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BUSINESS AS USUAL

So far enhanced screening causes no delays in Canada
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21 JUL 2017: The US Department of Homeland Security announced new measures on air travel to the US from over a hundred countries, including Canada, which took effect on Wednesday. Air Canada and WestJet wasted no time in releasing travel advisories on their websites, with the main message being to arrive to the airport early and expect delays. MORE

JUMP START

Icebergs and a musical boost NL tourism season
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21 JUL 2017: Newfoundland and Labradour were the benefactors of an early tourist season this year and are enjoying a substantial increase in visitors compared to last year’s numbers. Credit is being given to the success of the Broadway musical “Come From Away” and the icebergs visible off Newfoundland, both in the early spring. MORE

HILTON FOLLOWS MARRIOTT

48-Hour Cancellation Policies Become An Industry Issue
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21 JUL 2017: Before Hilton followed Marriott down the path to a 48-hour cancellation policy, more than half of corporate travel managers said they believed the new policy would push their travelers to take their business elsewhere. But the point appears to be somewhat moot now, as Hilton followed suit and proposed extending its policy as well. MORE

JOON SOON

New airline to target millennials
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21 JUL 2017: Previously code-named ‘Boost’, a new European airline from Air France-KLM Group will soon be launched as ‘Joon’. The new low cost carrier which intends to target millennials, begins flights this fall. Joon will be competing against the increasing number of discount airlines that have entered the market in Europe. MORE

NOT OFF OUR COAST

NC governor to protect tourism
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21 JUL 2017: Under pressure from President Donald Trump, North Carolina's governor announced his opposition on Thursday to drilling for natural gas and oil off the Atlantic coast, saying it poses too much of a threat to the state's beaches and tourism economy. MORE

STILL WORKING

Nonagenarian celebrates 75 years with American
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21 JUL 2017: “When you like what you do, it’s not work.” American Airlines maintenance technician Azriel ‘Al’ Blackman (91 years old) commented recently in a ceremony recognizing his 75 years of service with the airline. As well as the festivities, American has dedicated a Boeing 777 in his honour. MORE

NEW DESTINATION FOR ACV

Winter flights to Cartagena
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21 JUL 2017: Air Canada Vacations announced the addition of Cartagena, Colombia, to its winter line up. ACV is offering 11 hotels, located throughout the main areas of the city: Bocagrande beach, the Old Town and the northern area. Hotels will offer all-inclusive options, or meal plans, and a range of facilities and amenities.   MORE

HOW CRUISING WITH ZOMBIES ROCKERS AND JOKERS

Became a phenomenon
By WALLACE IMMEN
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21 JUL 2017: Hey, your bloody face looks ultra-realistic. Thanks, I love the way that tie looks like it’s strangling you. Do you dream of cruising with thousands of zombies? It’s actually a thing, but you’re out of luck for next year, unless you’ve already booked. That’s because the 2018 Walker Stalker cruise is already sold out. MORE
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CANADIANS ON THE MOVE

Wishing, hoping and actually getting there
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20 JUL 2017: At a recent Discover America Canada meeting held at the flashy new Globe and Mail offices in Toronto, keynote speaker Jennifer Hendry, chief researcher for the Conference Board of Canada shared some interesting insights, statistics and trends as to Canadians travelling to the US and elsewhere.   MORE

YWG STRIKE VOTE

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20 JUL 2017: Around 150 workers at Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport could walk off the job at midnight Friday after voting earlier this week in favour of a strike. The employees - members of the Public Service Alliance's Union of Canadian Transport Employees - include duty managers, administrative workers, various tradespeople, IT workers, airfield maintenance and labourers. MORE

TRANSAT TO SELL INTEREST IN OCEAN HOTELS

Will focus on development of its own hotel chain in the South
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20 JUL 2017: Transat A.T. Inc. has signed an agreement with H10 Hotels for the sale of its minority 35 percent interest in Ocean Hotels for an amount of US$150.5 million ($190 million). Transat remains fully committed to becoming a full-fledged hotel operator and is selling its minority interest in Ocean Hotels in order to accelerate the development of its own hotel chain in the South. MORE

GO VISIT GRANNY

Justices uphold refugee ban but say grandparents still OK
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20 JUL 2017: The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the US. MORE

NOT THAT GREAT GOING FORWARD

United shares tumble on disappointing 3Q outlook
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20 JUL 2017: United’s strong second quarter as reported yesterday, did not prevent shares tumbling Wednesday on the company's weak forecast about revenue trends for the rest of the summer.   MORE

TRUMP DUMP

Take it all off
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20 JUL 2017: The “Trump” sign is no longer on the Trump International Hotel and Tower in downtown Toronto. Workers removed the sign from the 65-storey tower Tuesday. MORE

NEVER MIND THE BULLETS

Were the 3 ounces of liquids in a baggie
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20 JUL 2017: Japanese airport police found 30 bullets in an American Airlines crewmember's carry-on bag and said Wednesday that the flight attendant apparently carried them through his security checks at US airports.   MORE

MARY GRIMLEY TO VP SALES AT VISIT DALLAS

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20 JUL 2017: VisitDallas recently announced the promotion of Mary Grimley to vice president of Sales. Grimley has been a member of the sales team at VisitDallas for 14 years. The promotion comes on the heels of VisitDallas’ latest campaign, Dallas Delivers, aimed at meeting and event planners.   MORE

JETBLAST TOURISM

Enough already
By DAVID TAIT
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20 JUL 2017: Last week when writing about the lunacy of running in front of a herd of angry bulls, I really thought that, as stupid tourist acts go, it simply couldn’t get any dumber. Then almost immediately, Gayleen McKewan a 57-year-old New Zealander vacationing on the tiny island of St. Maarten, tragically proved me wrong. MORE
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