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UNITED CEO WILL BE ON FIRST 737 MAX FLIGHT

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24 MAY 2019: CEO Oscar Munoz says he will be aboard United Airlines' first flight of a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft fly again. Munoz made the promise after United's annual meeting with shareholders Wednesday, acknowledging that the travelling public will be cautious about booking flights on the aircraft. MORE

ON THE FRINGE

Britain is brimming with edgy entertainment
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24 MAY 2019: Whether it’s a celebration of live theatre, dance, arts or comedy, fringe festivals can be found in nearly every corner of Britain. Visitors are invited to laugh along with the nation’s finest comedians as they prepare for their major tours, take in the sounds of up-and-coming musicians and discover new takes on some of the finest theatrical works. Packed with live entertainment and clever improvisation, these are some the best Fringe Festivals to enjoy this summer: MORE

SUMMER OF MUSIC AT BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

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24 MAY 2019: Every day, all summer long, visitors and music lovers can take advantage of festivals, concerts and special events in the Blue Mountain Village.  The Village stage is the beating heart of music at the foot of the mountain and this year, will welcome over 90 free concerts. MORE

SKY HIGH APPEAL

Houston is certain to surprise
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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24 MAY 2019: Whatever you choose to call it – Space City, Bayou City, Magnolia City, Energy Capital of the World – Houston is sure to surprise and certain to defy any singular nickname. Beyond the iconic Space Center Houston, the city may not boast an array of attractions that jump off the pages of a guidebook, but America’s fourth largest metropolis is steadily forging an identity as a cultural melting pot with world-class culinary, arts and sports scenes. MORE

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Theme park attendance broke records last year
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24 MAY 2019: Worldwide attendance at the 10 biggest operators of amusement parks increased four percent last year and crossed the half-billion-visitors mark for the first time.  Magic Kingdom in Florida was the best attended park followed by Disneyland in California. MORE

CRUISING SEASON IN THE AIR

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24 MAY 2019: Carnival Cruise Line’s ChooseFun AirShip is heading east to celebrate the start of summer and the New York debut of the totally transformed Carnival Sunrise, kicking off its month-long tour with an appearance at the ship’s official naming ceremony at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal which took place on May 23. MORE

JERSEY SHORES IN SHAPE FOR BEACH SEASON

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24 MAY 2019: A mild winter and previously completed replenishment projects have left New Jersey's beaches in great shape for the start of the summer tourism season. Coastal experts say most beaches are nice and wide as a result of years of replenishment by the US Army Corps of Engineers that kicked into high gear after Superstorm Sandy devastated the coast in 2012. MORE

LOVE THIS TOWN

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24 MAY 2019: With this week’s announcement that the federal government would be investing in Canada’s tourism, and earmarking funds specifically to cities outside of the top three, (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver) we thought it would be appropriate to share a video from Canadian rock musician and songwriter Joel Plaskett. The song is ‘Love this town,’ and this particular video was filmed in Halifax’s ‘Two if by Sea Cafe.’ VIDEO MORE
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WESTJET PILOT INJURED BY LASER

Flight to Orlando lands safely
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23 MAY 2019: A WestJet pilot flying from Newfoundland to Orlando International Airport had his eyes burned by a green laser light, US Federal Aviation Administration officials said Wednesday. Spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the WestJet aircraft was about 40 kilometres from the airport when the laser light hit the pilot. The flight landed safely a short time later, and the pilot was placed on medical leave, which is routine in such cases. MORE

CUBA INVESTS IN TOURISM

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23 MAY 2019: The battle for Cuba's economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas. As much of Cuba's economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only bright spot - tourism - into an engine that can help the rest of the communist island through its worst economic crisis in two decades. MORE

THIRD CRASH IN ALASKA IN EIGHT DAYS

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23 MAY 2019: Alaska authorities say a 75-year-old man died after he became trapped inside a small plane that crashed in Prince William Sound, marking the third fatal plane crash in aircraft-reliant Alaska in eight days. Altogether, nine people have died since a May 13 midair collision of two sightseeing planes killed six. MORE

RECORD SUMMER

US airlines anticipate busy season
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23 MAY 2019: The airline industry's US trade group is predicting another record for summer travel. Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 257.4 million people will fly on US carriers between June 1 and Aug. 31. MORE

A RARE PIECE OF BRITISH HISTORY

On display at Hampton Court Palace
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23 MAY 2019: Following a three-year conservation project by Historic Royal Palaces, the stunning “Bacton Altar Cloth” will go on display at Elizabeth I’s former home, Hampton Court Palace, alongside the iconic “Rainbow” portrait in which it may once have featured. Opening on 12 October, this exhibition is included in palace admission. MORE

BORDERLINE CRISIS

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23 MAY 2019: US lawmakers are clashing over the Trump administration's move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the US-Mexico border. The TSA is asking federal air marshals, airport screeners and others to volunteer to support a build-up of federal agents along the border who are dealing with waves of migrants. MORE

DIFFERENT STROKES

One airline sues mechanics, another signs
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23 MAY 2019: American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity. Meanwhile Southwest Airlines has signed a tentative five year deal with the mechanics union, giving them a twenty percent raise. MORE

LIVE IT UP IN MAINZ

By MARGARET SWAINE
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23 MAY 2019: For both wine and history, Mainz is the place to visit in Germany. One of the country’s oldest cities, it was founded by the Roman commander Drusus around 13 B.C.  A member of the global network of Great Wine Capitals, it’s the capital of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and a fine base for travelling to most of Germany’s wine regions. In the city centre are several attractions of major importance. MORE
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