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Michael Baginski

Editor at Large, Mike Baginski is well known and well respected within the industry across Canada, the US, in the Caribbean, Mexico and numerous other destinations outside North America.

Mike is a veteran journalist and editor, and his incisive reports, interviews and his individual and distinct take on our industry, as often evinced in his ‘At Large’ columns make him a valued voice at Travel IndustryToday and an invaluable member of the team.

RECENT ARTICLES


LOVE THE LAYOVER
Singapore Changi unveils new Jewel

16 APR 2019: Already rated the top airport in the world for seven years running by Skytrax, Singapore Changi Airport has a new Jewel in its crown. More than a mall, Jewel Changi Airport is a “multi-dimensional tourist destination” that includes a four-storey forest and the world’s largest indoor waterfall.


ROUND UP
April 8-12, 2019

15 APR 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:


GAME ON
Las Vegas is sporting a new look

10 APR 2019: It’s a testament to the diversity of Las Vegas that the city has presented many faces to visitors over the years. Certainly, gambling and iconic casinos are in the DNA of the destination, but periodically Vegas promotors have focussed on entertainment, nightlife, gastronomy, shopping, non-casino attractions including urban outdoor options, nearby desert culture, even family-friendly vacation possibilities. And that’s not even to mention the things that happen there that are, by custom, expected to stay there!


A FRIENDLY CHAT
Getting the goods on Glasgow

09 APR 2019: Many cities claim the world’s friendliest people, but in Glasgow’s case it may well be true, with residents eager to bend over backwards to help visitors make the most of their time in a destination that has long toiled in the tourism shadows of neighbouring Edinburgh and Loch Lomond.


ROUND UP
April 1-5, 2019

08 APR 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:


WHATS TRENDING IN CRUISING
Rivers still the rage, reports CLIA

08 APR 2019: The cruise industry has always maintained that there are oceans of opportunity for agents to sell the sector, from appealing to the vast majority of consumers who have never before set sail to discovering new niches, the latest ships and an ever-expanding roster of exciting destinations.


PURSUIT OF PASSION
TravelBrands enthused after sale

05 APR 2018: Meet the new boss; same as the old boss. Which is good news for TravelBrands, whose former owner has stayed on as president and CEO to lead the company after completion of its sale to H.I.S. Co. Ltd., the Japanese travel giant that also owns Merit Travel and Jonview in Canada, along with 275 travel outlets worldwide.

 


NO CHANGE, CHANGI TOP AIRPORT
YVR named best in North America in Skytrax poll

02 APR 2019: For the seventh year in a row, Singapore Changi has been named the top airport in the world by the prestigious Skytrax Airports Awards. No other airport has matched Changi’s run of success. Vancouver was Canada’s top entry at 17, while Toronto Pearson placed 50th, Montreal 62nd and Halifax 92nd.


ROUND UP
March 25-29, 2019

01 APR 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:


SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Why Britain is great for Globus

27 MAR 2019: With decades of experience selling tours in Great Britain, the Globus Family of Brands is certainly an expert on one of Canadians’ favourite holiday destinations. In fact, Globus FOB offers more than 40 itinerary options across its Globus, Cosmos and Monograms brands, including several new choices for 2019. Travel Industry Today recently sat down with the company’s managing director for Canada, Stéphanie Bishop, to see just what makes Britain so great for Globus.


DESTINATION OF DIVERSITY
St Vincent and the Grenadines has it all

26 MAR 2019: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the most diverse destination in the Caribbean, Glen Beache will readily tell you. “In fact, the only two destinations that can compete with us are Jamaica and the Bahamas,” says the director of tourism for SVG. “No other destination even comes close.”


