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ANOTHER HUGE TREMENDOUS PLAN

Trump weighs dramatic tightening of embargo on Cuba
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18 JAN 2018: As the Trump administration becomes ever more embroiled in troubles and scandals, it has let it be known that it is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the US trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades - a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island. MORE

UP UP AND STAY

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18 JAN 2018: An accumulation of heavy, wet snow caused a rear-engine jet parked at a Lake Tahoe-area airport to do a tail stand before mechanics returned it to its parked position. No one was injured and the Cessna Citation X aircraft was not damaged by the heavy snow that locals dub “Sierra cement.” MORE

NOT HIS KENTUCKY HOME

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18 JAN 2018: No, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family are not promoting Mammoth Cave Canoe and Kayak in central Kentucky. A roadside billboard features a smiling Justin and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau — joined by children, Xavier and Ella-Grace — wearing life jackets and waving from a red canoe.   MORE

TEENAGER KILLED IN FALL FROM CRUISE SHIP

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18 JAN 2019: A 16-year-old boy died after falling from an eighth floor balcony on board Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. The teenager slipped and fell onto a pier as was trying to get into his room from an adjacent balcony because he did not have his room card. MORE

THE YEAR OF THE PIG

Hong Kong Welcomes A city of charming cultural traditions and exciting festivals
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18 JAN 2019: The Chinese New Year is the highlight of the Hong Kong Cultural calendar. It’s a time of lavish fireworks, a world-famous night street parade, elaborate banquets and glittering illuminations. Symbolizing prosperity and unity, while invoking good fortune for the year ahead, this festival is cherished and celebrated across the city. MORE

JAWS

Divers swim with giant great white shark
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18 JAN 2018: Divers monitoring tiger sharks feeding on a decomposing sperm whale off the coast of Oahu were surprised by a great white shark, a rare sighting in Hawaii waters. He The smaller sharks left when the possibly pregnant great white came to dine on the dead whale Tuesday, said diver Ocean Ramsey. MORE

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Festival Capital of Florida has plans for 2019
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18 JAN 2019: Home to over 60 art, music and one-of-a-kind pop culture festivals, Daytona Beach is the Festival Capital of Florida. With reliably sunny weather and a flair for everything from culture and cuisine to motorsports and music, the year ahead is a festive one – so check these out. MORE

WATERLOO

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18 JAN 2019: Several readers (and listeners) have told me that some of our Friday music videos stick with them all day(s) - an earworm - a catchy bits of music that continually repeats through their mind long after it is no longer playing. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

WHAT NOW

Europe waits and watches
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17 JAN 2019: Well, that solved nothing. British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office - but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal. MORE

STILL SHUTDWN

Economy, travel and especially workers hit
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17 JAN 2019: Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS. MORE

CAPACITY ISSUES

Lufthansa chief urges rethink on closure of Berlin airport
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17 JAN 2019: The head of German airline Lufthansa has suggested that plans to close Berlin's aging Tegel airport should be reconsidered. Carsten Spohr cited growing passenger numbers in the airport and doubts about whether a long-overdue airport slated to be opened in 2020 has sufficient capacity. MORE

LOUISIANA CELEBRATES

Feed Your Soul Campaign is a winner
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17 JUN 2018: Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has announced that The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will honor the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) with a Gold Adrian Award for advertising excellence surrounding the Louisiana: Feed Your Soul advertising campaign during the 62nd Annual Adrian Awards Gala in New York next Tuesday. MORE

ROWING INTO HISTORY

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17 JAN 2019: Antigua and Barbuda, with its strong heritage of yacht racing is always keen for a good nautical adventure. And now the destination is more than ready to roll out the red carpet to welcome adventurous Atlantic rowers, “Team Antigua Island Girls”, when they row into the historic Nelson’s Dockyard and into the record books as the first all-black female team in the world to row across the Atlantic Ocean, completing the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge this Jan/Feb. MORE

RIU IS COMING TO CANADA

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17 JAN 2019: RIU Hotels and Resorts has announced the construction of a hotel in its Riu Plaza urban line, in Toronto, the largest city and the cultural, business and financial centre of Canada. The Spanish company intends to invest around $100 million dollars in the project, that will establish the first RIU hotel in the country and will add continuity to the hotel company’s plan to expand into the world’s great cities. MORE

SOMETHING IN THE AIR

Bad behaviour while aloft
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17 JAN 2019: American Airlines is facing a lawsuit from a man who claims a flight attendant punched him in the face and on the back of his head in (somewhat incredibly) a squabble over ice in his coke. He is seeking $161,000 in damages.  MORE

EXODUS APPOINTS WENDY MILLS

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17 JAN 2019: Exodus Travels has announced the appointment of Wendy Mills to the position of Business Development Manager, Eastern USA & Canada, effective immediately. In her new role, Mills intends to cultivate strong relationships with agency partners using personalized service and product training, and will continue to evolve Exodus’ communications channels throughout North America’s tourism industry.   MORE

BELIZE IS HOT HOT HOT

By MARGARET SWAINE
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17 JAN 2019: Belize’s popularity as a must-visit destination in Central America set unprecedented records in 2018. In the busiest month overnight visitors were up almost 25 percent over the year before. Cruise passenger arrivals to Belize has exceeded one million visitors annually in the past few years. What’s driving this Central American nation to trend so hot? MORE
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