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TRAVELS OF THE SISTERHOOD

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20 NOV 2018: Sisters Huda and Sana Alvi are the founders of the new company, The Girls Trip, one of a plethora of tour operators offering women luxury getaways to bucket-list destinations like Morocco and Peru, with the safety of a group and guides, and a focus on building new friendships and enjoying a sisterhood. MORE

AIRBNB PULLS OUT OF WEST BANK

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20 NOV 2018: Home-rental company Airbnb announced on Monday it would remove its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, prompting outrage from Israeli officials. The company said it would take down some 200 listings and cease its operations in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” It was not immediately clear when the removal would take effect. osteohalisteresis

MORE CUBA

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20 NOV 2018: Air Transat announced that as of February, it would add an additional flight between Montreal and Cayo Coco, as well as between Toronto and Santa Clara, resulting in five flights to Cuba per week from each city.  3376668197

GLOBUS HOSTS AGENTS AT OBERAMMERGAU

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20 NOV 2018: The Globus family of brands recently hosted 23 agents from across Canada on the nine-day Bavarian Highlights Tour. A major highlight for all was a visit to Oberammergau, site of the renowned 2020 passion plays, where the group met Frekerik Mayet who will be playing Jesus Christ.   2172202512
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20 NOV 2018: Passengers at Montréal-Trudeau have been enjoying a new entertaining and soothing experience at the airport since the beginning of October, called YUL PetSquad. A team composed of 30 dogs roams around the terminal, offering moments of companionship to travellers.  Passengers who are nervous or anxious in an airport environment can connect with the animals and speak with their handlers and possibly find calmness. 919-835-9666
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Hong Kong through the lens of National Geographic
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20 NOV 2018: The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has joined forces with National Geographic, the world’s destination for science, exploration and adventure, to promote its 10th annual “Great Outdoors” campaign featuring 13 of the city’s most stunning landscapes. The campaign will include an authoritative guidebook Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong, photo gallery as well as collaborative content, with insights from National Geographic photographers and trail experts. VIDEO MORE

NEW CEO FOR BOSTON CVB

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20 NOV 2018: Rhode Island's top tourism official has been named the new head of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Martha Sheridan has been selected to be the new CEO, succeeding Pat Moscaritolo, who retires in February 2019. 9282435472
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By SABRINA SANTER
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20 NOV 2018: You know the story about the princess with the world at her feet, yet all she wants is a good night’s sleep. And no matter how many mattresses or soft surfaces were piled one on top of the other, restful sleep eluded her. Her mood and lifestyle were all completely out of whack, all because of one pesky little pea underneath. While it also sounds like the real life tale of my partner’s sleeping preferences, the point of this fairy tale is that one small and seemingly insignificant thing can completely disrupt your flow and quality of life.  MORE
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GOOD NEIGHBOURS

Vacationing Canadians help wildfire victims
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19 NOV 2018: A British Columbia couple's getaway to northern California has turned into a mission to help people fleeing deadly and destructive wildfires. Destinee and Paul Klyne of Penticton had planned a peaceful holiday in Paradise, Calif., but flames destroyed their Airbnb and much of the community before their arrival. They decided to go ahead with the trip anyway, channelling their vacation funds into relief for exhausted evacuees. (484) 791-5535

WHY COLOMBIA

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19 NOV 2018: Time and again I was asked why I had chosen Colombia for a holiday. My answer then was the allure of reading Pulitzer Prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez and that I had been mesmerized by the moody shots of Cartagena in the film based on ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’. MORE

THE AIR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Canada establishes a research centre
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19 NOV 2018:  Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has announced the launch of a new Centre for Air Travel Research. The new centre, managed by the National Research Council of Canada, is the world's first and only facility to study the air travel experience from start to finish - from check-in to terminal, to security, boarding, flying, and deplaning. MORE

CANADIAN FATALITY

Passenger dies after Fly Jamaica crash
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19 NOV 2018: A Canadian citizen who was aboard a plane that crashed through a fence at Guyana's main international airport has died. A spokesperson for Global Affairs said the agency was providing consular assistance to the family, and noted that officials are in touch with local authorities to gather more information. 7207372766
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Airbnb is enjoying global success
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19 NOV 2018: Airbnb had its best quarter ever, even as cities across the US have started clamping down on the short-term rental market. Revenue during the third quarter breezed past the US $1 billion level as guest reservations boomed internationally in places like Beijing, Mexico City and Birmingham, England. 402-883-9604
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By WALLACE IMMEN
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19 NOV 2018: Think Razzle Dazzle and Drag Brunches. Virgin Voyages’ approach to food will be as brash as the line’s founder, Sir Richard Branson. “There’s a Virgin twist on everything you’ll see aboard the Scarlet Lady, which means there won’t be stuffy formalities, boring buffets and no main dining rooms,” he said as the company revealed its line-up of on-board restaurants on the ship, due in 2020. 8163818199

ROUND UP

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19 NOV 2018: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
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