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PARTY TIME

By JEN SAVEDRA
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16 AUG 2019: Last weekend Sunwing Vacations and RIU Hotels and Resorts cohosted a pool party at Toronto’s Cabana Pool Bar. The idea was to promote RIU’s new entertainment program ‘RIU Party’ and this was certainly the best venue to get the “party” idea across! It’s been some time since this aging Boomer went to a scantily clad Millennials pool party – but it was certainly – well, WOW! MORE

PILOT HEROICS

Lands safely after bird strike disables Russian plane
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16 AUG 2019: The captain of a Russian passenger jet was hailed as a hero Thursday for landing his plane in a cornfield after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. While dozens of people sought medical assistance, only one was hospitalized. MORE

MAX OUT

Sunwing finalizes winter schedule to operate without Boeing 737 MAX 8
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16 AUG 2019: Sunwing has announced that all flight services during the coming winter season will now be operated without the Boeing 737 MAX 8. The new schedule comes into effect on November 5, and runs until mid-May 2020. While the move has been prompted by the ongoing worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the company said that being able to offer an excellent customer experience and provide clients with much-needed reassurance while planning their upcoming winter vacation with confidence were equally important factors in their decision. MORE

JUST RELAX

Most of the World Still Not Getting Enough Sleep
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16 AUG 2019: Princess Cruises in collaboration with Wakefield Research, has revealed the findings of its 10th Annual Relaxation survey. With ten years of data analyzing the sleep and vacation habits of adults, this year’s survey reinforces the stress and lack of relaxation experienced by adults globally. Results from the survey show more than half of those surveyed (52 percent) are getting less sleep than they need– a decrease of one percent from last year. MORE

WEIRD FASCINATION

Epstein islands are drawing tourists
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16 AUG 2019: The things that attract tourists. Jeffrey Epstein's armed guards and the sharp rocks that lie beneath the turquoise waters glistening around his Caribbean island have long deterred boaters from the area, but curiosity has overcome concern since the financier allegedly killed himself in jail as he awaited trial in New York on sex trafficking charges. MORE

U.S. TOURISM TRENDS IMPACT RETAIL STORES

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16 AUG 2019: Macy's is lowering its annual earnings guidance after the department store struggled with a big earnings miss during the second quarter as it was forced to slash prices on unsold merchandise. If you’re wondering what this has to do with travel one of the factors they cited was a worsening climate for tourism that led to rising inventory levels. MORE

NOT IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD

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16 AUG 2019: A report says Beverly Hills has nixed a plan to allow buses to load and unload tourists within its ritzy business district. The proposed bus stop had been supported by the city's chamber of commerce and visitors bureau as a way to generate foot traffic near high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Versace. MORE

SHORT SHRIFT

Female pilot alleges she was fired for being too short
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16 AUG 2019: A female pilot is suing private jet operator NetJets after she claims she was fired because her legs were too short. Shari Drerup was told to use a booster seat and platform shoes but she declined due to potential safety issues. MORE

BY ANY OTHER NAME

Jimmy Kimmel wants to be mayor of Newfoundland town
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16 AUG 2019: The picturesque Newfoundland town of Dildo is attracting unprecedented international attention over its name, as late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel continues his televised quest to become its mayor. MORE

RHIANNON

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16 AUG 2019: Earlier this year the Rock and Hall of Fame in Cleveland inducted its class of 2019. For all the worthy recipients, the most notable was certainly Stevie Nicks, who became the first woman to enter the hall twice – this time as a solo act (she was first inducted with her band, Fleetwood Mac, in 1998). So, put your hands together for Ms. Nicks, who channels her inner Welsh witch here in “Rhiannon” from the classic 1997 Mac live performance/album The Dance. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

A TURBULENT MOMENT IN THE WORLD

Canadians cautioned on travel to Hong Kong
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15 AUG 2019: The federal government is warning Canadians about travelling to Hong Kong amid massive protests and the Chinese military amassing on the border. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said yesterday, “This is a turbulent moment in the world.... I would urge all Canadians, if you live in Hong Kong, if you are travelling there, if you have relatives who are there or are travelling there, to look at our travel advice.” MORE

MAC FLIGHT BAN

FAA bans MacBook Pro laptops with recalled batteries
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15 AUG 2019: A new US Federal Aviation Administration directive now bans some MacBook Pro laptops from flights. In June Apple issued a recall of 15 inch laptops sold between September 2015 and February 2017 which have faulty batteries 'that may overheat and pose a safety risk.' MORE

AIR CANADA LAUNCHES US ROUTES WITH FUEL EFFICIENT A220

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15 AUG 2019: Air Canada aims to boost its presence in the US with a pair of Airbus A220 jetliners on two new non-stop routes between Montreal and Seattle and from Toronto to San Jose, Calif. The narrow-body aircraft, which are set to take off on May 4, are the first two of 10 that the airline expects to receive by the summer of 2020, granting it greater range and cost savings as rival WestJet attempts to make further inroads into international markets. MORE

EUROPEANS ONLY

A new twist to the words of the Statue of Liberty
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15 AUG 2019: The acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, says the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about, “people coming from Europe” and that America is looking to receive migrants “who can stand on their own two feet.” MORE

PLANNED STRIKE AT HEATHROW SUSPENDED

Union members will consider offer
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15 AUG 2019: Officials at London's Heathrow Airport say a planned strike has been suspended after the union representing security guards, firefighters and other workers gave its members time to consider the company's offer. MORE

HEAVEN IN DEVON

Bovey Castle is quintessential England
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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15 AUG 2019: You don’t have to have the eyes of one of Martin Whitley’s eagles or falcons to see that Bovey Castle is something special. Whitley, who runs Dartmoor Hawking is on site at the historic establishment every day introducing his collection of birds of prey to visitors, but his unique presence is only the tip of the iceberg for guests of the estate, which has been part of the Eden Hotel Collection since 2014. MORE

BAD BEHAVIOUR

Man faces assault charge after transatlantic flight diverted
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15 AUG 2019: Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP say a 31-year-old man from England faces charges of assaulting and threatening a flight attendant on a flight that was forced to divert to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Edward John Myhill of London was removed from an American Airlines flight after it landed in Labrador and he was held in custody on Tuesday. MORE

AMERICAN AIRLINES SEEKS DAMAGES FROM UNIONS

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15 AUG 2019: American Airlines wants two labour unions to pay damages and the company's attorney fees, saying they ignored a judge's order to quickly end a work slowdown by mechanics. American hasn't put a dollar figure on its request but says the slowdown caused “enormous financial losses” from cancelled flights. MORE

KEVIN FROEMMING AT PLAYA

Named Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
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15 AUG 2019: Playa Hotels and Resorts have announced the promotion of Kevin Froemming to the expanded role of executive vice president and chief commercial officer. In this newly created position, Froemming assumes the key leadership role in driving Playa’s commercial strategy and initiatives throughout revenue and distribution, global sales and marketing, e-commerce, as well as brand performance and deliverability. MORE

SKY HIGH CUISINE

By MARGARET SWAINE
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15 AUG 2019: Is the food really improving on Air Canada? The answer is a qualified yes. The carrier just announced this month the addition of a fourth member to the airline's panel of celebrated Canadian culinary and wine talent, Chef Antonio Park. There is more work to be done, but the momentum is forward and that’s good. MORE

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