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AIRLIFT

Los Cabos struggles to return to normal
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23 SEP 2014: Mexican authorities are struggling to get power back on in the resort area of Los Cabos a week after Hurricane Odile barrelled through. Electricity has been restored to 19 percent of users in the popular vacation communities on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. MORE

FLEXIBLE FLEET

Transat to lease four Boeing 737s this winter
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23 SEP 2014:  Transat A.T. Inc. has signed two agreements for the seasonal leasing of Boeing 737 narrow-body aircraft, to be provided during the winter months. The aircraft will be operated by Air Transat on its Mexico and Caribbean Sun destinations routes. MORE

FIVE CREW KILLED

Lifeboat safety drill ends in tragedy
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23 SEP 2014:  Five crew members were killed and three others injured when a lifeboat carrying eight crew snapped off its cable while being lowered from deck of a cruise ship and plummeted 30 meters before landing upside down in the sea below during a routine lifeboat safety drill. MORE

JUST GOOD BUSINESS

AC preferred by Canadian biz travellers
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23 SEP 2014:  Air Canada has been named Canada's favourite airline for business travel in an Ipsos Reid Canadian Business Traveller Study.  Air Canada was the preferred airline of 83 percent of Canadian frequent business travellers surveyed for 2014, an improvement of 14 percentage points in the carrier’s ratings in the national survey over the past six years. MORE

GET ON BOARD

This time it is wholesale
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23 SEP 2014: The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) will be holding a Meeting of Members on Tuesday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto.  TICO will be holding an election for one wholesale position on the TICO Board of Directors to replace Jim Diebel, who resigned in August 2014.     MORE

TWO IN A ROW

White House not that secure
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23 SEP 2014:  If you thought security was tight at the White House, think again.  The Secret Service, following a pair of embarrassing breaches last week, is said to be considering establishing new checkpoints to screen tourists in public areas near the presidential mansion. MORE

MYWURLD LAUNCHES CRUISE PLANNERS

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23 SEP 2014:  Software provider, mywurld, has announced the launch of their online personalized cruise planners. The company says Cruise Planners bridges the gap between often overwhelming online travel options and offline travel agencies. Once a cruise is booked, the planner automatically turns into the traveller’s online itinerary. MORE

NEW MARGARITAVILLE RESORT

Jimmy Buffet visits Florida hotel site
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23 SEP 2014:  Jimmy Buffett created excitement in Greater Fort Lauderdale recently with a surprise visit to the site of the new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.  After a walk-through with the resort’s developer and key members of the team, Buffett gave the property a Margaritaville-inspired two fins up.   MORE

SPA TREATMENT HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS

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23 SEP 2014: My body will never grace the fashion obsessed pages like GQ magazine with pencil thin females fawning over chiselled six-pack abs’ male models.  Instead I visit spas and let the therapists fawn and pamper my beer belly body and provide some welcome relaxation and rejuvenation.   Over the years I have been fortunate to visit spas and experience treatments in more than 60 countries on six continents – still waiting for those penguin back walking treatments in Antarctica.  What’s been the best, worst and just plain weird?    MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

A TIME TO REMEMBER

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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22 SEP 2014: The Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recently hosted a reception along with the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions to commemorate two significant events: the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden and the opening of Liberation Route Europe.   MORE

INDEFINITE STRIKE

Air France pilots threaten company
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22 SEP 2014:  An Air France pilots union warned last week that it could vote to extend a strike "indefinitely" if its demands are not met, as the airline was forced to cancel around 60 percent of its flights for the fourth day. MORE

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE

German families to sue Ukraine over MH17
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22 SEP 2014:  A law suit filed by the family of a German air-crash victim on the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over the Ukraine, wants at least one million euros paid to each family of the German crash victims. MORE

SPACE ODYSSEY

A pivotal solution
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22 SEP 2014: The airlines will undoubtedly find a way to make a profit on this, but passengers who like to travel with carry-on only can rejoice.  Airbus will introduce new pivoting overhead bins as an optional extra on the A320 family of aircraft in 2016.   MORE

REMAINS NOT TO BE SEEN

Tourism operator rebuked for opening burial boxes
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22 SEP 2014:  An aboriginal tourism operator in British Columbia who gave some travellers access to ancient burial boxes, including revealing the skeletal remains inside, has had his actions condemned by his fellow First Nations. MORE

AISLE OR WINDOW

Nobody wants the middle
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22 SEP 2014: A recent survey has finally (sort of) answered the old airline seating debate of aisle versus window. The survey of 500 Americans found that the more an individual flies, the more they prefer an aisle seat.  But, the poll also found that overall, a majority of Americans prefer the window seat. MORE

SHELL SHOCK

There you go honey
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22 SEP 2014:  Last week, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team received a juvenile green sea turtle that was found with a large wound to its carapace (shell) most likely from a boat strike.  The sea turtle was rescued by the University of Central Florida (UCF) Marine Turtle Research Group in the Trident Basin at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and brought to SeaWorld Orlando for care and rehabilitation. MORE

BIG BUDGET

Logan prepares for the A380
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22 SEP 2014:  Logan International Airport in Boston is changing its international terminal to better accommodate the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet. The upgrade of Terminal E has a budget of US $30 million. MORE

WATCH WORDS

A little common sense never hurt
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22 SEP 2014:  An airline passenger was removed from a flight after a fellow traveller reported him to cabin crew for writing the word 'terrorism' in his journal as they prepared to take off. He had also drawn a picture of a man and wrote the words 'terror is made up'. MORE
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