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INSIDER THREAT
Mechanic charged with sabotage increases security fears
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, several breaches in the US illustrate the possibility that a well-placed airline or airport employee could bring down a plane. MORE

JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER
Florida senators want Canadian stays extended
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

ROUND-UP
Sept. 16 to 20, 2019
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

DECODING THE NEW DRESS CODES
As cruise lines continue to go casual
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

OUTSIDE THE BOX
Don’t think of us only for sun, says ACV
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

THOMAS COOK COLLAPSES
150,000 people stranded
23 SEP 2019: Tour company Thomas Cook collapsed early Monday after failing to secure emergency funding, leaving tens of thousands of vacationers stranded abroad. The British government said the return of the 178-year-old firm's 150,000 British customers now in vacation spots across the globe would be the largest repatriation in its peacetime history. The process began Monday and officials warned that delays are inevitable.   MORE

CLIA PREDICTS A BUOYANT YEAR FOR ALASKA
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. According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) data, at least 1.44 million cruise ship passengers are expected in Alaska next year. That's a six percent increase.  MORE

AC UPDATES BOARDING POLICY
Reacts to complaints after woman made to remove hijab
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.  Fatima Abdelrahman did not refuse the request, but requested a private area so she could remove her headscarf in the exclusive presence of female Air Canada agents, but reportedly airline employees refused. MORE

NOTHING TO TAKE HOME
New York proposes a ban of single use plastic toiletry bottles in hotels
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

THE VOICE OF MONTREAL
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

SPLASH WATER WORLD
Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlán
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

AIRBNB TO GO PUBLIC IN 2020
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

IMELDA SOAKS TEXAS
More than 1,000 rescues and evacuations
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

STEADY AS SHE GOES
Smooth sailing for Jamaica from Canada
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

THIS ONE IS ON THE PRINCE
Guzzling beer with German royalty and Oktoberfest insights
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

BLOWN AWAY
Paris tests new bubble shaped water taxi
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

A NEW LOOK FOR THE VILLAGE
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

AIR CANADA FROM MONTREAL TO BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
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

CHICAGO SURPASSES HALF A MILLION VISITORS FROM CANADA
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 LAGS BEHIND IN ANCILLARY REVENUE
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

SELLING DREAMS
Globus offers choice and flexibility
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 programs to light and fulfil the needs of the modern traveller, she asks and responds herself, “In today’s world it’s about delivering a program that meets so many profiles. It’s all about choice and flexibility.” MORE

COOL HEADS AND PRAGMATISM
BA pilots call off planned 24 hour strike
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

DISTRIBUTION DEAL
Expedia in exclusive partnership with Marriott
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

THE SECRET IS OUT
Roatan is nirvana for divers
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

WEIGHTY ISSUES
Air India introduces new crew menu
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
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