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WET AND WILD

Weather woes in the southeast US and California
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23 JAN 2017: Severe storm systems and tornado warnings were in effect as the weather continued to create havoc in the US southeast.  Meanwhile the third and most powerful in a series of storms pounded Southern California on Sunday, dropping nearly 4 inches of rain south of Los Angeles, flooding freeways and raising concerns about damaging mudslides. MORE

SISTER MARCHES GO GLOBAL

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23 JAN 2017:  Crowds of of women – and men - celebrities and regular folk, many wearing pink 'Pussy Hats' flooded streets and city squares around the globe on Saturday, marching in solidarity as a show of empowerment and a stand against Donald Trump. Roughly 600 Canadians, most of them women, made the overnight trek on chartered buses from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Windsor, Ontario, to participate in the march. Others made their way to the US capital by car or plane. MORE

PRESIDENTS, POLITICS, PARADES, AND PRIDE

By BRYEN DUNN
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23 JAN 2017: Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States. Now, what’s next in President Trump’s quest to “Make America Great Again” in a nation that is clearly divided over numerous issues - many of which directly impact the LGBT community? MORE

WASHINGTON DC HOTEL RATES SKYROCKET

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23 JAN 2017:  Donald Trump's presidential inauguration led to a sharp rate rise at Washington DC hotels – and not just at the Trump Hotel. According to travel search site Trivago, Central DC hotel rates - usually a little more than US $200 on average per night during January surged to US $2,071 per night for a standard double room. That’s on average 927 percent  higher for the time of year. MORE

COMPUTER GLITCH

Domestic United Airlines flights grounded
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23 JAN 2017: United Airlines says all of its domestic flights are grounded on Sunday because of a computer problem. A brief statement by United said it issued a ground stop in the US because of an “IT issue.” MORE

AA MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN PORTUGAL

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23 JAN 2017:  Spanish and Portuguese airport authorities say that an American Airlines flight heading to Barcelona from New York was forced to make an emergency landing in northwest Portugal because of technical problems. MORE

MAKING MEMORIES

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23 JAN 2017:  Sunwing will be the exclusive provider of vacation packages to both Grand Memories Santa Maria, and adults only Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria.  Both resorts, which welcomed their first guests last week, are the latest in the Memories Resorts and Spa hotel chain to earn the classification of ‘Grand’ to indicate their superior facilities and amenities. MORE

THE LURE OF BRITAIN

Record number of Canadians visit UK
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23 JAN 2017:  Canadian travellers are a significant part of the record number of overseas visitors who travelled to Britain in the first three quarters of 2016, enjoying the benefits of the drop in the exchange rate and improved value for money, and a global ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ marketing campaign. A strong finish is projected for the final quarter of 2016. MORE

AIR TRANSAT PARTNERS WITH TORONTO WOLFPACK

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23 JAN 2017:  Air Transat has announced a partnership with The Toronto Wolfpack, Canada's first professional Rugby team, and the world's first transatlantic major professional sports team. The three year sponsorship will see Air Transat become the Toronto Wolfpack's official airline partner, with the airline providing round trip flights for all visiting clubs and additional flights as needed each season. MORE

JOHN LENNON SLEPT HERE

Getting into the spirit of Karuizawa
By STEVE GILLICK
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23 JAN 2016: There is a local story that when John Lennon first came to the town of Karuizawa in 1976, he walked into one of the cafés and was immediately asked to leave.  The owners didn’t know who he was.  All they knew was that a long-haired hippy-type guy with an English accent was in their shop and he didn’t blend in with the rest of the patrons.  But later, after amends were made, John and Yoko, with their son Sean in tow, would often bicycle into town, especially to the French Bakery on the main street, to buy croissants and enjoy a coffee or tea. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

DEADLY AVALANCHE IN ITALY

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20 JAN 2017: On Wednesday evening a powerful avalanche covered a four-story hotel in Italy’s Abruzzo where 30 people (including two children) were reported as missing and were feared to have perished under tonnes of snow and debris. MORE

DISCOVERING THE COAST

That few travellers have seen
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20 JAN 2017: Maple Leaf Adventures and the Canadian Geographic Society are partnering to offer an adventure cruise to the Salish Sea, an intricate network of coastal waterways that includes the southwestern portion of British Columbia and the northwestern portion of Washington. MORE

THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

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20 JAN 2017: Lucky is the visitor who is in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, from January 22 to February 12.  Festive markets brim with auspicious foods and flowers, temples are crowded as prayers for good fortune are offered, the city is adorned with shock-red banners and lanterns and images of the New Year’s symbol - this year the rooster - will be everywhere. On the big night there’s the Night Parade followed by a fireworks displays.  MORE

CALL IT COMPENSATION

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20 JAN 2017: Consumers who were targeted for robocalls for a ‘free cruise’ in 2011 and 2012 are eligible to receive compensation of $500 per call. Caribbean Cruise Line is settling a lawsuit worth up to $76 million for violating the Telephone Protection Act in the United States. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Eric Johnston, named GM of ATOQ
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20 JAN 2017: The Association of Tour Operators of Quebec (ATOQ) has announced the appointment of Eric Johnston as the general manager. Johnston will be responsible for moving forward the major priorities of the organization in areas relating to both commercial activity and governmental affairs. MORE

RUMOURS

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20 JAN 2017: FlowRider, Inc., which manufactures Royal Caribbean's signature surf simulators is said to have revealed the as yet ‘unrevealed’ name of Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis class ship debuting in the spring of 2018. MORE

DISCOVERING 6 NIFTY NEW HIDEAWAYS

On the Huge Harmony of the Seas
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20 JAN 2017: The Attic is in the cellar. The Solarium is actually a good place to find shade. Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas is full of surprises.  But despite its vast size and the fact there are 5,400 fellow guests on board, you can find plenty of quiet places to relax. You just have to look beyond the ordinary MORE
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