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MOVING ON UP

Canada ranks second on Chinese travellers wish list
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18 JUL 2018: The seventh annual Hotels.com Chinese International Travel Monitor has revealed that Chinese millennials born after 1990 are pushing the boundaries of international travel, increasing their travel expenditure in the past year by a staggering 80 percent to fund social media-influenced trips full of edgy experiences, high tech accommodation, exotic delicacies and taboo ticket items. MORE

STARTING OVER

A founder of WestJet and JetBlue commits to order 60 A220s for new airline
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18 JUL 2018: One of the founders of WestJet Airlines Ltd. and JetBlue Airways Corp. has committed to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft for a new US airline he's launching. A memorandum of understanding for the aircraft which was developed by Bombardier Inc. was announced Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show. MORE

THE MICE WILL PLAY

Los Cabos makes moves on meetings and incentives crowd
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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18 OCT 2018: Los Cabos is known for a lot of things – among them an upscale atmosphere, crazy night life (Cabo Wabo!), impossibly blues skies, amazing beaches and warm Sea of Cortes waters, whale watching, golf and signature rock arch. But tourism types in the Baja California destination would like to add another name to the list: meetings and incentives. MORE

TOO SOON TO SAY

Cuba disputes Mexican airline finding on deadly crash
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18 JUL 2018: A finding by a Mexican airline that pilot error was to blame for a deadly passenger jet crash in May was dismissed as premature Tuesday by the Cuban authorities charged with determining the cause of the accident. MORE

GOOD TO GO

NAACP lifts travel advisory against American Airlines
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18 JUL 2018: The NAACP is lifting its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying the company is making improvements that address worries about African-Americans being subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions while flying. MORE

JUST MOTHER NATURE

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after lava injuries
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18 AUG 2018: Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people. MORE

DRIVE SHE SAID

Portland chosen for self driving car pilot programme
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18 JUL 2018: A Maine city is among seven municipalities that have been selected to help test self-driving car technology. Washington-based transportation technology firm Inrix announced Tuesday that Portland would help pilot the AV Road Rules programme. MORE

A LOT OF ICE

Iceberg looming over Greenland village is spotted from space
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18 JUL 2018: An iceberg that has drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space. The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit in northwestern Greenland.   MORE

PARIS

Ooh La La
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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18 JUL 2018: I was lucky to be in Paris last week when France beat the Belgium in the FIFA World Cup and then went on to trounce Croatia. The entire city was in celebration mode. So, in honour or the French football victory and Bastille Day on July 14, let’s explore some of my favourite haunts in a city that j’adore. MORE
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A BUMPY RIDE

Aviation sector faces trade turbulence
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17 JUL 2018: Aviation is soaring: Passenger traffic is up, fuel prices are under control and rising demand from Asia is driving aircraft orders. So, what could possibly go wrong? One big thing: A trade war. MORE

SHOW AND TELL

EU says Airbnb must make pricing simpler
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17 JUL 2018: The European Union said Monday that Airbnb has until the end of August to address consumer complaints that the US company's pricing and booking system can be misleading. The EU Consumer Commissioner wants Airbnb to change its pricing on its website to show consumers the total price “inclusive of all the applicable mandatory charges and fees, such as service and cleaning charges.”   MORE

LOOKING AHEAD

A conversation with the future CEO of Spirit Airlines
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17 JUL 2018: The two things that stand out most about US carrier Spirit Airlines are its low fares and high number of complaints. Spirit has improved on-time performance and cut its complaint rate by more than half in the last few years, although it still ranks near the bottom among US airlines. MORE

BUILD SAUNAS NOT WAR

Helsinki protests the summit
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17 JUL 2018: Activists used Monday's summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances. In a city proud to defend the right to protest, demonstrators were scattered about. Some stayed at barriers erected by police to try to register their complaints as the world leaders sped by in armour-plated vehicles for their summit at Finland's presidential palace. MORE

THREE TO GO

Sunwing expands flight options from Victoria
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17 JUL 2018: Sunwing is offering residents of Victoria more options to escape to the sun this winter with the introduction of flight options from their local airport to three of the travel company’s most popular Pacific Mexico destinations. MORE

TOUCH AND GO

Abusive TSA agents cannot be sued for damages
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17 JUN 2018: Don’t like the treatment you get at security? Tough! A US federal appeals court has ruled that the Transportation Security Administration cannot be held liable for damages due to belligerent or abusive TSA agents. MORE

MUNICH TOPS THE LIST

The top ten most livable cities in the world
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17 JUL 2018: The annual ranking put out by the British magazine Monocle also placed Dusseldorf in the top 20. Tokyo came in second. No US city made the top 25, with picturesque Vancouver the only North American city in the mix. Munich took top honors this year, knocking Tokyo off its top perch. MORE

COLON HYDROTHERAPY

Supercharging your wellness
By SABRINA SANTER
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17 JUL 2018: You what?! That, or a blank stare, were the two standard reactions to the “so what are you doing now?” question. My answer in between, at the time, was that I was working at a colon hydrotherapy clinic supporting health and changing the world, one bowel flush at a time. But, enough about me. MORE
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