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GIVE THEM A BREAK

Canada has new regulations on pilot fatigue
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13 DEC 2018: The federal government is enacting strict new measures to address mounting concerns about tired flight crews on commercial planes. New regulations will set lower limits for the number of hours a pilot can be in the air and on duty before having to take a break. The government plans to allow carriers that have a harder time meeting those hours to create fatigue-management systems to mitigate risks. MORE

COMPETITIVE OR PREDATORY

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13 DEC 2018: Flair Airlines chief executive Jim Scott says predatory pricing and scheduling by rival WestJet Airlines Ltd. placed his budget carrier in jeopardy over the past six months culminating in an investigation by Canada's competition watchdog. On Tuesday, the Federal Court of Canada's chief justice ordered a WestJet vice-president to appear before the Competition Bureau to explain the airline's tactics, the latest development in a probe launched in the fall.   MORE

HAVE FAITH

Israel tourism continues to grow
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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13 DEC 2018: Despite residing in what is often dubbed a “dangerous neighbourhood,” Israeli tourism continues to grow – especially from Canada, where visitations are “going through the roof.” The interest in the Middle Eastern destination was reflected by a full house of agents at an Israel Government Tourist Office (IGTO) trade event held in Toronto Dec. 6, despite the distraction of the holiday season – both Hanukkah and Christmas – and a correspondingly chaotic location near Yorkdale mall in Toronto. MORE

ANNE RIGAIL APPOINTED CEO OF AIR FRANCE

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13 DEC 2018: Air France has announced that Anne Rigail will become the CEO of the airline. She will replace Benjamin Smith, who was appointed acting CEO of Air France through the end of 2018. Previously the airline’s executive vice president customer service, Rigail will assume her new role as CEO on December 17. MORE

WORTH A VISIT

A new kind of museum in Whistler
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13 DEC 2018: The picturesque village of Whistler, BC, is better known for its mountains and resorts than galleries, but the Audain Art Museum offers visitors a respite from the slopes and an opportunity to take in work by a variety of artists. With pieces from painter Emily Carr, carver James Hart and photographer Jeff Wall, the permanent collection tells the story of Canada in a very BC-specific context, said Curtis Collins, the museum's director and chief curator. MORE

PROVIDING A GOOD HOME

Busch Gardens certified for animal care
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13 DEC 2018: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has earned the Humane Certified seal through the American Humane Conservation program.  The program is devoted to helping verify the welfare, well-being and demonstrably humane treatment of animals living in zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers across the globe.  MORE

A WELCOME ADDITION

New cruise pier planned for Hoonah Alaska
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13 DEC 2018: A small town in southeast Alaska is planning to construct a new pier, aiming to boost tourism by allowing access for more cruise ships. The city of Hoonah on Chichagof Island is partnering with Huna Totem Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to build a pier at Icy Strait Point.   MORE

THANKING AGENTS

And appreciating partners
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13 DEC 2018: Riu Hotels and Resorts and Sunwing got together to thank their top-performing agents this month with appreciation lunches in Quebec City and Ontario. Top producing agents were invited to enjoy lunch, meet with RIU and Sunwing sales teams and learn about upcoming renovation and expansion plans for RIU Hotels & Resorts. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

ON THE UP AND UP

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12 DEC 2018: American carriers expect a 5.2 percent increase in air travel during the Christmas and New Year's break, to more than 2.5 million people a day. The busiest day is expected to be the Friday before Christmas.   MORE

ACCESSIBLE SHORE EXCURSIONS

Silversea partners with Accessible Travel Solutions
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12 DEC 2018: Silversea Cruises has introduced accessibility-enhanced shore excursions. Through its partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions, a company devoted to expanding opportunities for disabled and senior travellers, the cruise line is offering new accessible excursions in nine destinations in the Caribbean and Central America, and additional shore excursions will be developed for the Mediterranean in 2019. MORE

SMOKE IT. DRINK IT. WHATEVER.

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12 DEC 2018: Province Brands of Canada — the Canadian company developing the world's first beers brewed from the cannabis plant, including non-alcoholic beers which intoxicate using THC and other phytocannabinoids (to be released only when and where the sale of marijuana beverages is permitted by law), and Cambridge Bay Imperial Pilsner, a first-of-its-kind, 7% ABV imperial pilsner brewed from hemp in place of barley (which contains no marijuana and is regulated as an alcohol product) — has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Caribbean distribution of its products with Ayre Resorts, a new collection of five-star properties opening its first resort in Antigua in 2021. MORE

SCARY STUFF

Warming at poles showing up at weird times, places
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12 DEC 2018: Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the bleakest pictures yet of dramatic and dangerous warming in the Arctic and Antarctica. MORE

FLAIR HAS ITS SAY

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12 DEC 2018: In a follow up to yesterday’s article on the non-strike at Flair Airlines, the company issued a statement. Flair Airlines said it had, “received notice Monday morning that CUPE, the union representing our flight attendants, has cancelled its planned labour disruption. MORE

VACATIONING WOMAN MISSING

Companion commits suicide on return
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12 DEC 2018: Provincial police are asking anyone with information about a missing 41-year-old Quebec woman to come forward after she failed to return as planned last week from a beach holiday in Mexico. Christine St-Onge hasn't been heard from since speaking to a member of her entourage on Dec. 4 while vacationing. Her travel companion returned home a day earlier than planned and died of an apparent suicide. MORE

SWEETEN THE POT

Jamaica looks to gaming
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12 DEC 2018: Jamaica's first legalized casino is on track for a 2020 launch but Jamaica will not be marketed as a gambling destination. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says he is unsure if Jamaica is equipped to deal with the negative social impacts that comes with wholesale legalized gambling, however a small number of integrated casinos can be a money earner for the tourism industry.   MORE

VENICE REVISITED

By ANN WALLACE
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12 DEC 2018: As we made our way north through Italy, we were well aware that the days and weeks were slipping by and that we had to keep an eye on the calendar to fit our final itinerary into those days. We wanted to have enough time to see something of the Italian lake district and to visit a niece in Milan. But we also had Venice on our list - an incomparable city that I had visited back in the sixties, but that my husband had never seen. MORE
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