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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.

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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: MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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: MORE

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. MORE

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.” MORE

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: MORE

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.” MORE

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. MORE

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: MORE

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.”   MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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:   MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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:   MORE

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Saluting 50 years of Monty Python
22 FEB 2019: “I blow my nose at you [and] I fart in your general direction.” Classic. What could be funnier to my former 13-year-old self than the put-downs from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Python comedy troupe’s first full-length feature film in 1975. MORE

WHATS TRENDING IN CARNIVAL SEASON
20 FEB 2019: Mardi Gras marks the end of the festive Carnival season, a period of feasting and fun that begins on Jan. 6 in Christian culture. Mardi Gras, which literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French, is the final opportunity to indulge before the start of Lent. MORE

WELCOME TO WALTHAM
London’s first Borough of Culture
19 FEB 2019: London oozes culture. So much so that it’s easy for visitors (and, indeed, locals) to get caught up in all the great sport, theatre, food, nightlife, markets and other offerings. To that end, London mayor Sadiq Khan launched the London Borough of Culture (BOC) initiative in 2018, with the borough of Waltham Forest being the first to win the accolade for 2019 (to be followed in 2020 by Brent). MORE

LWTM
Feb. 11-15, 2019
18 FEB 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t - and just need a reminder, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
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