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ONTARIO CONSIDERS CUTTING OHIP TRAVEL COVERAGE

Cites high administration costs
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25 APR 2019: Ontario is considering ending a government-run travel insurance program that partly covers the cost of emergency health services abroad, a move the Opposition says will hurt snowbirds and frequent travellers. MORE

MEET THE NEW WESTJET

We’re here, airline declares at trade shows
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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25 APR 2019: Agents across Canada continue to meet the “new WestJet” as the airline rolls across the country at a series of close to 20 events for the trade, including five primary shows and over a dozen more intimate events, culminating May 2 in Calgary. MORE

PACKED HOUSE FOR CHICAGO VISIT

By PAM STELLINI
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18 APR 2019: Chicago’s attributes are considerable, starting with over 41 km of lakefront park space protected from industry. It is the birthplace of deep-dish pizza pie, gospel and house music, improv and storefront comedy. It is the home to the world’s first skyscraper and sells more architectural tours than any other city. Chicago has a lot to be proud of and the Choose Chicago team was in Toronto recently to say that whatever we knew about the windy city, there is still more to ‘show.’ 2019 has been designated as The Year of Chicago Theatre. MORE

SUNWING GROUPS GUIDE

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25 APR 2019: The latest edition of Sunwing’s Groups Guide is now available. This comprehensive travel agent resource offers insider tips, exclusive perks and savings opportunities on group vacation and cruise packages with the tour operator. MORE

NOT A RAT.

Something sniffy in Edmonton
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25 APR 2019: A skunky smell greeting travellers at Edmonton's airport doesn't mean stinky critters are running loose in the area. The less-than-pleasant aroma is coming from the Edmonton International Airport's new neighbour - Aurora Sky - which produces more than 100-thousand kilograms of cannabis per year. MORE

GRAND CANYON VISITOR DIES IN FALL

Fourth death in a month
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25 APR 2019: Another visitor to Grand Canyon National Park has died after falling over the edge of the South Rim, authorities said Tuesday. A 70-year-old woman fell about 200 feet (61 metres) over the rim, the second over-the-edge death this month within the confines of the park, according to Grand Canyon officials.   MORE

JUST RELEASED

The 2019 Travel Guides to Canada
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25 APR 2019: Globelite Travel Marketing Inc. has announced the release of the 2019 edition of the Travel Guides to Canada. Published annually, these informative editions offer Canada’s tourism industry consistent support in a print and digital environment. MORE

COLIN SKERRITT NAMED BRAND USA REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CANADA

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25 APR 2019: Brand USA has appointed Colin Skerritt as its regional director in Canada. In this new Toronto-based position Skerritt’s singular focus is to promote the United States as a premier travel destination to Canadian travellers. A MORE

BREXIT BREWS

By MARGARET SWAINE
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25 APR 2019: As the dispute and turmoil over Brexit continues in Britain, now with the deadline to exit extended to Halloween, no irony intended, I got to thinking about British pubs. Perfect places for heated debate, creative writing or just drowning sorrows, they were often the linchpin of a community. Today’s tourists can find along with that insight into a neighbourhood, a great meal at a value price. The trick is knowing how to locate the best. MORE
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THE BEAT GOES ON

An evening with Cher and friends
By JEN SAVEDRA
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24 APR 2019: When Cher’s in town it’s always an event. The legend, the icon, the ‘must see’ performer, the winner of over 130 awards including an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, three Golden Globes, and a Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. So, when the invitation from Experience Kissimmee to be their guest at Cher’s ‘Here We Go Again Tour’ arrived – my response was immediate and obvious! MORE

EXPLORING ITS OPTIONS

Thomas Cook has another difficult year
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24 APR 2019: Thomas Cook, has yet again had a difficult year and is exploring options including a sale of the business in a year where its market capitalization plummeted 80 percent. MORE

NO FLY LIST CHALLENGED

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24 APR 2019: Canada's no-fly list faces constitutional challenges from two B.C. men who argue in a pair of court cases that the secret roster violates their Charter of Rights guarantee of fundamental justice. The 12-year-old no-fly regime allows the federal government to bar someone from boarding an airplane because there are grounds to believe he or she would threaten the flight or travel to commit a terrorist act. MORE

WHAT. WHEN. HOW.

No clear vision
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24 APR 2019: US National security advisor John Bolton announced that, "The Department of the Treasury will implement further regulatory changes to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. "These new measures will help steer Americans dollars away from the Cuban regime." No further information has been made available and cruise lines in particular are left wondering what, if any, impact this will have. MORE

TREASURE HUNT

Kids search for London gold
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24 APR 2019: Treasure hunters and budding buccaneers can gather their crewmates and set out on a self-guided adventure in the heart of London with two brand new self-guided “treasure hunts.” MORE

HUGH RILEY RETIRES

CTO Secretary General spent ten years at the helm
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24 APR 2019: Hugh Riley, who was appointed to the top post at the Barbados-headquartered Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in August 2009 after acting for a year, has gone on pre-retirement leave ahead of his departure at the end of June this year. MORE

TRAVELBRANDS NAMES SHANNON SMITH AS DIRECTOR OF SALES, ONTARIO

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24 APR 2019: TravelBrands has announce that Shannon Smith has been promoted to Director of Sales, Ontario. Smith brings 19 years of experience and a wide range of expertise to this role. MORE

HONG KONG

Where East and West collide into a fusion fantasia
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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24 APR 2019: From fishing village to British Colony, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China with the handover in 1997. It lost none of its cosmopolitan glamour and glitter in that exchange, and there’s still a hustle, bustle and buzz here like nowhere else on the planet. MORE
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