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KAPUT

American pulls listings from Orbitz
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27 AUG 2014:  American Airlines and US Airways are pulling flight listings from Orbitz-run websites in a dispute over fees that the travel company charges to list and sell the flights. Shares of Orbitz Worldwide Inc. fell nearly five percent on Tuesday. MORE

MAKING A SPLASH

Sunwing accepts the ice bucket challenge
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27 AUG 2014: Sunwing Vacations accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday in their own unique champagne style. Over 200 employees came into work wearing the company colour, orange, to watch their co-workers ‘get iced’, as group vice president Lawrence Elliott formally accepted the challenge on the company’s behalf and pledged their support to ALS Canada. MORE

CRISTOBAL HEADS NORTH

Rough seas and strong winds
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27 AUG 2014: While Hurricane Cristobal will track east of the US this week spreading rough surf along much of the Atlantic coast and will also have an impact on Bermuda. Cristobal became the Atlantic Basin's third hurricane of the season and is expected to strengthen through the week. MORE

READY IF IT HAPPENS

Should a cruise ship get stuck
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27 AUG 2014:  Prime Minister Stephen Harper spent the last day of his annual Arctic tour observing part of military exercise known as Operation Nanook, which is meant to simulate the rescue of a cruise ship that has run aground in York Sound near the southern tip of Baffin Island. MORE

CALIFORNIA WELCOMES CHINESE TOURISTS

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27 AUG 2014:  One tourist conferred with a salesman at South Coast Plaza about a plum-colored, $610 Prada handbag while fellow visitors on the 10-day tour sauntered through the mall, each with their child in tow, after a morning of whale watching off the California coast. MORE

THEY WERE NEVER GOING TO STOP THEM

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27 AUG 2014: Deciding, unsurprisingly, that their positive contribution to the economy cannot be overlooked, Italian politicians have compromised by routing the largest cruise ships away from Venice’s center but will still allow the big cruise ships to continue docking there. Activists are naturally outraged. MORE

SEOUL FOOD AND MORE

Efficient trains, fast cell service and historic palaces
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27 AUG 2014:  South Korea's hyper-efficient capital doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of exotic Asian destinations. But this mega-city offers much to tempt travellers beyond a layover from the ultra-modern international airport in nearby Incheon. MORE

FOR THE PEOPLE

New destinations for low cost carrier
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27 AUG 2014: Low cost carrier PEOPLExpress says it is offering flights from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport to Orlando, Florida, starting Oct. 16. The airline on Monday also announced that flights to eight destinations can be booked through March 31. MORE

THE FUNNY SIDE

Is there a joker at the palace
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27 AUG 2014:  Renowned for their poker faces, and their ability to remain entirely impassive and expressionless, despite hordes of tourists armed with cameras trying to distract them and make them laugh, the Queens’s Guards are impressive in their uniforms and bearskin hats.  But it seems there might be a joker in the pack. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

MEETING UP

Connecting at IncentiveWorks
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26 AUG 2014:  Things were hopping in Toronto last week as IncentiveWorks, Canada’s largest event for professionals who plan, organize or influence meetings and events got underway at the Metro Convention Centre.   MORE

NOT MEETING EXPECTATIONS

YEG to EWR untied
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26 AUG 2014:  Well that didn’t last too long.  There were high hopes for success when United launched a direct Edmonton to Newark service in May 2013.  It was the only direct service from the Alberta Capital to the New York area.  It just been announced that the flights will be discontinued come October 24. MORE

HEAR AND BE HEARD

TICO holding another round of Industry forum sessions
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26 AUG 2014: The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) is once again hosting a series of Industry Forums to share information and secure input from Registrants and Travel Agents. TICO will be presenting information on its mandate and current initiatives and will seek feedback on a variety of issues of importance to the Ontario Travel industry. MORE

WHEN IN ROME

Watch out
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26 AUG 2014: After 32 police arrests during the month of August for pickpocketing at the expense of mostly foreign tourists, (and obviously those were just the ones reported) Britain’s  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of published a warning to British tourists about the risks of “bag snatching and pick-pocketing” in major Italian cities and especially Rome. MORE

BITING THE HAND

Austrian offers cultural advice to Middle Eastern tourists
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26 AUG 2014:  Not PC at all, and it’s probably not wise to alienate, on any number of levels, tourists spending large amounts in your area.  Austrian alpine towns of Zell am See and Kaprun have been criticised for producing an eight-page guide for Middle Eastern tourists, featuring "cultural advice" on how to behave. MORE

CLIMBING THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Russian tourist arrested
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26 AUG 2014:  A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun is the New York City landmark's second security breach in a month. Police said they spotted the 24-year-old ascending a cable at around noon on Sunday. Authorities say the Moscow man reached the top of the tower, took pictures with his smartphone and was arrested as he descended. MORE

JUST A LITTLE EARLY

Flight diverts as woman goes into labour
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26 AUG 2014:  A Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Atlanta with 230 passengers and crew on board, was diverted to Shannon, Ireland when a woman went into labour less than an hour into the transatlantic flight.    MORE

BOOKING SPA TRAVEL

What Agents Need to Know
By CHRIS RYALL
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26 AUG 2014:  Who doesn’t need an escape now and then. Relax, rejuvenate and perhaps incorporate changes for a healthier lifestyle.   Spa and wellness holidays are gaining popularity all around the world yet many travel agents have yet to tap into this growing and revenue generating travel trend.    MORE
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