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WHAT DID I FORGET

The things holidaymakers leave behind
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13 SEP 2019: It’s not just items people leave on holiday that cause issues - things left at home during departure often cause problems too. Almost half of holidaymakers say forgetting to pack something has caused them stress before, whilst more than one in ten has actually missed a flight due to forgotten items. MORE

PATIO SEASON

An oasis in New Orleans
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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13 SEP 2019: With summer in mind – and glass in hand – we at Travel Industry Today, continue our seasonal series on some of the planet’s best bars, patios and rooftop venues to enjoy during the (hopefully good) weather.   MORE

TONE DEAF

Paris metro warns about strikes and transport chaos
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13 SEP 2019: Sympathy can only take you so far. That's what the French government spokeswoman is finding out after she said she would sympathize with Paris commuters facing a metro strike on Friday - from the comfort of her chauffeur-driven official car. MORE

THRILL OUT

New roller coasters at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens
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13 SEP 2019: SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay hve revealed details regarding new attractions coming to the parks in 2020. This marks the first time in four years that both parks have launched new coasters in the same year, in addition to a new water slide in Tampa. MORE

BATS ARE BAD ENOUGH

but rabid bats found along river in Grand Canyon National Park
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13 SEP 2019: Grand Canyon National Park officials say two dead bats found along the Colorado River inside the park tested posted for rabies. A statement released Thursday by park officials said the bats were deceased when collected last month and that the bats didn't come into contact with visitors or park staff. MORE

DESIGNER PAYS TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN STYLE ON 9 11

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13 SEP 2019: There were no flag outfits, but Michael Kors' show for New York Fashion Week was very much a patriotic tribute as he saluted American fashion with a collection that ran from nautical chic to classic glamour-girl gowns to whimsical polka-dot designs. MORE

RAGING BULL

New York sculpture vandalized
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13 SEP 2019: The artist who created New York's Charging Bull sculpture will oversee repairs to the statue after a vandal damaged it with a metal banjo.The head of a downtown Manhattan business association says artist Arturo Di Modica plans to travel from Sicily at the end of the month to supervise repairs to the bull. MORE

THE KING AND I

Finally coming to grips with Graceland
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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13 SEP 2019: For reasons I cannot explain, some part of me wants to see Graceland – Paul Simon. I like Elvis Presley as much as the next guy/gal – well, not our friend Darlene, who’s simply cuckoo about the King – but I must admit to having grown up in a world in which the rock and roll trailblazer and 1950s sex symbol had sadly devolved into a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich-scarfing Vegas sideshow act whose cultural relevance had become comedic rather than quintessential. Elvis always seemed to be leaving the building, thanking people very much in trademark baritone or inspiring a legion of impersonators from grooms to sky divers. Looking back, I’m not surprised that unlike John Lennon, I don’t know where I was when Elvis died (Aug. 16, 1977). MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week) here is a selection of recent stories...

DRONING ON

Heathrow a target for drone protesters
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12 SEP 2019: First BA pilots now drones. Heathrow says it's working closely with the authorities to ensure the airport stays open tomorrow despite protestors threatening to using drones to disrupt its operations. Heathrow Pause wants to prevent the expansion of the airport due to climate change concerns.   MORE

THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY

Readers respond
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12 SEP 2019: Thank you to our readers for the wonderful response to our offer of the book ‘The Only Plane in the Sky’. Six emails came in one the dot of 9am so we have decided to send the extra one as well.   MORE

NOT WORTH IT

Hawaii owners close rental properties as deadline approaches
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12 SEP 2019: As a short-term rental application deadline nears, some owners are shutting down their Hawaii rental properties having found new regulations too expensive or troublesome to continue their rental businesses.   MORE

IF YOU RENT IT. YOU DRIVE IT.

Mother responsible after son crashes rented minivan
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12 SEP 2019: A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled. The Superior Court ruled that Tricia Richards must cover the costs of replacing the vehicle - said to be a write-off - even though she had bought optional insurance coverage at the time of rental.   MORE

HOLLAND AMERICA SETTLES ALASKA WASTE DUMPING CASE

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12 SEP 2019: Holland America Line’s Westerdam leaked greywater into Glacier Bay during a call a year ago, discharging about 22,500 gallons of untreated water into the bay after a worker opened the wrong valve by mistake.   MORE

WORLD ROUTES WILL RETURN TO LAS VEGAS IN 2021

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12 SEP 2019: Las Vegas has been chosen as the host and destination for the 27th World Routes Development Forum in 2021. The world’s largest commercial aviation event is scheduled to take place on 13 – 15th September 2021.   MORE

TL NETWORK CANADA PARTNERS WITH ACTA

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12 SEP 2019: TL Network Canada announced that it continues to expand benefits for member agencies by entering into an enhanced partnership with the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA), the member-based association representing the retail travel sector of Canada’s tourism industry. The partnership with ACTA will support collaboration on initiatives to enhance the certification, education and professional development of TLN members, along with other benefits including preferred rates on newly activated Certified Travel Counsellor (CTC) or Certified Travel Manager (CTM) registrations.   MORE

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Maureen Barnes-Smith Celebrates 25 Years with Unique Vacations
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12 SEP 2019: September 2019 marks a major milestone in the career of Maureen Barnes-Smith, director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada Inc., affiliate of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, as she celebrates 25 years with the company. MORE

MICHAEL UNGERER JOINS MSC GROUP

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12 SEP 2019: MSC Group has announced that industry veteran Michael Ungerer joined its cruise business as CEO of MSC’s new luxury brand. He will be based out of the Company’s global headquarters in Geneva and will report to Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Group’s cruises business and broader passenger division.   MORE

THE LEAST VISITED COUNTRY IN EUROPE

By MARGARET SWAINE
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12 SEP 2019: Not all tourists want to follow the crowd. Some prefer to go where few have gone before and there are distinct advantages to this approach. Europe’s least visited and poorest country has geared up to beckon tourists and I discovered some gems there this August. Here are ten reasons to visit the Republic of Moldova now.   MORE

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