NOT GOING QUIETLY
Travelzest shareholders keep fighting
03 DEC 2013: if you've been wondering what's been happening in the Travelzest/itravel2000saga, apparently quite a lot, though much under a blanket of secrecy. Obviously the shareholders don't want to tip their hand but they are not sitting back quietly and letting any new owners walk away without a fight.
Man steals 480 ton Victoria Clipper
03 DEC 2013: Officials are reviewing security for a commercial US-to-Canada ferry service after they say a sex offender managed to take off in one of the ships from the Seattle waterfront, a theft that risked collisions in busy Elliott Bay.
NO GOING BACK
Futuristic glass exit pods at airports
03 DEC 2013: Now you have to pass through security to leave the airport. Futuristic unmanned portals have replaced officers at the security exits of two small Northeast airports, adding a few seconds in a bulletproof glass pod to the end of every passenger's trip.
NICE AND EASY
Travelbrands continues with brand transition
03 DEC 2013: As TravelBrands Inc. continues to gradually transition away from the Thomas Cook name, it is now announcing the rebrand of the Thomas Cook Agent site to TravelBrandsAgent.com.
END OF THE RAINBOW
TICO at work
03 DEC 2013:Jane True and Rainbow Tours Inc. have been charged with one count each of operating as a travel wholesaler under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002. Rainbow Tours Inc. operates in Niagara Falls and elsewhere in Ontario.
GOOD GUYS DO COME FIRST
Oakville agency wins multiple awards
03 DEC 2013: The ‘Internet Age’ was predicted to spell the demise of the travel agency. Somebody forgot to tell the folks at Oakville’s UNIGLOBE Adventure House Travel. Founded in 1961, the agency has been owned by veteran travel industry executive (and my former boss) Ron Dawick since 1989. In the ensuing years, the agency with multiple specialties in corporate, leisure and group travel has continued to grow, relying mostly on word of mouth from satisfied clients to expand its business.
150 donuts consumed during the painting
03 DEC 2013: If you see something unusual in the skies over Calgary today, don't worry, it's likely WestJet's new custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 series aircraft featuring Mickey Mouse in his famous role, Sorcerer Mickey, on its inaugural flight from Calgary to Orlando.
Blind visitors touch ancient objects on tactile tours
03 DEC 2013: Usually, the rule in museums is to never touch the objects on display. But the Penn Museum in Philadelphia makes an exception for the blind and visually impaired. For them, the archaeology and anthropology centre offers special hands-on tours.
03 DEC 2013: You know you are somewhere special when you have to step over sea lions and marine iguanas to get to your cruise ship and the slumbering creatures hardly bother to open their eyes. Visiting the Galapagos National Park, some 1000 kilometres from mainland Ecuador, is like landing in a packed zoo, except there are no barriers and the animals have no fear.
BED AND BREAKFAST OR
Toast and jam session
03 DEC 2013: There’s something about Jamie. Yes, he is the executive director of Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre in St Andrews by the Sea. He is a nature tour guide and an academic. He promotes young musicians on the east coast and has produced a number of Atlantic music festivals. Yes, an upstanding citizen. But these descriptives might suggest that he is conventional. Not so. Jamie is also the innkeeper of a 15 bedroom hotel called ‘Salty Towers.’