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ICE HOTELS GET THE COLD SHOULDER

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22 JUL 2019: Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The US government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels for decades and says it might have to split up families if hotels don't help. MORE

AIRCRAFT COLLISION AT BNA

No injuries on Southwest planes involved
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22 JUL 2019: Two Southwest Airlines planes have collided on the tarmac of Nashville International Airport. Airline officials say no injuries were reported in Saturday night's collision. An emailed statement from Southwest Airlines spokesperson Michelle Agnew says the winglet of the St. Louis-bound Southwest Flight 1555 “came into contact” during pushback with the winglet of Southwest Flight 4580, headed for Atlanta. MORE

BA CANCELS FLIGHTS TO CAIRO

Suspension is for one week
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22 JUL 2019: British Airways announced on Saturday it was cancelling flights to Cairo for a week "as a precaution to allow for further assessment." Egypt's minister of civil aviation responded with frustration that the British airline had not first consulted with his country’s authorities. Lufthansa suspended flights to Cairo on the same day, but resumed them the day after. MORE

ON TO NEW ADVENTURES

Ruth Williamson retires
By JEN SAVEDRA
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22 JUL 2019: In this job we run into a great many people, the vast majority of whom are professional, pleasant and helpful. Then you have the few who stand out from the rest. Ruth Williamson is one of that special minority. When VoX International’s president Susan Webb, learned that Williamson was retiring, from the US Commercial Services, she couldn’t let the occasion go unobserved. MORE

SIGNS OF DISCONTENT

Big Sur reacting to overtourism
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22 JUL 2019: The first week in July a banner was hung at the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, stating the words, “OVERTOURISM IS KILLING BIG SUR.” Last week the same words were written in gold paint on Highway 1 in the bridge parking lot. Authorities searched Thursday for the person (people) responsible for the graffiti on the scenic stretch of rugged California coast, that is a major destination for visitors travelling between San Francisco and Los Angeles. MORE

RCL ANNOUNCES YEAR ROUND CRUISES FROM NOLA

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22 JUL 2019: Royal Caribbean will begin year-round cruises from New Orleans beginning in January. Majesty of the Seas will sail on seven night voyages to the Bahamas and western Caribbean. MORE

WILL BERMUDA BE ABLE TO WEATHER A SURGING TIDE OF CRUISE SHIPS

By WALLACE IMMEN
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22 JUL 2019: There was a time not long ago when your cruise ship might be the only one visiting Bermuda on any given day. The tiny mid-Atlantic island strictly limited the number of cruise ships allowed to visit at the same time. All that’s changed almost overnight. MORE

ROUND-UP

July 15-19, 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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22 JUL 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:

A STRONG NEGATIVE BACKLASH

Caribbean Hotels rethink Booking.com based on new commission policy
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19 JUL 2019: An overwhelming majority of Caribbean hotels are reconsidering using Booking.com as a result of the new commission policy which they claim is aimed at generating additional revenue for the online giant at the expense of consumers, the region's destinations, hotels and employees. MORE

THE SUIT FITS

Supreme Court won't hear WestJet appeal in harassment case
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19 JUL 2019: WestJet Airlines has lost a legal bid to put an end to a proposed class-action harassment lawsuit. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear WestJet's arguments to quash the suit launched by a former flight attendant. MORE

THE COST OF BAD BEHAVIOUR

Passenger billed for flight return
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19 JUL 2019: A passenger accused of severe misbehaviour on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London's Stansted Airport in June, has received a huge bill from the airline. Chloe Haines is accused of “aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour.” MORE

PATIO SEASON

Top of the town gem in Bologna
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19 JUL 2019: With summer in mind – and glass in hand – we at Travel Industry Today, continue our seasonal series on some of the planet’s best bars, patios and rooftop venues to enjoy during the (hopefully good) weather. MORE

TRIBAL TEXTILES

An art safari in rural Zambia
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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26 JUL 2019: With the focus on safaris, Zambia is perhaps overlooked when it comes to art and cultural heritage. Demonstrating the nations rich traditional inheritance, Tribal Textiles, located in a vibrant Mfuwe workshop, showcases the country’s emerging talent. MORE

AIRLINE SUES PASSENGER OVER INSTAGRAM POST

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19 JUL 2019: A popular Youtube vlogger in Indonesia claims he is being sued by the country's national airline Garuda, for posting an image on Instagram of a hand-written business-class menu. After the posting, Garuda, issued a directive to cabin crew to prevent passengers from taking photos or videos during flights. MORE

LIGHTING UP VANCOUVER

India, Croatia, Canada set to sparkle
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19 JAN 2019: Vancouver's 29th annual fireworks extravaganza is set to showcase the pyrotechnical skills of India, Croatia and Canada as the three countries light up the sky this summer. Every year, an estimated 400,000 people flock to the downtown core each night of the 10 p.m. show, preceded by an all-day family friendly affair that includes food trucks, a stage at Sunset Beach featuring a variety of musical and cultural performances. MORE

PRESIDENTIAL PEAK

Nebraska woman arrested, fined for climbing Mount Rushmore
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19 JUL 2019: A Nebraska woman has been fined US $1,000 for climbing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Authorities say Alexandria Incontro scaled the massive granite sculpture last week with bare feet and no rope, making it to about 15 feet (4.5 metres) from the top. MORE

JOHNNY CLEGG

Remembering the White Zulu
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19 JUL 2019: On May 31, we posted a video from a favourite performer, Johnny Clegg, noting that the South African musical and political trailblazer was battling pancreatic cancer. Sadly, Clegg succumbed to his illness on July 16. Dubbed the “White Zulu,” Clegg fused western pop with South African styles in the multi-racial bands Juluka and Savuka, an act that by itself served as a bold statement against apartheid in his home country in the 1980s. MORE
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