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Royal visit to Cuba at odds with US stance

Royal visit to Cuba at odds with US stance

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When Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, set foot in Havana Sunday, they'll be making history by embarking on the first ever official visit to Cuba by members of the British royal family. But they're doing so at a time when much of the western world is denouncing Cuba's role in the unfolding political and humanitarian crisis in its close socialist partner, Venezuela. It's a trip that would have seemed impossible only a handful of years ago, before former US President Barack Obama and former Cuban President Raul Castro thawed more than half a century of tense relations between the North American neighbors and their allies. But since that 2016 breakthrough, the world is a very different place.President Donald Trump has reversed many of the Obama-era policies toward Cuba, reinstating tra...
Norway cruise ship evacuated after engine problems

Norway cruise ship evacuated after engine problems

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage from on board showed furniture crashing and sliding as the vessel tiltedRescuers have airlifted hundreds of people stranded on a cruise ship off the west coast of Norway.The Viking Sky lost power on Saturday and sent out a distress signal after it began drifting towards land.It got into trouble in a notoriously difficult stretch of waters and was reportedly minutes from striking rocks.The vessel has since restarted three of its four engines and is moving towards the nearest port with the assistance of tugboats.So far, almost 500 of the 1,373 passengers have been airlifted off the ship. Most of those on board are said to be British or US citizens."During the night, the sea was very rough. The boat rolled and ro...
Global Group Meditations for Legal Nomads Readers

Global Group Meditations for Legal Nomads Readers

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I am still leaking cerebrospinal fluid after months of bedrest, so as I allow my body time to slowly heal, I am meditating as much as I can. It has been a big mental challenge to have participated in society again for six months after working so hard in tandem with my doctors to get sealed. Months of careful movement and research later, I was able to walk up Mount Royal and explore Montreal again on foot. It felt exhilarating to be mildly mobile. I took nothing for granted, overwhelmed to the point of tears during many of my daily wanders. I’ve had a difficult time wrestling with my hopelessness during this relapse, and returned to a more robust meditation schedule as part of my coping mechanism. As many readers also have a meditation practice, I had the beautiful thought of
REVIEW: Tortuga Setout Duo Bundle (BACKPACK + DUFFLE) – Man On The Lam

REVIEW: Tortuga Setout Duo Bundle (BACKPACK + DUFFLE) – Man On The Lam

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When it comes to carry-on luggage, there is a mind-boggling array of choice out there, but not all carry-on bags are created equal. Some folks prefer duffle bags, some prefer backpacks, and some prefer a traditional hard-sided suitcase. The folks at Tortuga have come out with a pair of bags that aim to be your go-to carry-on bags when you travel. So how does the Tortuga Setout Duo Bundle stack up? The Tortuga Set Out Bundle is a two-bag solution to your packing. This bundle allows space for all your essentials like laptop, chargers, and clothes with the laptop backpack while the other baggage remains in the duffle bag. Valued at $249 USD (price current at the time of publication), this affordable travelling essential is a big gun when it comes to travelling. The Tortuga set out duo bu
Cruise Along 7 of the Best Bike Outings in San Diego

Cruise Along 7 of the Best Bike Outings in San Diego

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Cruising along on two wheels is one of the best ways to take in San Diego’s scenery and stubbornly delightful weather. The region is crisscrossed by innumerable miles of paved, dirt, and mountain bike trails, perfect for any cyclist. With your own bike, one from a rental shop, or a bike share company, there are more options than ever to get rolling. Explore the Mission Beach-Pacific Beach Boardwalk Where: Ocean Front Boardwalk, South Mission Beach Jetty to Law StreetNeighborhoods: Mission Beach and Pacific BeachBeaches, bars, an amusement park, a pier—this ribbon of pavement boasts a lot in its 3.5 mile stretch. Bring a fishing rod and cast off the jetty or the Crystal Pier. Pack a blanket and find a patch of sand as the sun dips toward the horizon. Or pedal to the iconic
Where to go wild swimming in Tropical North Queensland

Where to go wild swimming in Tropical North Queensland

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on March 18, 2019 at 11:08 am Queensland is renowned for its plethora of golden beaches but there are plenty of other spots to swim that aren’t about surf and sand. From remote waterholes to inland lakes, here’s our pick of places for swimming, SUPing or kayaking in Tropical North Queensland. Twin, Eliot and Fruitbat falls, Cape York Photo by @aswewander via @tropicalnorthqueensland Serious campers and 4WDers descend on Cape York Peninsula every dry season (May-October) to tackle the epic Old Telegraph Track. It’s rough, dirty and challenging, which makes stopping into the Cape’s croc-free swimming holes all the more special. Twin and Eliot Falls are practically side by side, with Twin being a shallow option and Eliot having a decent drop into the water. Fruit Bat Falls i
2019 Travel Trends: 3 Must Read Reports for Tourism Brands

2019 Travel Trends: 3 Must Read Reports for Tourism Brands

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This time of year finds Paige and I searching out the best of the "Trend Reports" for travel, consumer and digital insights for the coming year.While there are many great "2019 Travel Trends" articles circulating, following are three of our trusted Trend Reports we read each year.While they are all lengthy, each has a number of fantastic insights you can apply and take away for your tourism brand – be it a destination, tourism business or visitor centre.Note: You can download all reports in one go at the end of the article.Skifts Mega Trends: Defining Travel in 2019Skift covers 20 global travel trends they have talked about over the previous 12 months on skift.com, and will focus on in future editorial.Three key articles in the 2019 Mega Trends Magazine include:Wellness is the new hook
Attractions news| Moomins, Spider-Man, space tourism

