:  London’s Mayor Boris Johnson gave his backing this week to a commercial cruise terminal on the Thames at Greenwich. The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Planning Board had last month given its consent for the development at Enderby Wharf, SE10, which will allow mid-size ships – measuring up to 230m in length and with a maximum passenger capacity of up to 1,600 – to dock. Now, with the Mayor's backing, the terminal is expected to be operational by 2017. MORE

DISPUTE DISPUTED

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28 AUG 2015: Images of meal trays and plates lying scattered in a plane aisle on a flight from Casablanca to Lisbon were published after reports of an alleged dispute between two cabin crew members. Passengers reportedly feared the noise was associated with a technical failure of the aircraft. MORE

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS ON LOCH NESS

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28 AUG 2015:  The fabled monster was a no-show, but Inverness based cruise company Loch Ness by Jacobite made a splash this week as it celebrated 40 years of sailing on the world’s most famous loch. The company’s ruby anniversary comes as the firm announces a 10 percent annual increase in visitor numbers to 180,000 since August last year. MORE

AND THE WINNER IS

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28 AUG 2015:  Teresa Terry Dicredico from St. Clair Travel North, in Toronto, is the grand prize winner of the Barcelo devotion winter promotion, a 42” Flat Screen TV plus a five nights stay at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort. MORE

NEW RULES OF MONEY

Save Stress on a Cross Border Vacation
By WALLACE IMMEN
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28 AUG 2015:  I’m sorry Sir, your credit card is not authorizing the charge. Fortunately, I still had enough Euros in my pocket to pay cash for my hotel and a cab to the airport after the shopkeeper gave me the bad news I wasn’t creditworthy at the end of my recent trip in Europe. But what the hell? MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

WHOSE FAULT IS IT

A matter of responsibility
By JEN SAVEDRA
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27 AUG 2015: A family is suing American Airlines for losing a family member with Alzheimer’s at LaGuardia. The incident happened last January and the man was apparently found three days later wandering around Brooklyn 25 miles from the airport. This is a tragic story, but is the airline at fault? MORE

NEW LOOK FOR WESTJET

But is it still a low fare carrier
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27 AUG 2015: It’s a new era for WestJet starting today. The 19-year old airline will see the arrival early this morning of the first of four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft, allowing the airline to begin serving Europe and other regions of the world from Canada on a non-stop basis. Inaugural wide-body flights will begin in early September.   MORE

AIRLINE FARE WARS MAKE A COMEBACK

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27 AUG 2015: On the topic of fares (see previous story), travellers in certain markets in the US are seeing bargain flights as fare wars make a limited return. Don't expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for (US) Thanksgiving, but a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours - prices the industry has spent the years trying to eliminate.   MORE

LAX OKAYS UBER

Ride hailing firms approved for airport pick ups
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27 AUG 2015: Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies won approval this week to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport after weeks of debate over whether their drivers are properly screened to weed out criminals. MORE

FIRE DELAYS FLIGHTS AT DUBLIN

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27 AUG 2015: Flights at Dublin airport were temporarily suspended yesterday morning due to a fire in the roof of a hangar. The airport confirmed it was a restricted area, separate from passenger facilities. MORE

FIGHT FLIGHT IN NEW YORK

Two women arrested after fight with knife, pepper spray
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27 AUG 2015: Two women have been arrested after police say they attacked each other as their flight arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport from Jamaica yesterday. The dispute started after a 61-year-old passenger at a window seat tried to climb over another woman as Jet Blue Flight 960 approached the gate. MORE

CASTROENTERITIS

A look back to the future
By DAVID TAIT
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27 AUG 2015: Looking through his files we came across David Tait’s column from April 2009 predicting what the future might look like for Cuba as relations with the US eased. Six years later, with embassies in Washington and Havana, David’s foresight makes for interesting reading. MORE
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