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NOT TOO EXCLUSIVE

Softvoyage and Competition Bureau reach agreement
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18 JAN 2018: The Competition Bureau says it has reached an agreement with Softvoyage Inc., the Canadian developer of travel industry software alleged to have created barriers that prevented its competitors from participating in the marketplace. MORE

WEATHER WOES CONTINUE IN THE US SOUTH

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18 JAN 2018: The South and East Coast of the United States are still dealing with the effects of falling snow and temperatures close to or below freezing. Many deaths occurred on icy roads, causing closures with transportation officials advising people not to drive unless it is necessary. Travellers complained of delays, as airports worked with limited staffing. Some areas can expect more of the same today. MORE

DENISE HEFFRON TO RETIRE FROM TRANSAT

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18 JAN 2018: Transat announced with regret that Denise Heffron, vice president, national sales and commercial, will retire from Transat on March 2 after almost 25 years at the company. MORE

SLIP SLIDING AWAY

Icy weather does not dampen the spirit of New Orleans
By JEN SAVEDRA
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18 JAN 2017:  I take it as an article of faith that, barring hurricanes, there is no bad time to visit New Orleans.  However, I find myself this week, wearing virtually every article of clothing I packed, with my brother’s woolen cap pulled low over my ears, hunched over, battling the freezing rain and icy sidewalks in search of a bowl of gumbo. MORE

IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION

French government ends airport plans
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18 JAN 2018: France will abandon divisive plans to build a new airport in the west, the prime minister announced Wednesday, ordering activists protesting the project for nearly a decade to leave their makeshift.  Security forces began deploying extra forces to the area near Nantes ahead of the announcement.  MORE

MAKE A DAY OF IT

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18 JAN 2018: Stop making excuses. Start making plans. That's the message behind the second annual National Plan for Vacation Day. It's an effort by the travel industry to persuade Americans to use January 30 as a day to schedule their vacations for the year and take advantage of any paid time off they are entitled to from their jobs. MORE

SPOT ON

New case of measles connected to ORD
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18 JAN 2018: Public health officials are reporting a second case of measles in a person who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the case is unrelated to one reported last week and says there's no measles outbreak at O'Hare, which served 78 million passengers in 2016. MORE

THREESOME

Cruise Strategies partners with DMI and Saga Cruises
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18 JAN 2018: Cruise Strategies Ltd. announced a new partnership with David Morris International headquartered in Dallas, Texas and SAGA Cruises, based in Folkestone, England as the cruise company enters the Canadian market for the first time. MORE

AIRLINE SPEAK

A language of its own
By DAVID TAIT
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18 JAN 2018:Last week saw one of the more unusual airline incidents in a long time. As the operating carrier’s initial press statement explained,  “the Boeing 737-800 aircraft of Pegasus Airlines Flight PC 8622 Ankara-Trabzon scheduled at 18:25 UTC had a Runway Excursion Incident during landing at Trabzon Airport.” It then ended on a happier note saying, “All 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew disembarked safely from the aircraft with no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board.” Looking at the, “You gotta be kidding me” pictures, it was truly miraculous that nobody was hurt! MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

INFORMATION EXCHANGE

US border data fuels Canadian visa crackdown
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17 JAN 218: A budding cross-border data exchange with the United States is quietly helping Canada crack down on immigration violators. Newly obtained memos show that the federal government has flagged more than 1,000 possible cases of people overstaying their visas or committing other immigration infractions based on information provided by the United States.   MORE

IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

Frigid temperatures trail storm dropping snow on South
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17 JAN 2017: Slippery conditions and dangerous wind chills swept across several southern states Tuesday, shutting down interstates, triggering highway crashes, closing airport runways and prompting widespread school closings. Snow fell in a wide band that stretched from southeastern Texas all the way to western Massachusetts. The wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain was trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures Wednesday. MORE

JETLINES FOUNDER TO HEAD FLAIR

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17 JAN 2018: The founder of Canada Jetlines is taking over as chief executive of Canadian discount carrier Flair Airlines Ltd. Jim Scott replaces Flair founder and former president Jim Rogers, who will remain an adviser until 2019 after selling his shares in the Kelowna-based company.   MORE

CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL

US travel industry needs to reverse tourism slump
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17 JAN 2018: Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over a long-term decline in international tourism to the US and said they want to work with the Trump administration to reverse the trend. Organizers of the new Visit US Coalition said the decline started in 2015 and repeatedly said they are not blaming Donald Trump, who has been criticized by some in the travel industry for spurring a "Trump slump" with anti-foreigner rhetoric and policies.   MORE

APPARENT SUICIDE DELAYS EUROSTAR

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17 JAN 2018: Train traffic between London and Paris was halted Tuesday after a person was crushed to death by a Eurostar train in northern France in what officials say was an apparent suicide. Eurostar said it suspended train service after the death Tuesday, leaving passengers stranded on both sides of the Channel. A spokesman for French national railway SNCF said French trains that use the line were rerouted elsewhere.   MORE

COMING APART

Air India will be split into four business units
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17 JAN 2018: The government of India has confirmed that Air India will be carved up into four separate entities ahead of its sale. The debt-laden national carrier will be offered for sale as the mainline airline business, a regional airline unit, a ground handling division and engineering operations. MORE

AIR CANADA FLIGHT DIVERTED

Man arrested
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17 JAN 2017: Police say an Ottawa man has been charged after an Air Canada flight was diverted to Thunder Bay, Ontario, because of an unruly passenger. Officers were sent to Thunder Bay International Airport last Friday and boarded the plane just after 4 p.m. MORE

BY ANY OTHER NAME

Panama Hotel votes to drop Trump but company won't go
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17 JAN 2017: The owners of a Trump-branded hotel in Panama sued Donald Trump's family-owned company in federal court Tuesday, alleging that the namesake business committed mismanagement and fraud.   MORE

SWINGING UNDER THE PALMS

Following in the Footsteps of Hope, Shore and More in Greater Palm Springs
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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17 JAN 2018: Dubbed the "golf capital of the world" and voted as 2012's Top North American Golf Destination by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the Greater Palm Springs oasis is home to more than 100 lush courses and an average of 350 days of sunshine per year. I finally checked this desert oasis off my bucket list.   MORE
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