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TRAVEL BAN DENIED

Lower court ruling upheld by appeals court
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26 MAY 2017: President Donald Trump's revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries. MORE

FLIGHT CANCELLATION

After discovery of disturbing name on WiFi hotspot
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26 MAY 2017: On Tuesday night, a passenger on a Thomson flight from Cancun Mexico to Gatwick saw a disturbing WiFi hot-spot title before the plane departed.  He alerted a flight attendant who brought it to the attention of the pilot. After a 40 minute delay the captain asked for the passenger who had named their WiFi ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’ to identify themself. MORE

NEW PLAYER IN RIVER CRUISE MARKET

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26 MAY 2017: Next year Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will be entering the river cruise market with 30 sailings along the Rhine, Moselle and Danube rivers from April to November. The vessel will be called Brabant, which is the same name of the cruise line’s historical passenger ship from the 1920s. MORE

TRIPLE DOUBLE

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26 MAY 2017: A technical error resulted in three cruise operators charging passengers double the fees for their upcoming cruises.  Princess Cruises, P&O and Cunard are looking into how a third party payment processor charged passengers a second time for the one cruise booking. MORE

SIESTA BEACH FLORIDA

Best beach in US by Dr Beach
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26 MAY 2017: The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten's fur; all because it's comprised of 99 per cent pure crushed quartz. MORE

GIVE IT A REST

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26 MAY 2017: Ephi Zlotnitsky is an American citizen, born and raised in Israel with a reputation for fixing stuff. His latest invention may be a welcome one to the travelling public who are keen to replace the horsehoe travel pillow. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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26 MAY 2017: Princess Cruise Line and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (Friendship Association) officially began Majestic Princess’ journey from Rome to China which will feature a cultural exchange programme themed “Telling the Chinese Story along the Silk Road Sea Route.”  MORE

A PRIVATE ISLAND HIDEAWAY

A heartbeat from the bustling heart of Venice
By WALLACE IMMEN
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26 MAY 2017: Venice titles itself La Serenissima — the most serene. But the overwhelming crowds that fill St. Mark’s square daily and stream shoulder to shoulder through every narrow passageway at all hours can quickly make tranquility a lost memory. MORE
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UNSAFE SEATS

FAA tells airlines to remove some seats from smaller planes
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25 MAY 2017: Federal safety regulators are telling airlines to remove a certain type of seat from their planes, saying the seat could cause neck injuries during otherwise survivable crash landings. The order covers 10,482 seats used mostly on mostly smaller regional jets. Airlines will have five years to remove the seats.   MORE

SELL THE AIRPORTS

Fix the roads
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25 MAY 2017: Donald Trump's advisers are drafting plans to sell some public assets, such as airports, to help pay for a US $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's aging infrastructure. Trump in his budget proposal called for spending US $200 billion over a decade to spur private, state and local spending on roads, bridges, highway rest stops and more. MORE

DEALING WITH BUMPING

Survey shares advice from travel advisors
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25 MAY 2017: A survey by global luxury travel agency network Virtuoso offers advice from professional travel advisors on how to cope with airline disruptions, including the much reported-on bumping situation that occurred on board United Flight 3411 in April. MORE

TICO ELECTION BALLOTS SENT OUT

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25 MAY 2017: The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) mailed out election ballots to registrants last week. The election is for one three-year retail position on the TICO Board of Directors. The five eligible candidates on the ballot are: MORE

THE CHEAPEST DESTINATIONS

Big savings for flexible travellers
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25 MAY 2017: Want to get some insight into Canadians' travel priorities? Interested in knowing how airfares to top destinations across the country and around the world stack up? Looking for cost-saving travel tips? Cheapflights.ca, has issued its second annual Compass Report for Canada.   MORE

BEWARE OF MANNEQUINS IN GLASS CABINETS

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25 MAY 2017: A tourist is suing the Planet Hollywood hotel in Las Vegas, claiming a life-sized mannequin in his darkened room caused him to flee and suffer injuries. Kent Jacobs Boutwell, of Southern California, filed the lawsuit last week and is seeking at least $10,000 in damages. MORE

SAME SEX COUPLE CLAIM DISCRIMINATION BY AIRLINE

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25 MAY 2017: A Florida man says a Southwest Airlines employee refused to let him board a flight as a family with his husband, their three children and a grandparent. Grant Morse said he was in the family boarding area at the gate at the Buffalo, New York, airport on Saturday when a gate agent told them the area is for family boarding. MORE

TORO, TORO, TORO

By DAVID TAIT
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25 MAY 2017: Next to Ernest Hemingway’s ‘Death in the Afternoon’, one of the best books ever written on bullfighting is the children’s classic, ‘The Story of Ferdinand’. First published in 1936 and still in print today - as you may recall from reading it to your kids – it’s the delightful tale of a should-have-been fighting bull that preferred sitting under a cork tree and smelling the flowers over locking horns with his peers.   MORE
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