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THE BIG RUMOUR

Will Ben Smith move from AC to AF KL
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16 AUG 2018: Two French airline unions blasted Air France-KLM this week after reports the Franco-Dutch carrier will name an Air Canada executive as its new CEO. Several French news outlets have reported Air Canada chief operating officer Ben Smith is poised to be placed in the pilot's seat at a board meeting Thursday. MORE

MONSOONS FLOOD KERALA

Death toll rises
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16 AUG 2018: Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala where flooding, landslides, house and road bridge collapses have killed more than 67 people in the past week, officials said Wednesday. MORE

TIME OUT

Temporary shut down of flights at AMS
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16 AUG 2018: A problem with an air traffic control communications system briefly halted all flights to and from Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport. The airport reported early Wednesday afternoon that the problem grounded all flights, and a few minutes later, the airport tweeted that departures were gradually resuming. MORE

FLYING BLIND

Honk Kong traffic control system malfunctions
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16 AUG 2018: Hong Kong’s much-maligned air traffic control system malfunctioned again on Monday, after a lull in problems for more than a year. The “momentary hitch”, which lasted six minutes, was only disclosed on Wednesday morning, but the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) insisted the incident “did not affect aviation safety”. MORE

CZECH, PLEASE

Avoiding pitfalls in Prague
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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16 AUG 2018: Prague is too pretty for its own good, it seems. Like Venice, Barcelona, and some other European cities that are straining under the burden of too many visitors, the Czech capital is similarly looking for ways to find a balance between a healthy and necessary tourism industry and a liveable city for residents. MORE

LONGEST. FASTEST. TALLEST.

New roller coaster coming to Canada’s Wonderland
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16 AUG 2018: When Canada’s Wonderland opens its gates for the 2019 season, the park’s skyline will be forever transformed by Yukon Striker – the longest, fastest and tallest dive roller coaster in the world. Situated in the newly themed area Frontier Canada, Yukon Striker will be the country’s first dive coaster and the park’s 17th coaster, placing Canada’s Wonderland among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller coasters. MORE

GREEN LIGHT

Ride hailing services can work out of HNL
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16 AUG 2018: Hawaii will allow ride-hailing services to operate at the Honolulu airport on a permanent basis after changes were approved to administration rules. Uber and Lyft, which the state refers to as transportation network companies, have operated at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport since last year under a pilot programme to test feasibility. MORE

GOTTA GO

Sit down and think about this ladies
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16 AUG 2018: The city of Paris has responded to an urgent need in the city, by providing public urinals. Four units have been installed with another one on the way. Each is located in an area that has endured a high rate of people urinating on the street, so one would expect the new facilities to be welcome, but they are not. The installations are only ‘user friendly’ to those who relieve themselves standing up, and can do so in a public place. MORE

TRAFALGAR HIRES NEW SALES MANAGER FOR ALBERTA

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16 AUG 2018: Trafalgar has announced the appointment of Kaylyn Skulski as Sales Manager for Alberta.  

Skulski joins Trafalgar with many years of experience in sales and marketing, and has been in the travel industry for the past two years working on a cruise ship followed by a travel agency. MORE

THE ELECTRIC CITY

Who knew Peterborough had a foodie scene
By MARGARET SWAINE
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16 AUG 2018: I never thought of Peterborough as more than a gateway to pass through on my way to Ontario’s bucolic Kawarthas cottage country. That is until my friend Shari called and convinced me to come check out the foodie scene in her hometown. She’d returned there a number of years ago after living abroad and was brimming with excitement about current developments. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

UK PARLIAMENT CRASH VIEWED AS TERRORISM

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15 AUG 2018: Police flooded central London streets and cordoned off the city's government district Tuesday, after a speeding car plowed into cyclists and crashed outside Parliament in what authorities were treating as an act of terrorism. MORE

DEADLY BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN GENOA

Canadian travellers narrowly avoid disaster
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15 AUG 2018: A huge section of the Morandi Bridge - on a main highway linking Italy and France - collapsed Tuesday in the port city of Genoa during a sudden violent storm, sending vehicles and tonnes of twisted steel and concrete plunging 45 metres into a heap of rubble below. Italian officials said at least 20 people were killed and others injured. MORE

TURKISH DELIGHT

Airline scores with Toronto golf event
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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15 AUG 2018: Oakville, Ontario, is a long way from Antalya, Turkey, but close to 100 participants in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Toronto region qualifier last week had their eye on the latter as they teed off at Glen Abbey Golf Club for a chance to represent Canada at the Cup finale. MORE

RED TIDE IN FLORIDA

Politicians point fingers
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15 AUG 2018: Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency over the Red Tide algae bloom, freeing up money help safeguard wildlife and give relief to hard-hit tourism operators. The state of emergency covers Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties have not yet been impacted but are included as they are 'at risk.' MORE

JUST BAD TIMING

Cancelled flights cause a problem for pilgrims to Hajj
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15 AUG 2018: Members of Canada's Muslim community say recent tensions between Ottawa and Saudi Arabia are affecting some people's ability to perform what's seen in the faith as a fundamental religious right. They say many currently embarking on hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, are anxious about their travel arrangements in light of the simmering spat, which has seen the country's state airline cancel flights to and from Canada. MORE

GETTING INCLUSIVE

TDC to hold LGBT destination wedding fam
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15 AUG 2018: This fall, Transat Distribution Canada will hold an industry first - a Destination Wedding fam in Puerto Vallarta that will include comprehensive training on LGBT destination weddings and the special requirements of the LGBT wedding market. MORE

FIRST IN THE US

LA installs subway body scanners
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15 AUG 2018: The Los Angeles subway system will become the first in the US to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday. The scanners that are being deployed are portable, and project waves to do a full-body screening of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down. MORE

ST LUCIA TIMES

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15 AUG 2018: Saint Lucia plans to phase-out Styrofoam containers and plastics including plates and cups, as of December this year. And what’s more they will slap a total ban on importation of the nasty stuff before the end of 2019. MORE

AMAZING BANGKOK

By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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15 AUG 2016: Bangkok claimed the title of “World's Most Visited City” according to the 2017 Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index. No wonder almost 20.2 million international tourists flocked to the City of Angels. When it comes to wish lists, Bangkok ticks most boxes. Cultural attractions and rich history? Tick. Great food? No doubt. Good shopping? Yep. Fabulous spas. Nothing beats a Thai massage. Vibrant nightlife? A resounding yes. MORE
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