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TWO STRIKES

Canadian cabbies want Uber out
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11 FEB 2016: Montreal taxi and limousine drivers targeted the city's airport Wednesday as part of their protest against Uber. Meanwhile, a newly formed group of Toronto taxi drivers says it will go on strike during Friday's afternoon rush hour. MORE

HANKY PANKY ON HOLIDAY

Do Canadians get it on when they get away
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11 FEB 2016: February is here and that means that love is in the air. As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, many Canadians have romance on their minds. So, do you ever wonder just what kind of impact vacationing has on Canadians in terms of love, lust and romance? MORE

SMILE

UAE appoints Minister of Happiness
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11 FEB 2016: Forget the negative headlines from the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates thinks it's time to focus on something brighter instead. Prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce a new Cabinet that includes the country's first-ever “minister of state for happiness.” MORE

JAMAICAN PATTY DAY RETURNS TO TORONTO

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11 FEB 2016: Over 30 years have passed since the infamous "Patty Wars" were waged in Toronto. Now Jamaican Patty Day is a peaceful and tasty affair. This year, the Jamaica Tourist Board will be paying homage to this humble treat with a "Patty Party" at the Drake Hotel's 86'd event on February 22. MORE

REGULATIONS OFF KEY

Check the Cello
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11 FEB 2016: Nathan Chan is a 22 year old musician. He booked two seats from Vancouver to Toronto - one for himself and one for his cello. The booking was made with American Airlines, (which allows passengers to purchase an extra seat to bring an instrument into the cabin) but the flight was operated by WestJet which does not. MORE

SECURITY FEARS POSTPONE EGYPT CONFERECE

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11 FEB 2016: Organizers of the World Economic Forum, which holds an annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, have postponed a similar conference planned to take place in Egypt this spring over security concerns. MORE

OSCAR NOMINEES URGED TO REJECT FREE TRIP

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11 FEB 2016: Palestinians are urging Oscar nominees to decline a free trip to the Israel sponsored by the Israeli government. Tourism Ministry spokeswoman Lydia Weitzman says 26 stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon Israel are being offered gratis ten-day luxury vacations. MORE

OH POOP

One of the more unusual biosecurity finds
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11 FEB 2016: Following a lengthy 11 hour flight from Malaysia to Auckland, New Zealand, a man headed for the 'something to declare' desk, and declared that he had “commercially packaged dung” in his luggage. MORE

JUST THE TICKET

Ancillary revenue takes to the road
By DAVID TAIT
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So here I am, with my 12-year-old son, happily breezing along New York’s bucolic, traffic-free Taconic State Parkway en route to an annual weekend hockey tournament in idyllic Lake Placid, New York. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

US SENATOR CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION

Should Anthem of the Seas have sailed
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10 FEB 2016: Florida Senator Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage of the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. MORE

GUESTLOGIX GETS COURT PROTECTION FROM CREDITORS

Stock Trading Halted
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10 FEB 2016: GuestLogix Inc. has obtained court protection from creditors, allowing the payment technology company to continuing operating while it works to resolve its financial problems. GuestLogix's core business is providing airlines and passenger rail services with technology for processing onboard customer purchases. MORE

TRAVELBRANDS EXITS CCAA PROTECTION

Creditors to be paid before December
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10 FEB 2016: TravelBrands Inc. announced yesterday that it has exited the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) proceedings. “We are thrilled to emerge from CCAA as a stronger, more competitive company, poised for success,” said Joe DeMarinis, president of TravelBrands. MORE

ALL STAR TORONTO

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10 FEB 2016: Seven months after the Pan Am Games and five months after the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto hotels are looking forward to another boon. The city can expect thousands of tourists to arrive for the first NBA All-Star Game to take place outside of the United States. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment estimates revenue from the games will reach up to $100 million. MORE

SIKH MAN SATISFIED WITH AIRLINE APOLOGY

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10 FEB 2016: An Indian-American actor and designer who wasn't allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline. MORE

SACRED PIPE COMPLAINT

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10 FEB 2016: A Manitoba aboriginal leader is filing a complaint over the handling of sacred items in his pipe bundle by security staff at Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says he told a screening officer on Monday what was in the bundle before it went through the X-ray machine. MORE

ANCILLARY DEAL FOR AA AND SABRE

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10 FEB 2016: American Airlines and Sabre Corporation have announced the availability of American’s Preferred and Main Cabin Extra Seats through Sabre’s travel marketplace using NDC-based technology standards. This launch represents both companies’ first implementation of NDC technology standards for ancillaries sold through a global distribution system (GDS). MORE

FLYING SOLO

Passenger goes it alone
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10 FEB 2016: A Chinese woman going from Wuhan to Guangzhou was flying solo last week. She was not only travelling without a companion, she was travelling without any other passengers on the Southern China Airlines plane that normally transports 137 passengers. MORE

DREAM ON

A different Dreams vacation
By SAM ION
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10 FEB 2016: Dreams Las Mareas is beautiful, just gorgeous. The landscape is a feast for the eyes, and the property is alive with animals waiting for a photo op. Tucked into the Northwest corner of the Guanacaste province area in Costa Rica just 15 minutes from Nicaragua border, this one-year-old 422-suite property is unique amongst the Dream properties. We loved it. MORE
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