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TELLING THEM WHERE TO GO

Dumping Visit Florida would be senseless and self destructive
By JEN SAVEDRA
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17 FEB 2017: A week ago we asked, “What’s in their orange juice?” when, despite considerable opposition, the Florida House Careers and Competition subcommittee passed a bill to pull state funding for Visit Florida. We still don’t know what they’re drinking, and unless Florida orange juice has developed some hallucinatory qualities – it’s still a mystery. MORE

COAST GUARD WINS

Lawsuit ruling against cruise liner
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17 FEB 2017: In August 2010 the Clipper Adventurer crashed into an uncharted rock shelf in the Coronation Gulf near Kugluktuk, Nunavut.  The Canadian coast guard rescued 128-grounded passengers and 69 crewmembers. Through the federal government, the coast guard issued a lawsuit, seeking half a million dollars in damages from the cruise liner and a Federal Court judge has now ruled in their favour. MORE

AIRBNB TAKES A BITE OUT OF VEGAS HOTELS

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17 FEB 2017: More than 340,000 people passed on Nevada's hotel rooms last year and opted instead to book a place to stay using the home-sharing service Airbnb. The US $47 million in revenue that hosts took in is a loss for the state's hospitality industry that one expert says will only increase if not addressed. MORE

PARTNER OF THE YEAR

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17 FEB 2017: Sunwing has been named Canadian Partner of the Year by MSC Cruises for the third consecutive year. Awards are given to the cruise line’s top performing North American travel partners for the year based on overall business growth in revenue and guests, continuous partnership support, and innovative marketing efforts that drive increased consumer awareness. MORE

HANDS ACROSS THE NATIONS

14 years of philanthropy
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17 FEB 2017: Saturday, April 8 will be a big date in Donnalea Madeley’s calendar this year.  The TAND agent, who was named godmother of the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas in recognition of her philanthropic work, will be hosting the annual fundraiser for her charity Hands Across the Nations.  The event, now in its fourteenth year, is the main fundraiser for the charity with helps communities in Mali in West Africa and Bolivia in South America.  MORE

A SEA OF OPTIONS

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17 FEB 2017: Transat is offering a selection of Mediterranean and river cruises, including over 40 itineraries and featuring exclusive cruise packages from Marseille on the MSC Meraviglia. MORE

CYCLING EVENT SUCCESS

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17 FEB 2017: Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is a cycling event that launched in 2015 in Saulnierville Nova Scotia. Yet since then, it has become the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, and the Municipality of Clare, where the event is hosted is now a finalist for an award from the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. MORE

PRIVATE PARADISE

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17 FEB 2017: Nothing says luxury quite like an exclusive experience, and with their pristine beaches, aquamarine waters and a variety of adventures both in the water and on the shore, a visit to a cruise line’s private island certainly qualifies.  In fact, cruise experts CruiseCompete say private islands rank “Number One” on cruisers’ to-do lists. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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17 FEB 2017: The Sun Princess returned to Brisbane on Wednesday after sailing around New Zealand for 14 days with more than 140 passengers infected with noro-virus symptoms. The ship had undergone intensive cleaning prior to the voyage when it earlier returned from Papua New Guinea with 90 passengers suffering from the same infection. The Sun Princess sailed yesterday for a ten night cruise to the South Pacific after yet another intensive round of cleaning and disinfecting. MORE

FIVE TIPS FOR PICKING THE CRUISE CABIN RIGHT FOR YOU

By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 FEB 2017: There were once such simple rules for choosing a cabin on a ship: port out– starboard home, the higher the deck, the better the class of service. And the more you spent, the bigger the cabin.There’s still some truth to the old sayings about sailing the seven seas, but with ships towering to more than a dozen decks rather than four or five and with balconies covering the flanks and even the fronts and rears of ships, there are a lot more options than ever. MORE
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YOU CANT BUY THIS KIND OF GOODWILL

Then again, maybe you can
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16 FEB 2017: Air Canada is apologizing to passengers who found themselves rerouted late at night to Fredericton with nothing to eat - that is, until a WestJet pilot stepped in to buy them pizza. MORE

BEST STUDENT CITIES

Montreal tops Paris.
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16 FEB 2017:  Montreal has ended Paris's five-year run as the world's best student city, reports the fifth edition of QS Best Student Cities Ranking, enumerates the world's top 100 urban student destinations. UK cities remain resilient in the face of Brexit and US cities lose ground. MORE

CLOSE BUT NOT OVER YET

Lufthansa in deal to end lengthy, bitter dispute with pilots.
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16 FEB 2017:  German airline Lufthansa has struck a deal to solve a bitter labour dispute with pilots that over five years has cost it an estimated half a billion dollars and more than a dozen strikes. MORE

YAHOO WARNS OF HACKING

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16 FEB 2017:  That Yahoo data breach just keeps getting worse and worse the more we hear about it. Now, the online portal is warning users there may have been malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016. MORE

COFFEE. TEA. COKE.

Suspected cocaine found on bottom of airplane food trolleys
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16 FEB 2017:  The Canada Border Services Agency says it has seized seven kilograms of suspected cocaine from the bottom of food trolleys on an airplane. The agency says it made the discovery earlier this month while carrying out a routine inspection of an aircraft landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. MORE

OH DEER

American Eagle jet hits deer on takeoff
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16 FEB 2017:  Authorities say an American Eagle flight struck a deer while taking off from the Charlotte, North Carolina, international airport, forcing it to turn around and abort a flight to Gulfport, Mississippi. MORE

OVERWATER BUNGALOWS COME TO SAINT LUCIA

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Opening May 2017
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16 FEB 2017: After the huge success of debuting the Caribbean’s first-ever Over-the-Water Villas in Jamaica, Sandals Resorts has announced nine new Over the Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, which are now available to book for travel beginning in May 2017. MORE

ISRAEL FUMBLES GOODWILL VISIT OF NFL PLAYERS

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16 FEB 2017: It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel. But in an embarrassing fumble by the Israeli government, only five of 11 NFL players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian activists opposed to the visit. MORE

NOT IN IMMEDIATE DANGER

But more than 55,000 US bridges structurally deficient
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16 FEB 2017: It's not panic time, but if you drive around the US as frequently as I do this is not really the news you want to hear. A new report says the Brooklyn Bridge and Washington's Arlington Memorial Bridge are among thousands of spans considered structurally deficient. MORE

AUTONOMOUS CARS

Versus autonomous drivers
By DAVID TAIT
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16 FEB 2017: In the interests of full disclosure on this topic, right up front I will admit to being a total Luddite on autonomous cars: I just don’t get it. Maybe the choice of branding has something to do with it. Branding is important. This industry got it right once before when it decided to forego ‘horseless carriage’ in favor of  ‘automobile’. Now however there has to be something better than the somewhat frightening descriptor of ‘autonomous’. Just consider the dictionary definition: MORE
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