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ONE SEA, ONE VOICE, ONE CARIBBEAN

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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06 DEC 2016:  If the 2017 Farmers’ Almanac is correct on its winter prediction Old Man Winter will be back.  But during those bouts of snow squalls and sub-zero temperatures, clients could be swiping the cold harsh white powder (snow) for that other warm welcoming powder (sand). MORE

WHERE AM I

Ontario Tourism Wins Marketing Campaign of the Year Award
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06 DEC 2016:  Ontario's innovative tourism marketing campaign has been honoured at the Canadian Tourism Awards hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). MORE

TERM LIMITS

Airbnb agrees to limit private rentals in London, Amsterdam
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06 DEC 2016:  Airbnb will start enforcing limits to private home rentals in two popular European cities on the home-sharing platform, London and Amsterdam. The move comes amid complaints from some cities that the booming house sharing sector can lead to illegal hotels and contribute to housing shortages. MORE

UK RAIL STRIKES CAUSE CHAOS

Gatwick trains are affected
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06 DEC 2016:  Rail passengers in the UK will face some of the worst disruption for years starting today when a wave of strikes and other forms of industrial action are launched in bitter disputes over staffing. MORE

AIR BERLIN SELLS STAKE IN NIKI TO ETIHAD

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06 DEC 2016: German airline Air Berlin says it is selling its stake in Austrian carrier NIKI to Etihad for 300 ($428.3) million euros.  Air Berlin says the sale marks “an important milestone in the implementation of the company's restructuring plan announced in September.” MORE

A FOND FAREWELL

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06 DEC 2016: We reported on Friday that Sunwing’s Lawrence Elliott, a well known veteran of this industry is retiring.  Lawrence is an old friend (perhaps ‘friend of long standing’ would be better) and a longtime reader of Today, who never hesitated to give us his opinion - for better or worse.  He has written a note to his friends, colleagues and associates and we are happy to make it available to you. MORE

NEW AMTRAK STATION IN NIAGARA FALLS

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06 DEC 2016: The old Amtrak station in the city of Niagara Falls will receive its last two trains this morning. All trains arriving after 7 a.m. will now stop at the new US $43 million Intermodal Transportation Center. MORE

BABY ON BOARD

Woman gives birth while on airplane
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06 DEC 2016:  A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, after a baby was born durng the flight. Airline spokeswoman Melissa Ford told local news outlets that Flight 556 was on its way from Philadelphia to Orlando, Florida, on Sunday when a woman went into labour. MORE

NEW IDEA IS A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW

By PAM STELLINI
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06 DEC 2016: The next time I get on a transatlantic flight I am going to let the flight attendants know if I am feeling good about my amino acids.  I’ll even ask them if they want to mark that on my chart. Apparently airlines want information about our physiological state. British Airways is researching a pill for their passengers to swallow that will electronically transmit information about their pulse and heart rate. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

DRONES ARE A PROBLEM

Intelligence reports warns copycat terrorists could use drone to attack plane
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05 DEC 2016:  Publicity about near-misses between drones and passenger aircraft might give terrorists ideas about how to take down a plane, a federal intelligence report warns. The Transport Canada report also suggests small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, could easily be used for advance surveillance of targets. MORE

AMERICAN CUTS CAPACITY TO CUBA

Fewer flights. Smaller planes.
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05 DEC 2016:  Well that didn’t take long. American Airlines is already planning to cut capacity to five secondary Cuba destinations. Airline spokesman Matt Miller said the carrier will cut back the number of daily round-trip flights to Cuba from 13 to 10 from early February. MORE

WAS IT WORTH IT

United Airlines will pay 2.4 million fine
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05 DEC 2016:  The parent company of United Airlines will pay US$2.4 million to settle civil charges by securities regulators over flights that were started to help an official who oversaw one of the airline's hub airports. MORE

A GAME CHANGER

Australia and China announce unlimited flights between major cities
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05 DEC 2016:  Australia and China have revised their bilateral air services agreement and have removed limits on the number of passengers able to fly between major cities in the two countries. The agreement was announced Sunday.  MORE

SEVERE TURBULENCE

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05 DEC 2016: A Qatar Airways flight from Washington heading to Doha hit severe turbulence while diverting for a medical emergency, sending some passengers tumbling through the aircraft. MORE

RYANAIR HOLIDAYS

All part of becoming The Amazon of Air Travel
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05 DEC 2016: Ryanair is getting into the tour operation business, and with typical Ryanair modesty and restraint, promises it will transform the market.  The airline launched a package holiday service offering flights, accommodation and transfer packages on its website. MORE

SANTA THAWS

Too warm for Boston holiday wonderland
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05 DEC 2016:  Boston city officials say they're postponing the opening of a European-style “Boston Winter” outdoor wonderland because it's unseasonably warm. City Hall Plaza was being transformed into a North Pole, complete with an ice skating path tucked among chocolate fountains and wooden chalets selling Christmas ornaments. But hours before it was to open to the public, Mayor Marty Walsh temporarily called it off. MORE

FOOD PORN IN THE FUNK ZONE

By MARGARET SWAINE
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05 DEC 2016:  I meet Tara Jones, the Big Cheese of “Eat This Shoot That!”, in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara for what I quickly discover was a fun and innovative approach to a foodie tour of a city. The Funk Zone, a 12-square-block mixed-use area near Santa Barbara’s waterfront, transformed from really sketchy to totally hip starting about four years ago. It was the perfect local for a quirky, tasty tour with photo tips. MORE
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