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SHUTTERED

CTO to close NY, London, Canadian offices
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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16 OCT 2019: Count Canada among the casualties of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) decision to restructure, including closing its major offices in New York and London. While Canada was not specifically mentioned in a bombshell statement by the organization on Tuesday, the CTO’s Canadian business development representative Nancy Drolet told Travel Industry Today that she has been informed that her position will end on Dec. 31 when the other offices close. She notes that she reported to New York. MORE

DONT BET ON IT

Thomas Cook CEO not sure if he will return bonus
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16 OCT 2019: The former chief executive of the failed Thomas Cook travel agency has told a British parliamentary committee he has not decided whether to return his substantial cash bonus. MORE

AIR TRANSAT OFFERS MONTREAL TO SAN DIEGO

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16 OCT 2019: Air Transat will launch the only direct flight between Montreal and San Diego, California, in the summer of 2020. The airline will also offer flights to New Orleans for the first time this winter, and extend its flights to the summer of 2020. Additionally, more flights to Florida from Montreal and Quebec City will be added to the program. MORE

POTENTIAL MEASLES EXPOSURE AT NC AIRPORT

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16 OCT 2019: North Carolina health officials are warning people of potential exposure to the measles. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the Guilford County Health Department say in a news release that people may have been exposed if they visited Piedmont Triad International Airport. MORE

UNITED POSTS HIGHER PROFITS THAN EXPECTED

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16 OCT 2019: Cheaper jet fuel and slightly higher fares helped United Airlines boost third-quarter profit 23 percent to US $1 billion. The results released Tuesday were better than Wall Street expected, and United raised its forecast of full-year profit. United indicated that demand for leisure and business travel is holding up well despite concern about the slowing global economy, although there are pockets of weakness such as China. MORE

KEEP HAWAII HAWAII

Tourists asked to be sensitive to nature
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16 OCT 2019: A Honolulu city councillor wants tourists to pledge to respect and help protect the island's natural resources. Councilwoman Kymberly Pine wants tourists to Oahu to sign a form with a pledge to be environmentally responsible and culturally sensitive during their visits. She has proposed a bill to enlist certain city agencies to help establish the Keep Hawaii Hawaii program. MORE

SWEET THURSDAY IN SYDNEY

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16 OCT 2019: I love hotels. I love staying in them, exploring them and writing about them. It could be because I lived in one for a year, as a two-year-old when our family was in Brazil. I would ride my trike up and down the halls, visit the chef in the kitchen and drink coffee with him most mornings. Mine was mostly hot milk though, and sometimes I got to plug the phone connections into various holes at the front desk. My Dad often took me into the hotel bar, and I got to eat most of the bowl of olives. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week) here is a selection of recent stories...

GROW UP

Things looking good for industry, TL Network
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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15 OCT 2019: Growth was the operative word at the Travel Leaders Network regional events in Toronto last week (east and west), both in bookings and the retail travel industry in general. For TL Network, VP Canada Christine James said the network was seeing plenty of growth, “healthy growth,” in many segments of the market, not the least being river cruising and adventure. MORE

CHAOS AT BARCELONA AIRPORT

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15 OCT 2019: Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced 12 prominent former Catalan politicians and activists to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2017 bid to gain independence for Catalonia. Within hours, police in riot gear clashed with protesters gathering at Barcelona's airport.  The police used batons to drive back a crowd near the entrance to the subway inside the airport's main terminal. MORE

BOEING WITHHELD KEY INFORMATION

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15 OCT 2019: A panel of international aviation regulators found that Boeing withheld key information about the 737 Max from pilots and regulators, and even more disturbing, the Federal Aviation Administration lacked the expertise to understand an automated flight system implicated in two deadly crashes of Max jets. MORE

COLLAPSE AT CONSTRUCTION SITE

Death and injury at Hard Rock Hotel NOLA
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15 OCT 2019: A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction near New Orleans' historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing two people and injuring more than 20. Rescue workers searched the largely unstable building until nightfall for two people, one of whom has since been found. MORE

LUFTHANSA CABIN CREW POISED TO STRIKE

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15 OCT 2019: A union is calling on cabin crew at German airline Lufthansa to walk off the job for five hours next weekend in a long-running dispute over pay and the union's status. The UFO union said it is urging cabin crew and pursers at Frankfurt and Munich airports, Germany's busiest, to walk out between 6 and 11 a.m. on October 20. MORE

SHE IS BACK

Serial stowaway arrested at ORD. Again.
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15 OCT 2019: A 67-year-old woman with a history of sneaking onto flights without a ticket will remain jailed after the latest incident in which police say she tried to get past security at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Marilyn Hartman was arrested Friday night and later charged with felony criminal trespass. A judge on Sunday granted her bail but ordered that she stay in custody until a related probation hearing. MORE

NO BUTTS ABOUT IT

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15 OCT 2019: California will ban smoking and disposing cigar and cigarette waste on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Violations of the law will be punishable by a fine of up to $25. Newsom, a Democrat, announced Friday he had signed the bill into law. MORE

ROUND-UP

Oct. 7-11, 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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15 OCT 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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