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A STRONG NEGATIVE BACKLASH

Caribbean Hotels rethink Booking.com based on new commission policy
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19 JUL 2019: An overwhelming majority of Caribbean hotels are reconsidering using Booking.com as a result of the new commission policy which they claim is aimed at generating additional revenue for the online giant at the expense of consumers, the region's destinations, hotels and employees. MORE

THE SUIT FITS

Supreme Court won't hear WestJet appeal in harassment case
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19 JUL 2019: WestJet Airlines has lost a legal bid to put an end to a proposed class-action harassment lawsuit. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear WestJet's arguments to quash the suit launched by a former flight attendant. MORE

THE COST OF BAD BEHAVIOUR

Passenger billed for flight return
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19 JUL 2019: A passenger accused of severe misbehaviour on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London's Stansted Airport in June, has received a huge bill from the airline. Chloe Haines is accused of “aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour.” MORE

PATIO SEASON

Top of the town gem in Bologna
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19 JUL 2019: With summer in mind – and glass in hand – we at Travel Industry Today, continue our seasonal series on some of the planet’s best bars, patios and rooftop venues to enjoy during the (hopefully good) weather. MORE

TRIBAL TEXTILES

An art safari in rural Zambia
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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26 JUL 2019: With the focus on safaris, Zambia is perhaps overlooked when it comes to art and cultural heritage. Demonstrating the nations rich traditional inheritance, Tribal Textiles, located in a vibrant Mfuwe workshop, showcases the country’s emerging talent. MORE

AIRLINE SUES PASSENGER OVER INSTAGRAM POST

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19 JUL 2019: A popular Youtube vlogger in Indonesia claims he is being sued by the country's national airline Garuda, for posting an image on Instagram of a hand-written business-class menu. After the posting, Garuda, issued a directive to cabin crew to prevent passengers from taking photos or videos during flights. MORE

LIGHTING UP VANCOUVER

India, Croatia, Canada set to sparkle
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19 JAN 2019: Vancouver's 29th annual fireworks extravaganza is set to showcase the pyrotechnical skills of India, Croatia and Canada as the three countries light up the sky this summer. Every year, an estimated 400,000 people flock to the downtown core each night of the 10 p.m. show, preceded by an all-day family friendly affair that includes food trucks, a stage at Sunset Beach featuring a variety of musical and cultural performances. MORE

PRESIDENTIAL PEAK

Nebraska woman arrested, fined for climbing Mount Rushmore
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19 JUL 2019: A Nebraska woman has been fined US $1,000 for climbing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Authorities say Alexandria Incontro scaled the massive granite sculpture last week with bare feet and no rope, making it to about 15 feet (4.5 metres) from the top. MORE

JOHNNY CLEGG

Remembering the White Zulu
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19 JUL 2019: On May 31, we posted a video from a favourite performer, Johnny Clegg, noting that the South African musical and political trailblazer was battling pancreatic cancer. Sadly, Clegg succumbed to his illness on July 16. Dubbed the “White Zulu,” Clegg fused western pop with South African styles in the multi-racial bands Juluka and Savuka, an act that by itself served as a bold statement against apartheid in his home country in the 1980s. MORE
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COCKPIT CHAOS

French prosecutors want Air France tried for 2009 Rio crash
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18 JUL 2019: French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard, a judicial official said Wednesday. Prosecutors also have asked that the case against Airbus, maker of the doomed aircraft, be dropped for lack of sufficient evidence. MORE

GO FOR IT

Unifor head supports Air Canada bid for Transat
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18 JUL 2019: The largest private-sector union in the country says Air Canada is employees' best option when it comes to the purchase of Quebec tour operator Transat A.T. Unifor president Jerry Dias argues in an open letter that while takeovers can work against employees' best interest, his union is backing the option that offers the most stability. MORE

PROTESTS IN PUERTO RICO CAUSE SCHEDULE CHANGE

Empress of the Seas skips San Juan
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18 JUL 2019: UPDATED TO INCLUDE SECOND SHIP REROUTED: Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas was rerouted to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and guests will receive refunds for prepaid shore excursions. Royal Caribbean said it will continue to monitor the situation closely and “will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew.” MORE

RIDING THE RAILS IN THE ROCKIES

By ALLAN LYNCH
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18 JUL 2019: The Rocky Mountaineer is an adjective-depleting experience that commemorates 20 years of luxurious service and adventure this year. The Mountaineer packages seamless, superior service with great food and extraordinary scenery. MORE

WINTER SUNSHINE FROM QUEBEC CITY

AC offers new routes from YQB to CUN and PUJ
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18 JUL 2019: Air Canada has announced two new winter services from Quebec City (YQB) to Cancun and Punta Cana. Service to Cancun begins December 21, until April 11, 2020, while Punta Cana flights start December 22, until April 12, 2020. MORE

SUNWING FROM WATERLOO TO CANCUN

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18 JUL 2019: Sunwing is doubling its destination offerings from the Region of Waterloo International Airport with the addition of a new direct weekly flight service to Cancun. It is anticipated that the travel company will be the only carrier offering the service which will operate from December 18, until April 8, 2020. Flight service to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will operate weekly between December 16, and April 13, 2020. MORE

PASSENGER OVERDOSED ON FLIGHT

Should the airlines be obliged to carry OD medication
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18 JUL 2019: Delta passenger Lynne Lyman tweeted a man was found with 'a needle in arm, passed out in the bathroom.' Lyman said he was later taken out in a body bag by paramedics. The incident occurred on July 13 on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles. The tweet, of course, went viral. MORE

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Boy evades Heathrow security and boards flight to U.S.
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18 JUL 2019: An enterprising 12-year-old boy slipped through security and boarded a British Airways flight to Los Angeles without a ticket or boarding pass on Sunday evening. The kid was nabbed when cabin crew asked to see his boarding pass in order to direct him to his seat. The (definitely unaccompanied) minor, who is believed to be Dutch, refused to leave the aircraft when he was challenged. He was eventually removed by police. MORE

TTAND TOP PERFORMERS IN CROATIA

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18 JUL 2019: The Travel Agent Next Door chartered a ship from Katrina Lines for a cruise of the Croatian coast last week for its Top Performers trip. There were 14 agents along with their guests travelling with Founder, Flemming Friisdahl and Rhonda Stanley, VP, Talent Development. MORE

KARIN HEUSER

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17 JUL 2019: As a widely respected, highly dedicated and determined individual, Karin Heuser was always a valued member of the travel industry. The Travel Corporation, where she spent 36 years shared the news of her death on July 11th, following a long battle with cancer. MORE

SPLIT PERSONALITY

By MARGARET SWAINE
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18 JUL 2019: Early every morning we were awoken by harmonious male voices singing a capella style without instruments. The volume was such that it sounded like they were at the foot of our bed. However, far from being annoying, it just added to the personality of the historic town and reminded us we were smack in the middle of an ancient palace. MORE
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