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DISTRIBUTION DEAL

Expedia in exclusive partnership with Marriott
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19 SEP 2019: Expedia and Marriott have announced a deal which will see Expedia become the exclusive global distributor of Marriott's wholesale rates, availability, and content as of October 15. The announcement stressed that tour operators who currently access wholesale rates from Marriott directly would continue to have this option. MORE

COOL HEADS AND PRAGMATISM

BA pilots call off planned 24 hour strike
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19 SEP 2019: British Airways pilots have called off a planned 24-hour strike in their dispute with the airline over pay. Members of the British Airline Pilots' Association were due to walk out on Sept. 27. MORE

SELLING DREAMS

Globus offers choice and flexibility
By JEN SAVEDRA
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19 SEP 2019: “There are a gazillion things happening,” said an exuberant Stephanie Bishop, managing director for the Globus family of brands. How do you bring products and programmes to light and fulfil the needs of the needs of the modern traveller, she asks and responds herself, “In today’s world it’s about delivering a programme that meets so many profiles. It’s all about choice and flexibility.” MORE

AIR CANADA LAGS BEHIND IN ANCILLARY REVENUE

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19 SEP 2019: A new report finds that Air Canada lags behind other global airlines in revenue from passenger fees, but is poised to catch up after its recent purchase of the Aeroplan rewards program. MORE

CHICAGO SURPASSES HALF A MILLION VISITORS FROM CANADA

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19 SEP 2019: Canadian travellers to Chicago increased by eight percent in 2018, rising from 485,000 to 524,000 visitors, says Choose Chicago. And that’s just a small slice of the international picture. Chicago also realized growth in 9 of its 11 priority markets, welcoming 2.2 million international visitors, an increase of 4.9 percent over the previous year. MORE

AIR CANADA FROM MONTREAL TO BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

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19 SEP 2019: Air Canada has announced the introduction of new year-round service between Montreal and Bogotá, Colombia beginning June 2, 2020. Flights will operate three times weekly onboard Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy service. MORE

A NEW LOOK FOR THE VILLAGE

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19 SEP 2019: Most visitors to the St. Pete area know John’s Pass Village, a shopping/entertainment beach community on Madeira Beach, that includes a number of bars, pubs, stores and Hooters, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and the Friendly Fisherman. Far more enticing, dolphins and manatees frequent the waters just feet from the boardwalk. Now, for a cool US $17.2 million, developer Ben Mallah purchased a large slice of the Village. MORE

BLOWN AWAY

Paris tests new bubble shaped water taxi
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19 Sep 2019: Paris is testing out a new form of travel: an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water up and down the Seine River. Organizers are holding test runs this week on one white, oval-shaped electric hydrofoil boat that resemble tiny space shuttles gliding past Paris monuments. MORE

THIS ONE IS ON THE PRINCE

Guzzling beer with German royalty and Oktoberfest insights
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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19 SEP 2019: Each year when the taps of Oktoberfest are turned on in Munich (Sept. 21 this year), I’m reminded of a favourite travel story – one in which I cavorted with German royalty, got a unique insider’s perspective on Germany’s signature annual event, and, of course, drank a lot of beer. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week) here is a selection of recent stories...

THOMAS COOK FIGHTS FOR SURVIVAL

Files for bankruptcy protection in the US
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18 SEP 2019: Thomas Cook Group has filed for Chapter 15 court protection in the US. A step that safeguards the company by protecting it from lawsuits by US creditors while the company goes through a reorganization. MORE

TIME TO GO

Goway sheds light on Africa
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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18 SEP 2019: Business to Africa is booming, but the market is experiencing subtle changes, says Moira Smith. And that’s all the more reason, according to Goway’s GM for Africa and the Middle East, for the tour operator to be out on the road with its annual agent events this week MORE

HERE COMES HUMBERTO

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18 SEP 2019: Officials in Bermuda said Tuesday that schools, public transportation and government offices on the British Atlantic territory will close early ahead of the likely arrival of Hurricane Humberto as a Category 2 storm.   MORE

AN EXPENSIVE NON EVENT

Dorian cost Florida money
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18 SEP 2019: Although Hurricane Dorian skirted by Florida with hardly any damage, it still cost the Sunshine State money. In Orlando, the most visited tourist destination in the US, hotel occupancy was down by almost 42 percent on the Saturday before Labor Day, compared to the same time the previous year. MORE

TICO TALK

20th anniversary makeover
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18 SEP 2019: The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) has re-launched TICO Talk, its quarterly newsletter for Ontario’s travel industry, as an online magazine. To celebrate the publication’s 20th anniversary, TICO Talk has been revamped into a new, highly-visual format, which can be read on a phone, tablet or computer. MORE

TERMINAL TROUBLE

Airline customer service agents report abusive customers
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18 SEP 2019: Airline customer-service agents say they often get verbal threats from passengers, and sometimes they turn into physical confrontations. The agents say alcohol, airline fees and long lines can anger passengers. MORE

WEIGHTY ISSUES

Air India introduces new crew menu
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18 SEP 2019: Without actually admitting to it, Air India has put their crews on a diet. Inflight crew meals are now offered from a special menu. The airline reportedly told their staff the new low-fat and low-cholesterol dishes are being introduced to “help our crew to remain healthy and fit.” MORE

THE SECRET IS OUT

Roatan is nirvana for divers
By SAM ION
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18 SEP 2019: Sunwing, Transat and now Westjet are flying direct to the island of Roatan this winter. Great news for your clients who love to be on, in, and under water. For years divers kept this stunning island a secret, now the secret is out. MORE

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