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TRAVEL AND THE ECONOMY

By JEN SAVEDRA
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27 JUL 2016:  What impact does the economy have on travel and tourism?  Is the weak loonie good or bad for travel?  We thought we’d check with an expert.  Royce Mendes is senior economist at CIBC, he’s also very familiar with the industry. MORE

WESTJET PROFITS DOWN

Energy downturn and London route blamed
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27 JUL 2016:  Canada's second-largest airline saw its profit take a hit in the second quarter as it continued to feel the pinch from the energy downturn and had a rocky start to its new UK route. MORE

AIR FRANCE WARNS OF DROP IN TRAVEL TO FRANCE

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27 JUL 2016:  Air France, already facing a strike by cabin crew at the height of the summer vacation season, is also warning of pressure on its finances amid concerns about France as a tourist destination after a string of deadly attacks. MORE

SECURITY AND CHECKS INCREASED AT GENEVA AIRPORT

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27 JUL 2016: Geneva police have increased a deployment at the Swiss city's airport and are conducting a sweep of identity papers and other checks after receiving unspecified “information” in connection with an investigation in neighbouring France. MORE

NEWLEAF TRAVEL TAKES FLIGHT

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27 JUL 2016:  NewLeaf Travel, Canada's new low-cost travel company, operated its inaugural passenger flights to Kelowna and Hamilton from Winnipeg Richardson International Airport on July 25. NewLeaf expects to ‘soon’ operate 12 times weekly from Winnipeg, flying to Hamilton and Kelowna as well as Abbotsford, Victoria and Edmonton. MORE

HIGH TAIL IT

When luggage is a drag
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27 JUL 2016:  If dragging a wheelie suitcase behind you is just too much of a drag and you need to free up your hands for all the urgent multi-tasking we have in today’s jam-packed world  - checking messages, texting, playing Pokemon Go, sipping Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte while navigating our way through a busy airport – here is the solution – a tail. MORE

APPOINTMENT

Trafalgar Announces New Sales Manager for British Columbia
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27 JUL 2016:  Trafalgar Canada has appointed Oben Sert as the new Sales Manager for British Columbia. Sert comes to Trafalgar with experience in marketing, sales and management in various industries including education and travel. MORE

FEAR OF FLYING

By SAM ION
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27 JUL 2016: In today’s world, passengers look around carefully at the other passengers when they board. I once looked around at the passengers at the departure gate and saw four huge men pouring vodka from duty free into orange juice containers.  They were already rowdy in the lounge. Sure enough they were on my flight seated just behind me. I called a flight attendant over and told her what I’d seen. My colleague sitting beside me was horrified. “Now we’ll be late, and it is your fault.” MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

WHERE IS IT

How does a plane simply disappear
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26 JUL 2016: For two years and more, it has been lost, a metal container carrying 239 people that simply disappeared late one night never to be seen again. And now, the search for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely will become a thing of memory, too. MORE

DARBY DOWNGRADED

Hawaii dealing with sewage spills, flooding
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26 JUL 2016: The first storm of the hurricane season to impact Hawaii sent the islands' residents into hurried preparation mode, but the state got through the weekend without seeing major damage as the storm was downgraded, officials said Monday. MORE

A LIMIT TO AIRCRAFT EMISSIONS

EPA moves to regulate climate warming airliner pollution
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26 JUL 2016:  Jet engine exhaust from airliners endangers human health and adds to climate change, the US government said Monday as it took the first step toward regulating those emissions. MORE

OUT OF CONTROL

Residents balk at leaving homes despite fire
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26 JUL 2016:  A raging wildfire that forced thousands from their homes on the edge of Los Angeles continued to burn out of control Monday as frustrated fire officials said residents reluctant to heed evacuation orders made conditions more dangerous and destructive for their neighbours. MORE

FLYING HIGH

Air Transat flight attendants ratify agreement in principle
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26 JUL 2016:  Air Transat flight attendants have ratified the July 4 agreement-in-principle between their union and management to renew their collective agreement. The six-year work contract is now in force, retroactive to November 1, 2015. MORE

XIAMEN AIRLINES CELEBRATES INAUGURAL TO YVR

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26 JUL 2016: Yesterday, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated the inaugural flight of Xiamen Airlines to North America. The new year-round, non-stop, Boeing 787 service will operate three times weekly between YVR and Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN). MORE

WESTJET ADDS ROUTES

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26 JUL 2016: WestJet has announced it will add dozens of new flights to its domestic and international networks as part of its 2016-2017 winter schedule.  Scheduled to start in late October, highlights from the airline's new flight roster include additional domestic routes from Toronto to Vancouver, Ottawa and Moncton, N.B. MORE

FLAVOUR NOW ON SPA MENU

By CHRIS RYALL
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26 JUL 2016: When I began going to spas more than 25 years ago, spa cuisine was in its infancy – unimaginative, lacking any taste or flavours and basically was an afterthought in most spa operations.   Today however it is not unusual to enjoy a meal at a spa which would give serious competition to any Michelin star restaurant.    MORE
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