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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.

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ROUND UP
April 22-26, 2019
29 APR 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

PALACE INTRIGUE
Spring happenings at Britains royal palaces
29 APR 2019: From a transformed castle to explore and brand-new Queen Victoria exhibitions to live performances uncovering the “Terrible Tudors” in all their gory glory, there’s a whole range of activities visitors can join in at Britain’s Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) this Spring. MORE

SHOW ME THE WAY
Great West Way touring route a first in England
26 APR 2019: England’s The Great West Way may have been officially unveiled last November, but with the summer tourism season at hand, Canadian visitors are just now starting to roll out along the unique new touring route. MORE

CAPITAL OF CASUAL
New hotel a cool option in Negril
26 APR 2019: Negril’s newest hotel has a funky retro vibe that’s a perfect fit for the Jamaican town dubbed the “capital of casual.” The Skylark Negril Beach Resort is a sibling property to the renowned Rockhouse just down the road on the island’s western end and is the second lovechild of amiable Rockhouse chairman Paul Salmon, an Aussie from Melbourne who “chased a girl to Jamaica and fell in love with the country.” MORE

MEET THE NEW WESTJET
We’re here, airline declares at trade shows
25 APR 2019: Agents across Canada continue to meet the “new WestJet” as the airline rolls across the country at a series of close to 20 events for the trade, including five primary shows and over a dozen more intimate events, culminating May 2 in Calgary. MORE

CAN HOCKEY SURVIVE IN THE DESERT
Bet on it
23 APR 2019: I went to a theatrical production and a hockey game broke out. Not surprisingly, the experience unfolded in Las Vegas, where the hockey world has been turned upside down and is breaking new ground on many different levels as it continues to take root in the “entertainment capital of the world.” MORE

ALL HAIL WALES
UK gem celebrating Year of Discovery in 2019
23 APR 2019: Yearly themes are nothing new in tourism as tourist boards often invoke general topics like food, art or culture, or sometimes specific events or anniversaries, in the hopes of inspiring or simply framing visitor interest. MORE

ROUND UP
April 15-19, 2019
22 APR 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

LOVE THE LAYOVER
Singapore Changi unveils new Jewel
16 APR 2019: Already rated the top airport in the world for seven years running by Skytrax, Singapore Changi Airport has a new Jewel in its crown. More than a mall, Jewel Changi Airport is a “multi-dimensional tourist destination” that includes a four-storey forest and the world’s largest indoor waterfall. MORE

ROUND UP
April 8-12, 2019
15 APR 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

GAME ON
Las Vegas is sporting a new look
10 APR 2019: It’s a testament to the diversity of Las Vegas that the city has presented many faces to visitors over the years. Certainly, gambling and iconic casinos are in the DNA of the destination, but periodically Vegas promotors have focussed on entertainment, nightlife, gastronomy, shopping, non-casino attractions including urban outdoor options, nearby desert culture, even family-friendly vacation possibilities. And that’s not even to mention the things that happen there that are, by custom, expected to stay there! MORE

A FRIENDLY CHAT
Getting the goods on Glasgow
09 APR 2019: Many cities claim the world’s friendliest people, but in Glasgow’s case it may well be true, with residents eager to bend over backwards to help visitors make the most of their time in a destination that has long toiled in the tourism shadows of neighbouring Edinburgh and Loch Lomond. MORE

ROUND UP
April 1-5, 2019
08 APR 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

WHATS TRENDING IN CRUISING
Rivers still the rage, reports CLIA
08 APR 2019: The cruise industry has always maintained that there are oceans of opportunity for agents to sell the sector, from appealing to the vast majority of consumers who have never before set sail to discovering new niches, the latest ships and an ever-expanding roster of exciting destinations. MORE

PURSUIT OF PASSION
TravelBrands enthused after sale
05 APR 2018: Meet the new boss; same as the old boss. Which is good news for TravelBrands, whose former owner has stayed on as president and CEO to lead the company after completion of its sale to H.I.S. Co. Ltd., the Japanese travel giant that also owns Merit Travel and Jonview in Canada, along with 275 travel outlets worldwide.   MORE

NO CHANGE, CHANGI TOP AIRPORT
YVR named best in North America in Skytrax poll
02 APR 2019: For the seventh year in a row, Singapore Changi has been named the top airport in the world by the prestigious Skytrax Airports Awards. No other airport has matched Changi’s run of success. Vancouver was Canada’s top entry at 17, while Toronto Pearson placed 50th, Montreal 62nd and Halifax 92nd. MORE

ROUND UP
March 25-29, 2019
01 APR 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

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Why Britain is great for Globus
27 MAR 2019: With decades of experience selling tours in Great Britain, the Globus Family of Brands is certainly an expert on one of Canadians’ favourite holiday destinations. In fact, Globus FOB offers more than 40 itinerary options across its Globus, Cosmos and Monograms brands, including several new choices for 2019. Travel Industry Today recently sat down with the company’s managing director for Canada, Stéphanie Bishop, to see just what makes Britain so great for Globus. MORE

DESTINATION OF DIVERSITY
St Vincent and the Grenadines has it all
26 MAR 2019: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the most diverse destination in the Caribbean, Glen Beache will readily tell you. “In fact, the only two destinations that can compete with us are Jamaica and the Bahamas,” says the director of tourism for SVG. “No other destination even comes close.” MORE

ROUND UP
March 18-22, 2019
25 MAR 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

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE
Caribbean forced to weather fickle perceptions
20 MAR 2019: People, not hurricanes, define the Caribbean and it’s about time the world knows that, says the head of the region’s hotel association. Patricia Affonso-Dass, president Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), says the perception that the Caribbean region is “the most tourism-dependent in the world” – which is to say, that its economic success and survival is beholden to the dictates of Mother Nature – is both outdated and inaccurate and that it is the duty of tourism stakeholders to help the Caribbean be seen for what it actually is: “the most desirable place in the world.” MORE

WHATS TRENDING IN TRAVEL
TL Network offers latest insights
19 MAR 2019: Coming off a “tremendous” year of growth in 2018, Travel Leaders Network, which counts more than 6,000 associates and member travel agency locations in North America (including 680 in Canada), has plenty of insight into what’s trending in the travel industry. MORE

ROUND UP
March 11-15, 2019
18 MAR 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

A DATE AT THE TATE
Van Gogh UK exhibit largest in a decade
15 MAR 2019: Tate Britain will host the largest exhibition of Vincent van Gogh’s work in the UK for nearly a decade. “The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain” will also be the first at the London venue, which is one of the largest art museums in the country and dubbed “the home of British art from 1500 to the present day.”   MORE

IN A THEME PARK FAR FAR AWAY
Star Wars opening date delivered by Disney
15 MAR 2019: Wookie wannabees rejoice. Disney’s much-anticipated and long-awaited Star Wars attraction is set to open ahead of schedule in Hollywood and later in the year in Orlando. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will welcome guests at Disneyland beginning May 31 and at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29.   MORE
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