CRUISE TOURISM PROVIDES BIG BUCKS
09 OCT 2015: Cruise tourism in the Caribbean and Latin America has a three billion dollar impact on the local economy according to a new study. In the 2014-2015 cruise year 23.6 million passengers came ashore and tourism expenditures directly generated US $3.16 billion. MORE
NEW ORLEANS MOURNS CHEF PAUL PRUDHOMME
09 OCT 2015: Paul Prudhomme was one of the original “celebrity chefs.” He popularized Louisiana cuisine - especially Cajun cuisine - gumbos, jambalaya, dirty rice and his famous blackened redfish. He was one of the original proponents of using fresh, local ingredients and was a pioneer of today’s popular farm to table movement. Paul Prudhomme died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 75.
THE RISK IS IMMEDIATE AND URGENT
09 OCT 2015: The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting US officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines. Citing research showing the batteries can cause explosions and fires capable of destroying a plane. Angela Stubblefield, a FAA hazardous materials safety official, said Thursday, “We believe the risk is immediate and urgent.”
09 OCT 2015: Bringing your significant other on a business trip (and that includes fams when permitted) might sound like a no-brainer. The hotel room and perhaps rental car are already paid for. Your loved one can be a companion when you have downtime, as well as a trusted sounding board for ideas in between meetings. MORE
KEEP AN EYE ON INFOCUS
09 OCT 2015: Just a reminder to be sure to keep checking our infOcus feature for news, views and useful information on selected suppliers, destinations, sectors and trends. Information changes regularly, so it’s worth checking back to stay current with the latest info. Here are the latest updates.
AIR MARSHALL TOSSED OFF PLANE
09 OCT 2015: An air marshal was told to leave a plane prior to take-off after he allegedly burst into the cockpit and complained to the pilot that a flight attendant had spilled a drink on him and then laughed in his face. MORE
09 OCT 2015: itravel2000 has appointed Michelle Loveridge as the company’s new Contact Centre Director. “We are delighted that Michelle has joined our team,” said Dean Moore, CEO for itravel2000.
09 OCT 2015: Nathalie Gauthier, North American manager for World Expeditions, has announced the appointment of Pat Rochon to the newly-created position of sales manager, Canada. MORE
ON EUROPEAN RIVERS
By WALLACE IMMEN
09 OCT 2014: We all wish for sunny skies on our vacation, but for river cruise vacationers in Europe this year, too much of a good thing has left their ships stranded. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:
TREADING LIGHTLY WITH TREADRIGHT
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
08 OCT 2015: “We all have a role to play in preserving our environment,” the CEO of one of the largest worldwide tour operators and upcoming recipient of this year’s World Tourism Award, said at a recent press luncheon as he outlined the non-profit arm’s latest developments.
08 OCT 2015: We won’t know until October 19 whom Canadians want as their next Prime Minister, but they’ve clearly chosen Justin Trudeau as their preferred travel buddy, according to a new survey conducted by Travelzoo, a global Internet media company.
CARIBBEAN HOTELIER OF THE YEAR
08 OCT 2015: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) presented the "Caribbean Hotelier of the Year" award to Adam Stewart, chief executive officer, Sandals Resorts International, during the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), which took place last week in Puerto Rico.
08 OCT 2015: Alicia Kielek was charged with three counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002. Kielek operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. This is the fourth time Kielek has been charged under the Act.
TIME TO SPLURGE
08 OCT 2015: Gyrations in currency markets are helping to make some high-end hotels more affordable for Canadian travellers. The price of a five-star hotel room in Moscow, in Canadian dollars, fell 24 percent to $202 in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014, according to a Hotels.com survey. The drop coincided with a slide in the value of the ruble versus the dollar.
BOX JELLYFISH STING IS FATAL
08 OCT 2015: A 20-year-old German woman died at a popular Thai resort island after being stung by a box jellyfish, police said Wednesday, the third reported fatality in Thailand in 14 months from one of the world's most toxic jellyfish. MORE
IF YOU CANNOT RESPOND
By DAVID TAIT
08 OCT 2015: My old boss Sir Richard Branson always used to (and still does I am sure) maintain that “Customers are not always right, but they are always relevant.” At the same time he has always been a fanatic about the need to have all levels of staff involved in product and service development from the get-go. MORE