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THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Really, must it
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15 NOV 2018: Cirque du Soleil's decision to go ahead with more performances in Saudi Arabia next month despite international outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is creating concerns within circus ranks. But even prior to the Khashoggi murder one has to wonder how performing in a country that restricts womens' rights, corresponds to one of the Cirque's four pillars which, according to its web site, is to “act as a responsible agent of change in the community.”  MORE

CARGO CLEAN UP AT YHZ

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15 NOV 2018: Crews have begun tearing into the mangled Boeing 747 cargo jet that overshot a Halifax runway last week, as gawkers marvelled at the huge wreck- and how close the plane came to breaching the airport's fence and overrunning a public road. Dozens of people watched late Sunday afternoon as a backhoe dug into the midsection of the fuselage, which buckled when the empty SkyLease Cargo plane overshot the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Wednesday. MORE

SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY

Manitoba airports to receive funding
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15 NOV 2018: Dan Vandal, MP for Saint Boniface announced Government of Canada investments for safety improvements at five Manitoba airports. The Brochet Airport, Gods River Airport, Island Lake Airport, and the Little Grand Rapids Airport are each receiving $36,000 to replace a towed, multi-wheeled compactor for use on a gravel runway. MORE

GROWING INDIGENOUS TOURISM

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15 NOV 2018: More than 1.8 million people are employed in Canada’s tourism sector, making it one of the largest economic sectors in the country. Within the industry itself, there is a growing focus on Indigenous tourism that has the advantage of offering visitors a unique experience. MORE

LIFE AFTER AEROPLAN

Aimia looks ahead
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15 NOV 2018: Aimia Inc. says it has launched a review of its future strategic direction as it works to complete the sale of its Aeroplan program. The company says the board of directors has asked management to present it with alternative visions and plans regarding the company's future after the sale of Aeroplan. MORE

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

European pax should still fight for their rights
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15 NOV 2018:A European study confirms that while the EU system for passenger rights is one of its great successes, and a gold standard in empowering consumers, passengers continue to struggle to get the compensation that they are owed.  In fact, the report concludes that the problems are not typically related to inadequate protection, but to a general lack of awareness amongst travellers as well as issues regarding enforcement.     MORE

RIDE REWARDS

Uber and Lyft roll out loyalty programs
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15 NOV 2018: Uber and Lyft are rolling out loyalty programs similar to airline frequent flyer miles. Uber Rewards starts Wednesday in nine US areas and will spread nationwide during the next six months. Riders get points for every dollar spent on Uber rides or food deliveries. For every 500 points, they get $5 to be used for rides or deliveries. Other goodies come with more points, but none are directed to the Canadian market. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

TRANSATLANTIC BUDGET FLYING GETS A REALITY CHECK

WOW
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14 NOV 2018: For those hoping for ever cheaper fares on long-haul flights, this month's takeover of Icelandic airline Wow is not good news. The struggling airline, which specializes in ultra-cheap flights between North America and Europe, was taken over by Iceland's flagship carrier, Icelandair, for just US $18 million. Its rescue is a reality check for an industry hoping to apply the budget flying model to long-haul routes.   MORE

CALGARIANS VOTE NO

Majority do not want a 2026 Olympic bid
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14 NOV 2018: The results are in, and a majority of Calgarians are saying “no thanks” to a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The city conducted a non-binding plebiscite Tuesday to gauge public opinion on whether there is sufficient interest to submit a bid.   MORE

CULTURE CLUB

Tourism is more than an industry
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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14 NOV 2018: Pat yourself on the back, travel colleagues, for if Jamaica’s minister of tourism is to be believed – and he is – the travel industry is a force for good in the world, and the people in it truly special.   MORE

US CARRIERS ISSUE WAIVERS FOR WILDFIRE DISRUPTION

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14 NOV 2018: US Airlines issued travel waivers due to disruptions caused by a series of deadly wildfires in California. American issued a travel waiver for customers flying through Burbank, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco through November 13. Customers could rebook through November 18 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).   MORE

ALMOST A DEAL

But Brexit still faces questions and challenges
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14 NOV 2018: After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the UK's smooth exit from the bloc.   MORE

UNUSUAL AIR ACTIVITY

Lights over Ireland spark investigation
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14 NOV 2018: Irish aviation officials are investigating reports of bright lights moving quickly in the skies over Ireland. The Irish Aviation Authority said Tuesday it was looking into “reports from a small number of aircraft” about what was called “unusual air activity” on Friday.   MORE

TRAVELLERS SAY TECHNOLOGY IS KEY

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14 NOV 2018: The world's travellers say mobile devices are as vital for travel as for other aspects of their life whilst the desire for new technologies, such as voice search, e-payment and digital room keys, to simplify and enhance their travel experience is increasing.   MORE

LUCKY BREAK

Canadian fined for vandalism
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14 NOV 2018: A Canadian woman who was arrested in northern Thailand for spraying paint on an ancient wall has avoided jail time, but must still pay a substantial fine for her actions. Brittney Schneider, who is from Grande Prairie, Alta., was arrested along with a British man in mid-October after they sprayed the walls of the Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai. MORE

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS AT TOURISM TORONTO

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14 NOV 2018: Tourism Toronto announced new executive appointments today, aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities. Andrew Weir has been named to the new position of executive vice president, Destination Development, and Jon Mamela will join Tourism Toronto as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Both appointments take effect on January 1, 2019. MORE

THINK PORTUGAL

By SAM ION
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14 NOV 2018: Most of us see summer as the time to visit Europe but some parts of the Old World are wonderful places to spend the colder months of the year. More and more of us, for example are discovering that Portugal, which dates back to the Romans and the Moors, is hard to beat if your clients are looking for a value-for-dollar vacation.   MORE
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