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ANTIGUA ON ITS OWN TERMS

Quality, standards and heritage
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02 SEP 2014:  Asot Michael, the brand new minister of Tourism, Economic Development Investment and Energy for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda was in Toronto recently where he met with Canadian travel media.  While the minister might be new to his current post, he is no novice to government, having served in a number of senior posts in previous administrations.  MORE

WEATHER WATCH

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02 SEP 2014: Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed off the Gulf coast of Mexico with tropical storm warnings issued from Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz north to La Pesca. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says maximum sustained winds are at 30 mph Monday afternoon. MORE

THAT WAS FAST

AA back on Orbitz
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02 SEP 2014:  Orbitz Worldwide announced late last week that it had reached an agreement with American Airlines to continue to offer American Airlines and US Airways flights on all of its sites. The agreement was effective immediately and flights and all tickets previously purchased on Orbitz Worldwide sites remain valid. MORE

SAD STORY

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6000 staff
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02 SEP 2014: No airline has had worse luck in such a short period of time - perhaps in the history of aviation.  The company cannot be blamed, but unfortunately, employees will pay the price.  Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000. MORE

TRIBUTE IN LIGHT

September 11 memorial plaza will be open on the anniversary
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02 SEP 2014:  The September 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date. The plaza will be closed to the public during the remembrance ceremony and much of the rest of the day, but it will open from 6 p.m. to midnight for those who want to pay respects and view the twin beams called the Tribute in Light from an especially “meaningful vantage point.” MORE

TOURISM DEVASTATED

Egypt desperately needs to attract travellers
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02 SEP 2014:  Social unrest, riots and political turmoil are pretty well guaranteed to kill tourism and consequently tourism revenue.  Egypt is the perfect example.  Three years of upheaval following the revolution have had a direct impact on tourism. The Egyptian government estimates that tourism revenues have fallen by 95 percent from about $450 million in 2010 to just $19 million for 2014. MORE

CABIN DEPRESSURIZES

Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing
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02 SEP 2014: An Allegiant Airlines flight from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin depressurized on Sunday night.  Passengers aboard the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 remained calm and donned the oxygen masks that deployed when the cabin lost pressure. MORE

JUST JAM THEM IN

Passenger aggression on the rise
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02 SEP 2014:   While there is no excuse for violent behaviour, many airlines, who once were concerned for the comfort of their passengers, now in an ever increasing quest for lighter, smaller seats, their eagerness to jam row upon crowded row into their airplanes virtually eliminating leg room and making seating comfortable for none but undersized, malnourished 10 year olds, must realize that they are in large part to blame for at least some of the rising incidents of onboard aggression. MORE

SPIRITED TRAVELLERS

Distillery Districts
By MARGARET SWAINE
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02 SEP 2014: Whisky distillation came to our soils before we were called Canada, so if truth be told, the nip came before the nation. We were so good at making spirits, by 1900 our own Gooderham and Worts was the largest distillery in the world. Now it’s a major tourist attraction. MORE

PLANE IN THE GLASS

Expecting transparency
By PAM STELLINI
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02 SEP 2014: ANA asked passengers to relieve themselves before boarding their flights.  Ryanair proposed a plan to remove all but one of the lavatories on their aircraft. Samoa Air started charging passengers by the pound.  Airlines around the world are looking to save on fuel costs. It makes one wonder when passenger safety will be compromised to protect the bottom line. Oh, that’ll be 2018. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

TURNAROUND TWO CHARGED

Mum shocked
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29 AUG 2014:  The two women who created enough of an on-board ruckus to cause a Cuba bound flight to turn around and head back to Toronto, have been identified as Lilia Ratmanski, 25, of Whitby and Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan.  They appeared in a Brampton, Ontario, court Thursday and were each granted $2,500 bail. MORE

WEEKEND WEATHER

All clear after Labour Day
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29 AUG 2014: It’s been a wild week weather-wise as hurricanes lashed both North American coasts. In the east Cristobal headed northwards bringing dangerous rip currents and rough surf from Virginia to Nova Scotia and Newfoundand, and Hurricane Marie continues to move outward from its center toward the coasts of Mexico and California with waves as high as 20 feet crashing onto Southern California shores. MORE

THE KENYA BUCKET LIST

Why I love Kenya
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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29 AUG 2014: Bucket lists, those once in a lifetime moments you always wanted to do in your life. The sad reality: hit the back of the line with everyone else. Others have similar bucket list ideas so chances are you only get a nanosecond to experience that dream - alone. Not so in Kenya. MORE

SHORT STRIKE

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29 AUG 2014: Germanwings pilots have ended their six-hour strike which grounded 116 flights and up to 15,000 passengers of the Lufthansa subsidiary early Friday. While the short strike ended on schedule, a spokesman for the pilots' union raised the possibility of the action continuing into the weekend. MORE

ROLLOVER

Bus crash in BC injures dozens
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29 AUG 2014: Dozens of tourists were injured, at least five of them critically, when a bus carrying them through a picturesque British Columbia mountain pass about a three-hour drive northeast of Vancouver, rolled over Thursday. MORE

BUSTED AT THE BOUNDARY

Keep your critters to yourselves
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29 AUG 2014: Boaters are being reminded to clean, drain and dry their boats to prevent possible contamination of Alberta's lakes with zebra mussels. The province says inspectors intercepted two contaminated boats this summer - one from Ontario and one from New York - that were carrying the invasive species. MORE

BEATING THE BOUNCE

Volatile airfares
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29 AUG 2014:  No sooner do you spot a good fare than the price changes. Airfares fares go up and down more frequently than a yoyo.  But the bounces can be beaten with fare-searching technology that hunts for lower fares and hotel room rates after trips are booked. MORE

SMALL ERUPTION

No ash
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29 AUG 2014:  Icelandic authorities raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system. MORE

THE SMELL TEST

Even Dior couldn't help
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29 AUG 2014:  A passenger claims he was kicked off an American Airlines flight because he smelled bad — and was admonished to 'take a shower' by the crew. However the man said he “covered” himself with Dior perfume at the Duty Free store before the flight. MORE
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