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HAVOC FROM STORM DORIS

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24 FEB 2017: Since 2015, the UK has been giving names to severe storms and at the moment England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are dealing with Storm Doris, which is being described as a “weather bomb.” MORE

COMPLAINT DISMISSED

Lukas not directly affected
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24 FEB 2017: Airline passenger-advocate Gabor Lukas filed a complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency in 2014 saying that Delta Airlines discriminated against obese people. The agency dismissed his complaint because he was not directly affected and had no personal experience as an obese person suffering from an incident with the airline. MORE

NOT YOUR TYPICAL COMMUTE FERRY

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24 FEB 2017: V2V is a daily luxury service linking downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria. British Columbia’s newest marine transportation choice is offering a cruise service for the three and a half hour journey from city to city by way of the Straight of Georgia. MORE

SUNWING RENEWS CADET PROGRAMME WITH UW

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24 FEB 2017: Sunwing Airlines says it will be renewing its cadet programme with the University of Waterloo. Established last year, the degree programme resulted in the successful hire of four graduates as First Officers by Sunwing Airlines in July 2016. MORE

SAILING AHEAD

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24 FEB 2017: Avalon Waterways has released its 2018 preview, featuring its most popular European and Southeast Asia river cruises with a number of insights into the selling features of the cruise line and a look at the themed cruises planned. MORE

SCHOOLING CRUISERS

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24 FEB 2017: Norwegian Cruise Line announced a partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) and Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute to host an ocean conservation-themed cruise on Norwegian Escape this fall. MORE

TURBO CRUISING

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24 FEB 2017: Visiting the Arctic and Antarctica may one day become a turbo-charged adventure. A non-profit organization has submitted drawings for a concept vehicle designed to take large groups of people on itineraries with the most challenging terrains, and making stops at destinations meant for exploring. MORE

GOANNA GIRL

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24 FEB 2017: When 25 year old Samia Lila was at work as a waitress in New South Wales she noticed an intruder in the restaurant. She thought it was a dog, and soon realized it was a large lizard, but no matter; she wiped her hands on her apron and proceeded to escort it out. (See Video) MORE

A GOLD RUSH IS ON TO ALASKA

As cruise lines aim to set records
By WALLACE IMMEN
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24 FEB 2017: It’s destined to be the ultimate banner year for cruises to the glittering glaciers, the snow-capped peaks and the wildlife of Alaska, along with opportunities to pan for gold. As overseas flights get more expensive and travellers choose to see “America First,” industry group Cruise Line International Association is predicting a record-breaking 1.06 million cruise passengers to the “last frontier” in 2017. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

PITY THE POOR GATE AGENTS

United, American begin selling cheaper economy class fare
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22 FEB 2017:  American and United have started selling cheaper “basic economy” fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travellers. American announced early Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on 10 different routes from its hub airports in Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina. MORE

PAY UP

Non EU airlines ordered to compensate passengers for flight delays
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22 FEB 2017: EU regulations require airlines to compensate passengers if their flight to or from a European Union country arrives in their destination more than three hours late, regardless of where the airline is based.  Now, Five non-European airlines have been threatened with legal action if they don't compensate passengers for delayed flights to or from the EU. American Airlines, MORE

RECORD SETTING YEAR FOR UK INBOUND TOURISM

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22 FEB 2017:  New figures out today show more overseas visitors travelled to the UK last year than ever before. A record 37.3 million inbound visits to the UK, up 3 percent on 2015. The figures show strong growth in 2016 from North America, Canada and the US - with 4.3 million visits, up 7 percent on 2015. MORE

STAR FLAWS

Video shows Harrison Ford wrongly flying over airliner
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22 FEB 2017: Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. (See the video). MORE

NEW LOOK

Destination Canada Announces New Agencies in Marketing
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22 FEB 2017:  Destination Canada has two new agency partners who will inspire travellers to come and explore Canada. "We are observing dramatic changes in the digital landscape and in the way consumers behave in the travel purchase journey. The global tourism market is fiercely competitive and we need to be smarter than ever about how we engage with travellers while continuing to drive Canada's global share," said Jon Mamela, Destination Canada's chief marketing officer. MORE

HIGHWAYS CLOSED

Avalanche buries mountain highway between Reno and Lake Tahoe
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22 FEB 2017:  An avalanche has buried the crest of the main mountain highway between Reno and Lake Tahoe beneath about 20 feet of snow and the eastbound lanes of US Interstate 80 have been closed west of Reno. Officials said there were no immediate reports Tuesday of injuries as the latest in a series of winter storms pounded the Sierra Nevada range and much of northern Nevada. MORE

TAXIS VS UBER

Rome mayor supports taxi drivers striking against Uber
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22 FEB 2017:  A weeklong strike by taxi drivers that has crippled transport in Rome, Milan and Turin is heating up, with cabbies marching through the eternal city to protest legislation they say will favour Uber and other car-hire services. MORE

MILANO VICE

Palm trees near Milan cathedral spark debate
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22 FEB 2017: The appearance of a palm-filled oasis opposite Milan's gothic-era Duomo Cathedral has spawned a vibrant public debate.  Twitter is awash with palm-inspired memes playfully mocking the project, while right-wing politicians were slammed after suggesting that to accompany the desert scene, the cathedral's spires would next be covered with minarets. MORE

FROM RESTAURANTS TO REEFS

recycling discarded oyster shells
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22 FEB 2017:  If you slurp oysters from the half-shell in New Orleans, you may be doing more than satisfying a culinary craving: You could be helping to construct reefs that environmental groups hope will save a bit of Louisiana's coastline. MORE

REFUGEES WELCOME

Banner unfurled at Statue of Liberty
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22 FEB 2017:  The National Park Service is trying to figure out who unfurled a giant banner at the Statue of Liberty saying “Refugees Welcome.” Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says the 3-by-20-foot banner was hung from the public observation deck at the top of the statue's pedestal Tuesday afternoon. The banner was taken down more than an hour later. MORE

A VERY VALLARTA ADVENTURE

The Authentic Mexico Experience
By STEVE GILLICK
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22 FEB 2017: Chef Mikel Alonso is sporting a criss-cross yellow safety harness, as we all are.  A crane lifts the entire table: chef, assistant, servers and twenty-two diners, 45 meters into the air, above the golf course at Casa Velas Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The occasion is Gala Vallarta, the annual tourism get-together, and this evening’s event is Dinner in the Sky. MORE
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