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Michael Baginski

Editor, 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 columns make him a valued voice at Travel IndustryToday and an invaluable member of the team.

RECENT ARTICLES

ROUND-UP
Nov. 4-7, 2019
11 NOV 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

HEARTBEAT OF THE WORLD
Jamaica unveils new tourism slogan
08 NOV 2019: If the enthusiasm at the Jamaica Tourist Board’s recent Destination Showcase and Fall Product Update Seminars was any indication, then interest in the island out of Canada will continue to rise as quickly as the thermometer here falls as winter sets in. MORE

END OF AN ERA
Sun sets on Uluru climbers
06 NOV 2019: I climbed Uluru – back in the days when my body would countenance such things. I recall that my overwhelming feeling at the time was, why do they let people do this? After all, at the ascent, there was a sign listing the names of the several dozen people – one as recently as last year – who had died climbing, or falling down, the Rock since the 1950s, with the subtle implication that you could be next.   MORE

RIDING THE WAVE
Industry giddy about growth at WTM
05 NOV 2019: WTM London, better known as World Travel Market to the many thousands who attend - kicked off its 40th edition Monday in the British capital with the news that the global travel industry is expected to continue to expand in the coming years and will account for US$3 trillion in business by 2024. MORE

ROUND-UP
Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2019
04 NOV 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

JEEPERS PEEPERS
Facial recognition the next thing at NEXUS
30 OCT 2019:The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will soon be focussing on the entire face of NEXUS users entering the country rather than simply looking them in the eye as new modernized kiosks at airports replace iris scans with facial biometric technology. MORE

EYE ON HAWAII
Safety, responsibility and respect
29 OCT 2019: With Canada posting positive numbers for Hawaii in the first half of the year (+1.7% to 310,248), a delegation of close to 20 tourism, attraction and hotel representatives from the islands, along with staff from the state’s Canadian representation office in Toronto, visited Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver last week to spread the latest news from Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, MORE

ROUND-UP
Oct. 21-25, 2019
28 OCT 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

MYRTLE MANIA
Deals keep summer alive in South Carolina destination
24 OCT 2019:  If falling leaves, frost and snow, (we’re looking at you, Alberta), have you lamenting the end of summer, Myrtle Beach believes it has a remedy. The South Carolina city’s “Stretch Your Summer” campaign endeavours to help Canadians “reclaim” summer with a fall-timed promotion packed with deals, itinerary ideas, and more. MORE

WHAT’S TRENDING IN ENGLAND
War of the Worlds, the sensational south, and more
23 OCT 2019: Britain may be embroiled in Brexit, but that hasn’t stopped tourism types from remaining strong and carrying on in the face of political and economic uncertainty in the country. Recently a delegation from southern England turned up in Toronto to tout the latest news in their regions, with a focus on what Canadians can expect in the days and months upcoming – whether Britain remains part of the European Union or not. Here’s a sampling of the venues and attractions, all of whom are eager to work with agents, especially when it comes to planning group visits: MORE

ROUND-UP Oct. 14-18, 2019
21 OCT 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

FAIR DEAL
Dubai, Emirates excited for Expo 2020
18 OCT 2019: As if there isn’t always enough happening in Dubai, Expo 2020 will debut in the Persian Gulf emirate next year, the first time the world’s fair will have been held in the Middle East, Africa, or South Asia. Tourism execs from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) say the global showcase for design, architecture and culture is expected to welcome 25 million visitors between the Oct. 20 opening date and April 10, 2021. MORE

SHUTTERED
CTO to close NY, London, Canadian offices
16 OCT 2019: Count Canada among the casualties of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) decision to restructure, including closing its major offices in New York and London. While Canada was not specifically mentioned in a bombshell statement by the organization on Tuesday, the CTO’s Canadian business development representative Nancy Drolet told Travel Industry Today that she has been informed that her position will end on Dec. 31 when the other offices close. She notes that she reported to New York. MORE

ROUND-UP
Oct. 7-11, 2019
15 OCT 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

GROW UP
Things looking good for industry, TL Network
15 OCT 2019: Growth was the operative word at the Travel Leaders Network regional events in Toronto last week (east and west), both in bookings and the retail travel industry in general. For TL Network, VP Canada Christine James said the network was seeing plenty of growth, “healthy growth,” in many segments of the market, not the least being river cruising and adventure. MORE

GO CANADA
Israel all in on Canadian market
10 OCT 2019: For the first time in four years, the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) has a dedicated director for Canada, a clear sign that the country is all in on this country, says the man holding the post, Gal Hana. MORE

THEY SHOOT, THEY SCORE
Jamaica promotion heats up hockey game
09 OCT 2019: “Simmer Down,” might be one of the last songs a Leafs fan would expect to hear at the good ol’ hockey game, but a Jamaican band covering the classic Wailers’ ska tune at the Buds game with the Blues Monday night in Toronto was just the point.   MORE

FLYING SOLO
Tour op taps single traveller trend
08 OCT 2019: Solo travel is the fastest-growing trend in tourism and there are great opportunities for agents who jump on the bandwagon, says a tour operator that specializes in the demographic. Nick Roberti, national sales manager for Toronto-based Just You, is quick to point out, “solo does not mean single. Twenty percent of our clientele is married.” He adds “solo” includes anyone who needs to, or simply cares to, travel alone. MORE

FAR OUT
Astronaut lifts Orlando Canada mission to new heights
07 OCT 2019: It takes a lot to outshine the mouse, the boy wizard and Big Bird, but Visit Orlando’s special guest, NASA astronaut Dr. Don Thomas, did just that at the tourism agency’s Canada Mission events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa this week. MORE

BUILDING BRIDGES
Saudi Arabia opens doors to tourism
02 OCT 2019: Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to international visitors for the first time, touting five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a vibrant local culture and breathtaking natural beauty, amongst its attributes. MORE

IT'S GETTING BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS
Islands recovering after Hurricane Dorian
01 OCT 2019: For three days starting on Sept. 1, Hurricane Dorian devastated parts of The Bahamas, having struck with winds that gusted to 354 kph. The category five storm ultimately caused over US $7 billion in damage and, at last count, 44 deaths. At the one-month mark since the natural disaster, Travel Industry Today sat down with Senior Director of the Bahamas Tourist Office in Canada, Paul Strachan, to get the latest news on the islands. MORE

ROUND-UP
Sept 23 to 27, 2019
30 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

SOFT SELL
Sandals gets intimate with agents
30 SEP 2019: Renowned for its mega trade events that might be said to channel a show in Las Vegas or sometimes even a gospel revival, Sandals showed its softer side to travel counsellors last week in Milton, Ontario at the first of 15 cross-country gatherings designed to honour regional top-sellers and Sandals specialists. MORE

THE WHEEL DEAL
Foundation helps employ, empower Indian women
27 SEP 2019: As founder of the Azad Foundation, an organization that aims to level the employment field for disadvantaged women in India, Meenu Vadera has seen first-hand how tourism can employ, empower and enhance the economic status of resource-poor women. On the occasion of UN World Tourism Day (Sept. 27), themed “Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all” this year, Travel Industry Today took time to chat with the feminist and social entrepreneur about her mission and partnership with G Adventures. MORE

WHATS TRENDING IN GERMANY
A passion for Oberammergau and a Beethoven bonanza
24 SEP 2019: With Canada pushing the 700,000 mark in visitations – and a 7.2 percent rise in the first half of this year, no less – a delegation of German tourism execs recently called in this country to serve celebratory cake (Black Forest!) and spread the latest news about a clearly trending destination for Canadians. MORE
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