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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

How a family-run business is challenging the tourism industry
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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18 OCT 2019: The Travel Corporation which is behind some of the biggest brands in the business: Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Contiki, Uniworld , along with the Red Carnation Hotels which includes the legendary Ashford Castle has launched its biggest pledge to date: Make Travel Matter. MORE

CLIMATE CHANGE

London commuters scuffle with climate activists
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18 OCT 2019: Angry commuters scuffled with climate activists who climbed onto the roofs of trains early Thursday, snarling services during the busy morning rush hours in the British capital. Londoners have largely tolerated a series of peaceful protests in recent days by the Extinction Rebellion group, but interfering with workers' morning commute appeared to be a step too far for some. MORE

FAIR DEAL

Dubai, Emirates excited for Expo 2020
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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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

EUROPEAN SPECIALTY FOOD MAKERS BRACE FOR US TARIFFS

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18 OCT 2019: European producers of specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a US tariff hike due today (Friday) with a mix of trepidation and indignation at being dragged into a trade war they feel they have little to do with. MORE

MARITIMES ROCKED BY STRONG FALL STORM

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18 OCT 2019: Thousands of Maritimers lost power on Thursday as a slow-moving fall storm crawled through the region, bringing downpours, powerful gusts and downed trees. The storm was expected to gradually shift east over Cape Breton in the late afternoon and evening, while Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula can expect some strong evening winds as well. Some flights were delayed or cancelled at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. MORE

A BITCH OF A TRAVEL AGENT

North Carolina aims to inspire travel for dogs from dogs
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18 OCT 2019: An All American dog named Mo has joined the Visit North Carolina team in the newly created position of Dog Travel Agent. Mo, who will provide expert travel advice from a canine perspective, has nearly 40 dog years of experience in the field. She lives in Charlotte. MORE

GET IT WHILE YOU CAN

Next G7 summit to be held at Trump Doral
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18 OCT 2019: The White House said Thursday it has chosen Donald Trump's golf resort near Miami as the site for next year's Group of Seven summit. The announcement to hold the event at Trump National Doral comes at the same time the president has accused Joe Biden's family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden's business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice-president. MORE

WHAT’S GOING ON

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18 OCT 2019: Something a little different for today’s music video. Open a newspaper, or newsmagazine, watch the news on whatever device, turn on the radio, or the television, eavesdrop on a conversation in a restaurant (or anywhere else) - the question people everywhere are asking is “What’s going on?” And it’s not just confined to the machinations of the stable genius south of our border, here in Canada we’re just days away from a divisive election, Britain has had Brexit bedlam for over three years as it watched two Prime Ministers fall and relationships with EU countries and particularly Ireland become strained. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week) here is a selection of recent stories...

READY FOR WINTER

Cuba is open for business
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17 OCT 2019: Tourism in Cuba is functioning normally despite recent reports that fuel shortages are causing disruptions in tourism. That was part of the message from Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero who was in Toronto to dispel any negative rumours about Cuba's most important industry. The Minister also made several announcements on key tourism products to some of the biggest sun players in the industry. MORE

OFFSIDE PENALTY

British family detained by US authorities
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17 OCT 2019: This story has been getting quite a bit of play over the past few days and if the family has been treated in the way they claim it is in no way excusable. But it all seems to be a bit more complicated than it appeared at first. Seven members of an extended British family who apparently made an accidental unauthorized crossing into the US from Canada are being held in federal custody at a Pennsylvania detention centre nearly two weeks after their arrest. MORE

YO FOLKS

Airlines considering non-binary announcements
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17 OCT 2019: Several Canadian airlines have scrubbed the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” from their in-flight announcements - or are considering the change - replacing the gendered language with non-binary terminology as part of a broader shift toward corporate inclusivity. MORE

MAXED OUT

Will travellers worry about flying on a 737 Max
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17 OCT 2019: At some point early next year, air travellers will need to decide if they're willing to take a flight on a Boeing 737 Max. If they're not, they'll need to find out what their travel options are. There will be no government-ordered compensation in North America or Europe for travellers who are afraid to get on the plane that has crashed twice, killing 346 people. Not after aviation regulators deem the Max safe. MORE

HOTEL SALE

MGM Resorts sells Circus Circus and Bellagio
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17 OCT 2019: MGM Resorts International have announced the sale of two casinos that will significantly alter its portfolio of Las Vegas Strip properties. The Las Vegas-based company said it is selling the Circus Circus hotel-casino for US $825 million to Treasure Island casino owner Phil Ruffin. The company also sold the Bellagio for US $4.25 billion. MORE

NOTHING UNUSUAL OR UNEXPECTED

Passenger on Emirates flight loses injury case
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17 OCT 2019: A passenger who said she was left thirsty by an Emirates cabin crew and then broke her ankle when she fainted on the flight, lost her case for compensation in an Australian court. Lina Di Falco, 54, sued the United Arab Emirates-based airline for damages sustained on the flight from Melbourne to Dubai in 2015. MORE

KAREN SCOTT CAPLICE AT TRAVEL EDGE

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17 OCT 2019: Karen Scott Caplice has been promoted to director, Advisor Relationships – Canada for Travel Edge Luxury Agency. With over 30 years of travel experience, Scott Caplice is a key part of the vision in securing Travel Edge as a luxury travel agency in North America, focused on customized support and benefits to help professional travel advisors grow their business. MORE

BIRDIES, BOOGIES AND TIPPLES ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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17 OCT 2019: Autumn is a brilliant time to pack your clubs and head to Vancouver Island. The courses are in optimal condition, the days are crisp and invigorating and the trees are flaunting their fall colours. Spend your mornings on the verdant fairways and your afternoons on sunny patios imbibing at myriad wineries and brewpubs. Ranked by Golf Magazine as “one of the best deals on the continent,” the golf courses of Vancouver Island offer year-round challenges and spectacular scenery for both high and low handicappers. MORE

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