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VOTING WAS THE EASY BIT

Irish border dispute looms large over the UK EU Brexit talks
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16 OCT 2018: The moods in Britain and the European Union swung between hope and gloom on Monday after a flurry of weekend meetings regarding the Irish Border raised expectations for a Brexit agreement only to dash them again. Those shifts that came only two days ahead of a summit once seen as the last moment to reach a deal on Britain's divorce from the EU.   MORE

MIXING IT UP

Travel Leaders Network regionals on the road
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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16 OCT 2018: Fall means cool nights, leaves turning colour, turkey and pumpkins, and perhaps a snowflake or two if you live in Alberta. Also, the return of the annual Travel Leaders Network Canadian regional road show and mixer. This year TL Network is expecting a total turnout of around 400 agents from events in Toronto (Oct. 9 and 11), Edmonton (Oct. 23) and Vancouver (Oct. 25). MORE

UP A TREE

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16 OCT 2018: Treehouse Village Inn on Dover Road has five rooms available inside and an elegant, A-frame treehouse for guests to rent. “Hopefully, we'll turn this into a wedding destination spot,” said Steve Bowler, general manager and former television producer. “You know, the bride and groom can stay in the treehouse. Other people can stay in the inn. You can have your wedding right out here. We have a nice flat yard for a tented event or party and that good stuff.” MORE

PORTER TO ORLANDO-MELBOURNE, FLORIDA

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Porter Airlines has announced non-stop service to Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. Flights from Toronto, Ottawa and Windsor begin the week of December 19. The service operates until April 13, 2019, with flights twice weekly from Toronto, and once per week from Ottawa and Windsor, during peak periods. All three cities will have additional round trip flights during March Break. MORE

FLASH FLOOD IN FRANCE

12 die in unprecedented flooding
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16 OCT 2018: Flash floods that tore through several towns in southwest France following an overnight storm that killed at least 12 people in the towns of Trebes and Carcassonne. Some residents had to be helicoptered from rooftops as the equivalent of several months of rain poured down in a few hours and turned waterways into raging torrents. MORE

CANNABIS CAMPING

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16 OCT 2018: Parks Canada says campers will be allowed to smoke cannabis at registered campsites in national parks across Canada. As well, hikers in national parks in some provinces - including Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec - will be allowed to smoke on hiking trails and in the backcountry. MORE

NO PUSSYFOOTING AROUND

100 cats airlifted from shelters hit by Hurricane Michael
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16 OCT 2018: About 100 cats and kittens were airlifted out of Florida to Delaware on Monday, an effort to make room in shelters for animals displaced by Hurricane Michael. The Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals teamed up with the Jacksonville Humane Society to relocate the cats to shelters in Delaware and suburban Philadelphia, and possibly elsewhere in the Northeast. MORE

A TOUCH OF SERVICE

By CHRIS RYALL
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18 OCT 2018: Has customer service gone missing in practice? Who hasn’t encountered a snarly store clerk or someone who is supposed to service you but instead is feeding their addiction to Facebook or Instagram. Has a smile to a customer been replaced with a frown or attitude of “Don’t bother me?” Is an offer to help, “How can I assist you?” still in fashion? Thankfully there are service, travel and hospitality professionals and companies who still adhere to the principles of providing excellent customer service. Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts is one of them. MORE
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ENOUGH BLAME TO GO AROUND

And lets hold on to those recordings a little longer
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15 OCT 2018: Safety officials say a near collision of airliners involving Air Canada in San Francisco last year was a few feet from becoming the worst crash in aviation history and underscores the need for faster reporting of dangerous incidents before evidence is lost.The pilots were slow to report the incident to superiors, and by the time they did, the plane had made another flight and the cockpit voice recording of the close call was recorded over.     MORE

GETTING A GRIP

Starting the restoration of the Florida Panhandle
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15 OCT 2018: Search and rescue personnel continued to comb through the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community destroyed by Hurricane Michael, which has left hundreds thousands without power and without easy access to supplies. Gulf Power officials announced Sunday that they expect to have power restored to 95 percent of those hit by Hurricane Michael by Oct. 24 which is two weeks after the storm hit. MORE

FEEL THE BUZZ

By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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15 OCT 2018: There’s a buzz going on in Jamaica, but it’s not what you might think. The Caribbean nation is getting more airlift, experiencing massive hotel sector development, investing in infrastructure - both physical and digital and benefitting from an ambitious tourist board agenda designed to propel tourism into being the country’s top economic engine. MORE

ROYAL HOT SPOTS IN NEW ZEALAND

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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15 OCT 2018: On an island where you're more likely to encounter grazing sheep than humans, the nature scenes are definitely a big bonus. That's because New Zealand – a pint-sized nation compared to the behemoth neighbour across the Tasman Sea – packs in sunshine, splendid sea views, and homegrown solitude, the kind that's luring one particular newlywed Royal Couple to hopefully tour some action-packed areas on North Island. MORE

NO END IN SIGHT

Hawaii hotel strikes continue
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15 OCT 2018: Officials are worried a strike involving about 2,700 Marriott hotel workers in Hawaii could continue into next year. The strike, which calls for higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions began last Monday and continued through the end of the week. MORE

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

New plans in the works for Alitalia
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15 OCT 2018: The Italian government's re-launch of  struggling Alitalia includes plans to take a 15-percent share and the inclusion of the state railway company as a strategic partner, says Economic Development Minister Luigi Di Maio. The long-awaited details were revealed ahead of meetings with Alitalia union leaders and as the government awaits an Oct. 31 deadline for binding offers from other companies.   MORE

DEFLATED

Albuquerque cancels last day of balloon fiesta
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15 OCT 2018: Bad weather has cancelled the farewell launch on the final day of this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The event was called off Sunday morning after officials determined the wet and windy weather conditions on the field wouldn't allow balloons to inflate or lift off. MORE

A SNEAK PEEK AT LINDBLADS ENDURANCE

A ship built to explore anywhere
By WALLACE IMMEN
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15 OCT 2018: Lindblad Expeditions radical new ship has got a unique hull design that will give guests a wraparound view of previously inaccessible areas of the world. That’s the promise Sven Lindblad, the company’s CEO and president made as he revealed details of company’s most advanced expedition ship– the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. MORE

ROUND-UP

Oct. 8-12, 2018
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15 OCT 2018: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
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