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ROUND-UP
Sept.9-13, 2019
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

LHOTEL
The ultra romantic Paris apartment of your wildest dreams
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

JAPAN AIRLINES FINED BY U.S.
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

PLUGGED IN
Vegas is moving toward electric
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

HUMBERTO ON THE HEELS OF DORIAN
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

Q3 LOSSES FOR TRANSAT
Higher costs for sale to Air Canada
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

FLIGHT SHAMING
Poor stats for U.S. aircraft emissions
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

RAGING BULL
New York sculpture vandalized
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

DESIGNER PAYS TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN STYLE ON 9 11
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

BATS ARE BAD ENOUGH
but rabid bats found along river in Grand Canyon National Park
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

THRILL OUT
New roller coasters at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens
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

TONE DEAF
Paris metro warns about strikes and transport chaos
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

PATIO SEASON
An oasis in New Orleans
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

WHAT DID I FORGET
The things holidaymakers leave behind
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

THE LEAST VISITED COUNTRY IN EUROPE
12 SEP 2019: Not all tourists want to follow the crowd. Some prefer to go where few have gone before and there are distinct advantages to this approach. Europe’s least visited and poorest country has geared up to beckon tourists and I discovered some gems there this August. Here are ten reasons to visit the Republic of Moldova now.   MORE

TL NETWORK CANADA PARTNERS WITH ACTA
12 SEP 2019: TL Network Canada announced that it continues to expand benefits for member agencies by entering into an enhanced partnership with the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA), the member-based association representing the retail travel sector of Canada’s tourism industry. The partnership with ACTA will support collaboration on initiatives to enhance the certification, education and professional development of TLN members, along with other benefits including preferred rates on newly activated Certified Travel Counsellor (CTC) or Certified Travel Manager (CTM) registrations.   MORE

WORLD ROUTES WILL RETURN TO LAS VEGAS IN 2021
12 SEP 2019: Las Vegas has been chosen as the host and destination for the 27th World Routes Development Forum in 2021. The world’s largest commercial aviation event is scheduled to take place on 13 – 15th September 2021.   MORE

HOLLAND AMERICA SETTLES ALASKA WASTE DUMPING CASE
12 SEP 2019: Holland America Line’s Westerdam leaked greywater into Glacier Bay during a call a year ago, discharging about 22,500 gallons of untreated water into the bay after a worker opened the wrong valve by mistake.   MORE

IF YOU RENT IT. YOU DRIVE IT.
Mother responsible after son crashes rented minivan
12 SEP 2019: A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled. The Superior Court ruled that Tricia Richards must cover the costs of replacing the vehicle - said to be a write-off - even though she had bought optional insurance coverage at the time of rental.   MORE

NOT WORTH IT
Hawaii owners close rental properties as deadline approaches
12 SEP 2019: As a short-term rental application deadline nears, some owners are shutting down their Hawaii rental properties having found new regulations too expensive or troublesome to continue their rental businesses.   MORE

CATHAY PACIFIC CUTS YVR JFK FLIGHTS
12 SEP 2019: After more than 20 years of operation, Cathay Pacific is ending its fifth-freedom service linking Vancouver and New York City John F. Kennedy Airport. The route will end next April.   MORE

THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY
Readers respond
12 SEP 2019: Thank you to our readers for the wonderful response to our offer of the book ‘The Only Plane in the Sky’. Six emails came in one the dot of 9am so we have decided to send the extra one as well.   MORE

DRONING ON
Heathrow a target for drone protesters
12 SEP 2019: First BA pilots now drones. Heathrow says it's working closely with the authorities to ensure the airport stays open tomorrow despite protestors threatening to using drones to disrupt its operations. Heathrow Pause wants to prevent the expansion of the airport due to climate change concerns.   MORE

SASKATOON
Paris of the Prairies
11 SEP 2019: Regina got the capital, Prince Albert got the penitentiary and Saskatoon got the university. But Saskatoon is so much more than a vibrant city full of young scholars. Saskatchewan’s “City of Bridges” is also City of Festivals. Name your pleasure and there’s probably a festival you’ll want to attend. A few examples: Blues, Ukrainian, Children’s, Jazz, Shakespeare, Reggae and World Music, Fringe, Fiddle Fest and Rib Fest. MORE

TANYA LEPAGE TO VP OPERATIONS SME CANADA AT FLIGHT CENTRE
11 SEP 2019: Flight Centre Travel Group has announced the appointment of Tanya LePage to the role of vice president of Operations for the company’s Canadian SME divisions, Corporate Traveller and Stage and Screen. MORE
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