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OFF AND RUNNING

Sunwing hits the road
By JEN SAVEDRA
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04 MAY 2015:  By Thursday of last week Sunwing had already hosted over 1000 agents at presentations across Ontario.  Monday they were in Oakville, Tuesday in Stoney Creek, Wednesday in Toronto and Thursday in Oshawa.  Another four weeks, said Deana Murphy, vice president retail sales, will take them across the country, through western Ontario, Quebec, Central and Western Canada ending up in Atlantic Canada. MORE

CAPITAL PLANS

A night out with Austin
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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04 MAY 20115:  A friendly Austin invasion sidled up to the Pravda Vodka Bar in Toronto's east end the other night. Unusual, perhaps, but then again if you’re a Texan city that’s adding vodka making to your repertory, hosting an industry reception at a vodka bar makes sense. MORE

UPDATE ON NEPAL

Climbing season likely done this year
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04 MAY 2015: Sherpas in Nepal are refusing to rebuild the route on Mount Everest that was destroyed by an earthquake-triggered avalanche more than one week ago, a decision which will likely end this year's climbing season. MORE

PROTESTERS WANT TO DESTROY CAPITALISM

And the alternative is
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04 MAY 2015:   Downtown Montreal was plunged into chaos Friday as several hundred protesters, many wearing masks, clashed with police who fired off tear gas to try to disperse them. MORE

EARTHQUAKE IN NEW ZEALAND

No major damage
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04 MAY 2015:  A magnitude-5.6 earthquake has jolted the South Island of New Zealand, but there were no initial reports of broken windows but no major damage or injuries. MORE

NEW ROUTES FOR WESTJET

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04 MAY 2015: WestJet has  launched new, daily non-stop services between Toronto and Gander, Newfoundland, between Calgary and Terrace, BC, and between Calgary and Yellowknife, NT. MORE

RENTAL RISKS

Airbnb rental trashed
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04 MAY 2015: Airbnb may seem like a fast route to a quick buck for Canadians who own properties in popular travel destinations, but renting out a home to strangers can be perilous. A Calgary family learned that lesson the hard way. MORE

IT MUST BE SPRING

Maid of the Mist sets sail at Niagara Falls
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04 MAY 2015: The Maid of the Mist tour boats are setting sail below Niagara Falls for the 130th consecutive season.The first boat launched at 9 a.m. Friday. MORE

SCENT SENT PLANE BACK

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04 MAY 2015:  Hawaiian Airlines passengers had to exit a plane using emergency slides after the smell of fumes led crew members to turn the flight around soon after takeoff. MORE
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NOTHING TO CELEBRATE

Festivals, large gatherings cancelled by Beijing police
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01 MAY 2015: Springtime in Beijing usually brings out bustling crowds for rock concerts, food festivals and other outdoor revelry amid the smog and catkins. But this year, police in the Chinese capital have been cancelling everything from an Earth Day event to a heavy metal concert, stoking worries that the authorities are cracking down on any large gathering deemed politically risky. MORE

NEW YORK A FIRST FOR MSC DIVINA

900 Travel Agents Welcomed on Board
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01 MAY 2015: New York City welcomed the MSC Divina as it called at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal for the first time on April 29 and April 30. While in New York, the company hosted more than 900 travel agents on board – allowing them to tour and experience the ship first hand. MORE

SUNWING SMALL CITY GATEWAYS

Making sunshine more convenient
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01 MAY 2015: Sunwing continues to bring sunshine closer to Canadians at smaller Canadian gateways. This winter residents of Val-d’Or, Quebec and Fredericton, New Brunswick will have a choice of two great Cuban destinations - Varadero and Holguin - direct from their local airports. MORE

KEEPING ABREAST OF THE SITUATION

LA beach wants topless women
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01 MAY 2015:  Leaders in the Los Angeles beach district of Venice have asked that women be allowed to sunbathe topless on the beach, saying they want equality and a more European feel at the popular tourist destination, local media reported this week. MORE

VEGAS VISITATION DOWN

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01 MAY 2015: Tourism officials say the number of visitors to Las Vegas dropped off in March to 3.62 million people. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released its monthly report Wednesday which included the 1.7 percent drop in travellers and convention attendance down 11.7 percent. MORE

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

BVI expanded pier expected to increase cruise calls
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01 MAY 2015: A tourism project that included an expanded cruise ship pier has been completed in the British Virgin Islands and is expected to draw tens of thousands of additional visitors per year to the Caribbean territory, officials said this week. MORE

TAMING LONG HAUL JET LAG

By WALLACE IMMEN
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01 MAY 2015: Amazing: I was able to sleep in an economy class seat for a good part of a 14-hour flight to Hong Kong. It’s something I’ve never been able to do in coach class in 30 years of regular long-haul flying. And as a result, I found I avoided the lingering jet lag I used to think was inevitable after spending a half day strapped into a coach seat for a trip halfway around the world. MORE
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