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BACK TO THE FUTURE

AC flight attendants put the gloves on
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17 OCT 2014: Air Canada flight attendants will be able to wear disposable gloves to help protect themselves from the risk of contact with the Ebola virus. Normally, Air Canada attendants can wear gloves for in-flight emergencies and duties such as handling food and washroom maintenance. MORE

NEW FEARS AS PASSENGER DIES ON FLIGHT

Obama muses about an Ebola Czar
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17 OCT 2014: Rightly or wrongly, confidence in the authorities lessens and fears escalate throughout the US as any indications of fever and vomiting, especially among travellers, are being viewed with alarm. In the latest incident a 63-year-old man died during a flight from Nigeria to New York's JFK after vomiting profusely. MORE

TIAC CEO WILL HEAD CTC

David Goldstein takes over
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17 OCT 2014: David Goldstein has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), effective December 1. Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture), Maxime Bernier made the announcement yesterday. MORE

UNPLUGGED NO MORE

How mobile devices impact travel
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17 OCT 2014: Expedia.ca and Egencia, the business travel brand of Expedia, Inc. have released the results of a global study of mobile-device-related behaviour and preferences among travellers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The study revealed the deep dependence modern travellers have on their mobile devices – defined as a smartphone, tablet, e-reader, laptop or smartwatch. MORE

BACK ON TRACK

Riu resorts in Los Cabos are open for business
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17 OCT 2014: Signature Vacations and RIU Hotels and Resorts have announced the re-opening of Riu Santa Fe and Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas in Los Cabos, Mexico. Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas welcomed its first guests on Thursday, October 9, while Riu Santa Fe officially re-opens on October 16.  MORE

BUYING A VACATION HOME

Canadians choose BC over Florida and Arizona
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17 OCT 2014: A new survey says a majority of Canadians (73 percent) are thinking of buying a vacation home within the next five years. Interestingly, half of them are targeting Canada instead of the US or other warmer locations. MORE

BIGGEST AND BEST

Canada has lots to offer
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17 OCT 2014: In a country the size of Canada, there is no shortage of places to visit, ranging from ‘don't bother’ to ‘don't miss’. But which ones are the best? Aaron Kylie, editor of Canadian Geographic magazine, takes a stab at answering that question with his new book. MORE

TSA CHIEF TO RETIRE

Pistole introduced controversial screening procedures
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17 OCT 2014: John Pistole announced Thursday he is stepping down as chief of the Transportation Security Administration after four and a half turbulent years in which the agency attempted to balance passenger privacy against safety and stay a step ahead of terrorists looking for cunning new ways to smuggle bombs aboard planes. MORE

WILL GLOBAL WARMING MAKE THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE A HOT TICKET

By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 OCT 2014: Ever since adventurers first started exploring the Arctic in the days of Henry VIII, there have been dreams of sailing from Atlantic to Pacific over the roof of the world through Canada’s Northwest Passage. Many tried and many failed. MORE
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TWO FOR THE SHOW

AC adds Panama and Rio
By JEN SAVEDRA
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16 OCT 2014: It was quite an evening as Air Canada celebrated the addition of two new destinations from Toronto – Panama and Rio de Janiero. Trade partners and media mixed and mingled, sipping caipirinhas and enjoying the latin themed entertainment. MORE

EBOLA AND WALL STREET

Concerns that travel sector taking a hit
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16 OCT 2014: News that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane full of passengers raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travellers to avoid flying. Shares of the biggest US airlines tumbled between 5 and 8 percent before recovering in afternoon trading. MORE

CANADIANS KILLED IN AVALANCHE

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16 OCT 2014: Officials say four Canadians are among at least 12 people killed in an avalanche and a blizzard in Nepal's mountainous north. Three Canadian trekkers who survived the avalanche have been airlifted to a nearby village. MORE

GO GLASGOW

One of Europe's most exciting and stylish cities
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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16 OCT 2014: Glasgow is renowned for its style and friendly locals. It’s well rounded with a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a buzzy array of restaurants and bars.  MORE

PASSENGER ARRESTED FOR SEX ASSAULT

Breaks into plane bathroom
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16 OCT 2014: A Japan Airlines flight had to return to Honolulu after a male passenger forced his way into an airplane bathroom and sexually assaulted a female passenger. The FBI said Michael Tanouye, 29, of Hilo, was arrested Saturday night at Honolulu International Airport for interfering with a flight crew and aggravated sexual assault aboard an aircraft. MORE

AIR TRANSAT TO EUROPE

Adds Budapest and increases flight frequencies
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16 OCT 2014: Air Transat has announced that it is adding a new destination, Budapest, Hungary, to its transatlantic programme for 2015, as well as increasing seats and frequencies on many of its European routes, including Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens, Lisbon, Marseille, Nantes, Rome and Venice. MORE

NEW HEIGHTS

Burj Khalifa opens new viewing deck
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16 OCT 2014: Visitors to the world's tallest building in Dubai can now get an even more elevated view of the Middle Eastern city. The owner of the 2,717 foot-tall (828 metre) Burj Khalifa skyscraper says that visitors can now pay to ride up to a new observation deck on the 148th floor. MORE

BILL ORR MEMORIAL ON SUNDAY

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16 OCT 2014: A reminder for friends and associates of Bill Orr, that a memorial will take place this 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

ALL OF A TWITTER

The girl who kicked over Visit Sweden's nest
By DAVID TAIT
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When Visit Sweden’s ad agency Volontaire presented the concept it seemed like a really cool idea. As Creative Director Patrick Kampmann put it “Sweden stands for certain values; being progressive, democratic, and creative.” Little did he realize just how creative. MORE
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