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LUCKY SEVENS

San Francisco to host the other World Cup
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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19 JUN 2018: If the World Cup of Soccer has got your motor running but you won’t be getting to Russia for a game, consider a second World Cup option this summer: the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Set to kick off (no pun intended) in San Francisco on July 20, the three-day event is closer and more manageable for North Americans than its soccer cousin, but just as much fun. MORE

VAN CRASHES INTO FANS

1 dead, 3 injured at Dutch festival
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19 JUN 2018: A van ran into a small group of pop music fans near a popular festival in the Netherlands, killing one person and injuring three others before fleeing the scene Monday. A suspect turned himself in to police hours later. MORE

JOINING FORCES

Hawaiian Airlines and JAL seek to coordinate flights
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19 JUN 2018: Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have submitted paperwork seeking to join forces to potentially bring hundreds of thousands of more people to Hawaii. The airlines recently filed an application with the US Department of Transportation and the Japanese government requesting immunity from antitrust laws to create a joint venture. MORE

DALI BEFORE DALI

Florida photographer explores roots of surrealist artist
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19 JUN 2018: Photographer Clyde Butcher is known for his sweeping, evocative black-and-white photos of Florida's Everglades. But when he first arrived in the Sunshine State almost 40 years ago, he looked around and couldn't find anything to photograph. “Flat. No mountains. No waterfalls. Boring. I didn't do anything for almost the first two years,” he said. MORE

ARE TRAVELLERS COOLING TO THE SHARING ECONOMY

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19 JUN 2018: Angela Diaz suffers from travel sharing fatigue. She recently rented a two-bedroom home in Dania Beach, Florida, but wishes she'd stayed in a hotel, instead. MORE

THE IMPACT OF MARIA LINGERS

Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases
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19 JUN 2018: Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe. His doctor prescribed an inhaler and an allergy pill for asthma, and his symptoms were mostly under control. Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mould-producing wreckage across the island and forcing many to use fume-spewing generators for power. The boy, now 8, started having twice-monthly attacks and needing nearly four times the amount of medicine he used to take. MORE

ROLL OUT THE BARRELS

Christo artwork floats on London lake
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19 JUN 2018: The ducks, geese and hardy cold-water swimmers in London's Hyde Park have a new neighbour: a monumental floating structure made from 7,506 stacked barrels colored bright red, mauve and blue. MORE

JETBLOAT

By SABRINA SANTER
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19 JUN 2018: Have you ever stepped off the plane and noticed a few extra inches on your waistline? It’s called Jet-Bloat and it’s a real pain. Arriving in paradise with a wider waistline is not the way you want to start a vacation. Especially when it makes you think twice about your immediate plans to get your tan on in that new bathing suit. MORE
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YWG EVACUATES

Bag deemed a possible security threat
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18 JUN 2018: The Winnipeg Airport was evacuated because of a “possible security incident” on Sunday morning before returning to normal operations nearly an hour later. A suspicious bag was blamed for the 7:30 am evacuation. MORE

DOUBLE DOWN

Flair offers coast to coast service
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18 JUN 2018:  Low-fare Canadian airline Flair has doubled its flights and is now offering services from coast to coast as it launches services from Halifax, Calgary and Victoria. MORE

AMERICAN SETTLES LAWSUIT

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18 JUN 2018: American Airlines has agreed to pay US $45 million to settle a lawsuit that says it and other major US airlines colluded to drive up the price of airfares. In settling the case, American denied any wrongdoing. MORE

ROLLER COASTER DERAILMENT

Nine people sent to hospital in Daytona Beach
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18 JUN 2018: Two roller coaster riders fell 10 metres (34 feet) when their car derailed and was left dangling from the track. Firefighters used ladders to pull eight others to safety high above the Daytona Beach Boardwalk.  MORE

SUMMER BY RAIL

Includes weekend in Toronto
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18 JUN 2018: 18 JUN 2018: The third annual Summer by Rail journey kicked off on May 26, and this year’s trip comes with a curveball. Jacob Wallace, 21 set out from Miami and will travel through to Seattle visiting 19 different Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball and independent league stadiums in the US and Canada.  Wallace just wrapped up his weekend in Toronto where he attended a Blue Jays game. MORE

BAGINSKI TO TRAVEL INDUSTRY TODAY

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18 JUN 2018: Travel Industry Today is pleased to announce that effective immediately Michael Baginski is joining the team as Editor at Large. Mike is well known and respected within the industry across Canada, the US, in the Caribbean, Mexico and many other destinations outside North America.  MORE

CRAVING THE CAVE

Ancestry tourism takes root
By STEVE GILLICK
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18 JUN 2018: Amidst the festivities in the main town square in Sagua La Grande in Villa Clara, Cuba, Luis Cartelle sat quietly mending orange fishing nets, behind a sign that labelled him “Artesano”.  The occasion was a visit by the Minister of Tourism to announce that this beautiful colonial town, with its famous bridge, the Puente El Triunfo spanning the Sagua La Grande River, was to be formally recognized as an ‘important tourist destination’.  It seemed that most of the 13,000 town residents were out celebrating the promise of the future.  MORE

VIRGIN REVEALS ADULT ONLY FEATURES

By WALLACE IMMEN
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18 JUN 2018: Virgin Group founder and billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson loves a good show and he’s letting out details of the coming Virgin Voyages ships in flashy reveals to keep people coming back for more. MORE
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