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TALK ABOUT PRESSURE

Emergency landing as passengers lose consciouness
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24 APR 2015:  SkyWest Airlines and federal authorities say they still don't know what caused three passengers to lose consciousness on a flight  that then made an emergency landing in Buffalo Wednesday. The pilot feared a potential cabin pressure problem and dropped the plane to get breathable air, according to the FAA. MORE

RECORD PROFITS

United will speed up changes to fleet
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24 APR 2015: Lower fuel prices helped United Airlines earn a record first-quarter profit despite a dip in revenue. The airline predicted that a key revenue figure will fall in the second quarter, but CEO Jeff Smisek predicted another record profit in the April-through-June period on lower costs and higher margins. MORE

DRAMATIC GROWTH FOR INDIA

Poised to be leader in Business Travel
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24 APR 2015: The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, says India is poised for economic harmony as the region is growing strongly in the short-term and is also in an excellent position for the long-term.   Michael. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO, said, “If India continues on its current growth path, it will be a world leader in business travel for decades to come.” MORE

CHEERS

Norwegian to offer free drinks on some short cruises out of Miami
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24 APR 2015: Norwegian Cruise Line is offering free drinks to attract more customers on short cruises out of Miami. The cruise line says it will include wine, beer, spirits and soda up to $11 in the cost of the fare on Norwegian Sky starting in January. The ship sails from Miami on three-and four-day cruises. MORE

MAKING IT EASIER

New Tool for low risk travellers from Brazil, Mexico and other countries
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24 APR 2015:  The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) has welcomed positive developments in the Government of Canada's plans to introduce an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement for many travellers - including its use as a visa alternative for low-risk travellers from Brazil, Mexico, Bulgaria and Romania.  MORE

WE ALL TOOK NAPS

Astonishing claim of baggage handler
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25 APR 2015:  Willa Junior the baggage handler took a nap in the cargo hold of a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport last week only to wake up terrified when the plane was airborne, is still employed at his company, Menzies Aviation, but is no longer allowed to work on Alaska Airlines flights - one the largest airlines that fly out of Seattle.  MORE

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

A harmonious blend of technology and comfort
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24 APR 2015:   After a three-month massive makeover, the redesigned CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is now open for business. “CAA is proud to unveil a unique retail experience for our members, customers and employees alike. The new, modern look and feel is the result of dedication, hard work and countless hours of planning, designing and constructing our new flagship store. This store remodel is the first of its kind and is the inspiration for future renovations,” said Kathy Kelly, director sales and distribution. MORE

SIX TASTY BITES OF HONG KONG

By WALLACE IMMEN
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24 APR 2015: A Michelin-starred meal for less than $20? You can find it in Hong Kong, along with a vast array of other gourmet treats in the most unpretentious of settings. Dining like the locals in Hong Kong requires going beyond the externals. On streets lined with hawkers’ stalls and walk-up apartment blocks, the aromas and sights of fresh food being prepared and cooked are pervasive. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

MOVING ON UP

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23 APR 2015: Travellers to Canada's biggest city finally have a quick way to downtown Toronto via an express train between Pearson International Airport and Union Station that starts running just in time for this summer's PanAm Games. MORE

VOLCANO ERUPTS IN CHILE

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23 APR 2015: Authorities ordered the evacuation of the 1500 people as the Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. MORE

GROUNDBREAKING VISIT

Record number of Chinese cruise visitors visit Jamaica
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23 APR 2014: Roughly 1,000 Chinese tourists have disembarked from a cruise ship in a Jamaican resort town in what the Caribbean island touts as a "groundbreaking" visit. MORE

CONVENIENT CUBA

Sunwing adds flights from Kitchener waterloo to Cayo Santa Maria
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23 APR 2015:  One of Cuba’s most beguiling island destinations will be a little closer to residents of Kitchener and Waterloo this winter with the launch of a new weekly Sunwing flight service to Cayo Santa Maria.  Beginning December 24,  the new route will be the only direct connection from Kitchener-Waterloo over the winter season 2015-16. MORE

BIG EASY CHANGE

New Orleans bans smoking in bars and public places
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23 APR 2015: It ain't easy, but smoking in bars and casinos is coming to an end even in this notoriously freewheeling and fun-loving city where drinking on the street and watching a bawdy burlesque are the norm. MORE

CANADIANS ONLY

Shake the long winter blues
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23 APR 2015: Cruise Strategies Ltd. has announced that effective today Thursday, April 23, luxury line Windstar Cruises will launch an initiative specifically and only for Canadian residents. MORE

THE SLAP

Weighty issue becomes expensive
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23 APR 2015: A passenger became so angry during an argument about overweight luggage at Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City airport, that she slapped an airline employee. The traveller had checked in and was travelling with just hand luggage when she was asked to have it weighed by a worker. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Judy Wallace at Air Canada Vacations
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23 APR 2015:  Air Canada Vacations has announced the creation of a new role, Sandals brand manager. The dedicated role underpins the leading tour operator’s longstanding relationship with Sandals, with their 20 luxury-included Caribbean resorts, and three Beaches luxury-included family-friendly resorts, offered as part of the Air Canada Vacations portfolio. Judy Wallace returns to Air Canada Vacations in the new position, effective immediately. MORE

VIRGIN HOSPITALITY

Getting female friendly in Chicago
By DAVID TAIT
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23 APR 2015:  Last week I wrote about the opportunities for hoteliers to cater to the fast growing senior citizen segment.  By coincidence the same day that column appeared I was in Chicago for the opening party of the new Virgin Hotel there which is designed to cater to a quite different market segment – the female business traveller. MORE
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