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FESTIVAL CITY

Edinburgh knows how to celebrate
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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24 NOV 2014: Revellers around Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, sure know a thing or two on how to party. Come every New Year’s Eve there’s a three-day Hogmanay celebration. The streets by fabled Edinburgh Castle are ablaze in a star-studded pyrotechnic parade heralded by blaring bagpipes toted by kilted performers and choruses of “Auld Lang Syne,” the New Year’s Eve anthem penned by Scotland’s own Robert Burns. MORE

SKIPPING OUT

Stay till the end
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24 NOV 2014: United Airlines and Orbitz have filed suit in federal court in Chicago in an attempt to stop a New York-based company from publishing and purchasing so-called “hidden city” fares. In the filing, United and Orbitz defined hidden-city ticketing as essentially a situation when “a passenger purchases a ticket from City A to City B to City C, but does not travel beyond City B.” Why would anyone do that?  Well, it’s sometimes cheaper than buying a ticket directly from A to B. MORE

TICO APPROVES TRAVEL COMPENSATION FUND CLAIMS

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24 NOV 2014: On November 18, 2014, TICO’s Board of Directors approved payment of $9,970.14 to assist 11 consumers who did not receive the travel services for which they had paid. MORE

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

Airline changes flight code after clairvoyant crash warning
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24 NOV 2014: Brazilian airline TAM changed one of its flight numbers after a renowned clairvoyant predicted a plane bearing the original number would crash shortly after takeoff. MORE

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO

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24 NOV 2014: Although the US Department of Transportation fined seven airlines a total of $1.7 million last year for violating its controversial tarmac-delay rule, most of it went straight to the US Treasury. Some have questioned why that money is not awarded to the passengers who sat on planes for hours before taking off. MORE

SHOW TIME

Transat Distribution Rocks
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24 NOV 2014: Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) welcomed 65 preferred partner participants last week to their National Leadership Conference at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. MORE

EDIHAD UPS STAKE IN VIRGIN AUSTRALIA

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24 NOV 2014: Etihad has raised its stake in the Virgin Australia to 22.9 percent. That is the maximum approved limit by Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). Etihad’s president and chief executive, James Hogan, was also appointed a non-executive director to the Virgin Australia board last week, according to a statement on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). MORE

JUST STAY HOME

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24 NOV 2014: Italian authorities say a Russian tourist has been fined 20,000 euros ($27,800) for engraving a big letter 'K' on a wall of the Colosseum, the latest act of vandalism by tourists at the ancient structure. MORE

HEAT AND EATS

By MARGARET SWAINE
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24 NOV 2014: Puerto Vallarta is a favourite winter destination for many Canadians and boy is it looking good right now. Along with sun and heat there are mucho good eats to be found. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

DID NOBODY DO THE MATH

But no surprise fees will not go down
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21 NO 2014: A hike in passport fees has become a cash cow for the federal government. Recently released figures show the government took in $200 million more than it cost them to produce passports last year. MORE

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL IN THE US

Less for gas more for airfare and hotels
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21 NOV 2014: The good news for US Thanksgiving travellers - the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news - a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 4.2 percent increase over last year. MORE

MISSED MANNERS

Celebrate the differences
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21 NOV 2014: Warning travellers about behaviour when abroad is becoming relatively common. Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors: Don't put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. If driving, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. And just because you have kids doesn't mean you can cut the queue. MORE

A SLICE OF THE PIE

Enjoy a piece of Florida Key Lime Pie and help others
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21 NOV 2014: Really, this is just what you need right now! Spreading the Florida Keys’ warmth and free samples of the subtropical island chain’s signature dessert, a Key Lime Pie food truck is set to roll on the streets of Toronto and Hamilton Monday, Nov. 24, through Friday, Nov. 28. MORE

THE MOST INSPIRING CITIES IN THE WORLD

Really.These are the top 50
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21 NOV 2014: The heartbeat of a city is a difficult thing to measure. Some, like physicists Geoffrey West and Luis Bettencourt, say you can measure a city by the precise pace at which its citizens walk. (In fact, they’ve developed an entire mathematical equation to do so.) Others think a city’s true worth lies in the cost of its housing, or the growth of its population, or the fiscal outlook of its property developers. MORE

THEY ARE BECOMING A PROBLEM

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21 NOV 2014: Federal officials are investigating after three commercial pilots reported drones flying near their planes as they approached New York City's Kennedy Airport this week. MORE

FOR SALE

Private Islands around the world
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21 NOV 2014: If your clients are really looking for something different, perhaps a private island may be just the thing for them. Certainly some are not for the regular family budget, but some are surprisingly affordable.      MORE

APPOINTMENT

Richard Meadows President of Cunard Line North America
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21 NOV 2014: Cunard has announced that Richard Meadows has been appointed president of Cunard Line – North America, assuming operating responsibility for the iconic Cunard brand throughout the North American continent from 1 December 2014. He will report to David Noyes, CEO of Cunard Line. Meadows will retain his role as president of Seabourn, leading all business and global operations for the ultra-luxury cruise line. MORE

THROUGH THE PORTHOLE

More winners
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21 NOV 2014: Seems today’s the day for all the lists and awards so let’s look at Porthole Cruise Magazine, which has announced the winners of its 16th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The Winners were determined by the readers and online fans of the magazine, who voted on 54 cruise-related categories from best ships to best itineraries. MORE

MAKING WAVES

Six new ships
By WALLACE IMMEN
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21 NOV 2014: In the wake of the arrival of Royal Caribbean International’s new floating playground Quantum of the Seas that amps up size, technology and entertainment on a cruise, the cruise chatter of late has been about Quantum leaps. MORE
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