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FLIGHT SHAMING

Poor stats for U.S. aircraft emissions
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16 SEP 2019: US airlines are increasing their emissions of climate-changing gases much faster than they are boosting fuel efficiency, according to an environmental group's report. The International Council on Clean Transportation said that carbon dioxide emissions and fuel burning rose 7 percent from 2016 to 2018, overshadowing a 3 percent gain in fuel efficiency. MORE

Q3 LOSSES FOR TRANSAT

Higher costs for sale to Air Canada
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16 SEP 2019: Transat AT Inc.'s third-quarter net loss more than doubled from the same time last year as the tour operator worked to complete its takeover by Air Canada. The Montreal-based company lost $11.0 million in the quarter ended July 31 versus its $5.0-million net loss the year prior. MORE

HUMBERTO ON THE HEELS OF DORIAN

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16 SEP 2019: The US National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Humberto would likely become a hurricane as it moved away from the Bahamas and the US coast. It was expected to become a hurricane by Sunday night, but not to threaten land by the time it reached to that strength. MORE

PLUGGED IN

Vegas is moving toward electric
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16 SEP 2019: As more electric vehicles hit the streets, additional places to charge them are popping up in Las Vegas. Casino companies, Clark County, shopping centres and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, now offer charging stations. MORE

JAPAN AIRLINES FINED BY U.S.

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16 SEP 2019: The US government is fining Japan Airlines for delays that trapped passengers on two grounded planes for hours. Under an agreement with the Transportation Department, the airline gets credit for compensation already given to passengers and will be rewarded for not repeating this type of action. MORE

THE RUNNING TOILET

Officials relieved no one was hurt in robbery
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16 SEP 2019: A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born. The toilet was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It had been installed only two days earlier at Blenheim Palace, west of London, after previously being shown to appreciative audiences at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. MORE

LHOTEL

The ultra romantic Paris apartment of your wildest dreams
By WALLACE IMMEN
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16 SEP 2019: Everything in moderation, even moderation. Oscar Wilde said it first, and it’s still true at an opulent jewel box of a hotel tucked away on a quiet side street on Paris’ Left Bank. MORE

ROUND-UP

Sept.9-13, 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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16 SEP 2019:  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
In case you missed yesterday (or last week) here is a selection of recent stories...

WHAT DID I FORGET

The things holidaymakers leave behind
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13 SEP 2019: It’s not just items people leave on holiday that cause issues - things left at home during departure often cause problems too. Almost half of holidaymakers say forgetting to pack something has caused them stress before, whilst more than one in ten has actually missed a flight due to forgotten items. MORE

PATIO SEASON

An oasis in New Orleans
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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13 SEP 2019: With summer in mind – and glass in hand – we at Travel Industry Today, continue our seasonal series on some of the planet’s best bars, patios and rooftop venues to enjoy during the (hopefully good) weather.   MORE

TONE DEAF

Paris metro warns about strikes and transport chaos
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13 SEP 2019: Sympathy can only take you so far. That's what the French government spokeswoman is finding out after she said she would sympathize with Paris commuters facing a metro strike on Friday - from the comfort of her chauffeur-driven official car. MORE

THRILL OUT

New roller coasters at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens
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13 SEP 2019: SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay hve revealed details regarding new attractions coming to the parks in 2020. This marks the first time in four years that both parks have launched new coasters in the same year, in addition to a new water slide in Tampa. MORE

BATS ARE BAD ENOUGH

but rabid bats found along river in Grand Canyon National Park
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13 SEP 2019: Grand Canyon National Park officials say two dead bats found along the Colorado River inside the park tested posted for rabies. A statement released Thursday by park officials said the bats were deceased when collected last month and that the bats didn't come into contact with visitors or park staff. MORE

DESIGNER PAYS TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN STYLE ON 9 11

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13 SEP 2019: There were no flag outfits, but Michael Kors' show for New York Fashion Week was very much a patriotic tribute as he saluted American fashion with a collection that ran from nautical chic to classic glamour-girl gowns to whimsical polka-dot designs. MORE

RAGING BULL

New York sculpture vandalized
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13 SEP 2019: The artist who created New York's Charging Bull sculpture will oversee repairs to the statue after a vandal damaged it with a metal banjo.The head of a downtown Manhattan business association says artist Arturo Di Modica plans to travel from Sicily at the end of the month to supervise repairs to the bull. MORE

THE KING AND I

Finally coming to grips with Graceland
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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13 SEP 2019: For reasons I cannot explain, some part of me wants to see Graceland – Paul Simon. I like Elvis Presley as much as the next guy/gal – well, not our friend Darlene, who’s simply cuckoo about the King – but I must admit to having grown up in a world in which the rock and roll trailblazer and 1950s sex symbol had sadly devolved into a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich-scarfing Vegas sideshow act whose cultural relevance had become comedic rather than quintessential. Elvis always seemed to be leaving the building, thanking people very much in trademark baritone or inspiring a legion of impersonators from grooms to sky divers. Looking back, I’m not surprised that unlike John Lennon, I don’t know where I was when Elvis died (Aug. 16, 1977). MORE

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