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EARTHQUAKE IN PHILIPPINES

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23 APR 2019:  A strong earthquake in the north Philippines on Monday disrupted air, rail and road transport and caused damage to buildings and infrastructure. Power was knocked out in at least one province. The quake also damaged an airport terminal at Clark freeport, a former US Air Force base, and an old Roman Catholic church in Pampanga. MORE

REDESIGNING NO FLY PROCEDURES

Canada learning from the US process
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23 APR 2019: Canadian security officials have turned to their US counterparts for advice on revamping Ottawa's troublesome no-fly list that has ensnared young children trying to check in at the airport. Newly released memos show Canadian representatives held a series of consultations with American officials to learn from their experiences implementing a new passenger screening and redress system a decade ago. MORE

CAN HOCKEY SURVIVE IN THE DESERT

Bet on it
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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23 APR 2019: I went to a theatrical production and a hockey game broke out. Not surprisingly, the experience unfolded in Las Vegas, where the hockey world has been turned upside down and is breaking new ground on many different levels as it continues to take root in the “entertainment capital of the world.” MORE

AVIANCA BRASIL CANCELS FLIGHTS

18 aircraft returned to leasing agencies
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23 APR 2019: Brazil’s fourth largest airline, Avianca Brasil is cancelling 1,045 domestic flights this week because it has to return 18 aircraft to leasing agencies. The airline filed for bankruptcy in December after failing to pay leases on its aircraft. It was formerly known as Ocean Air and licenses the name Avianca from Colombian carrier Avianca Holdings SA, but they are separate companies. MORE

ALL HAIL WALES

UK gem celebrating Year of Discovery in 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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23 APR 2019: Yearly themes are nothing new in tourism as tourist boards often invoke general topics like food, art or culture, or sometimes specific events or anniversaries, in the hopes of inspiring or simply framing visitor interest. MORE

HOTEL STARS

Planet Hollywood Costa Rica attracts celebrities
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23 APR 2019: Planet Hollywood brand opened its first all inclusive resort on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in late 2018 and has already gathered a following of famous personalities. Drawn to the hotel’s chic design and luxury services, celebrities have been spotted at the resort’s stylish poolside cabanas all season long. MORE

ACCOR APPOINTS HEATHER MCCRORY

CEO North and Central America
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23 APR 2019: Hospitality group Accor has announced the appointment of Heather McCrory as Chief Executive Officer, North & Central America. McCrory will also serve as a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. MORE

NEW BDM FOR WESTJET

Andrei Losinski comes on board
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23 APR 2019: WestJet announced the addition of Andrei Losinski to the Agency Sales team as Business Development Manager. Losinski is responsible for the territory of Greater Toronto West and Northern Ontario. Not new to the industry and a familiar face to many, he joins WestJet with 12 years industry experience. MORE

THE KETO KRAZE

By SABRINA SANTER
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23 APR 2019: I love talking about food almost as much as I love eating it. But talking to other people about their food choices is a totally different topic. One that is multifaceted and complex, and also highly personal. Yes, food choices play a pivotal role in supporting and regaining health, but to suggest that a person’s wellbeing is completely dependant on the food on their plate is an oversimplification. Yet this diet culture has permeated our society so deeply that we still find ourselves gravitating towards diets and restrictions over and over again. MORE
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EASTER SUNDAY MASSACRES

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22 APR 2019: At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday, officials said, pitching the South Asian island nation into the worst chaos it has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. MORE

TOO BIG TO SAIL

Marine pilots question megaships passing through southeast Alaska
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22 APR 2019: Southeast Alaska marine pilots are concerned about the manoeuvrability of one of the four megaships cruise lines are expected to bring to the state this season. The Norwegian Bliss and its sister ship are expected to visit the state, along with Royal Caribbean International's Ovation of the Seas and Princess Cruises' flagship, Royal Princess, CoastAlaska reported Friday. MORE

TECHNICAL REVIEW

Determining how the Boeing 737 Max got approved
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22 APR 2019: A global team of experts will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max's flight control system was approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities, including Transport Canada, have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency. MORE

HOLE PARK GARDENS

The hidden gem of High Weald
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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22 APR 2019: Secreted away in the Weald of Kent, just beyond the picturesque white weather-boarded village of Rolvenden, lies Hole Park Gardens, a magnificent country estate, one of the best in Kent, the Garden of England. MORE

EVACUATION

Tourists hospitalized after Madeira bus crash
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22 APR 2019: A German military plane on Saturday evacuated 15 German tourists who survived this week's bus crash on the island of Madeira that claimed 29 lives. Germany's Foreign Ministry said the injured were put on a German air force plane and flown out of the Cristiano Ronaldo international airport on Madeira. They arrived later Saturday in Cologne, where they were  admitted to a hospital. MORE

TAX CUT PROPOSAL

Germany encourages rail travel
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22 APR 2019:  Germany's transport minister is calling for a cut in tax on long-distance train travel to encourage more people to travel by rail and advance climate protection. Andreas Scheuer said that value-added tax on long-distance train tickets should be cut from 19 percent to the reduced rate of 7 percent. MORE

SEABOURN IS DESIGNING ULTRA LUXURY

Into ships exploring the world
By WALLACE IMMEN
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22 APR 2019: Design a ship ready for adventure anywhere in the world, but make it oh so very sexy. That was the challenge facing noted ship and restaurant designer Adam Tihany as he imagined expedition ships that are rugged enough to break through ice at the poles but provide the grace and ultra-comfort guests expect from Seabourn Cruise Line. MORE

ROUND UP

April 15-19, 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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22 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
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