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SKAL FORE ONE

Annual golf tourney hits new heights
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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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

PREMIUM ROUTES. PREMIUM PRICES

United woos high fare passengers
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23 AUG 2019: United Airlines is adding several new routes to Europe, underscoring the pursuit by airlines of high-fare passengers. United said Thursday that it will add European flights from Newark, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. MORE

A YEN FOR THE OLYMPICS

Go for gold if you want to go
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TOKYO - Having trouble getting tickets for next year's Tokyo Olympics? That's no problem if you have BIG BUCKS to spare. Tokyo Olympic organizers are offering high-end hospitality packages to Japan residents with prices soaring to 6.35 million yen (about CA $80,000). This is good for the opening and closing ceremony, nine days of track and field with luxury seating and sumptuous dining. Low-end packages dip down to about $2,000 for one session at a less popular event. MORE

PATIO SEASON

New York venue slimy but satisfying
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23 AUG 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

BARCELONA SEES A SPIKE IN MUGGINGS

Not good news for tourist hotspot
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23 AUG 2019: Robberies involving violence or intimidation have spiked sharply in Barcelona, one of Europe's most attractive summer vacation destinations, Spanish police officials said. Attacks, often targeting tourists, have sometimes also hit foreign officials. MORE

A BAD TASTE FOR SOME

JetBlue logo add to landmark Pepsi sign
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23 AUG 2019: A landmark Pepsi sign along New York City's East River will also promote JetBlue for the next six weeks, and critics are finding it hard to swallow. The new signage celebrates a partnership in which JetBlue will serve PepsiCo drinks on flights. MORE

GAGGING ON THE GREENS

Putrid stench envelops Cape Breton town known as premier golf destination
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23 AUG 2019: Known for its two world-class golf resorts, a former coal mining town in Cape Breton is quickly gaining a reputation for something other than spectacular seaside fairways. In recent weeks, Inverness, N.S., has become one of the most foul-smelling communities on the island. MORE

SOME THINGS ARE NOT FOR SALE

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23 AUG 2019: With all the talk of buying and selling this week, we thought it might be appropriate to remind ourselves with this week’s music video, that some things cannot be acquired by political maneuvering, or bought for cold hard cash. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week) here is a selection of recent stories...

FRICTIONLESS BREXIT

Merkel hopes for amicable departure before meeting Boris Johnson
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22 AUG 2019: German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated Wednesday that she's still holding out for an amicable departure of Britain from the European Union, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson travelled to Berlin for the start of a high-stakes tour to press his case for reopening negotiations on Brexit. MORE

NOT SO FAST

Justice Department sues to block merger of Sabre and Farelogix
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22 AUG 2019: The Justice Department is suing to block Sabre Corp. from buying Farelogix, a rival provider of technology services to airlines. In a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday, the government says Sabre pursued the US $360 million deal to eliminate a competitor that has disrupted the market with more modern technology. MORE

YOU TALKING TO ME

Absurd foreign policy
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22 AUG 2019: Escalating an international spat, Donald Trump said Wednesday he scrapped his trip to Denmark because the prime minister made a “nasty” statement when she rejected his idea to buy Greenland as an absurdity.   MORE

EXOTIC VACATIONS AHEAD

Globus unveils 2020 vacations to Asia and South America
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22 AUG 2019: Taking a vacation in an exotic destination such as Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Argentina, Patagonia or Peru is an incredibly exciting adventure. For some, it can also seem like a daunting endeavour. Discomfort with the language, customs, exchange rates or even transportation from point A to Z and everywhere in between can be a barrier for travellers. MORE

ROYALTON GRENADA TO OPEN IN MARCH 2020

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22 AUG 2019: Royalton Luxury Resorts has announced that the Royalton Grenada Resort and Spa will welcome its first guests as of March 1, 2020. The opening of the resort follows the chain’s expansion in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. MORE

TRAVEL MANITOBA

PC leader wants to bring more tourists to Manitoba
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22 AUG 2019: It’s making promises time again. Whoever wins, let’s hope this one comes to fruition. Let’s hope- Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are promising more money for tourism promotion if they are re-elected Sept. 10. The government currently dedicates four percent of provincial revenues from tourism to promote the industry through Travel Manitoba, a Crown corporation. MORE

BIENVENUE AUX TOURISTS

Financial assistance to Quebec Eastern Townships for global promotion
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22 AUG 2019: Tourism is a major economic driver throughout Canada, supporting one out of every ten jobs. It helps ensure sustainable growth and creates good jobs for middle-class families, both in large urban centres and communities. MORE

VEGAS HARD ROCK REBRANDS AS VIRGIN

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22 AUG 2019: The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas has scrubbed plans to remain partly open and will close completely next year for renovations and rebranding as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. MORE

TAKE YOUR SNAKES

Traveller forgot snake at Newark security checkpoint
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22 AUG 2019: A young girl discovered something slithery at a New Jersey airport security checkpoint: a 15-inch-long snake. Transportation Security Administration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport said that it appears the thin, black snake with a yellow ring around its neck was forgotten by a traveller Monday night. MORE

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