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SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS

By JEN SAVEDRA
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23 OCT 2017: Transat’s Canada-wide regional conferences landed in Toronto recently where we had an opportunity to catch up with Nathalie Boyer, general manager, Transat Distribution Canada and Susan Bowman, vice-president, marketing and industry relations. The theme was “Soaring to New Heights” and the point, said Boyer, was to help the professionals in the Transat network to do just that.   MORE

TYPHOON HEADS FOR TOKYO

Heavy rains in western Japan
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23 OCT 2017: A powerful typhoon was heading toward Japan's main islands early Monday, already bringing heavy rain to western Japan and slightly injuring at least five people. Typhoon Lan, which had maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, was on track to make landfall on the Pacific coast of central Japan before dawn Monday and continue northeast toward Tokyo.   MORE

NO TRVL IN ONTARIO

Travel startup for DIY bookers shuts down
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23 OCT 2017: A new website that lets travellers bypass travel agents and pocket commissions has ceased operations in Ontario after TICO, the province's travel regulator claimed the site violates provincial laws.   MORE

CHANGE OF PLAN

FAA now calls for global ban on laptops in checked luggage
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23 OCT 2017: First the US government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires.   MORE

CLUB MED TO OPEN IN VIETNAM

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23 OCT 2017: Club Med has announced plans to open its first resort in Vietnam, Club Med Ho Tram. Located in Vung Tau Province, the resort is about 90 minutes from Ho Chi Minh international airport and will feature 300 guestrooms. It is scheduled for a 2021 opening. MORE

A COOL 100

Emirates welcomes its newest A380
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23 OCT 2017: Emirates, the largest Airbus A380 operator, is planning celebrations to mark the impending arrival of its 100th superjumbo next week. More than 80 million passengers have flown on the A380 in the nine years since it first joined the fleet, which now flies to 40-plus destinations spanning Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.   MORE

NEW REGS ON SHORT TERM RENTALS

Minneapolis prepares for 2018 Superbowl
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23 OCT 2017: Minneapolis will begin regulating Airbnb and other short-term vacation rentals, a move the city wanted to get done before the 2018 Super Bowl. The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a pair of ordinances requiring those rental hosts to be licensed with the city. The process would allow the city to inspect properties and prohibit rentals.   MORE

NOT GETTING LUCKY

Keep the change
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23 OCT 2017: A Lucky Air plane in China was grounded and the flight disrupted when an elderly Chinese air traveller was caught tossing coins into the aircraft engine for 'good luck'. It is the second such incident in the last few months after a China Southern Airlines flight was delayed for hours back in June when a superstitious 80-year woman did the same. MORE

FORKS AND THE ROAD IN KENT

By MARGARET SWAINE
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23 OCT 2017: Kent, the oldest county in the country, is known as the Garden of England for its abundance of farms, wineries, beer making from the locally grown hops and fresh from the sea Dover sole and Whitstable oysters. Convenient to London, after an hour or so drive food lovers will find themselves in a bucolic countryside where they are spoilt for choice on dining and drinking options.   MORE
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ALLERGIES IN TRAVEL

By ALLAN LYNCH
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20 OCT 2017:  Recently the news showed a female passenger being dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight. The 46-year-old professor objected to sitting near two dogs travelling in the cabin. She mentioned her allergies and asked to change seats. After being re-seated a flight attendant asked her to leave the flight. She refused, police were called and carried her off the plane. MORE

HOME WRECKER

Greater building losses in California wildfires
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20 OCT 2017: California officials have raised the number of homes and structures destroyed in this month's wildfires to nearly 7,000 and said Thursday that the number will likely climb as crews continue assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people. MORE

UPS AND DOWNS AT UNITED

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20 OCT 2017: Shares of United Airlines dropped more than 10 percent on Thursday after the carrier signalled that weak prices will continue the rest of this year. Also this week the airline announced some promising results in their goal to reduce bumping paying passengers from flights. MORE

IS IT A CLUE

Photograph of missile may be linked to shot down Malaysia flight 17
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20 OCT 2017: An international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine appealed Thursday for information about a photograph which prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the passenger jet out of the sky, killing all 298 on board. MORE

JETBLUE CHANGES COURSE

Stops sales on several discount websites
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20 OCT 2017: JetBlue will stop selling tickets on a dozen discount travel websites in hopes of driving customers to the airline's site and reducing the company's costs. JetBlue Airways Corp. said Thursday that the change was the first step in revamping its system of selling tickets online. MORE

WHO KNEW.

Dumping tires in the ocean is not good for marine life
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20 OCT 2017: Divers are removing hundreds of old tires, plastic jugs and other junk that was dumped off the Southern California coast nearly 30 years ago by a man who thought he was helping the ocean environment. MORE

FALLING MASONRY KILLS TOURIST

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20 OCT 2017: Falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches killed a 52-year-old tourist from Spain on Thursday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The tourist and his wife were visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the Renaissance city's top tourist attractions, where such Italian luminaries as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried. MORE

AMAWATERWAYS APPOINTS DONNA COOK

As director of strategic initiatives
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20 OCT 2017: AmaWaterways has announced the appointment of Donna Cook to the newly created position of Director, Strategic Initiatives.  Reporting to Chief Marketing Officer, Jerre Fuqua, Cook will be working on a variety of new programmes to evaluate and improve the performance of strategic marketing and sales initiatives.  MORE

ROYAL CARIBBEAN RAISES CURTAIN

On even grander Symphony of the Seas
By WALLACE IMMEN
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20 OCT 2017: It’s no surprise that the Symphony of the Seas will be the biggest cruise ship yet. Royal Caribbean International makes sure that each sister of the famous Oasis of the Seas gets at least a few inches longer and wider than what’s come before. But the fourth ship in the Royal Caribbean heavyweight class is also aiming to redefine family and adventure travel, the company’s execs said in a dramatic reveal of the floating world that will debut in Europe in April 2018. MORE
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