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Michael Baginski

Editor at Large, Mike Baginski is well known and well respected within the industry across Canada, the US, in the Caribbean, Mexico and numerous other destinations outside North America.

Mike is a veteran journalist and editor, and his incisive reports, interviews and his individual and distinct take on our industry, as often evinced in his ‘At Large’ columns make him a valued voice at Travel IndustryToday and an invaluable member of the team.

RECENT ARTICLES


ROUND-UP Aug. 12-16, 2019
19 AUG 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

HEAVEN IN DEVON
Bovey Castle is quintessential England
15 AUG 2019: You don’t have to have the eyes of one of Martin Whitley’s eagles or falcons to see that Bovey Castle is something special. Whitley, who runs Dartmoor Hawking is on site at the historic establishment every day introducing his collection of birds of prey to visitors, but his unique presence is only the tip of the iceberg for guests of the estate, which has been part of the Eden Hotel Collection since 2014. MORE

CANADIAN CONTENT
Keys brewery has a Canuck touch
14 AUG 2019: Who better to serve beer drinkers in the steamy Florida Keys a cold one than a guy from the Great White North who turned a love for suds, “as required by any good Canadian,” into a passion to elevate the Sunshine State’s craft beer scene “one beer at a time.” MORE

ROUND-UP
Aug. 5-9, 2019
12 AUG 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

QUOTH THE RAVEN
Tower of London saved by bird birth
02 AUG 2019: According to legend, if the ravens at the Tower of London ever leave, the Tower will crumble and a great harm will befall the kingdom. “Fear not,” advises Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), “for the ravens have been feathering their nests and have ensured there will always be corvids ruling the roost at the famous fortress." MORE

CAN YOU FEEL KENYA
Goway channels African nation through Lion King
01 AUG 2019: With Disney’s digitally animated remake of The Lion King topping the box office, Goway took advantage of the buzz on Monday night to gather its own pride of travel agents to see the film and, at the same time, learn about Kenya, the story’s possible, sometimes presumed setting. MORE

ROUND-UP
July 22 to 29, 2019
29 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

MARLEY AND ME
Remembering a reggae legend, peace icon, and amazing babysitter
23 JUL 2019: When my now 21-year-old son was a baby, the only certain way my wife and I could get the little guy to sleep was by playing Bob Marley – specifically “Three Little Birds.” Every time the King of Reggae emanated from the CD player, we knew that we wouldn’t have to worry about a thing and that every little thing was gonna be all right. MORE

ROUND-UP
July 15-19, 2019
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

HAWK EYED IN FLORIDA
Focus on the Middle Keys
17 AUG 2019: It is readily apparent to anyone who visits the Florida Keys that the southern island chain, which stretches for 200 kilometres from just below Miami to the southernmost point in the US in Key West, is not like the rest of America. In fact, with a laid-back vibe and vibrant colour palette, it is often called a slice of the Caribbean in America. MORE

Y YOU VISIT YORKSHIRE
The ABCs of Britains theme park
16 JUL 2019: With more visitors annually than all of Disney’s global theme parks combined, Yorkshire has been called “Britain’s theme park.” Such is the bounty of the northern UK county that it is distinctly subdivided into north, south, east and west regions, with such diversity that visitors will find unspoiled countryside, vibrant urban environments, 160 km of coastline, as well as ample art, culture, heritage, and sport, plus food and drink ranging from simple pub grub to Michelin-starred cuisine, and local gin to traditional ale. MORE

ROUND-UP July 8-12, 2019
15 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

REMEMBERING RON
Memory of popular PR man Fiorelli will live on
09 JUL 2019: Forgive me if the details are a little sketchy, time will do that. It’s been many years since I last saw or talked to Ron Fiorelli, who died on July 5 in Oakville, Ont. at age 78 after a battle with cancer. Some years ago, Ron was a prominent PR professional with links to the travel industry via his tenure at Continental PIR and was central to one of my epic travel tales, and in an epic way. MORE

THE HEAT IS ON
Paris sizzles in more ways than one
09 JUL 2019: Paris is hot. Literally. But notwithstanding the torrid summer the city is experiencing along with much of Europe, the French capital, in touristic terms, welcomed nearly 50 million visitors in 2018 – a tally that helped support France’s record 90 million visitors last year, which qualified the country as the world’s top tourism destination, according to the World Tourism Organization. MORE

ROUND-UP
July 1-5, 2019
08 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

DON’T LOOK NOW
The best taglines in tourism
04 JUL 2019: While we have no way of knowing how many lovers have actually visited the state of Virginia over the course of the iconic “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan’s now 50-year lifespan, there’s little doubt that the tagline is one of travel’s, if not marketing in general’s, best. Even Coca Cola didn’t warble “It’s the real thing” for half a century.   MORE

ROUND UP
June 24-28, 2019
02 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

MISSION-ARIES
Spreading the gospel of Florida
02 JUL 2019: Call them missionaries – a delegation of half a dozen disciples of Florida calling in Canada to spread the gospel, and latest news, from the Sunshine State. MORE

SIMMERING FURY
TICO Registrants ticked over Fund fees
27 JUN 2019: Rarely has the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) held an annual general meeting without complaint about the nature and/or amount of registrant fees. Predictably at this year’s 21st annual event, held in Mississauga on June 25, the issue reared its head again, though perhaps with a sense of simmering fury not seen since the days when the late president of the Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA) Bruce Bishins steadfastly championed the cause.   MORE

CALL OF THE WILD
U.S. Tourism plans third big screen spectacular
26 JUN 2019: From amazing national parks to the sublime sounds of America’s musical heritage, Brand USA has tapped into two of the country’s most notable assets to inspire international tourists to visit. Now, the destination marketing organization for the US has seized the great outdoors for a third IMAX big screen spectacular, on schedule to premier in Washington, DC, in February 2020. MORE

CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Arts fest helping bring Belfast together
25 JUN 2019: Canadians continue to discover Northern Ireland in droves, with the latest numbers revealing that 66,000 visitors from this country made the journey in 2018 – an 8 percent increase on the year before, according to Tourism Ireland. Moreover, one in four Canadians who travel to the Republic also make the journey north to take in cities like Belfast and (London) Derry, plus the Antrim Coast and Giant’s Causeway, making Canada the fourth largest overseas market for the region. MORE

ROUND UP
JUNE 17-21, 2019
24 JUN 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

INTO THE SUNSET
Visit Florida is optimistic but is the future of Florida tourism in peril
19 JUN 2019: Despite record visitations for eight consecutive years, Florida tourism is on a slippery slope thanks to funding cuts and a threat of closure, says America’s top-ranking tourism official, Roger Dow. The state has slashed its marketing organization’s budget by 30 percent and has presently reauthorized it only until the end of June 2020 (the so-called “sunset clause”). MORE

A FINE LINE
US Travel walks promotional tightrope
18 JUN 2019:  Pity US tourism officials. They are truth-tellers to be sure, but always at risk of running afoul of the administration (and ultimate corporate masters) of the day, thus forced to walk a tightrope when it comes to articulating the hopes and dreams – and fears – of an often underappreciated and misunderstood, but vital, industry that generates US$2.4 trillion in economic output and supports 15.6 million related jobs in America. MORE

ROUND UP- June 10-14, 2019
17 JUN 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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