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IS IT CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Did US Defence Secretary use office to help former employer Boeing
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21 MAR 2019:  The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. Shanahan, who was travelling with Donald Trump to Ohio on Wednesday, spent more than 30 years at Boeing, leading programs for commercial planes and missile defence systems. MORE

WE WILL LOOK FOR OURSELVES

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet
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21 MAR 2019: The decision by Europe and Canada to break with US air-safety regulators over the safety of the Boeing 737 Max is likely to delay the resumption of flights after two of the jets crashed. The decision to conduct their own reviews of Boeing's changes to a key flight-control system, not to simply take the Federal Aviation Administration's word that the alterations are safe could undercut the FAA's reputation around the world and scramble an ambitious schedule set by Boeing. MORE

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

UK seeks three month delay to Brexit
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21 MAR 2019: With just nine days to go until Brexit day, Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to postpone Britain's departure from the European Union until June 30. The decision is in the hands of the 27 remaining EU nations, whose leaders must agree unanimously for an extension to be granted. MORE

FOREIGN AID BEGINS FLOWING TO EAST AFRICA

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21 MAR 2019: International aid has started trickling into the East African countries devestated by the imapct of Cyclone Idai, in an effort to ease the humanitarian crisis created by floodwaters caused by the storm. Relief efforts that were initially stifled by airport closures slowly gained steam Wednesday and foreign governments began pledging aid to help the region recover from the worst flooding in decades. MORE

GETTING CONNECTED

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19 MAR 2019:  The recent Connect Business Travel Conference held at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida, saw corporate travel executives get together with key suppliers to do some serious business. We had an opportunity to talk with Will Seccombe, the president of Connect Travel and Connect Marketing. He took no time in getting down to the basics – “13,630 individual appointments between North American Suppliers and 100 buyers from 29 countries.” MORE

LAUNCH OF FINGAL

A First for Scotland
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21 MAR 2019: Fingal opened in January 2019 in the historic Port of Leith as a unique addition to Edinburgh’s hotel scene. This former Northern Lighthouse Board ship, begins an exciting new chapter offering beautiful cabins, dining and entertaining space. Developed by The Royal Yacht Britannia, Fingal’s 23 luxury cabins are each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by its maritime heritage. MORE

OPENING SOON

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa
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21 MAR 2019: Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa, Antigua’s newest all-inclusive resort will open its doors on May 1, to travellers in search of a luxurious beach vacation. The stunning 294-room resort is situated on the pristine white beach of picturesque Deep Bay. This resort will be the first in the Royalton portfolio to include the Diamond Club Chairman Overwater Bungalows offering unparalleled views and direct access to the Caribbean Sea. MORE

TOO MUCH SPRING BREAK

Raucous crowds stressing Miami Beach officials
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20 MAR 2019: The Miami Beach Police Department says additional officers will start patrolling Ocean Drive this weekend to keep an eye on a raucous spring break crowd. That was one of the solutions that came out of Tuesday's emergency meeting of the Miami Beach City Commission. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

HOW FRIENDLY IS TOO FRIENDLY

Prosecutors probe relationship between Boeing and the FAA
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20 MAR 2019: The Transportation Department confirmed Tuesday that its watchdog agency will examine how the Federal Aviation Administration certified the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, the now-grounded plane involved in two fatal accidents within five months. The FAA had stood by the safety of the plane up until last Wednesday, despite other countries grounding it. MORE

AIR CANADA AND WESTJET ADJUST SCHEDULES

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20 MAR 2019: Air Canada has decided to remove its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months. Westjet said that as of Monday (March 25), their flight schedules will reflect the removal of the 13 Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft through the end of April. Westjet says it will continue to monitor the “dynamic situation and will balance further extension of a revised schedule as more information becomes available.” MORE

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE

Caribbean forced to weather fickle perceptions
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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20 MAR 2019: People, not hurricanes, define the Caribbean and it’s about time the world knows that, says the head of the region’s hotel association. Patricia Affonso-Dass, president Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), says the perception that the Caribbean region is “the most tourism-dependent in the world” – which is to say, that its economic success and survival is beholden to the dictates of Mother Nature – is both outdated and inaccurate and that it is the duty of tourism stakeholders to help the Caribbean be seen for what it actually is: “the most desirable place in the world.” MORE

SWOOP FROM KELOWNA TO LAS VEGAS

Twice weekly non-stop flights begin in June
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20 MAR 2019: Swoop has announced new service between Kelowna, BC and Las Vegas. The twice weekly service from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to McCarran International Airport (LAS) begins June 27, through October 26, 2019. MORE

GOOD TO GO

Brazil ends Visa requirement for Americans, Australians, Canadians, and Japanese
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20 MAR 2019: American, Australian, Canadian, and Japanese citizens who wish to disembark in Brazil, for tourism or business, will be exempt from visas as of June 17, this year. The end of the requirement is part of a decree published by the Brazilian government on Monday. The measure intends to increase the number of visitors in the country. MORE

UPS AND DOWNS

Hawaii bills push 1st state ban on plastics in restaurants
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20 MAR 2019: Hawaii would be the first state in the US to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities across the country have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure would make it the first state to do so. MORE

BA FLIGHT MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN N.L.

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20 MAR 2019: A British Airways flight with 209 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing in St. John's, N.L., early Tuesday after crew detected heat in a cargo hold. The plane landed without incident at about 2:30 a.m. local time after leaving JFK International Airport in New York bound for London's Heathrow airport. MORE

FLIGHT CENTRE APPOINTMENT

Chad Godfrey to VP of Marketing, Corporate Brands - The Americas
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20 MAR 2019: Flight Centre Travel Group has appointed Chad Godfrey as vice president of Marketing, Corporate Brands – The Americas, effective 1st April 2019. Based in Boston, Godfrey will oversee the strategic marketing direction of all brands that service Flight Centre’s corporate customers in the Americas, including FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveler, Stage and Screen, and CI Events. MORE

AIR TRANSAT APPOINTMENT

Laura Albrow as Account Manager,
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20 MAR 2019: Air Transat has announced the appointment of Laura Albrow as account manager, Air Transat. Albrow is based in Toronto where she is responsible for managing the portfolio of specialty accounts in Ontario and Western Canada for Air Transat. She reports to Claude-Hélène Faucher, national sales manager, Air Transat.   MORE

A DISTINCTLY BRITISH FLY AND DRIVE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

By ALLAN LYNCH
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20 MAR 2019: Britain is a brilliant place for a fly-and-drive holiday. The British elevate a driving holiday to a blissfully romantic “motoring” experience for drivers and the driven. One of my memorable motoring experiences occurred in Cornwall - Dauphne du Maurier country, and where King Arthur is said to have had his court. In Cornwall I learned that it wasn’t just possible to hire a car, but to hire the car of my youthful fantasies. MORE
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