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TSUNAMI WARNING IN BC AND ALASKA

Sirens on Tofino beaches
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23 JAN 2018: UPDATED: A tsunami warning has been posted for the coast of British Columbia and Alaska following a powerful earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska. Environment Canada says the tsunami warning covers the Central Coast and Northeast Vancouver Island coast, including Kitimat Bella Coola and Port Hardy.   MORE

LEADING EDGE

Travel Leaders Network boosts leads and membership
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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23 JAN 2018: Coming off a record breaking year, Travel Leaders Network is not resting on its laurels. TL Network considered North America's largest travel agent network reports a 47 percent increase in lead distribution and has added 51 new member agencies in Canada (300 agencies overall) through its revamped integrated network.   MORE

A STEP TOWARDS NORMAL

Belgium reduces terror threat
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23 JAN 2017: Belgium is reducing its terror threat level from the second-highest mark for the first time in over two years. The country has lived under a threat level of at least three on a four-step scale since November 2015, when Islamic State extremists carried out multiple attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. MORE

TOO MUCH REALITY

TV crew prompts bomb scare at Newark
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23 JAN 2017: The creators of a reality show say they were shooting an episode about a vacuum device used to compress luggage when the gadget prompted a fake bomb alert at a New Jersey airport. MORE

PRESERVATION VS DEVELOPMENT

Can the unique culture of Coconut Grove survive
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23 JAN 2018: With its artsy vibe, lush landscapes and free-roaming peacocks, Coconut Grove has long been known as a bohemian paradise. It's also Miami's oldest neighbourhood, established along the shores of Biscayne Bay in 1873 before the city existed. Located nearly 5 miles from what is now Miami's downtown, its streets are shaded by thick canopies of trees and its housing stock includes some of Miami's oldest homes. MORE

CHANGING THE RULES

Emerging YouTubers feel the sting of sudden changes
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23 JAN 2018: Ray Reynolds has attracted over 200,000 views to his travel adventures on YouTube, but last week he learned his Canadian video channel just wasn't popular enough. In a brief email sent by Google, the Vancouver-based creator of "Vacation: Impossible" was bluntly informed he would soon lose status as a monetized channel, effectively stripping his ability to earn money off his videos. MORE

BUENOS AIRES TOURISM IS BOOMING

Increased visitors, new hotels and international events
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23 JAN 2018: International tourism is on the upswing in Buenos Aires as an estimated 1.55 million international tourists arrived through the city's major airports, Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP), from January to October 2017.   MORE

ALFREDO TAN TO WESTJET

Former Facebook executive to lead digital transformation
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23 JAN 2018: WestJet has announced Alfredo Tan as chief digital and innovation officer. Tan will join WestJet on March 5. Reporting to Ed Sims, executive vice-president, commercial, Tan will head the further development and rollout of WestJet's digital strategy as the airline transitions from a low-cost, point-to-point carrier to a fully-fledged network airline.   MORE

EXCLUSIVE EVENT AT SANDALS ROYAL BARBADOS

Two Canadian agents among select group
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23 JAN 2018: Sandals Resorts recently hosted an intimate group of travel agents from Canada, the US and the UK during the Chairman's Caribbean Experience, held January 11-14. Two Canadian agents - Lois Barbour, Travel Time TPI (Newfoundland) and Kathy Kennedy, One Love Honeymoons (Quebec) - were among the first to experience the newly-opened Sandals Royal Barbados, which hosted the group for three nights.   MORE

THE IMPACT ON TRAVEL

By CHRIS RYALL
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23 JAN 2018: When 2017 took its final breath millions of people around the world said, "Good riddance." It was a tumultuous year to say the least. Mother Nature demonstrated she was in a very foul mood unleashing devastating earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, drought, floods and mudslides affecting millions of people worldwide. The hurricane style winds were also swirling around the White House all year with Donald Trump at the helm. His policies and tweets, had a direct impact on the travel industry. Will 2018 be any different?   MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

ATTACK ON KABUL HOTEL

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22 JAN 2018: A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital killed at least 19 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was slain Sunday. The casualty toll is expected to rise. MORE

US GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

What is open and what is not
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22 JAN 2018: The American government shut down which began at midnight Friday (on the east coast) means the US federal government must stop paying staff for duties that are classed as “non-essential”. This covers many tourist facilities but not all of them closed down. MORE

TRAGIC FALL FROM CARNIVAL ELATION

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22 JAN 2018: A woman sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Jacksonville fell from her cabin’s balcony and died Friday. Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliksen confirmed the death Saturday, saying in a statement that the incident occurred early Friday morning aboard the Carnival Elation. MORE

RESPONSE TO TRAVEL ADVISORY

Sunwing says MBJ operating as usual
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22 JAN 2018: Following the recent travel advisory issued by the Canadian Government regarding travel in the Parish of St James, which includes the resort destination of Montego Bay, Sunwing is reassuring passengers that all of their flights, cruise and vacation packages are operating as scheduled. MORE

A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKING

Malaysia flight lands smoothly
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22 JAN 2018: A Malaysia Airlines plane landed safely in an Australian Outback city after the plane shook violently in midflight and passengers braced themselves for a hard landing. MORE

OVER THE LIMIT

BA pilot arrested
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22 JAN 2018: A British Airways pilot was removed from the cockpit of a flight amid fears he was drunk. Worried airline workers alerted police before the flight left Gatwick Airport for Mauritius. MORE

BEAUTIFUL AND SMART

Vancouver expands free Wi-Fi
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22 JAN 2018: The City of Vancouver expects its visitor experience and economic success to get a boost after expanding its number of free public Wi-Fi locations from 80 to 550 through a partnership with Shaw Communications Inc. MORE

GET IT IN WRITING

Delta sort of cracks down on service animals
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22 JAN 2018: Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it's trained to behave itself. MORE

RETURN OF THE SERIAL STOWAWAY

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22 JAN 2018: A woman with a history of sneaking aboard planes slipped past security at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this week and was flying to London when the airline realized she didn't have a ticket. MORE

BIG, BOLD AND INNOVATIVE

New ships are expanding cruise choices in 2018
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22 JAN 2018: Full speed ahead!  Some big new ships making their debuts this year are so innovative they count as entirely new categories of cruise ship. The major lines – Carnival Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean – all have new versions of their biggest, showiest ships whose ingenious features are destined to be added to other ships in their fleets. MORE
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