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A FINE LINE

US Travel walks promotional tightrope
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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18 JUN 2019:  Pity US tourism officials. They are truth-tellers to be sure, but always at risk of running afoul of the administration (and ultimate corporate masters) of the day, thus forced to walk a tightrope when it comes to articulating the hopes and dreams – and fears – of an often underappreciated and misunderstood, but vital, industry that generates US$2.4 trillion in economic output and supports 15.6 million related jobs in America. MORE

TORONTO ENRAPTORED

Millions turn out to welcome NBA champions
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18 JUN 2019: They are calling it the longest NBA championship parade in history. It took over five hours for double-decker buses carrying the Toronto Raptors and their entourage from the Exhibition grounds to city hall, where hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets and filled the square. It was predicted that 2 million people might show up for the Raptors parade, but city officials said that it was likely more than that. MORE

CALL FOR FLIGHT DATA RECORDERS IN HELICOPTERS

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18 JUN 2019: US Senator Charles Schumer has called on the Federal Aviation Administration to heed warnings from federal safety investigators and require all helicopters be equipped with flight data recorders, commonly known as a “black box.”  Schumer's call for action comes days after a helicopter crashed on the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper, killing the pilot. The helicopter was not equipped with a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder, according to federal investigators. MORE

SOUTHWEST PLANE HIT BY A TRUCK

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18 JUN 2019: A Southwest Airlines employee is being treated at a hospital after the truck he was driving struck the rear of a plane parked at a Pittsburgh International Airport gate. An airline spokesman said the Boeing 737-800 was taken out of service after the crash, which took place at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. MORE

ACTIVISTS WILL TARGET LHR

But will not release drones within flightpaths
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18 JUN 2019: An environmental activist group called Extinction Rebellion wants the British government to make climate change a priority. In April, environmental protestors blocked access to several major London landmarks, and had plans to shut down Heathrow Airport with drones this summer. But the group has postponed that action after criticism from politicians and police. They recently stated they would “not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year.” MORE

THE FUTURE OF FLYING

Planes without pilots and electric powered jets
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18 JUN 2019: The chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all, and is working on winning over regulators and travellers to the idea. Christian Scherer also said Monday that Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035. MORE

HAWAII MANDATES REGISTRATION FOR VACATION RENTALS

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18 JUN 2019: Vacation rental registrations have been coming in to Hawaii County faster than workers can process them as the county implements a new law. All vacation owners, in existence since the first of April are required to register their property and pay a fee, before the end of a September deadline. MORE

ICEBERG TOURISM

Stark reality of climate change
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18 JUN 2019:  Newfoundland and Labrador is known for the towering icebergs sent drifting down the province's coasts in late spring. After separating or “calving”  from glaciers in Greenland, these 10,000-year-old hunks of ice, with eye-catching colourations and textures, may soon melt down to nothing off the island's shores. MORE

ROBERT REED JOINS ACV

As manager of National Accounts
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18 JUN 2019: Air Canada Vacations announced that Robert Reed would be joining the company as its new manager, National Accounts. Based in the Mississauga office, he will be reporting directly to Erminia Nigro, general manager Sales Ontario, Manitoba and National Accounts. MORE

BEFORE YOU GET HIGH

By SABRINA SANTER
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18 JUN 2019: I have a confession. When I get sick, it goes full-blown man cold. The world has officially stopped turning and the earth is crumbling from beneath my feet. I wave the white flag. But you know what’s even worse? Being sick on vacation. The itinerary is set, outfits meticulously planned, heights to be climbed and new sights to be seen. Besides, I’ve paid a lot of money and my expectations have run too high to be levelled by altitude sickness. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

MASSIVE POWER OUTAGE

Blackouts in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
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17 JUN 2019: A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay on Sunday in what the Argentine president called an “unprecedented” failure in the countries' power grid. Authorities worked frantically to restore power, but 12 hours after the country went dark, more than a quarter of Argentina's 44 million people were still without power and the cause of the outage remained unclear. MORE

REPAIRING TRUST IN THE MAX

Number one priority says Boeing CEO
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17 JUN 2019:  The chief executive of Boeing said the company made a “mistake” in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes killed 346 people, and he promised transparency as the aircraft maker works to get the grounded plane back in flight. MORE

SUNWING MAKES CHANGES

Extended grounding of Max 8 necessitates schedule changes
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17 JUN 2019: The extended grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, has caused Sunwing to take measures to optimize operations by adding additional flying capacity and reconfiguring schedules without this aircraft on the roster.  MORE

BLOWN TIRES ON PLANE LANDING

Newark temporarily shuts down
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17 JUN 2019: Authorities say a plane blew tires while landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, sending it skidding on the runway before coming to a halt. United Airlines said Flight 627 from Denver was landing at 1 p.m. Saturday with 166 passengers when the tires blew. MORE

JUDGE RULES IN FAVOUR OF AMERICAN AIRLINES

Mechanics are not to interfere in operations
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17 JUN 2019: A federal judge on Friday ordered unions that represent American Airlines mechanics not to interfere in the airline's operations. The judge's order came after American asked for a temporary restraining order to end what it considers an illegal work slowdown by mechanics that is causing delayed and cancelled flights. MORE

SCREAMING PASSENGER DIVERTS FLIGHT

Erratic behaviour causes turnaround
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17 JUN 2019: Passengers on a Turkish Airlines jetliner flying to Sudan had to subdue a man who started screaming a few minutes after takeoff and began smashing an oxygen mask box and then a cabin window before pushing flight attendants aside and rushing toward the cockpit. MORE

SAM YOUSSEF PROMOTED AT RLV

Becoming new VP Integrated Marketing
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17 JUN 2019: Red Label Vacations has announced that Sam Youssef has been promoted to vice president, Integrated Marketing. Effective immediately, Youssef will lead all marketing activities across all channels that support the strategic and creative direction of RLV. MORE

VIRGIN IS CONFIDENT YOU ARE A RECRUIT FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF CRUISE

By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 JUN 2019: Hey sailor. Yes, you. Virgin Voyages thinks you’re a perfect recruit to ship out on their new cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady. All you need to be is an adult who’s looking to enjoy a few high-energy days of music, food and relaxed inhibitions. Tattoos and dancing on the tables are optional. MORE

ROUND UP- JUNE 10-14, 2019

By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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17 JUN 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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