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WHAT NOW

Europe waits and watches
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17 JAN 2018: Well, that solved nothing. British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office - but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal. MORE

STILL SHUTDWN

Economy, travel and especially workers hit
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17 JAN 2018: Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS. MORE

CAPACITY ISSUES

Lufthansa chief urges rethink on closure of Berlin airport
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17 JAN 2019: The head of German airline Lufthansa has suggested that plans to close Berlin's aging Tegel airport should be reconsidered. Carsten Spohr cited growing passenger numbers in the airport and doubts about whether a long-overdue airport slated to be opened in 2020 has sufficient capacity. MORE

LOUISIANA CELEBRATES

Feed Your Soul Campaign is a winner
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17 JUN 2018: Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has announced that The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will honor the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) with a Gold Adrian Award for advertising excellence surrounding the Louisiana: Feed Your Soul advertising campaign during the 62nd Annual Adrian Awards Gala in New York next Tuesday. MORE

ROWING INTO HISTORY

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17 JAN 2019: Antigua and Barbuda, with its strong heritage of yacht racing is always keen for a good nautical adventure. And now the destination is more than ready to roll out the red carpet to welcome adventurous Atlantic rowers, “Team Antigua Island Girls”, when they row into the historic Nelson’s Dockyard and into the record books as the first all-black female team in the world to row across the Atlantic Ocean, completing the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge this Jan/Feb. MORE

RIU IS COMING TO CANADA

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17 JAN 2019: RIU Hotels and Resorts has announced the construction of a hotel in its Riu Plaza urban line, in Toronto, the largest city and the cultural, business and financial centre of Canada. The Spanish company intends to invest around $100 million dollars in the project, that will establish the first RIU hotel in the country and will add continuity to the hotel company’s plan to expand into the world’s great cities. MORE

SOMETHING IN THE AIR

Bad behaviour while aloft
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17 JAN 2019: American Airlines is facing a lawsuit from a man who claims a flight attendant punched him in the face and on the back of his head in (somewhat incredibly) a squabble over ice in his coke. He is seeking $161,000 in damages.  MORE

EXODUS APPOINTS WENDY MILLS

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17 JAN 2019: Exodus Travels has announced the appointment of Wendy Mills to the position of Business Development Manager, Eastern USA & Canada, effective immediately. In her new role, Mills intends to cultivate strong relationships with agency partners using personalized service and product training, and will continue to evolve Exodus’ communications channels throughout North America’s tourism industry.   MORE

BELIZE IS HOT HOT HOT

By MARGARET SWAINE
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17 JAN 2019: Belize’s popularity as a must-visit destination in Central America set unprecedented records in 2018. In the busiest month overnight visitors were up almost 25 percent over the year before. Cruise passenger arrivals to Belize has exceeded one million visitors annually in the past few years. What’s driving this Central American nation to trend so hot? MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

DEADLY ATTACK ON NAIROBI HOTEL

Extremist group claims responsibility
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16 JAN 2019: Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa's deadliest Islamic militant group. A police officer said at least 15 people had died.   MORE

DELTA SAYS SHUTDOWN COSTS $25M IN JANUARY REVENUE

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16 JAN 2019: Delta Air Lines expects to lose US $25 million in revenue this month from the partial government shutdown that is also creating checkpoint delays and long lines at the airline's Atlanta hub.   MORE

GERMAN AIRPORT SECURITY STRIKE CAUSES CHAOS

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16 JAN 2019: A strike by security staff at eight German airports on Tuesday is causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of travellers. The ver.di union called on staff at airports including Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover and Bremen to walk off the job between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time.   MORE

HOT STUFF

Trends for 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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16 JAN 2019: With the holidays now in the rearview mirror, ‘tis the season to look ahead to the year to come. And in time honoured tradition, travel prognosticators are weighing in with their thoughts on what will prove hot in 2019. Here’s a sampling of some of the data-driven forecasts, informed predications and outright guesses of some companies and organizations as to where Canadians will be going as the year unfolds, and some of the trends that may be inspiring them. MORE

SUN COMES DOWN ON RYANAIR HOLIDAYS

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19 JAN 2019: Ryanair’s aim of becoming the “Amazon. com of travel” has suffered a blow after the company announced it had shuttered its package holiday service just two years after it launched. MORE

INSTANTLY ICONIC

How a Newfoundland iceberg became a Canada Post stamp
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16 JAN 2019: A towering iceberg that captured international attention in 2017 when it parked beside a tiny Newfoundland town will be seen around the world again - on an international stamp. The remarkable iceberg drew a flood of onlookers to Ferryland, a town of about 500, in April 2017, and made headlines in global media including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Time, The Guardian and Russia's state-backed news channel.   MORE

CRANE MIGRATION

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16 JAN 2019: The Nebraska Tourism Office is starting its first campaign of 2019 by promoting the hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate to the Platte River Valley. Tourism Commission Executive Director John Ricks says the migration draws tourists from around the world. Tourism office staff and animal experts will travel to Denver this week to promote the cranes. MORE

GOURMET GOLF WITH HISTORY LESSONS IN KENT

Home of the 2020 Open
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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16 MAY 2019: Kent has been dubbed the “Garden of England” ever since Henry VIII tucked into a bowl of juicy Kentish cherries and developed a passion for the fruit. With six wives under his belt, it seems Henry acquired many passions and tastes.   MORE
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