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MARIA TAKES A HEAVY TOLL

Dominica hit hard
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22 SEP 2017: Hurricane Maria's death toll across the Caribbean climbed to at least 19, nearly all of them on the hard-hit island of Dominica. The hurricane was blamed for at least 15 deaths in Dominica, two in the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe, and two more in Puerto Rico, including that of a man whose boat got caught in the storm off the island. Three people were rescued from the capsized vessel. MORE

SURPRISE

Residents of Nunavut live in houses and have televisions
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22 SEP 2017: Tourists say the darndest things. Just ask Anna Aaluq, who's waiting on a pebbly beach to guide a group of cruise ship passengers around her hometown of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. “They ask if we still live in caribou-skin tents. They ask if we still live in the wooden cabins,” she says, pointing to the square homes that house nearly everyone in the town of 1,400 on King William Island along the Northwest Passage. MORE

MORE TO EUROPE

Transat kicks up programme
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22 SEP 2017:  Air Transat’s 2018 transatlantic programme offers an increase in the number of direct flights to the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Croatia, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic. It will offer direct service to 27 Europe destinations from many major Canadian cities via its feeder flights programme. MORE

INVITED BACK FOR SECONDS

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22 SEP 2017: Sunwing will be continuing its partnership with Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford for inflight service offering new menu options inspired by the Chef herself. Based on customer feedback, Sunwing will now serve an ‘all day breakfast’ menu and new online pre-ordering option available up to 72 hours prior to departure. MORE

REDESIGN OF SUITE 1742

Where Lennon and Ono staged Bed in for Peace
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22 SEP 2017: The iconic signs ‘hair peace’ and ‘bed peace’ still appear in the window of the Montreal hotel room where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their famous bed-in from 1969; only now they're window decals instead of hand-drawn posters. MORE

TOURISM BENEFITS

The eclipse was good for South Carolina
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22 SEP 2017: Last month's eclipse saw at least 1.6 million people travel to or within South Carolina, making it the largest single tourism event in the state's history. MORE

RYANAIR ADMITS MISTAKES

But warns pilots to acquiesce or lose goodies
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22 SEP 2017: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary admitted mistakes to disgruntled shareholders Thursday as the airline struggles to overcome a scheduling crisis that is costing the company millions of euros. MORE

NEW SALES MANAGER FOR CONTIKI

South Western Ontario and Atlantic Canada
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22 SEP 2017: Contiki has announced the appointment of Ian Kivell as its new Sales Manager for South Western Ontario and the Atlantic Canada regions effective immediately. Contiki is committed to increasing millennial sales for its travel agent partners, and as a result, has added an additional sales manager to its growing Eastern Canada portfolio. MORE

A WELCOME RETREAT

In Cambodias most bustling tourist town
By WALLACE IMMEN
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22 SEP 2017: All the brochures for a vacation in Cambodia picture Siem Reap as an idyllic place that time forgot, where tree roots sprout from mysterious, ancient Khmer archaeological ruins. What they don’t show is how these fantastic treasures have suddenly become magnets for throngs of tourists from around the world and the urban sprawl that’s created. MORE
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IN THE DARK

Maria slams Puerto Rico heads for the Dominican Republic
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21 SEP 2017: The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the US territory deeper into financial crisis.   MORE

UPDATE ON EARTHQUAKE IN CENTRAL MEXICO

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21 SEP 2017: In a statement, the Mexico Tourism Board says Mexico’s Federal, State and Local Governments have activated response plans in order to support the individuals impacted as well as to assess damages caused by the earthquake in Central Mexico on September 19.   MORE

HACKERS

Aviation, petrochemical industries targeted
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21 SEP 2017: A group of hackers suspected of working in Iran for its government, is targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the US and South Korea, a cybersecurity firm warned Wednesday.   MORE

IT WONT FLY

Prospects for air traffic control privatization stall
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21 SEP 2017: Despite Donald Trump’s efforts, congressional approval of a plan to remove air traffic control operations from the government and put industry in charge appear slim. Trump has made the proposal a key part of his agenda to boost the nation's infrastructure through privatization, but plans to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote have repeatedly stalled.   MORE

JUST CHECK THAT BAG

Checked bag revenue in US exceeds one billion per quarter
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21 SEP 2017: Travellers who check at least one bag when flying domestically in the US are paying more overall than they did before airlines began unbundling fares in 2008 and charging separately for checked baggage, a government watchdog said Wednesday.   MORE

CHRISTMAS CHAOS THREATENS HEATHROW

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21 SEP 2017: About 4,000 Heathrow workers are threatening to strike over Christmas after rejecting the airport's holiday pay offer. Security staff, firefighters, airfield operators and engineers are angry at cuts to early start payments and the airport's threat to remove members of staff who take part in industrial action from its shares scheme.   MORE

RYANAIR PILOTS REJECT CASH BONUS

Demand new contracts
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21 SEP 2017: Ryanair pilots rejected large bonuses to give up their annual leave in order to avoid the airline cancelling more flights. Ryanair announced last week that it was forced to cancel up to 50 flights a day until the end of October after it 'messed up' annual leave allocations.   MORE

INNOVATION LANES AT MSP

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21 SEP 2017: The Transportation Security Administration says new automated security lanes will make air travel safer and more efficient at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The TSA introduced four new “innovation lanes” in Terminal 1 last week.   MORE

CAVEAT EMPTOR

Or at least check it out before you pay
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21 SEP 2017: A Colorado court has ordered four owners of a former travel group to pay more than US $7 million to the state for defrauding consumers, which is an upped price that follows an appeal filed by one of the owners.   MORE

NEW TEAM MEMBERS

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21 SEP 2017: The Travel Agent Next Door has added five new team members this month. The fast-growing host agency recently added team members in admin support, accounting and marketing.   MORE

UBER ACHIEVERS

By DAVID TAIT
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21 SEP 2017: There’s a long-held belief in branding circles that you know you have truly arrived when your company’s brand name is adopted a verb or as a generic name. Over the years we’ve created verbs like “Fedex”, “Xerox” and “Hoover” while the likes of Kleenex, Cellophane, Aspirin, and Biro have become part of the language. MORE
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