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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Protection against surface to air missiles
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29 JUL 2014:  Two US legislators are urging the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine and projectiles fired near Tel Aviv's airport. MORE

EXTREME MAKEOVERS

FAA proposes 12 million fine for Southwest
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29 JUL 2014:  Let’s hope they get this sorted before they head for Canada.  The FAA said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with US safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. MORE

CHINA LEADS THE WAY

Asia Pacific dominates global business travel
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29 JUL 2014: Business travel in Asia Pacific, led by a dominant China, outpaces the rest of the world, according to a newly released travel forecast by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Overall, the forecast expects global business travel spending to hit a record US $1.18 trillion in 2014, a 6.9 percent growth over the previous year. MORE

VIRGIN AMERICA TO GO PUBLIC

Carrier files for initial IPO
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29 JUL 2014: Virgin America's next destination is Wall Street. The California-based airline filed on Monday for an initial public offering of shares. Virgin America Inc., which operates out of Los Angeles and San Francisco, flies to 22 airports in the US and Mexico. MORE

VENEZUELA OWES AIRLINES OVER FOUR BILLION DOLLARS

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29 JUL 2014:  IATA has called on the Venezuelan government to honor the commitment it made in March to 'permit airlines to repatriate in full and at fair exchange rates airline funds being blocked in the country.' In other words - to pay what they owe! MORE

THE MAGIC OF CINEMA

Cinecitta World theme park opens outside Rome
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29 JUL 2014:  A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome-based Cinecitta Studios - still in operation - were known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.'' MORE

TAG LINES

True or false
By JEN SAVEDRA
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29 JUL 2014:  I was flipping through a relatively new travel publication yesterday when I suddenly noticed the tag line - ‘The only business magazine for travel professionals.’  Well, that was so blatantly and obviously untrue that it got me thinking about the embellishment and veracity of what is put out today in self-promotion.  MORE

WORLD'S BEST SPAS

Make Your Vote Count
By CHRIS RYALL
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29 JUL 2014:  Do you have a favourite spa in Canada or around the world?   I certainly have my favourites in Canada and spas I have visited in numerous countries on six continents.  I have yet to find a spa in the seventh continent - Antarctica!  Spafinder Wellness 365   has launched the first ever world Wellness Travel Awards.    Did your favourite spa make the nominees list? MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

SWAT TEAM STORMS PLANE

Threats have consequences
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28 JUL 2014:  About 45 minutes after the plane left Toronto’s Pearson International for Panama, a 25-year-old man, began ripping apart magazines and the safety card from his seat pocket, grabbing at the window shade to pull it down, and then, according to Sunwing officials, allegedly “made numerous threats relating to bombs and explosives.” MORE

SOUTHWEST LOOKS NORTH

And rouge vs Air Canada
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28 JUL 2014: Southwest Airlines says Canada is on a list of “attractive” destinations that include Hawaii, Alaska, Central America and the northern part of South America, available to Southwest with the delivery of Boeing 737-800 planes that offer more seats and longer range than the carrier’s current 737-700s.   MORE

A NEW BEGINNING

And a call for global safety
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28 JUL 2014: As was suggested last week, Malaysia Airlines is looking at a number of options to restructure its business. A name change will likely be part of a critical brand overhaul following two major tragedies within six months. MORE

NORWAY TAKES PRECAUTIONS

Threat of terrorist attacks
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28 JUL 2014: Norwegian authorities made a decision to close part of its airspace over the city of Bergen and increased border control due to the threat of terrorist attacks, Agence France Presse reported on Saturday. MORE

THE END OF THE JOURNEY

Costa Concordia arrives in Genoa
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28 JUL 2014: The Costa Concordia has completed its last voyage arriving on Sunday at the northern Italian city of Genoa, two and a half years after it ran aground and sank near the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people. MORE

ONLINE EVALUATIONS

Most negative comments easily fixed
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28 JUL 2014: Hotel evaluations on the internet are gaining in importance when it comes to making the final selection of the travel destination. A negative evaluation online often means that the person looking to book decides on an alternative hotel. International booking portal hotel.info has analysed hotel evaluations from the past two years and established that most of the difficulties experienced by guests could be solved very easily. MORE

SPIDER MAN ARRESTED

Bad Spidey punches police officer
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26 JUL 2014:  A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. MORE

NEVER AGAIN

Till hell freezes over or the next seat sale
By JEN SAVEDRA
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28 JUL 2014:  Here’s another one of those ridiculous incidents where everyone overreacts, everyone is to blame and everyone looks childish and stupid.   A  Southwest passenger says he will never fly the airline again after being asked to leave a flight and threatened with the police unless he deleted a rude tweet that called a gate agent rude. MORE
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