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EH. WHAT OFFER.

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21 AUG 2019: Transat A.T. Inc. repeated its recommendation that shareholders support a takeover offer for the company by Air Canada after Pierre Karl Peladeau hinted he may make an offer. The travel company says it has never received an offer from Peladeau or any of his business associates to acquire Transat. MORE

DISNEY WHISTLEBLOWER

Alleges company inflated revenue for years
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21 AUG 2019: A former Walt Disney Co. accountant says she has filed a series of whistleblower tips with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the company has materially overstated revenue for years. MORE

NOT QUITE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

New ride hailing policies in BC leave taxi industry dissatisfied
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21 AUG 2019: New policies for ride-hailing services in British Columbia will allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate a limitless number of vehicles beyond geographical boundaries that are in place for the taxi industry. MORE

WHO LOVES NEW YORK

Nike signs merchandising agreement with NYC
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21 AUG 2019: Sneaker giant Nike will sell New York City-branded merchandise under a two-year licensing agreement. The deal reached last week will allow Oregon-based Nike to sell apparel with the logos of the NYPD or other iconic city institutions. MORE

TIME TO FLY

American carriers expect record crowds over Labor Day weekend
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21 AUG 2019: US airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period, continuing a rise in travel that has boosted the airlines' profits all year. The trade group Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 17.5 million passengers will fly on American carriers between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3. That would be 2.5 million passengers a day and a four percent increase over the same week last year. MORE

DRAWING A LINE IN THE SAND

When in Sardinia dont bottle it up
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21 AUG 2019: Sardinia is proud of its sand, you can look at it, lie on it, walk on it, presumably even build castles with it – but don’t even think about taking it home. A French couple who were caught with 14 bottles of Sardinian sand in the back of their SUV now face up to six years in jail. MORE

WHEN IN VENICE

Do not brew coffee on the Rialto Bridge
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20 AUG 2019: Sometimes you cannot imagine what tourists will get up to away from home. Two German backpackers have been fined and asked to leave Venice after brewing coffee in front of the Rialto Bridge. MORE

MAGICAL MOMENTS

By SAM ION
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21 AUG 2019: Australia, even the word conjures up mental pictures of beaches, of sunshine, of kangaroos, Koalas and wombats. I’ll bet most people including your clients and me never think - oh penguins. Who knew, I sure didn’t. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week) here is a selection of recent stories...

ANOTHER DAY. ANOTHER OFFER

Another possible suitor for Transat shareholders
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20 AUG 2019: The head of Quebec telecommunications giant Quebecor Inc. is dangling a potential offer for Transat if the tour operator's shareholders or regulatory authorities block Air Canada's $720-million offer. Pierre Karl Peladeau, who says he owns about 1.6 percent of the outstanding shares of Air Transat's parent company has plans to vote against the Air Canada offer. MORE

UNPLUG WITH UNCRUISE

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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20 AUG 2019: I feel like I have the entire sea to myself. On the edge of the planet's largest remaining tract of temperate rainforest, waves are lapping around the S.S. Legacy. We're sailing on one of the cruise itineraries from expedition cruise company, UnCruise Adventures called Alaska's Glacier Country, a 7-night thrilling adventure of Southeast Alaska. MORE

GETTING SOCIAL WITH SANDALS

By JEN SAVEDRA
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20 AUG 2019: It was a busy time for the Sandals staff and crew in Toronto last week as they played host to travel partners and media on several successive nights aboard the Lady Sandals. I was on board Wednesday, the weather cooperated (the traffic didn’t) but I made it in time and was warmly welcomed on board with minutes to spare.   MORE

BACK TO TOBAGO

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20 AUG 2019: Sunwing has announced returning to Tobago this winter with service from Toronto. The airline is the only Canadian leisure carrier to offer direct flights weekly to this tropical destination, from December 19, 2019 until April 16, 2020. MORE

RAGING FIRES IN CANARY ISLANDS

Thousands are evacuated
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20 AUG 2019: A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 metres (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said. The blaze is described by the local fire department as “a monster” and was racing across parched woodlands into Tamadaba Natural Park. MORE

US EXTENDS TRAVEL BAN TO NORTH KOREA

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20 AUG 2019: The Trump administration is extending a ban on the use of US passports for travel to North Korea for another year. A State Department notice released Monday says the ban will remain in place until Aug. 31, 2020, unless revoked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. MORE

A PLANE TICKET

With a side order of sustainable aviation fuel
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20 AUG 2019: German airline Lufthansa is launching a website that allows customers to buy climate-friendly plane fuel to compensate for the emissions caused by their flight. The airline said Monday that the sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, purchased that way will be added to one of the airline's flights, reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. MORE

DUST GETS IN YOUR EYES, MOUTH AND NOSE

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20 AUG 2019: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Burning Man is served with a side of playa dust that covers cars and clothing and finds its way into places where the sun doesn't shine.  But experts say it doesn't appear to pose any significant health risk to those who inhale it during the festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada that starts this weekend. MORE

DEAN SULLIVAN TO PLAYA HOTELS & RESORTS

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20 AUG 2019: Playa Hotels & Resorts has named Dean Sullivan, VP of Marketing & Public Relations.  Sullivan will report to Kevin Froemming, Executive VP and CCO of Playa Hotels & Resorts and will be based out of the company’s Ft. Lauderdale office. MORE

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