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OPENING SOON
Barcelo Maya Riviera has plenty to keep guests occupied
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

THAT’S NOT ENTERTAINMENT
Performers wounded in knife attack on stage in Saudi Arabia
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

ACQUA ALTA
Tourists and Venetians slosh through flooded city
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

NOBODY IS SAYING WALL
But Denmark starts border checks at crossings to Sweden
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

MEREDITH VIEIRA NAMED GODMOTHER OF AVALON VIEW
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

LUFTHANSA, UNION AGREE TO ARBITRATION IN DISPUTE
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

SPANISH KING AND QUEEN MAKE FIRST VISIT TO IN CUBA
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

WHAT, ME WORRY
Top concerns among Canadian business travellers
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

CARIBBEAN RESILIENCE
Canada leads way in region’s resurgence
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

MY MAGICAL MYSTICAL TOUR OF HALIFAX
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

NOT THE NEW YORK TIMES
Florida CVB director gets the message
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

UNINTENDED EXPOSURE
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

DISCUSSING HONOLULU WAR MEMORIAL
Forty years after shut down
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

CREEPING DELAY
Boeing has a plan for delivery of Max jets by year end
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
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
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

AND SNOW IT BEGINS
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

From Gander to Winnie
Remembering those animals who served Canada
11 NOV 2019: While Remembrance Day is intended to remember those members of Canada's armed forces who gave their lives in defending the country, it is also an important moment to reflect on the cost of war and the sacrifices of all those who have served in uniform.   MORE

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS
Keep your hands to yourself
11 NOV 2019: A Utah man accused of groping another passenger on a Salt Lake City-bound American Airlines flight that diverted to Tulsa for his arrest has been charged with abusive sexual contact. The man, identified in court records as James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy, 32, was charged by federal prosecutors Friday. MORE

ROUND-UP
Nov. 4-7, 2019
11 NOV 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

TRADING POST OF THE GODS
You Decide on a Regent Seven Seas Tour in Chile
11 NOV 2019: There’s something that looks awfully familiar about the squiggles and cartoon-like figures that cover the hills of a remote site in Chile’s Atacama Desert. If you’ve ever travelled Route 66 or followed the signs to a truck stop on any major highway, you might interpret the enormous arrows, logos and larger-than-life figures of animals and humans as road signs advertising “gas, food and lodging.” MORE

ALLEGIANT AIR SETTLES WITH TEAMSTERS
11 NOV 2019: Allegiant Air has settled a lawsuit against the Teamsters with union pilots agreeing not to strike over changes in the airline's crew-scheduling system. A federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas signed an order Friday that ends the case and makes permanent an injunction against a strike or work slowdown. MORE

MSC CRUISES AIMS FOR CARBON NEUTRAL
11 NOV 2019: MSC Cruises said it will become the world's first global cruise operator to go “carbon neutral” by donating money to reduce or capture the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emissions its ships produce. The announcement Friday in Hamburg came amid criticism from environmental campaigners that the cruise industry wasn't doing enough to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming. MORE

REMEMBRANCE TRAVEL
Commemorating liberation
11 NOV 2019: Standing at the entrance of the Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Liz Rolf from Canmore, Alberta said, “I usually shed a tear at the Lament, but today I think it will be more.” Rolf was part of busload of Canadians on a North Alberta Light Horse Battlefield Tour of The Netherlands, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation. MORE

GET YOUR KICKS
Route 66 keeps its name
08 NOV 2019: A Republican lawmaker has abandoned his effort to rename a stretch of Route 66 in northeastern Oklahoma after Donald Trump. State Sen. Nathan Dahm said Wednesday that he's done trying to rename the 4-mile (6-kilometre) stretch of the iconic highway in Ottawa County, which borders Kansas and Missouri.   MORE
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