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An island hopping honeymoon awaits

Finding serenity in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

An island hopping honeymoon awaits ANN RUPPENSTEIN With 32 islands and cays to choose from, St. Vincent and the Grenadines offers a honeymoon experience that’s hard to replicate anywhere else in the world. “There are nine inhabited islands that each have their own distinct character and feel. The main island of St. Vincent... more ›
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Cuban company can teach tourists some fancy footwork

Cuban company can teach tourists some fancy footwork IAN STALKER (Photo above: Havana is one of the cities Paradiso is active in.) Think of this as Cuba’s version of Dancing With the Stars. Havana-based firm Paradiso is happy to teach tourists Cuban dancing, including salsa dancing in a salsa-mad country. Classes can be one to three... more ›
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More American stories from Brand USA

Writing a new chapter

More American stories from Brand USA TED DAVIS (Photo above: Christopher Thompson, president of Brand USA, was a keynote speaker at the recent IPW conference and trade mart in Anaheim, CA.) United Stories is the latest addition to a suite of story-telling platforms by Brand USA that help illustrate and define the characteristics... more ›
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Drink up the wonders of Wachau Valley

Drink up the wonders of Wachau Valley ANN RUPPENSTEIN “Look around and you will see what this region is all about: wine, wine and wine,” tour guide Christine Wölfel said as rows upon rows of terraced vineyards set in steep hillsides drew near stretching as far as the eyes could see. Located along the Danube River between the... more ›
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Air Canada ups bid for Transat to $18 per share

Air Canada ups bid for Transat to $18 per share Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. announced earlier this week that Air Canada has agreed to increase the purchase price for the acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat, from $13 to $18 per share and have amended the Arrangement Agreement dated June 27, 2019 accordingly. Based... more ›
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Back to school with Travel Best Bets Academy

Back to school with Travel Best Bets Academy TED DAVIS (Phto above: Travel Best Bets home-based agents stop for a photo while touring the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship during the recent Travel Best Bets Conference Weekend on the last weekend of July.) One of Canada’s top travel agencies has recently launched an online school for those... more ›
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San Jose is worth more than a stopover

Day tripping in Costa Rica

San Jose is worth more than a stopover ANN RUPPENSTEIN I was a little dumbfounded standing in the middle of a staircase inside the National Theatre of Costa Rica in San Jose as a complete stranger pressed a five-dollar bill into my hands and insisted it was mine to keep as I tried to give it back. “You've been given a very... more ›
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One ID: A step closer to reality

One ID: A step closer to reality MIKE DUNBAR End-to-end seamless travel across borders came a step closer to reality when IATA member airlines meeting in Seoul for this year’s AGM unanimously resolved to accelerate the global implementation of the One ID initiative, which will be based on a single biometric identifier to... more ›
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MedallionClass makes cruising a breeze

MedallionClass makes cruising a breeze IAN STALKER John Chernesky says Princess Cruises’ latest innovation gives guests even more time to put their feet up, while sailing the high seas. The company’s MedallionClass provides each guest with the Ocean-Medallion, a small, free device that’s the key to all MedallionClass... more ›
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Air Canada, Transat AT deal a win-win for everyone

Air Canada,  Transat AT deal a win-win for everyone MIKE DUNBAR (Photo above: Calin Rovinescu) Air Canada chief exec Calin Rovinescu has reiterated his pledge to keep the brands distinct and maintain separate head offices, if Air Canada gets the nod from shareholders to proceed with the purchase of Transat AT when they vote on the proposed... more ›
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