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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
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

BETTER TOGETHER

Scotland votes for a United Kingdom
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19 SEP 2014: Almost 60 percent of tourism professionals in Scotland who took part in a secret ballot at the Scottish Tourism Alliance’s annual summit earlier this month reportedly said they would be voting 'no' to independence. Yesterday a majority of Scottish voters followed suit, rejecting independence from the UK in a referendum that had threatened to break up the 307-year union. MORE

PILING ON

Air Canada adds checked bag fees
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19 SEP 2014:  Well that didn’t take long.  Air Canada has joined rival WestJet Airlines in charging a $25 fee for first checked bags on domestic flights. The fee applies to passengers booking the lowest economy class Tango fares, as of Thursday for flights as of November  2. MORE

ALL INCLUSIVE ADULTS ONLY IN ARUBA

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19 SEP 2014:  Couples in search of barefoot luxury in the Caribbean have a new option to consider this fall with the opening of the Riu Palace Antillas on Aruba. The resort is the island’s only all-inclusive property that is also reserved for adults. Exclusively available through Signature Vacations, Riu Palace Antillas opens October 11. MORE

STRIKE AT AIR FRANCE

Flights cut as pilots protest budget carrier
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19 SEP 2014: A strike by Air France pilots that has caused widespread cancellations, comes as increased competition from low-cost rivals is forcing European carriers to speed up restructuring their business models. MORE

CHANGE AT THE TOP

JetBlue to get a new CEO
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19 SEP 2014: JetBlue Airways Corp. CEO Dave Barger will step down in February and be replaced by the company's president after months of speculation about leadership at the airline, which is profitable but has lagged its rivals. MORE

COVER UP

Bikinis not for the beautiful
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19 SEP 2014: Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis. The comments came just after the bodies of two British tourists were found bludgeoned to death on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao on Monday, dealing another blow to a tourist industry which has been struggling to recover since the army seized power in May. MORE

DON'T PANIC

Robots are not ready to take over cruise ships - yet
By WALLACE IMMEN
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19 SEP 2014: Who would you rather have as your bartender on a voyage to Mars aboard the Starship Enterprise: Guinan (as played by Whoopi Goldberg) or Data? There’s no contest in my mind that you'd choose the wise-cracking mixologist who knows you want an extra olive and a twist of sympathy ahead of a servo-activated beverage manipulator who’s convinced there’s only one correct way to mix a martini and insists “Your cocktail order is not logical.” MORE
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