A BRUTAL WEEK IN AVIATION
25 JUN 2014: It’s been a very bad week. Nearly 300 passengers are killed when their plane is shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm in Taiwan, and yet another disappears in West Africa. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory.
FIVE CANADIANS ON AIR ALGERIE
25 JUL 2014: Air Algerie officials have confirmed that flight AH5017, making a joint flight with the Spanish company Swiftair , enroute from Burkina Faso to Algiers, has crashed. There were 116 people on board, five of whom are believed to be Canadian.
NEW BOSS AT VISIT BRITAIN
25 JUL 2014: Visit Britain has a new CEO. Christopher Rodrigues, chairman of VisitBritain, has announced the appointment of Sally Balcombe as the organisation's next chief executive officer.
26 JUL 2014: Signature Vacations has announced the addition of 10 Dreams Resorts and Spas properties to its slate of destinations for this fall and winter.
BIZ TRAVELLERS CHOOSE LOT
26 JUL 2014: LOT Polish Airlines has been named the Best Airline for Europe, Middle East and Africa by the readers of Frequent Business Traveler, an online publication written for and by the world's most experienced and savvy international travellers.
HOLD THIS DATE
26 JUL 2014: The US Travel Association has announced that New Orleans will be the venue for IPW 2016 - the first time the blockbuster travel industry event has returned to the Crescent City since 2002. New Orleans also previously hosted the annual five-day event, formerly known as International Pow Wow, in 1993 and 1979.
26 JUL 2014: Carnival Cruise Lines and the Dallas Cowboys are entering a marketing agreement that will expand the ship operator's brand at the team's $1.2 billion stadium and other properties.
26 JUL 2014: Senator Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill last year to improve protection of passengers on cruise ships. Cruise line officials appeared at an earlier hearing, chaired by the senator, but at this week’s session it was passengers who recounted their experiences.
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:
24 JUL 2014: The FAA issued a ban on US carriers flying to Tel Aviv after a rocket struck a mile from the Tel Aviv airport on Tuesday. The ban was extended Wednesday, but was suddenly lifted just hours later. European airlines continue to avoid the troubled area. Air Canada cancelled its flight to Tel Aviv on Wednesday, as well as a return flight from Ben Gurion airport on Thursday.
CHECK THE DAY
24 JUL 2014: Canadians should look to fly on a Tuesday if they're travelling domestically or on a Thursday if they're leaving the country, suggests data from the travel website Kayak, which is looking back on its first year in Canada.
TICO CHARGES WOMAN
24 JUL 2014: Maria Rowena Santiago Belen has been charged with one count of operating as a travel retailer without registration contrary to the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002. Belen offered travel services in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario.
SUNWING INTRODUCES YWG TO ZIH
24 JUL 2014: This winter Sunwing Vacations will offer weekly flights from Winnipeg to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The direct flights will operate on Thursdays from December 11 until April 2, 2015.
SPEND OR GO
24 JUL 2014: The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 dismissal of a former state tourism director who was fired because the agency said she didn't spend millions of dollars meant to promote tourism and filmmaking in the state.
24 JUL 2014: Donald Trump was shovelling yesterday. Trump says his new hotel in the Old Post Office building just four blocks from the White House in downtown Washington “will be one of the fine - and maybe the finest” hotel in the world.
24 JUL 2014: Joe DeMarinis of TravelBrands Inc., has announced the appointment of Nathalie Tanious to the role of vice president of Cruise effective 04 August.
By DAVID TAIT
Yorkshire England has some wonderful old folksy sayings the most popular of which is probably, “there’s nowt so queer as folk,” which translates to, “there’s nothing so strange as people.” This was certainly the expression that sprang to mind when I read the story, “BA changes child seating policy following court case.”