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NOT EXACTLY BACK TO NORMAL

Fort McMurray reopens to residents tomorrow
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31 MAY 2016: Officials have warned that residents of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta should not expect the fire-damaged city to be running normally when they begin to return on Wednesday. Here is what they can anticipate: MORE

SHARK ALERT

Is it safe to get back in the water
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31 MAY 2016: From drones and smartphone apps to old-school flags and signs, a growing great white shark population along the East Coast has officials and researchers turning to responses both high- and low-tech to ensure safety for millions of beachgoers this summer. MORE

LATAM TO SUSPEND FLIGHTS TO VENEZUELA

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31 MAY 2016: Latin America's largest airline says it's suspending its flights to Venezuela. Monday's statement by the Chile-based LATAM blames the “difficult macroeconomic scenario” affecting the region. MORE

COMPUTER GLITCH RESOLVED AT JFK

Back to normal after massive delays Sunday
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31 MAY 2016: Officials said normal operations were expected at John F. Kennedy Airport's Terminal 7, after a computer outage caused massive check-in delays on Sunday. A server providing Internet service had problems at about 4 p.m. and the outage required manual check-in. MORE

DEAD WHALE ON BOW OF CRUISE SHIP

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31 MAY 2016: A veterinary pathologist worked Monday to determine what killed a juvenile fin whale discovered on the bow of a cruise ship entering an Alaska port. The cause of death was not immediately apparent for the endangered whale spotted just after 5 a.m. Sunday on the bulbous bow of the Zaandam, a Holland America Line cruise ship, as it prepared to dock in Seward. MORE

TORONTO TAXI DRIVER FACES SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES

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31 MAY 2016: A 59-year-old cab driver is facing charges after police allege he sexually assaulted a male passenger he was driving. Toronto police say the incident took place last September when a 20-year-old man ordered a cab to take him to Pearson International Airport from Ajax, Ontario. MORE

PITBULL GETS TORONTO TOUCHDOWN

Fort McMurray pit bull avoids Ontario ban with airport layover
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31 MAY 2016: Lucy the pit bull has made it across Ontario. The dog and her family, among more than 80,000 residents evacuated after a wildfire spread into Fort McMurray, Alta., were stuck in Manitoba last week while trying to drive across the country to their home province of Prince Edward Island. MORE

GETTING MEN TO THE SPA

A revenue opportunity
By CHRIS RYALL
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31 MAY 2016: Over the years I have heard from agents or from female travellers when booking a vacation and they want to incorporate some spa/wellness elements into the package. Or for some they would love to go to a destination spa resort. The problem is sometimes the male half in the relationship isn't interested. It's a missed revenue opportunity sometimes for the agent if she can't convince the guy since he may have preconceived ideas what a spa vacation may be. How do you get your guy to the spa? MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

TRANSAT TO CLOSE TORONTO CALL CENTRE

78 jobs to be eliminated
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30 MAY 2016: Transat A.T. is eliminating 78 jobs as it closes its Toronto call centre and reorganizes some of its tour activities in a bid to improve profitability. The Montreal-based company, which operates Air Transat, said 66 positions will be eliminated when the Toronto call centre closes Sept. 12. MORE

MONTAGNESE LEAVES TRAVELBRANDS

Travel agents let go. Rumours are flying.
By JEN SAVEDRA
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30 MAY 2016: TravelBrands has announced the resignation of Nino Montagnese, senior vice president of sales and marketing. Montagnese began at TravelBrands in early 2015 where he was joined last September by his former boss at ACV, Zeina Gedeon, who is now CEO at TravelBrands. MORE

HOME AND AWAY

Kissimmee is the place to stay
By JEN SAVEDRA
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30 MAY 206: We met up recently with Nori Rodriguez, communications director for Experience Kissimmee, who was in Toronto with a dozen partners reminding us of all the area has to offer and highlighting the latest developments and improvements. Despite the less than stellar performance of our loonie, Canadians continue to flock to Kissimmee not the least for its proximity to the Big Parks and entertainment venues, along with the diversity of accommodation available. MORE

TOURISME MONTREAL ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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30 MAY 2016: Tourisme Montréal has announced its Board of Directors for the upcoming year during the Annual General Assembly at the Saint-James Club of Montreal. Raymond Bachand will continue to chair the Board of Directors, which is comprised of 15 members. MORE

MOVING ALONG

Holiday air travellers get a break from long security lines
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30 MAY 2016: Travellers who were dreading long airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes. MORE

HOLA AND OLA

The good, the bad and the ugly.
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30 MAY 2016: With sunny days getting longer and lazier, sparkling beaches warming up and terrorism fears driving customers away from other Mediterranean destinations, Spain and Portugal are reaping an economic bonanza from tourism. However, while most in the cash-strapped nations are welcoming the influx, some locals have been exasperated by the crowds of tourists. MORE

STORMS HALT ALL FLIGHTS INTO HOUSTON AIRPORT

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30 MAY 2016: Heavy thunderstorms that caused flooding in Central and Southeast Texas halted all flights coming into and leaving Houston's largest airport for nearly two hours. Houston Airport System spokesman Bill Begley said the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop on Friday for all flights into and out of Bush Intercontinental Airport. The ground stop lasted from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time. MORE

TOP 10 US BEACHES

Hawaii takes top spot but Florida nabs three
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30 MAY 2016: Every year, visitors await Dr. Steve Leatherman’s annual Top 10 Beaches list, eager to discover the beaches with the softest sands and clearest waters. MORE

INTO SPAIN

By ANN WALLACE
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30 MAY 2016: It was early this year when I finished a column on this site with the words “… but now we have plans to travel farther afield via a different mode of transport. Stay tuned!” So, as promised, I now take up that story. MORE
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