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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
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

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

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

TIME TO GO
Goway sheds light on Africa
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

ROUND-UP
Sept.9-13, 2019
16 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

THE KING AND I
Finally coming to grips with Graceland
13 SEP 2019: For reasons I cannot explain, some part of me wants to see Graceland – Paul Simon. I like Elvis Presley as much as the next guy/gal – well, not our friend Darlene, who’s simply cuckoo about the King – but I must admit to having grown up in a world in which the rock and roll trailblazer and 1950s sex symbol had sadly devolved into a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich-scarfing Vegas sideshow act whose cultural relevance had become comedic rather than quintessential. Elvis always seemed to be leaving the building, thanking people very much in trademark baritone or inspiring a legion of impersonators from grooms to sky divers. Looking back, I’m not surprised that unlike John Lennon, I don’t know where I was when Elvis died (Aug. 16, 1977). MORE

PATIO SEASON
An oasis in New Orleans
13 SEP 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

ORLANDO UPDATE
Canada mission, agent academy, fall calendar
10 SEP 2019: With recent news out of Orlando focussing on hurricanes, Harry Potter and Hollywood Studios, it’s easy to miss all that’s been happening in Orlando this summer/fall. MORE

ROUND-UP
Sept. 2-6, 2019
09 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

ABOVE AND BEYOND
A new dawning for the Empire State Building
06 SEP 2019: Where better to plan a tip-top experience in New York than from the summit of the city’s most famous landmark – the Empire State Building? Starting this fall, visitors will be able to create a personalized trip itinerary at “NYC: Above and Beyond,” a new interactive experience designed to provide personalized travel recommendations to visitors from around the globe – many of whom make the iconic Big Apple attraction their first stop in the city.   MORE

ROUND-UP
Aug. 26-30, 2019
03 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

BATTLE OF THE BULGE
U.S. recreation site can help ease over-tourism
30 AUG 2019: With US parks “bulging” at the seams (not unlike many other global sites favoured by tourists) a federal government site, by its very nature, can help, says an organization rep. The site – recreation.gov – was designed as a one-stop shop to help travellers (and travel agents) research, plan, share and safeguard their experiences at America’s public lands, waterways and monuments, in part by providing useful information and tips and “removing obstacles” – such as redirecting visitors to lesser-known and less-crowded sites. MORE

ROUND-UP
Aug. 19-24, 2019
26 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

SKAL FORE ONE
Annual golf tourney hits new heights
23 AUG 2019: The golf gods blessed Skal’s Toronto and Toronto North chapters with a perfect day to goof off on the golf course at Lionshead in Brampton, Ontario this week. It was a little warm to be sure, but as one player noted, “I shouldn’t complain, it’s going to be freezing (in Canada) soon enough.” MORE

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
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