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THE BEAT GOES ON

An evening with Cher and friends
By JEN SAVEDRA
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24 APR 2019: When Cher’s in town it’s always an event. The legend, the icon, the ‘must see’ performer, the winner of over 130 awards including an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, three Golden Globes, and a Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. So, when the invitation from Experience Kissimmee to be their guest at Cher’s ‘Here We Go Again Tour’ arrived – my response was immediate and obvious! MORE

EXPLORING ITS OPTIONS

Thomas Cook has another difficult year
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24 APR 2019: Thomas Cook, has yet again had a difficult year and is exploring options including a sale of the business in a year where its market capitalization plummeted 80 percent. MORE

NO FLY LIST CHALLENGED

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24 APR 2019: Canada's no-fly list faces constitutional challenges from two B.C. men who argue in a pair of court cases that the secret roster violates their Charter of Rights guarantee of fundamental justice. The 12-year-old no-fly regime allows the federal government to bar someone from boarding an airplane because there are grounds to believe he or she would threaten the flight or travel to commit a terrorist act. MORE

WHAT. WHEN. HOW.

No clear vision
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24 APR 2019: US National security advisor John Bolton announced that, "The Department of the Treasury will implement further regulatory changes to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. "These new measures will help steer Americans dollars away from the Cuban regime." No further information has been made available and cruise lines in particular are left wondering what, if any, impact this will have. MORE

TREASURE HUNT

Kids search for London gold
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24 APR 2019: Treasure hunters and budding buccaneers can gather their crewmates and set out on a self-guided adventure in the heart of London with two brand new self-guided “treasure hunts.” MORE

HUGH RILEY RETIRES

CTO Secretary General spent ten years at the helm
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24 APR 2019: Hugh Riley, who was appointed to the top post at the Barbados-headquartered Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in August 2009 after acting for a year, has gone on pre-retirement leave ahead of his departure at the end of June this year. MORE

TRAVELBRANDS NAMES SHANNON SMITH AS DIRECTOR OF SALES, ONTARIO

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24 APR 2019: TravelBrands has announce that Shannon Smith has been promoted to Director of Sales, Ontario. Smith brings 19 years of experience and a wide range of expertise to this role. MORE

HONG KONG

Where East and West collide into a fusion fantasia
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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24 APR 2019: From fishing village to British Colony, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China with the handover in 1997. It lost none of its cosmopolitan glamour and glitter in that exchange, and there’s still a hustle, bustle and buzz here like nowhere else on the planet. MORE
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EARTHQUAKE IN PHILIPPINES

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23 APR 2019:  A strong earthquake in the north Philippines on Monday disrupted air, rail and road transport and caused damage to buildings and infrastructure. Power was knocked out in at least one province. The quake also damaged an airport terminal at Clark freeport, a former US Air Force base, and an old Roman Catholic church in Pampanga. MORE

REDESIGNING NO FLY PROCEDURES

Canada learning from the US process
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23 APR 2019: Canadian security officials have turned to their US counterparts for advice on revamping Ottawa's troublesome no-fly list that has ensnared young children trying to check in at the airport. Newly released memos show Canadian representatives held a series of consultations with American officials to learn from their experiences implementing a new passenger screening and redress system a decade ago. MORE

CAN HOCKEY SURVIVE IN THE DESERT

Bet on it
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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23 APR 2019: I went to a theatrical production and a hockey game broke out. Not surprisingly, the experience unfolded in Las Vegas, where the hockey world has been turned upside down and is breaking new ground on many different levels as it continues to take root in the “entertainment capital of the world.” MORE

AVIANCA BRASIL CANCELS FLIGHTS

18 aircraft returned to leasing agencies
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23 APR 2019: Brazil’s fourth largest airline, Avianca Brasil is cancelling 1,045 domestic flights this week because it has to return 18 aircraft to leasing agencies. The airline filed for bankruptcy in December after failing to pay leases on its aircraft. It was formerly known as Ocean Air and licenses the name Avianca from Colombian carrier Avianca Holdings SA, but they are separate companies. MORE

ALL HAIL WALES

UK gem celebrating Year of Discovery in 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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23 APR 2019: Yearly themes are nothing new in tourism as tourist boards often invoke general topics like food, art or culture, or sometimes specific events or anniversaries, in the hopes of inspiring or simply framing visitor interest. MORE

HOTEL STARS

Planet Hollywood Costa Rica attracts celebrities
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23 APR 2019: Planet Hollywood brand opened its first all inclusive resort on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in late 2018 and has already gathered a following of famous personalities. Drawn to the hotel’s chic design and luxury services, celebrities have been spotted at the resort’s stylish poolside cabanas all season long. MORE

ACCOR APPOINTS HEATHER MCCRORY

CEO North and Central America
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23 APR 2019: Hospitality group Accor has announced the appointment of Heather McCrory as Chief Executive Officer, North & Central America. McCrory will also serve as a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. MORE

NEW BDM FOR WESTJET

Andrei Losinski comes on board
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23 APR 2019: WestJet announced the addition of Andrei Losinski to the Agency Sales team as Business Development Manager. Losinski is responsible for the territory of Greater Toronto West and Northern Ontario. Not new to the industry and a familiar face to many, he joins WestJet with 12 years industry experience. MORE

THE KETO KRAZE

By SABRINA SANTER
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23 APR 2019: I love talking about food almost as much as I love eating it. But talking to other people about their food choices is a totally different topic. One that is multifaceted and complex, and also highly personal. Yes, food choices play a pivotal role in supporting and regaining health, but to suggest that a person’s wellbeing is completely dependant on the food on their plate is an oversimplification. Yet this diet culture has permeated our society so deeply that we still find ourselves gravitating towards diets and restrictions over and over again. MORE
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