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THE FUTURE IS SO BRIGHT

WestJetters gotta wear shades
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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18 DEC 2018: WestJet chief executive Ed Sims was checking in for a television interview at the Business News Network (BNN) recently and was queried by a staffer: “I thought you guys were out of business?” Not by a long shot. But such is the nature of WestJet’s wobbly year in 2018. MORE

CANELLATION. COMPENSATION. COMMUNICATION.

CTA proposes regulations for delays, cancellations, damaged bags
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18 DEC 2018: Air passengers who are bumped from overbooked flights or forced to sit through long delays could receive up to $2,400 in compensation - cash or something more than a pile of coffee coupons - under proposed regulations for the government's long-promised passenger bill of rights. MORE

GETTING CLOSE TO THE WIRE

May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14
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18 DEC 2018: Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain's Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14 - more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU.   MORE

THREE TO GO

Sunwing celebrates a trio of flights
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18 DEC 2018: The first Sunwing flight since 2013 from Toronto to Cienfuegos, Cuba, departed from Toronto Pearson International Airport on Monday. Meanwhile over in Canada’s capital city, the first Sunwing flight from Ottawa to Miami departed from Ottawa International Airport on Saturday. Completing the hat trick Sunwing celebrated its inaugural flight to Los Cabos from Kelowna, British Columbia. MORE

GAME CHANGER

Rouge route has SVG in the pink
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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18 DEC 2018: St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) – a relatively undiscovered gem of the Caribbean – is closer than ever for Canadians thanks to increased service from Air Canada Rouge. The carrier launched year-round flights from Toronto to Argyle International Airport on the island of St. Vincent on Oct. 25, but has also introduced a second weekly flight on a seasonal basis on Sunday as of December 16.   MORE

BIG BUSINESS

Airbnb now a 58M industry in Nova Scotia
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18 DEC 2018: More than 3,800 Airbnb hosts charged nearly $58 million for their accommodations in the last 12 months in Nova Scotia. That's according to estimates provided to CBC News by AirDNA, a company that compiles market information on short-term rentals. MORE

SCENT OF A WOMAN

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18 DEC 20178: You can’t say we don’t bring you unusual and interesting (if somewhat offbeat) news. A woman from Alberta is thanking an unconventional strategy for helping to find her lost wolf-dog who was lost at Calgary airport. Editor’s note: This is why Charlie travels by car! MORE

GETTING DIRTY

By SABRINA SANTER
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18 DEC 2018: It’s been a long year to say the least. But, as the big man himself is chimney bound in a week’s time, it is finally coming to a close. While children everywhere are frantically cleaning their rooms in hopes of making up for lost time, I, on the other hand, am in search of a nice spot of mud. MORE
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ROOM AT THE TOP

Who will be the new CEO at Visit Florida
By JEN SAVEDRA
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17 DEC 2018: How time flies. It will be just two years next month that Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Ken Lawson as president and CEO of Visit Florida. Now, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has announced that Lawson has been appointed the next executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) effective January 9, 2019. So, the search for a new CEO is on! MORE

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Germany beyond beer and bratwurst
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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17 DEC 2018: Beer and bratwurst perhaps most readily comes to mind when travellers consider the culinary capacities of Germany, but there is obviously much more to the central European nation and it’s a point the country’s tourist board is eager to serve up. MORE

A YEAR OF FESTIVALS

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17 DEC 2018: The Caribbean Tourism Organization has declared 2019 the Year of Festivals as the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination. “The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations,” said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO. MORE

THATS THE SPIRIT

US leader in punctuality is a budget airline
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17 DEC 2018: The US discount carrier that consistently ranked as the tardiest airline in America three years ago is no longer. Spirit Airlines now tops the latest ratings for on-time flights.  It also has the second-lowest rate of cancelled flights in the latest US government report. MORE

SEARCH CALLED OFF

For man missing from cruise ship
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17 DEC 2018: The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 26-year-old cruise ship passenger who went overboard off the Florida coast on Friday. The Carnival Victory reported Thomas McElhany missing about 56 km (35 miles) off Islamorada in the Florida Keys, launching the search. MORE

SEASON IN THE SUN

Sunwing back to YYY for sun destinations
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17 DEC 2018: Sunwing celebrated their return to Mont-Joli Regional Airport for a second consecutive season. Weekly flight services to vacation destinations of Cancun and Punta Cana will depart every Thursday until April 11. MORE

ON THE HORIZON

Aerial passenger vehicles in the near future
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17 DEC 2018: The flying cars depicted in science fiction classics such as “Blade Runner” and “The Fifth Element” have long been seen as flights of fancy, but their arrival is closer than you think. At least a dozen companies are prototyping or testing flying cars or passenger drones, according to a Deloitte report from January. MORE

DIRECTOR AT TRANSAT

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17 DEC 2018: Jean-Marc Eustache, Chair of the Board of Directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat has announced that Ian Rae has joined the company's Board as an independent director. "Mr. Rae brings to the table considerable expertise in the field of technology and new digital-driven business models," Eustache said. MORE

NEW CRUISE TERMINALS ARE PROMISING A SMOOTHER WELCOME ON BOARD

By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 DEC 2018: It’s been a bumper year for cruising and the view from the bridge shows smooth sailing ahead. The Cruise Lines International Association expects the number ofpassengers taking cruises will set a record 28 million in 2018 and grow again in 2019. Shipyards are at full capacity turning out innovative and often much larger ships. MORE

ROUND UP

Dec. 10-14, 2018
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17 DEC 2018: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
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