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CANADIANS ON THE MOVE

Wishing, hoping and actually getting there
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20 JUL 2017: At a recent Discover America Canada meeting held at the flashy new Globe and Mail offices in Toronto, keynote speaker Jennifer Hendry, chief researcher for the Conference Board of Canada shared some interesting insights, statistics and trends as to Canadians travelling to the US and elsewhere.   MORE

YWG STRIKE VOTE

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20 JUL 2017: Around 150 workers at Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport could walk off the job at midnight Friday after voting earlier this week in favour of a strike. The employees - members of the Public Service Alliance's Union of Canadian Transport Employees - include duty managers, administrative workers, various tradespeople, IT workers, airfield maintenance and labourers. MORE

TRANSAT TO SELL INTEREST IN OCEAN HOTELS

Will focus on development of its own hotel chain in the South
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20 JUL 2017: Transat A.T. Inc. has signed an agreement with H10 Hotels for the sale of its minority 35 percent interest in Ocean Hotels for an amount of US$150.5 million ($190 million). Transat remains fully committed to becoming a full-fledged hotel operator and is selling its minority interest in Ocean Hotels in order to accelerate the development of its own hotel chain in the South. MORE

GO VISIT GRANNY

Justices uphold refugee ban but say grandparents still OK
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20 JUL 2017: The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the US. MORE

NOT THAT GREAT GOING FORWARD

United shares tumble on disappointing 3Q outlook
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20 JUL 2017: United’s strong second quarter as reported yesterday, did not prevent shares tumbling Wednesday on the company's weak forecast about revenue trends for the rest of the summer.   MORE

TRUMP DUMP

Take it all off
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20 JUL 2017: The “Trump” sign is no longer on the Trump International Hotel and Tower in downtown Toronto. Workers removed the sign from the 65-storey tower Tuesday. MORE

NEVER MIND THE BULLETS

Were the 3 ounces of liquids in a baggie
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20 JUL 2017: Japanese airport police found 30 bullets in an American Airlines crewmember's carry-on bag and said Wednesday that the flight attendant apparently carried them through his security checks at US airports.   MORE

MARY GRIMLEY TO VP SALES AT VISIT DALLAS

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20 JUL 2017: VisitDallas recently announced the promotion of Mary Grimley to vice president of Sales. Grimley has been a member of the sales team at VisitDallas for 14 years. The promotion comes on the heels of VisitDallas’ latest campaign, Dallas Delivers, aimed at meeting and event planners.   MORE

JETBLAST TOURISM

Enough already
By DAVID TAIT
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20 JUL 2017: Last week when writing about the lunacy of running in front of a herd of angry bulls, I really thought that, as stupid tourist acts go, it simply couldn’t get any dumber. Then almost immediately, Gayleen McKewan a 57-year-old New Zealander vacationing on the tiny island of St. Maarten, tragically proved me wrong. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

BE EARLY. BE PATIENT. BE PREPARED

New US airline security measures begin today
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19 JUL 2017: Starting today travellers flying to the US will face more vigorous screening – and yes, that goes for Canadians too. The new security measures include enhanced overall screening at departure airports and heightened inspection of personal electronic devices including tablets and laptops. All personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone must be easily accessible and have all cases, covers or packaging removed.   MORE

BURST TIRE CLOSES RUNWAY AT GATWICK

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19 JUL 2017: Gatwick Airport closed its main runway twice after an Air Canada rouge jet heading to Toronto burst a tire during takeoff. The incident happened around lunchtime Monday and prompted an immediate inspection of the main runway for about half an hour and a second inspection after the plane returned and landed. Shortly after, officials decided to close the airport's main runway for the rest of the day to carry out precautionary safety checks.   MORE

GREEN LIGHT

RCMP probe second report of aircraft hit by green laser in PEI
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19 JUL 2017: A crash is inevitable if people continue to point lasers at airplanes, a PEI pilot warned Tuesday as Island police announced they were investigating the second such incident in as many days. MORE

LOOKING AHEAD. THINKING BACK.

Portuguese Airline taps Canadian Market in retro flight
By JACQUELINE SWARTZ
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19 JUL 2017: TAP, the newly cool Portuguese Airline, celebrated its brand new direct flight from Lisbon to Toronto with a blast from its 72 year-old past. On July 14, TAP flew its first "retro" flight. The airbus A330-300 was repainted to look like the original Lockheed Super Constellation, used until the end of the '70s The stewardesses (for that's what they were called in the'70's) wore bright red or bright yellow skirts and jackets designed by Louis Feraud, with hats to match. MORE

UNITED TOPS STREET 2Q FORECASTS

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19 JUL 2017: United may have been having some PR disasters lately but their bottom line doesn’t appear to have been dragged down by the adverse publicity. United shares have risen slightly more than 8 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $78.90, a climb of 65 percent in the last 12 months. MORE

ON LIFE SUPPORT

Privatization of air traffic bill faces opposition
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19 JUL 2017: A plan to privatize US air traffic control operations has hit turbulence in the House, raising questions about whether one of President Donald Trump's infrastructure priorities can survive.   MORE

SUNWING INTRODUCES NEW FLIGHT SERVICE

Toronto to Cayo Largo
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19 JUL 2017: Sunwing has announced the addition of Cayo Largo in Cuba to its growing roster of tropical destinations available from Toronto this winter. The tour operator is expected to be the only carrier to offer direct flights between Toronto and Cayo Largo this winter.   MORE

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SANDALS GRANDE ANTIGUA

Maintenance Projects begin September 20
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19 JUL 2017: Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has announced the temporary closure of Sandals Grande Antigua for important maintenance projects. A letter of intention to close was shared with government officials late last week. The work, which is scheduled to begin September 20, is anticipated to take five months however, SRI is in the process of completing a full and detailed assessment and the timing may actually be shorter. This is the first time Sandals Grande Antigua, the only Sandals property in this destination, has closed since opening in 1992.   MORE

TROPICAL STORM DON WEAKENS

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19 JUL 2017: Tropical Storm Don began pelting the southeast Caribbean with heavy rain on Tuesday as it approached the region after forming in the Atlantic Ocean. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while a tropical storm watch was in effect for Bonaire. MORE

GUESTS HOSPITALIZED BY POOL VAPOURS

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19 JUL 2017: Thirteen people, including nine children were hospitalized after falling ill at the Marriott Shadow Ridge Resort. They were overcome by a mysterious chemical vapour at the Coachella Valley resort. Three children were reportedly in a serious condition.   MORE

PEI

Not all About Anne and Lobster
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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19 JUL 2017: “You can go to Charlottetown, see Anne of Green Gables, and then have a lobster supper, or, you can have a lobster supper and then go see Anne of Green Gables,” quipped The Royal Canadian Air Farce’s Roger Abbott, some years ago in a CBC Radio show roasting PEI.   MORE
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