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Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket
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21 Sep 2018: American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on unreasonable airline fees. MORE

ONE YEAR LATER

Dominica gets back on track
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21 SEP 208: One year after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, the island nation is rebounding. Dominica’s airports – Douglas-Charles and Canefield – are fully open for commercial operations with same-day connectivity with international carriers to and from Douglas-Charles. Several cruise lines are planning calls to Dominica in 2018 and 2019 and the ferry service operated by L’Express des Iles is also available. MORE

CANNABITION

Looking but no smoking
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21 SEP 2018: A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets. Las Vegas' newest attraction - and Instagram backdrop - is a museum celebrating all things cannabis. It's a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit has lights meant to ensure people take selfies worthy of the no-filter hashtag. MORE

WHERE ON EARTH

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21 SEP 2018:  In researching YouTube for videos on travel for this edition we were astounded to find a number of them pertaining to the relative ignorance of people today when it comes to geography.  This is not limited to any one country, but we have selected three videos to illustrate the generally dismal state of world knowledge.   MORE

NO FRILLS

Mexican President okay with delays
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21 SEP 2018: Mexico's austerity-minded president-elect has vowed to sell the presidential jet and fly commercial. And he even appears prepared to suffer the plight of average travellers: being trapped on delayed flights. MORE

WHERE ON EARTH II

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21 SEP 2018: So here in the second, ‘We pretty well don’t have a clue’, video. National Geographic Bee host Soledad O'Brien takes to the streets to see how worldly New Yorkers are - compared with Nat Geo Bee participants - who are in fourth through eighth grade. Think you could handle the challenge? MORE

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ELYSEE PALACE

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21 SEP 2018: Behind-the-scenes quirks of the Elysee Palace,  got a rare airing last weekend, when the home of French presidents since 1848 opened its heavy and usually tightly closed doors to a small, but lucky group of ordinary citizens. They got to see the French presidential wine cellar which holds 14,000 bottles regarded as so precious, few people are allowed to enter the room.  MORE

WHERE ON EARTH III

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21 SEP 2018: It’s not just on this side of the pond that we are so tragically geographically-lite. These Brits were given the task of trying to name all 44 countries in Europe and failed miserably. Let’s be fair though, naming all the countries in Europe is definitely harder than picking out a single country on a world map, but come on guys – Italy is just hanging out there for you to see! MORE

OPEN WATER DIVING

Royal Caribbean offers something new
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21 SEP 2018: Royal Caribbean has partnered with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) to offer a full Open Water Diving course for guests onboard. They are the only cruise line in the world to do so and once the course is completed guests are certified to discover incredible new world of underwater beauty on their own. MORE

MUSIC OF THE CITY

Streets of Philadelphia
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21 SEP 2018: The Sting video, 'An Englishman in New York', that we ran a few weeks ago, was so popular that we thought it might be an idea to regularly feature music videos about places. And why don't you help us choose - we welcome your suggestions for future ideas. This week we’ve chosen Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia (because I like it), but feel free to suggest any place/country/ locale that might have a song you enjoy connected to it. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

FOOD FIGHT

YVR accused of manipulating competition
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20 SEP 2018: The federal Competition Tribunal has set a date for hearings between the Vancouver Airport Authority and Canada's competition watchdog, which has accused the airport operator of stifling competition among in-flight catering companies. MORE

TICO SUSPENDS TORONTO TRAVEL AGENCY

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20 SEP 2018: TICO has temporarily suspended the registration of Millennium Leisure Travels Inc. located at 2035 Kennedy Road, Toronto effective September 18, 2018. Consumers are advised not to purchase travel services from Millennium Leisure Travels Inc. while their registration with TICO is suspended.  MORE

CANADIAN AIRPORTS IMPROVING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

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20 SEP 2018: Passenger satisfaction has improved at Canada's three largest airports in the past two years. They rank among the 'increased satisfaction' with the 64 largest airports in North America in the categories of check-in, food, beverage and retail, accessibility, terminal facilities and baggage claims. MORE

IN THE BAG

Third US airline to increase luggage fees
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20 SEP 2018: Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States. On Wednesday, the airline posted new fees of US$30 for checking a first bag and US$40 for a second bag, increasing the previous fees by US$5 each. MORE

TRANSAT DONATES TO LE DEVOIR

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20 SEP 2018: Montreal Le Devoir's international news coverage is about to get a boost in the form of a $100,000 annual donation over five years from tour operator Transat, which will cover travel and logistical costs for journalists to produce foreign correspondence. MORE

CHICAGO THEATRE TAKES THE STAGE

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20 SEP 2018: Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and partners announced plans to designate 2019 as the ‘Year of Chicago Theatre.’ This citywide, yearlong focus on theatre will include theatre performances – including improvisation, dance, opera, puppetry and more – and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighbourhood locations throughout the city. MORE

X CAN MARK THE SPOT

Judge rules in favour of gender unspecified
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20 SEP 2018: A judge has ruled that US officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender. US District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said in a ruling released Wednesday that the US State Department was arbitrary in rejecting the application and violated federal law. MORE

WHERE IS SPELL CHECK WHEN YOU NEED IT

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20 SEP 2018: Typos happen. The little ones can be corrected before most people notice, but the big ones are sometimes more awkward.  Cathay Pacific found a big one, not on their website or advertising material; it was on the livery of an aircraft. In good humour, they confessed to the misspelling of their company name on one of their aircraft and posted it on social media, in a refreshing self-deprecating tweet. MORE

INHOSPITABLE BRANDING

By DAVID TAIT
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20 SEP 2018: Remember those simpler times when you could say, “I’m staying at the Marriott” and people would know that you were, well, staying at the Marriott? If you were staying at the Hilton you were staying at the Hilton. But that was then… MORE
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