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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

Transat Distribution stresses the importance of innovation
By JEN SAVEDRA
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18 SEP 2018: Last weekend Transat Distribution gathered over 1,000 travel professionals at training conferences across Canada. The theme was ‘Welcome to the Future’ and Nathalie Boyer, general manager of TDC kicked off Saturday morning’s programme stressing the importance of innovation. “You cannot sit still in this industry,” she said, “change is all around us and we must respond to it or get left behind.” MORE

ONE IN A MILLION

TravelBrands reaches milestone in SickKids support
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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18 SEP 2018: They came not just for the golf but to help raise money for the worthiest of causes – the SickKids Foundation. “It’s one day that friends and competitors can come together,” said TravelBrands president and CEO Frank DeMarinis of the 5th annual golf tournament and fundraiser, which put the travel company over the top in its five-year mission to raise a million dollars for SickKids, specifically the Toronto hospital’s Labatt Family Heart Centre. MORE

TICO VS RECO

Just hold on
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18 SEP 2018: Do real estate agents have to be travel agents too? Well, TICO thinks perhaps they do if they want to arrange short-term rentals. However, the Travel Industry Council of Ontario has put its plans to register such realtors on hold after the Ontario Real Estate Association (RECO) called on the province to intervene. MORE

ONE LOVE

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18 SEP 2018: ‘Let’s get together and feel all right’ go the lyrics of one of Bob Marley’s most famous songs and this month Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett and Director of Tourism, Donovan White, were in Canada to do just that in a series of meetings with the country’s travel industry leaders. Along with JTB’s Regional Director for Canada, Philip Rose, the team met with airline executives, tour operators, travel media and influencers. MORE

FALLOUT FROM HOKKAIDO QUAKE

Half a million travellers cancel hotel bookings
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18 SEP 2018: The powerful earthquake which struck Hokkaido on September 6, has caused approximately 500,000 people to cancel their hotel reservations. That translates to losses of at least 10 billion yen for the local economy. MORE

SITTER AT SEA TOSSED OVERBOARD

Royal Caribbean ends in-room babysitting
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18 SEP 2018: Royal Caribbean is terminating its in-cabin babysitting service. The ‘Sitter at Sea’ program ends September 30, because the cruise line said it can no longer 'consistently' guarantee the service on all sailings. MORE

TOURISM HELPLINE

New jobs for prisoners
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Killer Molly Martens is now working with a prison-based US tourist information service offering holiday advice about North Carolina in a bid to reduce her sentence for the murder of her Irish husband. Martens works with a special programme within North Carolina prisons where inmates help tourists with telephone queries. MORE

OLD MONTREAL HISTORY. NEW SPA WELLNESS

By CHRIS RYALL
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18 SEP 2018: Lying on a massage table, covered by a white sheet, I contemplate the people, the conversations and the activities that took place inside these walls and beyond. I wouldn’t normally think about walls but these impressive etched stone walls date back to 1785 and are today a part of the Hôtel William Gray located in Old Montreal. I’m in a treatment room at the hotel’s spa. Normally a history lesson isn’t part of a spa treatment but with one of Montreal’s newest and chic luxury boutique hotels it’s fascinating to see how history and architecture blends seamlessly with modern society and design. MORE
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STILL WORKING THE ROOM

Remembering Jennifer Perry
By JEN SAVEDRA
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17 SEP 2018: Family, friends and business associates past and current gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of a woman who lived her life with passion. Jennifer Perry was passionate about her family, her friends, her work – the term ‘workaholic’ most certainly applies – she was passionate about life. So, as we gathered with her husband Bob and daughter Lauren, to remember, to wipe away tears and to laugh at memories, there was an overwhelming sense of sadness and disbelief for a life that ended far too soon. But Jennifer Perry is also a reminder to those of us, especially in this industry that she so loved, that friendships are integral to our lives. During Jennifer’s illness, her ‘Strand Girls’ were also there to help keep her encouraged, entertained and distracted. MORE

FLORENCE PICKED UP SPEED

Continues dumping heavy rains over the Carolinas.
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17 SEP 2018: There is almost too much news about Hurricane Florence – here is the latest from Sunday evening. The National Hurricane Center said that Florence is moving north at 14 mph (22 kph) a brisk pace compared to its sluggish crawl across the region since Thursday, when it barely topped speeds at which most humans can walk. MORE

TYPHOON MANGKHUT POUNDS PHILIPPINES

Moves on to China
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17 SEP 2018: Typhoon Mangkhut barrelled into southern China on Sunday, killing two people after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 64 dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. MORE

UNIGLOBE CONTINUES DIABETES FIGHT

25th annual golf event supports charity
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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17 SEP 2018: Uniglobe Travel Eastern Canada celebrated 25 years of raising funds for good causes last week at its annual fall golf tournament. Close to 60 Uniglobe members and friends in the trade turned out to The Carrying Place Golf and Country Club north of Toronto for a spectacular day on the links, but also to support a cause near and dear to the heart of Uniglobe director of marketing and supplier relations Sonia McKeon, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). MORE

CONSERVATIVE OR OVERLY ROSY

Digging into the Calgary Olympic bid plan numbers
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17 SEP 2018: Calgary's Olympic bid corporation says the city and Alberta stand to see a five-to-one return on their investment if they have another turn at hosting the Winter Games in 2026. Here is a closer look a what's behind a projection some economists are calling overly rosy. MORE

DOING THEIR THING

Wild horses on Outer Banks weather Florence
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17 SEP 2018: A herd of wild horses that roams a northern portion of North Carolina's Outer Banks has survived Florence just fine. Forecasts earlier in the week that showed the hurricane potentially making a more direct hit on the northern Outer Banks had many people worried about how the horses would fare. But wildlife experts had said there was no need to worry MORE

WYOMING BEAR ATTACK

Guide dead. Hunter hurt. Bear sought.
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17 SEP 2018: Wyoming authorities say a hunting guide has been found dead after he and a client were attacked by a bear. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the body of 37-year-old Mark Uptain was found Saturday. MORE

ROYAL SCENIC APPOINTS ROBERT DUNGAN AS PRESIDENT

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17 SEP 2018: Ivy Yeung, CEO of Royal Scenic, has announced the appointment of Robert Dungan as President. Dungan has considerable airline and industry experience having worked at Air Canada for over five years in a multitude of roles with increased responsibility. MORE

AFTER THE ENCORE COMES AN OVATION

Keeping it Personal as Seabourn Grows
By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 SEP 2018: In an era when cruise ships are making phenomenal growth spurts, Seabourn Cruise Line has staked its reputation on staying small and personal. Can the new Seabourn Ovation – that’s a third larger than Seabourn’s previous class of ships – still feel intimate? MORE

ROUND-UP

SEPT. 10-14, 2018
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17 SEP 2018: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
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