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CANADIAN INVESTMENT IN VIKING CRUISES

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23 SEP 2016: Viking Cruises, founded in 1997 as a private river cruise line, has made some major  changes to its business. It sailed its first ocean vessels: the Viking Star in 2015 and the Viking Sea in 2016, with two more (Viking Sky and Viking Sun) on the horizon for 2017, but that is only part of the transformation. The parent company MISA Investment Ltd has announced a deal for minority investors to infuse equity into the company with plans for future growth. MORE

BALI FERRY FIRE

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23 SEP 2016:  A ferry carrying 30 tourists and four crewmembers exploded just minutes out of port, killing two tourists and injuring 18 others. The high-speed ferry had just departed from Bali for a sailing to a series of holiday islands. MORE

BIRD STRIKE CAUSES EMERGENCY LANDING

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23 SEP 2016:  A United Airlines flight from San Francisco made an emergency landing at its destination in Portland Oregon as a result of a bird strike.  As much as airports try to mitigate encounters with birds, some take place outside of the airport’s authority and at this time of the year there is increased aviary activity due to migration season. MORE

THREE ROYALTON RESORTS WILL OPEN AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

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23 SEP 2016: Sunwing Vacations has announced the early opening of three luxury resorts in Jamaica. Originally expected to open on February 1, 2017, Royalton Negril Resort and Spa and the adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Negril resort will now be ready as of January 15. In addition, Royalton Blue Waters in Montego Bay will also be ready a few weeks sooner than expected on November 1, this year. MORE

CHURCHILL WANTS A PORT AUTHORITY

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23 SEP 2016: The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees is appealing to the federal government and Transport Minister Marc Garneau to create a port authority in Churchill. The union said that Canada’s only deep-water port could be a perfect defending sovereignty and increasing tourism. MORE

UNIWORLD JOINS SABRE

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23 SEP 2016:  Travel consultants connected to Sabre in the US and Canada will no longer have to use a third party website to make bookings for Uniworld cruises. The companies announced a collaboration that will allow agents to book directly with the California based river cruise line. MORE

TAXATION WITHOUT ACCOMMODATION

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23 SEP 2016: The town of Barcelona imposes a tax for overnight tourists in the capital of Catalunya. The tourism tax has contributed 100 million euros to the regional government from the eight million visitors who stay in hotels.  But the region gets 30 million visitors, and the local government is now hoping to get some revenue from those who just arrive for a day or even a few hours. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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23 SEP 2016: Three new televisions shows will air this fall in the United States, each focusing on the global cruising experience. The half hour shows will air starting October 1, just in advance of wave season. MORE

REMASTERED SIRENA SPARKLES

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23 SEP 2016: It’s always a treat sailing away past the magical skyline of Venice. And Sirena’s crew makes it even more special with trays heaping with fresh-made Italian-inspired treats they’re almost begging us to sample. From the time we boarded Oceania Cruise’s newest addition, it seems the crew has been saying “welcome to our world and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.” MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

PASSENGERS PREPARE FOR CRASH LANDING

Plane lands safely no one injured
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21 SEP 2016:  There were terrifying moments onboard an American Airlines flight late Tuesday as it made an emergency landing in Tampa.   Flight 574 from Phoenix was scheduled to land at Tampa International Airport around midnight. Reportedly there appeared to be an issue with the landing gear.  Passengers told NBC affiliate WFLA-TV that flight attendants told them to brace for a crash landing. MORE

NOT A PROBLEM

Emergency exercises at YYT
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21 SEP 2016:  People coming through the St. John's, Newfoundland, airport today should be aware there will be emergency exercises going on. A security threat and major aircraft emergency exercise happens once every two years to test the plans of Airport Security and emergency response in the event of an emergency. MORE

SANDALS HONOURED AT ANNUAL WORLD TRAVEL

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21 SEP 2016: Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honoured with 15 awards at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards 2016 Caribbean and North America Gala Ceremony held on September 17th, at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica. MORE

PILOT COULD FACE PUNISHMENT

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21 SEP 2016:  The pilot who twice wrongly pressed a distress button causing a security alert at Manila Airport could face disciplinary action by airport authorities. The Saudi Airways Airlines pilot pressed the distress button by mistake 20 minutes before landing and was advised to land the airplane at an isolated part of the airport with authorities fearing a hijack situation. MORE

WESTJET HAS A SUNCOR DEAL

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21 SEP 2016: WestJet has reached a multi-year deal with Suncor Energy to fly employees and contractors to and from its oilsands operations in northern Alberta beginning in early November. MORE

SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Atlas Obscura to be a printed book
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21 SEP 2016:  An elf school in Iceland. A hospital for falcons in the Middle East. A museum in Independence, Missouri, for artwork made from hair. These are the types of attractions featured on the Atlas Obscura website, a fan favourite among curiosity-seeking travellers. Now the site is bringing its geeky and magical world of wonders to the printed page. MORE

CARTAGENA

Different and affordable
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21 SEP 2016:  Your clients want something new and different, but they do not want to send their credit card spinning? Suggest Cartagena. I love this country. MORE
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