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GEDEON JOINS TPI AS CEO

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19 JAN 2018: Travel Professionals International (TPI) has announced that industry veteran Zeina Gedeon has joined the company in the position of chief executive officer, effective immediately. Gedeon will focus on two key priority areas - growth and innovation. MORE

CAN THE BOEING 777X REPLACE THE AIRBUS A380

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18 JAN 2018: Is the proposed 777-10x the Perfect Replacement for the Airbus A380? This video compares the specifications of the two aircraft, the current order history for the 777x and A380 and go over why some experts believe the 777-10 is the perfect replacement for the A380. (VIDEO)   MORE

YES. US BORDER GUARDS CAN SEARCH YOUR PHONE

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19 JAN 2018: In one of several testy exchanges during a US Senate hearing this week, the country's secretary of homeland security was pressed to explain a new policy that allows customs agents to examine the cellphones of travellers at the border.   MORE

40 YEARS ALONE IN THE WOODS

Now Scientists Love Him
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19 JAN 2018: Welcome to Gothic, Colorado-one of the coldest places in the United States. This ghost town has been abandoned since the 1920s, but there is at least one person who still calls it home. For more than 40 years, current resident Billy Barr has lived in a small cabin, recording data about the snowpack to pass the time. (VIDEO) MORE

WESTJET APPEALS HARASSMENT DECISION

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19 JAN 2018: WestJet has filed an appeal after the Supreme Court of British Columbia refused to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female employees.   MORE

THE WINES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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19 JAN 2018: The food and wine industry is South Australia's biggest asset, exporting products to over 100 countries, and generating $19.97 billion in revenue in 2016-17. Adelaide, South Australia has recently been invited to join the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, joining nine of the world's other major wine producing regions. (VIDEO)   MORE

WYNDHAM BUYS LA QUINTA

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19 JAN 2018: Wyndham Worldwide has announced it will acquire La Quinta's hotel franchise and hotel management businesses for US $1.95 billion, adding nearly 900 midscale and upper-midscale properties to its portfolio.   MORE

BAHAMAS ADVENTURE

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19 JAN 2018: Actress and avid traveller Shay Mitchell is Royal Caribbean's "Adventurist," the adventure adviser and storyteller for the cruise line. (VIDEO) MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

NOT TOO EXCLUSIVE

Softvoyage and Competition Bureau reach agreement
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18 JAN 2018: The Competition Bureau says it has reached an agreement with Softvoyage Inc., the Canadian developer of travel industry software alleged to have created barriers that prevented its competitors from participating in the marketplace. MORE

DENISE HEFFRON TO RETIRE FROM TRANSAT

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18 JAN 2018: Transat announced with regret that Denise Heffron, vice president, national sales and commercial, will retire from Transat on March 2 after almost 25 years at the company. MORE

WEATHER WOES CONTINUE IN THE US SOUTH

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18 JAN 2018: The South and East Coast of the United States are still dealing with the effects of falling snow and temperatures close to or below freezing. Many deaths occurred on icy roads, causing closures with transportation officials advising people not to drive unless it is necessary. Travellers complained of delays, as airports worked with limited staffing. Some areas can expect more of the same today. MORE

SLIP SLIDING AWAY

Icy weather does not dampen the spirit of New Orleans
By JEN SAVEDRA
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18 JAN 2017:  I take it as an article of faith that, barring hurricanes, there is no bad time to visit New Orleans.  However, I find myself this week, wearing virtually every article of clothing I packed, with my brother’s woolen cap pulled low over my ears, hunched over, battling the freezing rain and icy sidewalks in search of a bowl of gumbo. MORE

SPOT ON

New case of measles connected to ORD
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18 JAN 2018: Public health officials are reporting a second case of measles in a person who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the case is unrelated to one reported last week and says there's no measles outbreak at O'Hare, which served 78 million passengers in 2016. MORE

IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION

French government ends airport plans
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18 JAN 2018: France will abandon divisive plans to build a new airport in the west, the prime minister announced Wednesday, ordering activists protesting the project for nearly a decade to leave their makeshift.  Security forces began deploying extra forces to the area near Nantes ahead of the announcement.  MORE

THREESOME

Cruise Strategies partners with DMI and Saga Cruises
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18 JAN 2018: Cruise Strategies Ltd. announced a new partnership with David Morris International headquartered in Dallas, Texas and SAGA Cruises, based in Folkestone, England as the cruise company enters the Canadian market for the first time. MORE

MAKE A DAY OF IT

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18 JAN 2018: Stop making excuses. Start making plans. That's the message behind the second annual National Plan for Vacation Day. It's an effort by the travel industry to persuade Americans to use January 30 as a day to schedule their vacations for the year and take advantage of any paid time off they are entitled to from their jobs. MORE

AIRLINE SPEAK

A language of its own
By DAVID TAIT
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18 JAN 2018:Last week saw one of the more unusual airline incidents in a long time. As the operating carrier’s initial press statement explained,  “the Boeing 737-800 aircraft of Pegasus Airlines Flight PC 8622 Ankara-Trabzon scheduled at 18:25 UTC had a Runway Excursion Incident during landing at Trabzon Airport.” It then ended on a happier note saying, “All 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew disembarked safely from the aircraft with no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board.” Looking at the, “You gotta be kidding me” pictures, it was truly miraculous that nobody was hurt! MORE
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