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OVER-TOURISM

Too much of a good thing
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17 NOV 2017: Venice is planning to divert massive cruise liners. Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals. Both are at the forefront of efforts to get a grip on ‘over-tourism,’ a phenomenon that is disrupting communities, imperiling cherished buildings and harming the experience of travellers and local residents alike. MORE

MORE FLIGHT DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

But bumping has decreased in the US
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17 NOV 2017: Airlines are bumping fewer passengers off oversold planes after taking to heart the public anger over a man being violently dragged from his seat earlier this year. MORE

HALIFAX SCULPTURE HONOURS WOMEN VOLUNTEERS FROM WW II

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17 NOV 2017: They sang and played accordion, knitted scarves and sewed quilts, and served up heaping plates of roast beef and potatoes to hundreds of hungry servicemen. Now, more than 70 years later, Nova Scotia women and girls are being saluted for their volunteer work during the Second World War with a new monument on the Halifax waterfront. MORE

NOT A PETTING ZOO

Tourists welcome to visit where the bison roam
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17 NOV 2017: The tiny community of Claydon, Sask., isn't exactly a tourism mecca. Located in the southwest corner of the province, 150 kilometres south of Swift Current, Claydon has a post office, a couple of other buildings and little in the way of tourist amenities. MORE

PLANES LANES AND AUTOMOBILES

US Thanksgiving will see many travellers
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17 NOV 2017: If you're travelling over Thanksgiving, you'll have even more company than last year. AAA predicts that 50.9 million Americans will travel over the holiday, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016 and the most since 2005. MORE

PUERTO RICO TO WOO VISITORS

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17 NOV 2017: Meet Puerto Rico, the DMO responsible for attracting meetings, conventions, trade shows, sporting events and incentive groups to Puerto Rico, is launching the “Check Off your Bucket List” promotion with one message - Puerto Rico’s meetings industry is here and although it is currently moving from a period of assessment to engagement, they have an industry promotion to jumpstart the recovery. MORE

NOVEMBER REPORT ON CRUISE TRENDS

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17 NOV 2017: The CruiseTrends report for November 2017 has been released, showing the most popular trends among consumers, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising. MORE

CANADIANS AMONG TOP PRODUCERS

Epic Experience For TLNetwork
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17 NOV 2017: TLNetwork.ca hosted 27 of its top members, including six Canadian members and their guests, on a seven-night cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic. The Elite Event, which celebrates and rewards the successes of the organization’s top-producing members, featured a first class experience in NCL’s Haven with its spacious suites and private venues. MORE

X RAY SPECS, VIRTUAL DINING ROOMS

Royal Caribbean lets you Sea Beyond
By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 NOV 2017: From your deck chair, tap a drink order on your cell phone and the waiter delivering it will find you using facial recognition technology. Put on VR goggles and enjoy nibbles delivered to you in bubbles floating across a virtual Zen garden. Or open the video ceiling of an inside stateroom to the stars and have waves lapping at the virtual balcony as a computer assistant opens the curtains and says good morning to you. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

THREE FOR THE ROAD

By JEN SAVEDRA
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16 NOV 2017: Recently Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, Larry Hogan, the governor of and Maryland, and the mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, paid a visit to Toronto. We met with them first at (of all places) Queen’s Park, where they had meetings with Ontario officials, and then joined up later for a reception at the home of the US Consul General Juan Alsace.   MORE

CANADA NAMED 2017 DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

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Time Inc.’s Travel+Leisure has announced that Canada is the 2017 Destination of the Year. In the year of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the editors considered the country’s sustained cultural relevance, as well as its blend of world-class cities, epic natural wonders and eclectic cuisine, in bestowing the top honor.   MORE

THEME PARK EXPO OFFERS PREVIEW FOR 2018

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16 NOV 2017: This year's theme park expo in Orlando, Florida, features the latest products, technology and trends in rides and the next big food items, all of which could be coming to an amusement park near you as early as the summer of 2018. MORE

IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET

They are not happy to see you
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16 NOV 2017: A Southwest Airlines pilot was arrested early Wednesday after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on luggage before his flight left St. Louis, officials said. MORE

FREINDSHIP WAS FOR LAST WEEK

Congress urged to tighten rules on Chinese state media in US
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16 NOV 2017: All staff of Chinese state-run media outlets in the United States should be required to register with the government as foreign agents as they may be supporting Chinese intelligence gathering and “information warfare,” congressional advisers said Wednesday.   MORE

COME FROM AWAY

The film comes next
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16 NOV 2017: The homegrown and Tony Award-winning musical “Come From Away” is getting the big-screen treatment. Canadian husband-and-wife writing duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein - who penned the book, music, and lyrics - will also adapt the feature screenplay. MORE

PEOPLE ARE THE PRODUCT

Not seats and eats
By DAVID TAIT
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16 NOV 2017: Why do most airlines do things the way they do? Well, simply stated, because that’s the way they’ve always done them! Take for instance last week’s big announcement by British Airways that it is planning to plow hundreds of millions of pounds over the coming years into improving the lot of their passengers and investors.   MORE
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