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CARIBBEAN RESILIENCE

Canada leads way in region’s resurgence
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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13 NOV 2019: Two new reports indicate that the Caribbean region has shrugged off the effects of recent hurricanes – including Dorian this fall – and has posted strong arrivals in 2019. Moreover, future bookings suggest that the numbers will continue to climb in the coming months. MORE

WHAT, ME WORRY

Top concerns among Canadian business travellers
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13 NOV 2019: Business travellers report feeling stressed and unsafe with female and LGBT travellers regularly experiencing harassment according to a new survey which reveals that more than 4 in 5 Canadian female business travellers have faced harassment while travelling.   MORE

SPANISH KING AND QUEEN MAKE FIRST VISIT TO IN CUBA

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13 NOV 2019:  King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Cuba on Monday night on the first state visit to the island by a Spanish royal. The couple disembarked in Havana at the start of a three-day visit to Cuba's capital and the eastern city of Santiago. MORE

LUFTHANSA, UNION AGREE TO ARBITRATION IN DISPUTE

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13 NOV 2019: Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, says it has agreed to enter arbitration with a union representing cabin crew workers, averting the possibility of more strikes for the time being.   MORE

MEREDITH VIEIRA NAMED GODMOTHER OF AVALON VIEW

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13 NOV 2019: Avalon Waterways has announced that Meredith Vieira, 15-time Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor, will christen the Avalon View as godmother on the Danube River in 2020. Vieira said, “I am extremely honoured to be godmother to this beautiful ship! What a relaxing and magical way to travel through Europe. So come on board, raise a glass of bubbly, and, as I like to say, Take a little time to enjoy the VIEW!” MORE

NOBODY IS SAYING WALL

But Denmark starts border checks at crossings to Sweden
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13 NOV 2019: Danish police on Tuesday began performing border checks at the country's crossings with Sweden, moves that followed a series of shootings and explosions around Copenhagen that Danish authorities say were carried out by people crossing the waterway between the Scandinavian neighbours. MORE

ACQUA ALTA

Tourists and Venetians slosh through flooded city
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13 NOV 2019: Tourists and Venetians alike donned high boots and took to strategically placed raised walkways on Tuesday to slosh through the high water that has hit much of the lagoon city. MORE

THAT’S NOT ENTERTAINMENT

Performers wounded in knife attack on stage in Saudi Arabia
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13 NOV 2019: Two men and a woman were wounded in a knife attack Monday evening as they performed on stage in a park in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, marking the first such incident since the kingdom began loosening restrictions on entertainment. MORE

OPENING SOON

Barcelo Maya Riviera has plenty to keep guests occupied
By SAM ION
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13 NOV 2019: The adults only Barcelo Maya Riviera opens Dec 15th. “And it is ready” says Luis Chaverri, sales executive for the Barcelo’ property in the Mayan. There was a quiet “yeah right” from the 40 agents attending a breakfast training session at the Burlington Golf and Country Club.  MORE
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AND SNOW IT BEGINS

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12 NOV 2019: The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area got its first major snowfall of the season, with Environment Canada issuing weather advisories and warnings for the region. The national forecaster says Hamilton was expected to be the hardest hit, with snowfall between 25 and 30 centimetres expected. MORE

CREEPING DELAY

Boeing has a plan for delivery of Max jets by year end
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12 NOV 2019: Boeing is detailing steps it needs to complete before its grounded 737 Max can carry passengers again. The company still must demonstrate changes it's making on the plane to safety regulators during one or more certification flights. It also must finish updating pilot-training requirements, which it expects will happen in January. MORE

GOWAY TO AFRICA

What are you waiting for
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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12 NOV 2019: Sit in an open land rover, and feel the breeze. Smell the dung of an elephant lumbering nearby, or watch a lion following his pride. Imagine the scene has been side tracked by another lion lunging for its prey. You feel the emotions from all angles. After all, you have stepped into one of life's greatest travel treks: an African safari. MORE

SUNWING FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH HAKIM OPTICAL

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12 NOV 2019: This festive season, Sunwing and Hakim Optical are partnering to bring holiday cheer to local children in destinations across the Caribbean and Mexico. From now until January 6, 2020, the Sunwing Foundation will be collecting new and gently-used children’s books at select Hakim Optical locations across the Greater Toronto Area. MORE

DISCUSSING HONOLULU WAR MEMORIAL

Forty years after shut down
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12 NOV 2019: Honolulu’s Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial is built in the form of an ocean water public swimming pool facility opened in 1927 as a monument to Hawaiian residents who served during World War I. It closed in 1979 due to disrepair, but a city report says that it could be made into an open circulation saltwater pool. MORE

UNINTENDED EXPOSURE

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12 NOV 2019: The city of Denver has agreed to reach a settlement with a United Airlines pilot who was arrested on an indecent exposure charge that was later dismissed by a judge. Andrew Collins pleaded not guilty, and a judge dismissed the misdemeanour charge in March. But the incident led to a six-month suspension from United Airlines for the pilot from Leesburg, Virginia.   MORE

NOT THE NEW YORK TIMES

Florida CVB director gets the message
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12 NOV 2019:    The Citrus County Visitors Bureau was looking at the benefits of their digital subscription to the New York Times in late October, when director, John Pricher suggested dropping it. Response from the public was swift and spilled over into the local tourism realm. The Citrus County Chronicle reports people are cancelling trips to Citrus County (about 80 miles north of Tampa) and the repercussions are being felt as far abroad as London, England. MORE

MARIE ANNICK LALANDE

Sr Communications Advisor for Transat Distribution Canada
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12 NOV 2019: Transat has announced the appointment of Marie-Annick Lalande as Senior Communications Advisor for Transat Distribution Canada. Lalande is based in Montreal, where she will be responsible for all internal and external communications of this Transat subsidiary.    MORE

MY MAGICAL MYSTICAL TOUR OF HALIFAX

By PAM STELLINI
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12 NOV 2019: My first morning in Halifax I woke up in my daughter’s apartment. Her home décor is a fusion of yogini warrior meets Hindu goddess, with Professor Minerva McGonagall dropping by for a hemp smoothie. It is whimsical and colourful, as is she. Lisa has no computer. She has a broken television set that she is keeping to have the screen painted by an artist friend, and her home pleasingly smells like burned sage. MORE

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