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PORTER SELLS BILLY BISHOP

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28 JAN 2015: Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. has sold its passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) to Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP, a consortium of Canadian and international infrastructure equity investors. MORE

EXPECT DELAYS

Travellers will continue to face cancellations and delays
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28 JAN 2015: Lingering snow and subfreezing temperatures mean that travel delays in the Northeast will extend through Wednesday, even if the storm wasn't as bad as expected. Airlines have already cancelled more than 500 flights for Wednesday. MORE

BULLETS HIT PASSENGER JET

flydubai was landing at Baghdad airport
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28 JAN 2015: Bullets hit a passenger jet operated by budget carrier flydubai, as it was landing at Baghdad airport, the company and officials said on Tuesday. Two passengers were slightly injured when three or four bullets hit the body of the plane on Monday evening but the source of the gunfire could not be identified. MORE

PUTTING ON THE RITZ

Montreal Ritz Carlton tops luxury Canadian hotel list
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28 JAN 2015: US News and World Report has ranked Montreal's Ritz-Carlton for the second year in a row as the best hotel in Canada, citing its stylish decor and amenities including a greenhouse and a French restaurant from celebrity chef Daniel Boulud. MORE

AER LINGUS BOARD BACKS BA TAKEOVER

Needs Irish government support
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28 JAN 2015: Aer Lingus said Tuesday it supports a takeover bid by British Airways parent IAG, putting the Irish national airline with its trademark shamrock tailfins on course for foreign acquisition nine years after its privatization. MORE

100 MOST VISITED CITIES

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28 JAN 2015: We have the full list.  The latest research shows the top three most visited cities on the global 100 list remain unchanged - Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. That has not changed since 2012 as those cities continue to benefit from bustling populations and close proximity to China. MORE

EVERYONE WANTS TO FLY TO CUBA

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28 JAN 201: Add American Airlines to the list of carriers that want to take Americans to Cuba. With a major presence in Miami, the carrier sees itself as a natural to fly to the island. In fact, an airline executive said Tuesday that American already operates about 20 charter flights a week to Cuba and would like to add regular flights from Miami. MORE

SILVER SPURS RODEO AND FAIR

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28 JAN 2015: Hold on to your ten-gallon hat because the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi is back, bringing all of its pulse-pounding action to the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park from February 20-22. MORE

COOL BREEZES BAHAMAS

By SAM ION
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28 JAN 2015: Breezes Bahamas is not just five miles from the airport; it is also five miles from downtown shopping. If you haven’t been to downtown Nassau for a while and remember crowded roads and a slightly grubby feel to the area, get ready for a change. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

But storm not as bad as anticipated
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27 JAN 2015: The East Coast braced for a storm that was originally expected to bring one to three feet of snow and punishing hurricane-force winds. It was bad - but certainly not 'the BIG one'. By early Tuesday, forecasters downgraded most of those numbers, saying New England would fare the worst, but even then not as bad as expected. MORE

CONCERN FOR CRUISELINES

Malpractice decision stays
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27 JAN 2015: A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision that opens the door for cruise ship passengers to sue for medical malpractice. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals last week rejected a bid by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to revisit the ruling. MORE

IS HE A POTENTIAL FLIGHT RISK

Prosecution seeks 26 years for Schettino
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27 JAN 2015: Prosecutors have asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison. They said the term is hardly excessive given that 32 people were killed in the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany. MORE

PLASTIC CARDS WITH SELFIE IMAGE

Ireland unveils new style passport cards
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27 JAN 2015: Ireland is launching a new plastic passport for travel in Europe - and Irish citizens can provide their own selfies as the ID photo. The credit card-style passports will make their debut in July and, according to Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan, can be used to travel throughout the 28-nation European Union as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. MORE

SOMETHING NEW BUCKAROO

Rhyming cowboys now debut
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27 JAN 2015: What does the word “buckaroo” mean to you? For poets, musicians and fans, it's the focus of an annual celebration of ranching culture and the rural West in northeast Nevada. The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering began Monday and runs all week in Elko. MORE

HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM CAREER EXPO 2015

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27 JAN 2015: Seneca College’s 13th Annual Hospitality and Tourism Career Expo 2015 is scheduled for Monday February 3rd from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Markham Campus. MORE

AN INTEREST IN HISTORY

World War II Museum in New Orleans celebrates record year
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27 JAN 2015: The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is celebrating a record year. The 515,000 visitors in 2014 broke the previous year's record by 14 percent with March setting the museum's all-time one-month record with 56,100 visitors - up from 54,300 a year earlier - and December's attendance set a record for that month at more than 46,000. MORE

CUBA CRUISE

Smooth sailing in changing times
By CHRIS RYALL
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27 JAN 2015: Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s 1964 hit, “The Times They Are A-Changin’” can certainly be applied to what’s happening in Cuba today. Some changes are minimal and some quite revolutionary. What is constant is change - whether in the political arena, technological advances, or access to new markets and consumer goods. MORE
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