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Air Canada bid for Transat looks good
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21 MAY 2019: Analysts say it's unlikely another bidder will emerge to trump Air Canada's $520-million proposed takeover of rival Transat AT Inc. Air Canada announced Thursday it had entered into a 30-day exclusive arrangement to try to negotiate the purchase of the parent company of airline Air Transat for $13 per share. MORE

QUICK AND EASY

ePassport makes entry to UK easy for Canadians
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21 MAY 2019: Citizens of the US and Canada are among seven countries who can now use ePassport gates, giving easier and faster entry into the UK. The expansion of the ePassport gate eligibility is set to significantly reduce lines and improve the flow of passengers as well as the overall experience at the UK border. We had an opportunity to use the newly installed ePassport gates at Gatwick on Friday and the difference is amazing.  MORE

THE NEW MAN AT BRAND USA

Discover America Canada introduces Colin Skerritt
By JEN SAVEDRA
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21 MAY 2019:  Discover America Canada’s recent meeting at the Old Mill in Toronto, was an opportunity to officially meet Brand USA’s brand new regional director for Canada, Colin Skerritt.  Jackie Ennis, senior director, global trade development, introduced Skerritt, noting that he is the first Brand USA employee hired outside of the US, surely an indication of how important a source market Canada is to the US. MORE

JOB CUTS

United Airlines contracting accounting jobs
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21 MAY 2019: United Airlines says it will cut about 100 accounting jobs in Houston in July and shift the work to a contractor. The airline reported the layoffs in a letter this week to the Texas Workforce Commission. It did not identify the contractor that will handle accounting of revenue from passengers. MORE

NOT TO SCALE

Man climbs Eiffel Tower causing evacuation
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21 MAY 2019: The Eiffel Tower was closed to visitors Monday after a man scaled nearly to the top of the Paris monument and refused to come down for several hours. A Paris police spokesperson said a team of firefighters including a climbing specialist were on the scene and in touch with the intruder, and eventually persuaded him to surrender. MORE

LAUREN LAMONDAY JOINS SUNWING

As BDM South Western Ontario
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21 MAY 2019: Sunwing Vacations has announced that Lauren Lamonday has been appointed Business Development Manager for South Western Ontario. Lamonday brings a wealth of travel knowledge to the role with more than 12 years of experience working in both sales and marketing within the travel industry. MORE

ROYAL CARIBBEAN LETS GUESTS CREATE A UNIQUE PERFECT DAY AT COCOCAY

By WALLACE IMMEN
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21 MAY 2019: Royal Caribbean has officially opened the first of what the cruise line envisions will be a collection of islands that let guests create their optimum beach experience. Perfect Day at CocoCay is the result of a $250-million transformation of the line’s private island in The Bahamas and will be a featured stop on 11 of the line’s ships. MORE

SUNNY D

By SABRINA SANTER
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21 MAY 2019: After what felt like 3 and a half years of nothing but cold, snow and ice storms, the May long weekend was a welcome reminder that summer really is on its way. The first sight of a sunny day brings out an eagerness in me to finally wear all of those nearly forgotten summer clothes and frolic in the sunny meadows with my bare arms and legs to soak up all the sun I’ve been missing. MORE

ROUND UP

May 13-17, 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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21 MAY 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

AIR CANADA TO BUY TRANSAT

A possible win for airlines, unions and Quebec
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17 MAY 2019: Air Canada's interest in buying rival Transat AT Inc. for about $520 million got positive feedback from industry watchers and stock traders after the companies announced Thursday that they're in exclusive talks to finalize a deal. The companies reported that Air Canada- the country's largest airline - would pay $13 per share for Transat, the Montreal-based owner of Air Transat and numerous vacation travel businesses. MORE

FINAL APPROACH

Boeing completes updates to 737 Max software
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17 MAY 2019: Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky. Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane's controls under different circumstances. MORE

NO PARKING

Canmore bans parking lot living
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17 MAY 2019: A scenic community in the Alberta Rockies is toughening its parking restrictions for people who have taken up semi-permanent residency in their vehicles. Town council in Canmore, west of Calgary, recently voted to introduce a no-parking zone from the evenings until the morning, to force those sleeping in their vehicles to vacate. MORE

LOVE OUT LOUD

Birmingham set to celebrate Pride
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17 MAY 2019: Birmingham Pride, Britain’s largest two-day LGBTQ+ festival, will take place May 25 and 26 with more than 70,000 people expected to attend. The massive attendance has prompted organizers to shift to a new site just outside the city’s Gay Village this year, providing more space for music, cabaret and a host of LGBTQ+ friendly events, including performances from an array of big-name artists, up-and-coming stars and local talent. MORE

TOURIST DIES AT ZION NATIONAL PARK

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17 MAY 2019: Officials say a German tourist hiking in Zion National Park has died after collapsing on a popular trail. Park spokesperson Eleanor Siebers told The Salt Lake Tribune that the 68-year-old man collapsed Tuesday afternoon on the West Rim Trail leading to Angels Landing. MORE

UNDER PRESSURE

Thomas Cook losses blamed on Brexit fears
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17 MAY 2019: Shares in travel agency Thomas Cook slumped 17 percent after it reported a 1.5 billion pound (CA$2.26 billion) half year pre-tax loss and warned Brexit uncertainty was prompting travellers to delay bookings. The cash-strapped firm has struggled amid competition online for bookings as well as a drop in demand for package vacations. MORE

NORWEGIAN BRINGS JOY TO ICY STRAIT POINT

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17 MAY 2019: Norwegian Joy made history Wednesday as the largest cruise ship to sail into Icy Strait Point, Alaska. A striking destination in the Native Tlingit village of Hoonah, Alaska, Icy Strait Point is an authentic, Alaska Native owned-and-operated experience that features over 20 excursions, including whale-watching tours, zip lining and ATV and Jeep expeditions. MORE

COME AWAY WITH ME

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17 MAY 2019: Nora Jones’ debut album ‘Come Away With Me’ resulted in eight Grammy awards, including best new artist, album, song and record of the year in 2002. Since then she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. The album was considered a fusion of jazz, country music and pop, and Rolling Stone ranked it at number 54 on its list of the 100 Best Albums of the decade. VIDEO MORE
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