JUST BAD PRESS
Loss of profits
22 MAY 2013: Carnival Corp who has not had a good time of it over the past year, has lowered its profit forecast for the second half of 2013. The cruise line, which has had a number of high profile problems since the start of the year, blames the impact of negative publicity which has caused it to lower prices in order to drive demand. Isn't this interesting. The company blames - not the problems - but the fact that those problems were negatively reported.
ON THE BEACH
Canadians love it for many reasons
22 MAY 2013: As many readers know I'm a frequent visitor to Florida, and while in recent years I've spent more time in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, more recently the St. Petersburg area has been my 'hang out.' Recently, I stayed for a few days at the Dolphin Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach and realized why both the area in general, and this resort in particular, have been Canadian favourites for longer than I can remember.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING
Sentence appealed by TICO
22 MAY 2013: Given that the fund was hit $85,115, the sentencing for Panorama Travel and Tours Ltd., Beata Kucharski and Zbigniew Kucharski who have been convicted on two counts each of failing to maintain trust accounts contrary to the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002 is just a little curious.
Power failure affects popular Thailand resorts
22 MAY 2013: A massive power failure has affected more than eight million people in Thailand's 14 southern provinces, including popular tourist areas such as Koh Samui and Phuket, in one of the country's biggest blackouts in recent memory.
FUN COMES AT A COST
Universal Orlando raises ticket prices
22 MAY 2013: Universal Orlando has raised the price of a one-day, single-park ticket to US$92. The price increase, up from $89, went into effect this past weekend.
Catastrophe in Turkey
22 MAY 2013: A hot air balloon collided with another balloon mid-air during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey and crashed to the ground on Monday, killing two Brazilian tourists and injuring 23 other people on board.
They just keep going back
22 MAY 2013: Charles and Theresa Vezina live just outside of Montreal, but they consider Cuba their second home. “ We’ve been 108 times “says Theresa “and always stay at a Melia. We fly first class with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations, AND use the same travel agents. Cathy and Andrea at Carlson Wagonlit in St- Bruno Quebec are very good.”