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JUST FINE

American, Frontier and Delta pay up over violation claims
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24 JUL 2017: Three US airlines have agreed to each pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to resolve government claims that they violated rules aimed at protecting consumers. The Transportation Department detailed the violations and the fines levied against American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines in documents released late Friday.   MORE

SLEEPING OUT

Strong aftershocks test nerves on Greek island after quake
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24 JUL 2017: Crews of experts began examining the damage to cultural monuments and infrastructure on the eastern Greek island of Kos on Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others in the Aegean Sea region that stretches to Turkey's sprawling coast.   MORE

LOUISIANA VISITS QUEBEC

Nous sommes tous fran├žais
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24 JUL 2017: Last week, the Louisiana Office of Tourism hosted events for local travel industry partners and media in Quebec City and Montreal. Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser led a blue ribbon delegation to mark the occasion of the 2nd major gathering of the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network. MORE

BE PREPARED

Hawaii readies for North Korea missile threat
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24 JUL 2017: Here’s what happens when ego driven, testosterone fuelled, intellectually adolescent men with bad haircuts, get to play ‘mine is bigger than yours’ putting their countries (and the rest of the planet) at risk for no reason whatsoever. While the US State Department has confirmed a travel ban to North Korea for American citizens beginning at the end of August, Hawaii has become the first US state to prepare the public for the possibility of (an admittedly unlikely) ballistic missile strike from North Korea.   MORE

UK WILL TIGHTEN RULES ON DRONES

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24 JUL 2017: After pilots reported numerous near-misses in the last year alone, British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. Earlier this month London's Gatwick Airport briefly closed its runway over safety concerns when a drone was spotted in the area and several planes had to be diverted. MORE

WHEN TECHNOLOGY SUCKS

Virtual line technology at Volcano Bay causing long waits
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24 JUL 2017: Customers are keeping Universal Orlando's new Volcano Bay waterpark filled to capacity most days, but not all visitors are pleased with the experience. Much of the frustration stems from the new virtual lines technology that is keeping patrons waiting for hours to ride a single ride. With the use of the TapuTapu bracelets, visitors can reserve their place in line virtually and then do other things around the park.   MORE

GO PLAY OUTSIDE

New York makes it free for new campers
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24 JUL 2017: Folks who'd like to try camping at New York parks are getting the chance to do so this summer for free, courtesy of the state. New York launched a first-time camper programmes this summer, offering all the gear necessary for a weekend adventure. That includes a brand-new six-person tent, sleeping bags, camp chairs, lanterns and towels that participants are free to keep. MORE

ON THEIR WAY

Britain gets record number of flights
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24 JUL 2017: Britain is poised to handle a record number of flights in its increasingly crowded skies as most schools break up for the summer and families head off for sunnier climes. The NATS air traffic control agency said it expects to handle some 8,800 flights Friday. MORE

DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. DIFFERENT LAWS

Two Canadians from Cavalia jailed in China
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24 JUL 2017: Radio-Canada is reporting that two employees of the equestrian touring show Cavalia have been arrested in China for alleged marijuana use. Two Quebecers were apparently arrested at their Beijing hotel on July 14.   MORE

JUST FOR SPORT

Son of Cecil the lion killed
By JEN SAVEDRA
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24 JUL 2017: First there was Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion whose killing by an American dentist playing hunter in 2015, ignited international outrage. Now Cecil's son Xanda has been "legally" killed in the same area, bringing fresh scrutiny on the “trophy” hunting of a species whose numbers in the African wild have plummeted. Why do they do it? How can they actually go out stalking a creature as beautiful, as regal – as alive - as a lion and cold bloodedly shoot it for no valid reason whatsoever?   MORE

IN THE SPIRIT OF BONACA

A soul soothing journey through Croatia
By STEVE GILLICK
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24 JUN 2017: Ivan Kapetanic, the owner of Konobo Bonaca, is one of the more gracious restaurant owners that you will meet. After an unbelievably fresh seafood dinner he offered us Grappa as we plied him with questions about this family owned establishment (“Mom is the Chef”) situated in Sustjepan, a quiet village, just outside the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik. Ivan explained that “Konobo” refers to a place where food is prepared, with the emphasis on “local”. MORE
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BUSINESS AS USUAL

So far enhanced screening causes no delays in Canada
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21 JUL 2017: The US Department of Homeland Security announced new measures on air travel to the US from over a hundred countries, including Canada, which took effect on Wednesday. Air Canada and WestJet wasted no time in releasing travel advisories on their websites, with the main message being to arrive to the airport early and expect delays. MORE

JUMP START

Icebergs and a musical boost NL tourism season
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21 JUL 2017: Newfoundland and Labradour were the benefactors of an early tourist season this year and are enjoying a substantial increase in visitors compared to last year’s numbers. Credit is being given to the success of the Broadway musical “Come From Away” and the icebergs visible off Newfoundland, both in the early spring. MORE

HILTON FOLLOWS MARRIOTT

48-Hour Cancellation Policies Become An Industry Issue
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21 JUL 2017: Before Hilton followed Marriott down the path to a 48-hour cancellation policy, more than half of corporate travel managers said they believed the new policy would push their travelers to take their business elsewhere. But the point appears to be somewhat moot now, as Hilton followed suit and proposed extending its policy as well. MORE

JOON SOON

New airline to target millennials
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21 JUL 2017: Previously code-named ‘Boost’, a new European airline from Air France-KLM Group will soon be launched as ‘Joon’. The new low cost carrier which intends to target millennials, begins flights this fall. Joon will be competing against the increasing number of discount airlines that have entered the market in Europe. MORE

NOT OFF OUR COAST

NC governor to protect tourism
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21 JUL 2017: Under pressure from President Donald Trump, North Carolina's governor announced his opposition on Thursday to drilling for natural gas and oil off the Atlantic coast, saying it poses too much of a threat to the state's beaches and tourism economy. MORE

STILL WORKING

Nonagenarian celebrates 75 years with American
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21 JUL 2017: “When you like what you do, it’s not work.” American Airlines maintenance technician Azriel ‘Al’ Blackman (91 years old) commented recently in a ceremony recognizing his 75 years of service with the airline. As well as the festivities, American has dedicated a Boeing 777 in his honour. MORE

NEW DESTINATION FOR ACV

Winter flights to Cartagena
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21 JUL 2017: Air Canada Vacations announced the addition of Cartagena, Colombia, to its winter line up. ACV is offering 11 hotels, located throughout the main areas of the city: Bocagrande beach, the Old Town and the northern area. Hotels will offer all-inclusive options, or meal plans, and a range of facilities and amenities.   MORE

HOW CRUISING WITH ZOMBIES ROCKERS AND JOKERS

Became a phenomenon
By WALLACE IMMEN
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21 JUL 2017: Hey, your bloody face looks ultra-realistic. Thanks, I love the way that tie looks like it’s strangling you. Do you dream of cruising with thousands of zombies? It’s actually a thing, but you’re out of luck for next year, unless you’ve already booked. That’s because the 2018 Walker Stalker cruise is already sold out. MORE
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