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GOING FORWARD

Predictions for 2019
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19 OCT 2018: From cultural exchanges and eco activism, to virtual agents and a ‘less is more’ mentality – you’ll want to know the biggest travel trends for next year. With insights from over 163 million verified guest reviews and research from 21,500 travellers across 29 countries, Booking.com has revealed eight travel predictions for 2019, giving an exclusive peek into the crystal ball of what we can expect in the year ahead. MORE

STAYING SAFE

Vast majority of female business travellers report concerns
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19 OCT 2018: More than 8 in 10 (83 percent) women say they have experienced one or more safety-related concerns or incidents while traveling for business in the past year. Their concerns cover transportation, accommodation, location and personal safety. MORE

SUMPTUOUS SHOW AT VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

Guo Pei. Couture Beyond
By LIN STRANBERG
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19 OCT 2018: “Guo Pei: Couture Beyond,” a dazzling exhibit of 40 complete looks by Chinese couturière Guo Pei, opened last weekend to rave reviews. On display until January 20, it’s an inspired show that beautifully wraps up the Chinese-Canada year of Tourism 2018; it’s also an homage to the 1.8 million Chinese-Canadians across the country, many of whom live in Vancouver. This is the Vancouver Art Gallery’s first foray into showing fashion as art, and it’s a knockout. MORE

NOT IN OUR BINS

United nixes free carry on in basic economy
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19 OCT 2018: United Airlines won’t change its mind, if you choose to buy one of its cheap fares you will pay for your carry-on bag. While Delta and more recently, American, have acquiesced and allow for a carry-on bag to be placed in the overhead bin on basic economy tickets, United stands firm on its strict no-carry on rule. MORE

WEARING OUT PILOT FATIGUE

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19 OCT 2018: Air Canada partner Air Georgian (they operate over 64,000 regional flights per year on behalf of AC, carrying over 1.5 million passengers a year to 31 domestic and US destinations) has been field-testing wearable technology which allows pilots to develop an understanding of their true fatigue levels during both rest and work hours. MORE

IT WAS NICE

But now Nebraska is not for everyone
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19 OCT 2018: It’s probably a little risky, but I think it’s creative and catchy and probably true. Nebraska's no longer nice, at least in its next tourism campaign. The new sales pitch has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: “Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone.” MORE

LONDON TO PARIS

Black cabs soon to be seen on the streets of Paris
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19 OCT 2018: London's black cabs will be seen on the streets of Paris next year as the company that makes them begins selling its wares in the City of Light. London Electric Vehicle Co., which makes plug-in electric taxis that look like traditional black cabs, has put about 600 vehicles on the streets of London and has already expanded to Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Oslo. MORE

URGE SURGE

Uber driver charged with kidnapping New York woman
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19 OCT 2018: An Uber driver in New York City kidnapped a woman who fell asleep in his vehicle, groped her in the back seat and then left her on the side of a highway in Connecticut, federal authorities said earlier this week. MORE

LIGHTFOOT AND WHALEN

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19 OCT 2018: One of the requests we received for our Friday City/Destination music video was for Gordon Lightfoot’s Alberta Bound. As I was researching that, I came across another, much, much earlier, Lightfoot album on You Tube – it’s not a video, but some old timers in the industry might recognize his singing partner – Terry Whalen. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

GOING HOME

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18 OCT 2018:With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered. Lanie Eden and husband Ron sifted through sand in search of items they left before evacuating from the small beach house they've rented each October. They didn't find much - just a large pack of toilet paper that somehow stayed dry and a son's camp chair. MORE

MIAMI IS SIZZLING

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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18 OCT 2018: Miami is sizzling hot - group of Toronto travel agents can attest to that. Representatives from The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau invited seasoned travel pros to roll up their sleeves in an interactive cooking class that had them slice, sauté, and simmer some traditional Latin flavours at Cirillo's Culinary Academy in the city's west end.  MORE

SUNWING TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO TOBAGO

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18 OCT 2018: Sunwing is offering Canadians a new tropical destination this coming winter with the addition of a seasonal flight service to Tobago for the very first time. Direct flights from Toronto will operate on Thursdays between December 20, 2018 and April 18, 2019 inclusive. MORE

FUEL SPILL CLOSES BEACHES ON FRENCH RIVIERA

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18 OCT 2018: Less than two weeks ago two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica. Yesterday, France's Ecology Ministry said pellets of oil had reached Mediterranean beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. A release said those beaches were closed to the public Wednesday, and agents were going to be mobilized to collect the oil.  MORE

TORNADO LANDSCAPE IS CHANGING

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18 OCT 2018: Over the past few decades, tornadoes have been shifting _ decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why. MORE

SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR TRAVELLERS OVER 55

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18 OCT 2018: The US State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs launched a global campaign on Monday to promote overseas safety and travel preparedness for US senior citizen travelers, in response to the trend that an increasing number of older US citizens are traveling abroad. The America Society for Travel Agents (ASTA) said the State Department enlisted their help to get the word out about the campaign, which runs through Dec. 15. MORE

AMERICAN EXPRESS GBT APPOINTMENT

New VP and GM for Canada
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18 OCT 2018: American Express Global Business Travel announced the appointment of Patrick Doyle to vice president and general manager for Canada. Doyle oversees the commercial relationships in the region, and manages a team of professionals that help serve key Canadian clients. MORE

TREASURES OF MANITOULIN ISLAND

By PAM STELLINI
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18 OCT 2018: Many years ago a friend was looking for a destination for a family road trip.  Colleen said she and her husband pulled out a road map of Ontario - she closed her eyes and let her finger land on the map.  She looked up at her husband and said, “We are going to Manitoulin Island.” At the time, I marvelled at her spontaneity, having never heard of the island.  Colleen was thrilled, and a few weeks ago I chose the same location for a weekend get-away and with both my eyes open. MORE
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