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ALLERGIES IN TRAVEL

By ALLAN LYNCH
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20 OCT 2017:  Recently the news showed a female passenger being dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight. The 46-year-old professor objected to sitting near two dogs travelling in the cabin. She mentioned her allergies and asked to change seats. After being re-seated a flight attendant asked her to leave the flight. She refused, police were called and carried her off the plane. MORE

HOME WRECKER

Greater building losses in California wildfires
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20 OCT 2017: California officials have raised the number of homes and structures destroyed in this month's wildfires to nearly 7,000 and said Thursday that the number will likely climb as crews continue assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people. MORE

UPS AND DOWNS AT UNITED

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20 OCT 2017: Shares of United Airlines dropped more than 10 percent on Thursday after the carrier signalled that weak prices will continue the rest of this year. Also this week the airline announced some promising results in their goal to reduce bumping paying passengers from flights. MORE

IS IT A CLUE

Photograph of missile may be linked to shot down Malaysia flight 17
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20 OCT 2017: An international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine appealed Thursday for information about a photograph which prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the passenger jet out of the sky, killing all 298 on board. MORE

JETBLUE CHANGES COURSE

Stops sales on several discount websites
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20 OCT 2017: JetBlue will stop selling tickets on a dozen discount travel websites in hopes of driving customers to the airline's site and reducing the company's costs. JetBlue Airways Corp. said Thursday that the change was the first step in revamping its system of selling tickets online. MORE

WHO KNEW.

Dumping tires in the ocean is not good for marine life
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20 OCT 2017: Divers are removing hundreds of old tires, plastic jugs and other junk that was dumped off the Southern California coast nearly 30 years ago by a man who thought he was helping the ocean environment. MORE

FALLING MASONRY KILLS TOURIST

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20 OCT 2017: Falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches killed a 52-year-old tourist from Spain on Thursday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The tourist and his wife were visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the Renaissance city's top tourist attractions, where such Italian luminaries as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried. MORE

AMAWATERWAYS APPOINTS DONNA COOK

As director of strategic initiatives
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20 OCT 2017: AmaWaterways has announced the appointment of Donna Cook to the newly created position of Director, Strategic Initiatives.  Reporting to Chief Marketing Officer, Jerre Fuqua, Cook will be working on a variety of new programmes to evaluate and improve the performance of strategic marketing and sales initiatives.  MORE

ROYAL CARIBBEAN RAISES CURTAIN

On even grander Symphony of the Seas
By WALLACE IMMEN
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20 OCT 2017: It’s no surprise that the Symphony of the Seas will be the biggest cruise ship yet. Royal Caribbean International makes sure that each sister of the famous Oasis of the Seas gets at least a few inches longer and wider than what’s come before. But the fourth ship in the Royal Caribbean heavyweight class is also aiming to redefine family and adventure travel, the company’s execs said in a dramatic reveal of the floating world that will debut in Europe in April 2018. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Toronto and New York City sign partnership agreement
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19 OCT 2017: It’s pretty obvious when you think about it. The two largest cities in their countries, two cities noted for being inclusive, open and diverse. Two cultural capitals an hour’s flight apart. A partnership to boost tourism between Toronto and New York City should have pretty well been a forgone conclusion ages ago. And so finally, yesterday afternoon in Toronto the deed was formally done.   MORE

DEAL OR NO DEAL

Brexit negotiations prove tricky
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19 OCT 2019: As Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union stutter and stall, one question looms larger and larger: What if there is no deal? It's an increasingly plausible prospect that stirs fear in many UK politicians and businesses - and hope in the hearts of staunch Brexit supporters.   MORE

RYANAIR EMAIL BEGS FORMER PILOTS TO RETURN

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19 OCT 2017: Ryanair is writing to former pilots "begging" them to return to the embattled airline. The carrier was accused of mismanagement when it was forced to cancel around 700,000 flight bookings because of "messing up" its pilots' holiday rostering. Critics said the airline was suffering a pilot shortage after a number of captains and first officers had deserted to rival carrier Norwegian.   MORE

BRUSH FIRE IN MAUI

Closes highway, forces evacuations
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19 OCT 2017: Maui firefighters are battling a sizable brush fire that has closed a highway and forced evacuations. Officials said that the fire was about a half-acre Wednesday night. Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto says winds were gusting, which may have been a factor. MORE

HOLA ACAPULCO

Sunwing and Air Transat Debut Direct Flights from Montreal and Toronto
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19 OCT 2017: This coming season, Sunwing and Air Transat are warming up the winter with new direct flights connecting Montreal and Toronto to Acapulco, Mexico’s original beach destination.   MORE

DOMINICA UPDATE

Post Hurricane Maria
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19 OCT 2017: Dominica was severely impacted by category 5 Hurricane Maria on September 18. Assessment of the country’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges and sites and attractions continues. Following is an update on island services:   MORE

MORE NY GUARDSMEN HEADING TO PUERTO RICO FOR STORM RECOVERY

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19 OCT 2017: Another contingent of National Guard members from New York is preparing to depart for Puerto Rico to help the US territory recover from Hurricane Maria.   MORE

A MONTH IN PARIS

By ANN WALLACE
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19 OCT 2017: Or five weeks, from late August to the end of September, to be more accurate. Who would complain? Whether one has visited or not, we are all aware of Paris’s charms and treasures, its parks and gardens, its galleries and museums, its incomparable architecture, its loving couples, its food and music and its unique atmosphere. All this and more can still fill the visitor, whether first time or frequent, with wonderment. And so it was with us as we spent those five weeks - in glorious weather - in France’s capital that, in spite of some negatives, remains magical.   MORE

SAUDI LAUNCHES DIRECT FLIGHT TO IRAQ

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19 OCT 2017: On Wednesday Saudi budget-carrier flynas (say that out loud) launched the first direct flight between the kingdom and Iraq since the Gulf War 27 years ago, marking another move by Saudi Arabia to improve ties with its neighbour in an attempt to blunt rival Iran's vast influence there.   MORE

BIG BUCKS FOR A BAGEL

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19 OCT 2017: New Yorkers with a taste for an expensive city staple will have an opportunity to try the $1,000 bagel when it returns to the city next month. The Westin New York hotel in Times Square says it's bringing back the extravagant bagel for a limited time after it first appeared in 2007.   MORE

JOHN LYNCH HONOURED

JTB Chairman receives national honour
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19 OCT 2017: Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board John Lynch has been honored for his sterling service to the development of the Tourism Industry in the Caribbean. Lynch was among 257 prominent Jamaicans who were presented with national honors and awards for outstanding contribution to the country's development through their service in various fields.   MORE

PAPA GOTTA BRAND NEW BAG

By DAVID TAIT
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19 OCT 2017: When one ponders the greatest ever influencers on the travel world, the name Bernard D. Sadow may not be among the first to spring to mind. He’s certainly not up there with the likes of, the Wright Brothers, William Boeing, or Thomas Cook. That’s a shame, as looking at the way people travel today, the late Mr. Sadow really deserves to be recognized as a a major contibutor.   MORE
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