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WONT YOU STAY, JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER

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23 SEP 2019: Florida's two senators want the state's Canadian snowbirds to stay a little longer. US Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott last week introduced legislation that would allow Canadian visitors to spend eight months a year in the United States, two months longer than is currently allowed. MORE

FEAR FACTOR

Thomas Cook clients and suppliers hope company survives current bookings
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23 SEP 2019: More than 600,000 travellers with Thomas Cook were on edge Sunday wondering if they will be able to get home as one of the world's oldest and largest travel companies teetered on the edge of collapse. The company, which confirmed Friday it was seeking  $265 million (200 million pounds) in extra funding to avoid going bust, was in last-ditch talks with shareholders and creditors to stave off a collapse. MORE

OUTSIDE THE BOX

Don’t think of us only for sun, says ACV
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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23 SEP 2019: “Did you know that Air Canada Vacations sells Canada to Canadians?” It was a question asked by ACV execs in various iterations at last week’s ACV DreamMakers event in Toronto. Did you know ACV sells Asia? South America? South Asia? Ski resorts? MORE

CLIA PREDICTS ANOTHER BUOYANT YEAR FOR CRUISE INDUSTRY

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23 SEP 2019: An industry trade group predicts the number of Alaska cruise ship passengers will break records in 2020 for the fifth consecutive year. CoastAlaska reports that Cruise Lines International Association Alaska announced this projection on Wednesday at the annual meeting of Southeast Conference, taking place in Sitka. MORE

INSIDER THREAT

Mechanic charged with sabotage increases fears
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23 SEP 2019: The arrest of an airline mechanic suspected of being sympathetic with terrorists and charged with sabotaging a jetliner has renewed fear about the “insider threat” to aviation security. Despite security upgrades since the hijacking terror attacks of 2001, breaches including a gun-running operation at the nation's biggest airport illustrate the possibility that a well-placed airline or airport employee could bring down a plane. MORE

AC UPDATES BOARDING POLICY

After accusation of discriminatory incident
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23 SEP 2019: A Muslim civil rights advocacy group is demanding changes at Air Canada after a 12-year-old US Squash Team player says she was forced to remove her hijab while boarding at San Francisco International Airport. The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a letter sent Friday that federal and state laws were violated when an Air Canada gate agent demanded that Fatima Abdelrahman remove her religious head covering. MORE

DECODING THE NEW DRESS CODES

As cruise lines continue to go casual
By WALLACE IMMEN
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23 SEP 2019: Dressing up for dinner is something that’s always been special about cruising. Ships are their own floating worlds and every night can be a party where people are dressed in their best. While the glamor remains, the formality has faded on many ships, as generations who have grown up in jeans take to cruising.   MORE

ROUND-UP

Sept. 16 to 20, 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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23 SEP 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
In case you missed yesterday (or last week) here is a selection of recent stories...

STEADY AS SHE GOES

Smooth sailing for Jamaica from Canada
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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20 SEP 2019: Great relationships are at the core of Jamaica’s continuing strong relationship with Canada, resulting in steady tourism numbers year over, says the country’s director of tourism. MORE

IMELDA SOAKS TEXAS

More than 1,000 rescues and evacuations
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20 SEP 2019: The remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda unleashed torrential rain Thursday in parts of Texas and Louisiana, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures as the powerful storm system drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago. MORE

AIRBNB TO GO PUBLIC IN 2020

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20 SEP 2019: Airbnb Inc. said Thursday it plans to go public in 2020, a long-awaited move by the home-sharing company that is both loved and reviled for its disruption of the accommodation sector. It didn't give a target date for the initial public offering or say why it thinks the timing is right. MORE

SPLASH WATER WORLD

Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlán
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20 SEP 2019: Sunwing announced that Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlán, Mexico has added a brand-new section and a ‘Splash Water World’ water park. The new section features an additional 312 modern guestrooms. Plus, with flights to Mazatlán from 11 gateways across Canada, including new flights from Quebec City, Ottawa and Victoria, it’s easier than ever for travellers to travel to Riu Emerald Bay. MORE

THE VOICE OF MONTREAL

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20 SEP 2019: Tourisme Montréal has joined forces with Prologue AI to develop the prototype of The Voice of Montréal, the very first AI-driven hybrid (image and voice) assistant designed to help travellers discover Montréal. It is the first product of its kind in the global tourism industry. MORE

NOTHING TO TAKE HOME

New York proposes a ban of single use plastic toiletry bottles in hotels
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20 SEP 2019: A group of New York state lawmakers are planning legislation to ban hotels from offering toiletries in single use plastic containers. The legislation would ban single use containers in hotels of 50 rooms or more from 2023 and smaller lodging establishments in 2024. MORE

MEXICO

James Taylor with Crosby, Stills and Nash
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20 SEP 2019: "Mexico" written by James Taylor that first appeared as the opening track of his 1975 album Gorilla. The lyrics of "Mexico" describe a dream of enjoying a night in a Mexican border town and seem to describe the singer's first-hand experiences in Mexico. But there’s a twist – MORE

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