ROUND UP
March 18-22, 2019

25 MAR 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:


CHANGING THE NARRATIVE
Caribbean forced to weather fickle perceptions

20 MAR 2019: People, not hurricanes, define the Caribbean and it’s about time the world knows that, says the head of the region’s hotel association. Patricia Affonso-Dass, president Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), says the perception that the Caribbean region is “the most tourism-dependent in the world” – which is to say, that its economic success and survival is beholden to the dictates of Mother Nature – is both outdated and inaccurate and that it is the duty of tourism stakeholders to help the Caribbean be seen for what it actually is: “the most desirable place in the world.”


WHATS TRENDING IN TRAVEL
TL Network offers latest insights

19 MAR 2019: Coming off a “tremendous” year of growth in 2018, Travel Leaders Network, which counts more than 6,000 associates and member travel agency locations in North America (including 680 in Canada), has plenty of insight into what’s trending in the travel industry.


ROUND UP
March 11-15, 2019

18 MAR 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:


A DATE AT THE TATE
Van Gogh UK exhibit largest in a decade

15 MAR 2019: Tate Britain will host the largest exhibition of Vincent van Gogh’s work in the UK for nearly a decade. “The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain” will also be the first at the London venue, which is one of the largest art museums in the country and dubbed “the home of British art from 1500 to the present day.”

 


IN A THEME PARK FAR FAR AWAY
Star Wars opening date delivered by Disney

15 MAR 2019: Wookie wannabees rejoice. Disney’s much-anticipated and long-awaited Star Wars attraction is set to open ahead of schedule in Hollywood and later in the year in Orlando. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will welcome guests at Disneyland beginning May 31 and at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29.

 


BEAR WITNESS
New IMAX film inspires interest in wild BC

12 MAR 2019: The Great Bear Rainforest is one of Canada’s most exquisite and secluded wildernesses and home to the all-white “Spirit Bear.” Located on the north coast of British Columbia, the region - as big as Ireland - has been documented in a 40-minute film that is now playing at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, as well as IMAX venues in Vancouver, Victoria and Sudbury. We sat down with Destination BC’s Sabrina Robson for a behind-the-scenes look at the project and the rainforest.


GALVESTON OH GALVESTON
Southern comfort for SOBs

07 MAR 2019: Late country crooner Glen Campbell remembered “sea winds blowing… sea waves crashing… [and] seabirds flying in the sun,” in his 1969 chart topper “Galveston,” which a Country Music Television poll rated the No. 8 best country song of all time and which to this day remains one of the city-island’s best advertisements.

 


THE NEED FOR WEED
Jamaica ponders pros and cons of cannabis tourism

05 MAR 2019: Got to legalize it… And don't criticize it… And I will advertise it. (Peter Tosh). With much of the Western world moving inexorably towards the full legalization (and sale) of marijuana and, indeed, many destinations now capitalizing on cannabis tourism, it is only natural that many eyes are looking at Jamaica – the country perhaps most synonymous with the plant.


LWTM
Feb. 25-March 1

04 MAR 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:

 


ISLES OF SMILES
Miami enclave has Sunny disposition

26 FEB 2019: Every year, members of the tourism delegation from Sunny Isles Beach (SIB) wonder why they visit Canada in the dead of winter. Then they remember: because it’s the best time of year to remind winter-weary Canadians why they should visit the Florida enclave, which is set within the city limits of Miami, but a world away.


AFTER THE HURRICANES
Canada fuels Caribbean tourism recovery

25 FEB 2019: Caribbean tourism is on the upswing and Canada is currently leading the charge. This country outperformed all other Caribbean source markets in 2018 with 3.9 million visits, representing 5.7 percent growth – figures the Caribbean Tourism Organization attributes to a strong economic performance and increased seat capacity to the region.


NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS
News from Britains best galleries

25 FEB 2019: With thousands of museums across Britain there is certainly no shortage of cultural options for visitors. Landmark facilities like the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London are must-sees, while niche venues like the Sherlock Holmes Museum and (for Dr. Who fans) The Time Machine Museum of Science Fiction are examples of places that will primarily appeal to those with special interests, or, perhaps, simply just a taste for the unusual.




LWTM
Feb. 18-22, 2019

25 FEB 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:

 

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