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SUNWING LOS CABOS TRAVEL ADVISORY

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17 SEP 2014: The Los Cabos area continues to be impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Odile, with widespread power outages and poor communications. Tour operator Sunwing says  they have been able to have limited conversations with their in-destination team who indicated that all of their guests are safe and secure. MORE

THE WHITE ELEPHANT TO BE DEMOLISHED

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17  SEP 2014:  Despite efforts to save Mirabel airport, the Montreal airport authority is going ahead with plans to demolish the facility, which has had no passenger flights since 2004. On Tuesday, James Cherry, president and CEO of Aeroports de Montreal, announced that a demolition company has been chosen to tear down the structure - an announcement that effectively shuts the door on a proposal to turn the terminal into a convention centre. MORE

VANCOUVER TO OSAKA

Air Canada rouge to launch seasonal flights
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16 SEP 2014:  Air Canada has announced that it will introduce non-stop flights between Vancouver and Osaka, Japan, next summer. Service to Osaka's Kansai International Airport will be operated up to five flights per week by Air Canada rouge with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of economy and premium cabins of service. MORE

DO IT YOURSELF

Time for hotels to pay their staff appropriately
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17 DEP 2014: Marriott is launching a programme with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Called 'The Envelope Please,' the campaign began this week and will see 160,000 rooms in the US and Canada outfitted with envelopes bearing the name of the room attendant MORE

DELTA ADDS FLIGHTS

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17 SEP 2014: Delta Air Lines has announced plans for twice-daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and San Antonio starting next spring. The flights begin April 7, 2015. MORE

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Egypt rejects criticism of pyramid restoration
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17 SEP 2014: Egypt's antiquities minister took journalists inside a 4,600-year-old pyramid on Tuesday to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and “without evidence.” MORE

OLYMPIC TICKET BASICS

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17 SEP 2014: Organizers have announced the basic outline of ticket prices for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.  They said Tuesday that 7.5 million tickets will be issued for the Rio Games. Half of them - 3.8 million - will be priced under $30. The cheapest ticket will be about $20. MORE

VIVE MONTREAL

How to enjoy Canada's most bilingual and cosmopolitan city
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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17 SEP 2014: I had not been to Montreal for over a decade and I’m happy to report that it’s more dynamic and delicious than ever. Perhaps I love this city because, like me, it does nothing in moderation. Almost everyone speaks Canada’s two official languages. Could we not all take a lesson from that?  The arts scene is astounding—from the state-of-the-art new symphony hall to the ever expanding Museum of Fine Arts to the non-stop festivals. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

HURRICANE ODILE SLAMS BAJA PENINSULA

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16 SEP 2014:  Hurricane Odile raked Mexico’s  Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains on Sunday.   Locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters Monday to assess the damage to everything from luxury high-rise hotels to small inland neighborhoods. MORE

WESTJET ADDS FIRST BAG FEES

Air Canada expected to follow suit
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16 SEP 2014:  The cost of flying is increasing for millions of Canadian passengers after WestJet Airlines announced it will start charging some economy fare customers a fee to check their first bag on flights within Canada and to the US. MORE

AIR FRANCE PILOTS STRIKE

Lufthansa pilots call off strike
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16 SEP 2014: Air France cancelled at least half its flights around the world on Monday as pilots began a weeklong strike, highlighting the trouble Europe's flagship airlines face in keeping up with low-cost competitors. MORE

TICO GETS A CONVICTION

Anas Araznajani pleads guilty
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17 SEP 2014:  Anas Araznajani, a partner of BTM Services, a registered travel agent that operated in Mississauga and elsewhere in Ontario, whose registration lapsed effective March 31, 2012, plead guilty and was convicted of various offences. MORE

EGYPT TO BOOST SECURITY FOR TOURISTS

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16 SEP 2014:  Egypt plans to increase the number of security cameras at hotels and popular tourist destinations as part of a series of new security measures aimed at buoying the flagging tourism sector following three years of political turmoil, the country's tourism minister said. MORE

OH SHOOT

Manitoba hunting guide fined
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16 SEP 2014:  A Manitoba hunting guide has been fined $21,500 after admitting to a string of violations which were caught during an undercover sting operation involving both Canadian and American officials. MORE

MEMORIAL FOR BILL ORR

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16 SEP 2014:  A memorial is being held for Bill Orr on Sunday October 19, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Town Hall, 75 Eglinton Ave East, in Toronto.  Bill, a long time travel industry executive died suddenly last month.   MORE

SOCIAL SCAM

Creating a dream trip
By PAM STELLINI
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16 SEPT 2014: A young Dutch woman had a dream trip to South East Asia.  For 42 days she enjoyed the magic of the Orient keeping a digital journal of her travels, sharing the exotic images on social media. She planned an itinerary that included cultural experiences that many people just fantasize about. As did she. The trip was a fake and the woman experienced it all from her apartment. MORE
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