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EXPECT MAJOR DISRUPTION AND DELAYS

Italian airport strikes are on
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21 NOV 2017: Passengers travelling in and out of Italy are being warned they may face 'major disruption and delays' today because of industrial action at airports. Unionized staff, including security agents, ticketing agents, baggage handlers and taxis serving some of the country's train stations have threatened to strike at certain airports including Florence, Pisa and Bologna from 1pm-5pm local time.   MORE

DELTA URGES CONGRESS TO VIOLATE US INTERNATIONAL AVIATION LEGAL OBLIGATIONS

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21 NOV 2017: Last week was a busy one for Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines. Bastian showed he can multi-task making news both in Detroit and Washington. In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club,  Bastian contradicted Delta’s longstanding claim that competition with Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways (Gulf Carriers) has cost Delta jobs, and will continue to do so.  Bastian boasted that Delta plans to hire 25,000 workers over the next five years. MORE

SKAL CANADA APPOINTS NEW BOARD FOR 2018

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21 NOV 2017: The Skal Canada fall meeting was held on November 4th at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport, where the new board was elected. Susan Webb was elected to the role of president of Skal Canada for 2018. MORE

HI. IT'S ME

Business travellers from the Americas stay in touch with family
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21 NOV 2017: Half of business travellers from the Americas contact their families when on business trips, more than those from other regions. Only one-third (31 percent) of travellers from Asia Pacific (APAC) and around a quarter (27 percent) of Europeans touch base with their families while on the road.   MORE

CHEERS

Aberlour Scotch Whisky returns to Porter Airlines
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21 NOV 2017: If you haven’t yet flown Porter Airlines, this is an added incentive. Until December 15 Porter is bringing back Aberlour's award-winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which it is serving on all domestic flights within Canada.   MORE

SKI UTAH

Record numbers, potential Olympics, possible DUI
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21 NOV 2017: Utah ski officials kick off the new season energized by the growing possibility of another Winter Olympics bid and buoyed by two straight seasons of record visitation. But there's also some concern that publicity surrounding the state's strict new DUI law that goes into effect next year may keep skiers and snowboarders away by adding to the long-held stigma that visitors can't have fun in Utah. MORE

REVOLVING RESTAURANT TRAGEDY

Marriott faces lawsuit
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21 NOV 2017: The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta is being sued after five-year old Charles Holt died when he became trapped in a revolving track at the popular 73rd floor Sun Dial revolving restaurant.   MORE

DISRUPTIVE PASSENGER SENTENCED TO TIME SERVED

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21 NOV 2017: A Turkish man who disrupted a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu won't receive additional jail time but must pay American Airlines more than US $8,500. Anil Uskanli was sentenced Monday to the six months that he has spent locked up.   MORE

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Do your kids want to see Santa
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21 NOV 2017: Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you'll need a reservation to see him. At Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in New York, a chance to sit on Saint Nick's lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time ever.   MORE

ASK THE BELLBOY

By DERRICK BLOCH
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21 NOV 2017: I come from the hotel industry. I waited tables, ran the banqueting bar, worked in cost control (and caught a pastry chef selling the hotel’s butter on the side). I eventually graduated from hotel management school.   MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

BREXIT BENEFIT

Lower pound boosts tourism to Britain
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20 NOV 2017: Many British businesses have become cautious as they try to gauge the impact of the country's 2019 departure from the European Union. But there's one industry that has so far clearly seen a silver lining from the Brexit decision - local tourism.   MORE

NOT ON

Kuwait Airlines bars Israeli from Frankfurt to Bangkok flight
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20 NOV 2017: An Israeli citizen sued Kuwait Airlines after he booked a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok with a stop-over in Kuwait City. The airline cancelled his booking when he revealed he had an Israeli passport. They offered to book him on another airline.   MORE

ART AND POLITICS

New Orleans has two big winners
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20 NOV 2017: Collages by jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, three versions of a work by Yoko Ono, a dream-like video about jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden, a steam calliope that plays African-American protest music, and a chunk of wall bearing a restored mural by graffiti artist Banksy are among hundreds of works to be shown as part of or during a citywide exhibit in New Orleans, called Prospect.4. And, Congratulations to New Orleans who just made history by electing it's first woman Mayor, LaToya Cantrell.    MORE

YVR TO MBJ

Sunwing launches new direct flight service
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20 NOV 2017: The Caribbean island of Jamaica just got a little closer to Vancouverites with the announcement that Sunwing will be offering a new direct flight service from Vancouver to Montego Bay.   MORE

NOT YET

Transat holds off on SJU flights
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20 NOV 2017: In the light of the latest information on the situation in the Caribbean, Air Transat has decided to interrupt all flights to Puerto Rico for the 2017-2018 winter season. Instead, the airline will expand its offer to Mexico.   MORE

MAKING AIRBNB ACCESSIBLE

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20 NOV 2017: Airbnb has acquired Accomable, a UK-based company which helps people with disabilities find accessible places to stay. Founded in 2015 by Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley, two friends with Spinal Muscular Atrophy who travelled extensively and were frequently frustrated in finding suitable accommodations.   MORE

IT TAKES MORE THAN IRMA

Florida sees record tourism numbers despite Hurricane
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20 NOV 2017: Florida is still getting a record number of tourists even though the state was hit by a devastating hurricane. Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday at a Miami ice cream boutique that a record 88.2 million visitors came to the state during the first nine months of 2017. That represents a 3.3 per cent increase over the same time period in the previous year.   MORE

NO MORE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

NYC subway to use gender neutral terms for announcements
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20 NOV 2017: When it comes to the New York City subways, there's no such thing as ladies and gentlemen. Conductors on subway trains have been told to stop addressing passengers as “ladies and gentlemen” when making announcements about delays, detours or other things, and instead use the gender-neutral terms “passengers,” “riders,” and “everyone.”   MORE

THATS JUST NAUGHTY

Navy grounds air crew that made drawing in sky
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20 NOV 2017: The air crew who used their US Navy warplane to create vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the US Navy said Friday.   MORE

MICHELLE PALMA AT UNIWORLD

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20 NOV 2017: Luxury all-inclusive river cruise line Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced the promotion of veteran travel executive Michelle Palma to the new position of vice president, Field Sales for North America. In this expanded role, Palma becomes directly responsible for the strategic, functional and administrative management of all Uniworld district sales managers throughout the United States and Canada.   MORE

THE TONY SIDE OF MADRID

By MARGARET SWAINE
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20 NOV 2017: It takes a mere ten minutes by taxi to go from the Hotel Principal Madrid to the Hotel Único, yet it feels like entering another world. While the former is in the action filled somewhat frenzied heart of the city, the latter housed in a former 19th century palace in the upscale Salamanca district oozes elegance and serenity.   MORE
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