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MORE THAN THREE CITIES

Canadian tourism gets a boost
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22 MAY 2019: A new Canadian tourism strategy is meant to help boost international visits to Canada during non-peak seasons by more than a million people and get visitors to see the country beyond Canada's biggest cities. The plan, unveiled in Montreal, includes $58.5 million over two years to help communities create or improve tourism facilities and experiences. MORE

BREXIT, WHAT BREXIT

British tourism keeps calm and carries on
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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21 MAY 2019: Tourism to Britain continues to be unaffected by Brexit, at least when it comes to long-haul visitations – including Canada – says the country’s tourist board. MORE

RCMP DEFEND THE LAW

And protect US staff at Prince Rupert Terminal
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22 MAY 2019: Alaska will pay armed Canadian police to provide protection to US personnel at a ferry terminal in British Columbia, state transportation officials said. The Alaska Marine Highway System was notified in March that unarmed US Customs and Border Protection agents checking ferries leaving Prince Rupert, British Columbia, will require assistance from Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CoastAlaska reported Friday. MORE

TORNADO NEAR TULSA

Storms move to the east
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22 MAY 2019: A powerful storm system spawned a confirmed tornado Tuesday morning near Tulsa International Airport, after shutting down an interstate highway and prompting water rescues elsewhere in the state. More tornadoes, along with hail and damaging winds were predicted as the storms moved to the east. MORE

100 PERCENT PURE NEW ZEALAND

Wine growers big on sustainability
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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22 MAY 2019: The Land of the Kiwi is having its moment. Over 25 winery members from the New Zealand Wine Growers uncapped bottles of their finest vintages in a soiree of New Zealand wine aficionados. Held at The Globe and Mail Centre, a sold-out crowd of oenophiles attended Pure Discovery 2019, a triple threat of New Zealand wine events scheduled in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa to offer the latest labels, with some verging on the obscure with names that could cause you to giggle. MORE

STRIKE AT ALITALIA

Hundreds of flights cancelled
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22 MAY 2019: Italy's struggling airline Alitalia cancelled over 300 flights on Tuesday, because of a 24-hour strike called to protest deteriorating conditions in the sector, including the government's failure to relaunch the carrier. Alitalia says it cancelled about half of its flights, both domestic and international, but reorganized schedules so that at least half of the affected passengers could fly the same day. MORE

FREE SPEECH WIN FOR SAVANNAH TOUR GUIDES

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22 MAY 2019: Georgia's oldest city violated the free-speech rights of tour guides by requiring them to pass a written history test and get a license, a federal judge said in a ruling that's largely symbolic since the licensing law was scrapped years ago. The ruling Monday by US District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. came more than four years after tour guides in Savannah sued City Hall over the 1978 licensing ordinance.  MORE

DFW ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW TERMINAL

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22 MAY 2019: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport plans to spend over three billion dollars to build a sixth terminal that would open by 2025 and renovate one of the old terminals. Airport CEO Sean Donohue announced plans Monday for Terminal F on the site of a parking lot. It would include up to 24 new gates for US and international flights. The airport currently has 164 gates spread across five terminals. MORE

A SLICE OF THE BIG APPLE

By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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22 MAY 2019: I am just back from a long weekend in The Big Apple and I’m happy to report that you don’t have to be related to Donald Trump or the Rockefellers to enjoy this mult-faceted metropolis. From freebies to bargains to a few well-deserved indulgences, here’s where to save and splurge in the city that never sleeps. All prices approximated in US dollars. MORE
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LIKELY THE BEST OFFER

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
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