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BET ON IT

Higher compensation will come with costs
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20 FEB 2019: Proposed rules around air passenger rights are “inhumane” and will deprive travellers of proper compensation, according to advocacy group, Air Passenger Rights, which says would-be regulations that allow airlines to keep travellers on the tarmac for up to three hours and 45 minutes are “unacceptable” and allow more than twice the time permitted under European Union legislation. MORE

MERCI.DANKE.

Air France and KLM end power struggle
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21 FEB 2019: There appears to be no question of a total merger, but Air France and KLM have reached a compromise on tightening ties between the airlines, ending a power struggle that had alarmed the Dutch government, staff and shareholders. MORE

NO FLY DRONES

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21 FEB 2019: Britain is extending the no-fly zone for drones around airports to 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) in an attempt to avert disruptions like the December groundings of flights at Gatwick Airport. The Department for Transport says the zone will widen on March 13 from the current 1 kilometre (0.6 miles). MORE

DISRUPTORS OF THE TRAVEL ACCOMMODATIONS SPACE

What Advisors Need to Know About
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21 FEB 2019: It is well known by now that, among other companies, Airbnb has successfully disrupted the lodging space by enabling, through a computer platform, virtually anyone to rent space in their home to transient visitors. Airbnb is a virtual matchmaker, analogous in some respects to Match.com and other platforms that offer the opportunity for strangers to meet and, hopefully, like each other’s company. MORE

CHINA CLOSES TIBET TO FOREIGNERS

March brings sensitive anniversaries
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21 FEB 2019: China is barring foreign travellers from Tibet over a period of several weeks that includes a pair of sensitive political anniversaries questioning the legitimacy of Beijing's rule over the Himalayan region. Travel agencies contacted Wednesday said foreign tourists would not be allowed back into Tibet until April 1. MORE

REALLY. WE NEED THIS.

Therapy dogs are coming to YYZ to soothe stressed travellers
By JEN SAVEDRA
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21 FEB 2019: I love dogs, but I just don’t get this. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority says 15 dog teams from the St. John Ambulance will be roaming terminals 1 and 3 at Pearson International Airport on a weekly rotation in an effort to relieve travellers' tensions. MORE

CANADIANS LOVE LOS CABOS

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21 FEB 2019: The Los Cabos Tourism Board has announced that Los Cabos welcomed more than 100,000 Canadian visitors in 2018, a 12 percent year-over-year increase from 2017. Some of the travel trends driving this growth are the increasing interest in ecotourism, adults seeking more temperate winter vacations, wellness and singles, particularly women, seeking safe and secure sun destination travel. MORE

PRESERVE AND PROTECT

Closed unless you want to help clean up
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21 FEB 2019: The Faeroe Islands, an 18-island archipelago midway between Iceland and Scotland, is closing for tourists for a weekend in April - unless they want to help locals keep the rocky isles clean and unspoiled. MORE

A LONDON PUNK PILGRIMAGE

By ALLAN LYNCH
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21 FEB 2019: In my youth, which I now wish was more misspent, I stumbled on to an early punk performance. Armed with a freshly issued VISA and a $200 credit limit, I flew to London where my friend Jane was spending a term off university working in an Aussie bar, the King’s Head in Earl’s Court. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

NON BINARY IDENTIFICATION

Canadian airlines waiting for government approval
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20 FEB 2019: Canada's largest airlines are awaiting details from the federal government before they follow their US counterparts in allowing travellers to choose gender designations outside the traditional “male” and “female” check-in categories. Major US airlines said last week they will change their ticketing process so that passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines, representing a victory for advocates of transgender recognition. MORE

FAA WEIGHS IN ON SOUTHWEST

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20 FEB 2019: Federal officials have told Southwest Airlines to fix the way it calculates the weight of luggage loaded on flights after finding frequent mistakes. The airline is said to use ground crew to count bags they load, when other airlines utilize computer scanners. MORE

US JOURNALIST EXPELLED FROM CAIRO

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20 FEB 2019: Egyptian authorities have detained and expelled a New York Times journalist upon his arrival at Cairo international airport, the latest move in the country's crackdown on free speech and the media. MORE

AVALANCHE RESCUE

Searching for more skiers in Swiss Alps
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20 FEB 2019: An afternoon avalanche swept up skiers as it rumbled across a slope at a popular Swiss Alps ski resort, sparking a hurried search that rescued four people and extended into the night for others who might still be buried, authorities said. Nearly 250 rescue workers, medical team members, police officers and military personnel backed by eight helicopters and a dozen search dogs were deployed after the avalanche on Plaine Morte, a mountain in the town of Crans-Montana, officials said. MORE

WHATS TRENDING IN CARNIVAL SEASON

By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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20 FEB 2019: Mardi Gras marks the end of the festive Carnival season, a period of feasting and fun that begins on Jan. 6 in Christian culture. Mardi Gras, which literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French, is the final opportunity to indulge before the start of Lent. MORE

GONDOLA RESCUE

Mechanical failure at SeaWorld San Diego
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20 FEB 2019: Police say more than a dozen people trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego were rescued Monday night when around six gondolas stopped functioning.  It was suggested that a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on “Bayside Skyride.” Sixteen people were rescued. MORE

A TRIP LIKE NO OTHER

A Wessex Girl Remembers
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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20 FEB 2019: Turn back the clock, brew a pot of tea, and hunker down in your favourite chair on this cold winter day to read A Wessex Girl Remembers –Memories of a War-Time Childhood. Canadian travel writer Tess Bridgwater has written her memoirs using a 12 mile radius in the southernmost corner of Wessex she frequented as a 12 year-old growing up in southern England to unravel intriguing historic footnotes of epic proportions. MORE

THE OTHER CANCUNS

By SAM ION
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20 FEB 2019: My first visit to Mexico was in 1993. Signature Vacations had sent me on a week-long fam to discover Cancun, and the Riviera Maya. I fell in love, and am still in love, in spite of occasional  reports regarding local crime. MORE
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