Attractions news| Moomins, Spider-Man, space tourism

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Welcome to the blooloop briefing; a roundup of attractions news from the last seven days.  In the news this week – new theme parks for Moomins and Smurfs, eSports advances, a “patriotic-themed” maze, a new Spider-Man attraction and trends in hotels and space tourism. Watch the news in 2 minutes For a quick run through the week’s most eye catching stories see our briefing video: Read the news in 5 minutes Theme parks Moomin Valley Park has opened in Japan. The new theme park inspired by the books by Tove Jansson has a beautifully themed environment,live shows and some adventure play. Wonderland Eurasia, formerly known as Ankapark, has opened in Ankara, Turkey. The theme park has 14 coasters and expects to attract 5 million visitors
Instagram for Tourism – Training Recordings

Instagram for Tourism – Training Recordings

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11 ? Instagram Immersion Month Instagram Immersion MonthMarch 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019  Via Zoom ? Fraser Coast Wayfinding Content project team meeting (TBC) Fraser Coast Wayfinding Content project team meeting (TBC)March 11, 2019  1:30 pm - 2:30 pmhttps://zoom.us/j/385086532Tourism Tribe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/385086532 One tap mobile +61280152088,,385086532# Australia +61871501149,,385086532# Australia Dial by your location +61 2 8015 2088 Australia +61 8 7150 1149 Australia Meeting ID: 385 086 532 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/alA5KxuZg • • Sour
PATA – Tourism Breaking News

PATA – Tourism Breaking News

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  India is set to generate an incremental increase of 5.4 million visitor arrivals between 2018 and 2023, according to a latest report by PATA’s Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2019-2023. Of the 210 million additional foreign arrivals into Asia Pacific generated between 2018 and 2023, 73.7 per cent will come from Asian origin markets. The strongest Asian generators of additional visitor arrivals between 2018 and 2023 will be led by China and Hong Kong SAR with respective increases of 49.2 million and 30.8 million. These markets will be supported by Korea (ROK), Malaysia and India. The Asian Average Annual Growth Rate for tourism receipts between 2018 and 2023 is expected to be around 9.1 per cent, with Northeast and Southeast Asia showing even stronger average growth.
Air Travel Tech Adoption: Business Travel News

Air Travel Tech Adoption: Business Travel News

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Air travel technology is improving traveler satisfaction, according to SITA, an air transport IT and communications company owned by more than 400 airlines, airports and related companies. Real-time alerts about baggage collection, for example, drew 8.6 percent higher satisfaction than did display screens and public announcements, according to SITA's 2019 Passenger IT Insights report. The report notes that technology adoption is highest for the parts of the travel experience that are or can be done before arriving at the airport: booking and checking in. Those performing both these tasks on the web are the biggest adopters. "Uptake is considerably weaker when it comes to the use of self-service kiosks for check-in, where there is a reliance on the airline or airport's technology," SITA ...
Travel Startup Funding This Week – Skift

Travel Startup Funding This Week – Skift

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Each week we round up travel startups that have recently received or announced funding. Please email Travel Tech Editor Sean O'Neill at so@skift.com if you have funding news. This week travel startups announced more than $76 million in funding.>>Guesty, which simplifies the operations of property management companies and facilitates online marketing for short-term rentals, has raised $35 million in Series C funding.Viola Growth led the investment. Vertex Ventures, Journey Ventures, TLV, and others also participated. The Los Angeles-based startup has raised $60 million to date.Since graduating from the Y Combinator incubator in 2014, Guesty has helped owners manage listings across Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway, and other channels as well as guest communication, payment processing
Japan Airlines and Travelport unite to create domestic distribution platform

Japan Airlines and Travelport unite to create domestic distribution platform

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Travelport will form a joint venture with Japan Airlines to take over the running of the former global distribution system known as Axess.The system will be known as Travelport Axess and has come about seven years after Travelport took over the technical running of Axess International in 2012.Travelport will hold a majority stake in the joint venture and the new business is expected to be formed from June 2019.The platform will provide online, mobile and corporate travel booking and expense management tools to travel agencies based in Japan.It will also have access to Travelport's existing global distribution platforms known as Galileo and Apollo.The relationship between JAL and Travelport from 2012 coincided with JAL ending a relationship and buying back shares in its sub
Tunisia reaches out to UNWTO to get travel advisories removed | Travel News

Tunisia reaches out to UNWTO to get travel advisories removed | Travel News

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The U.S. State Department putting Tunisia  as a category 2 risk for U.S. citizens to travel to. This is on the same level as Germany or the Bahamas, but not as severe as a category 3 warning against Turkey. The U.S. State Department wants citizens to exercise increase caution in Tunisia due to terrorism and lists regions where one shouldn’t go. Tourism is a major revenue source for Tunisia, and the country has been working hard to overcome a number of deadly terror attacks where tourists were the target. eTN Chatroom: Discuss with readers from around the world: Currently the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili  is in Tunisia meeting with the Head of the Tunisian Government Youssef Chahed. He told UNWTO the country had ma
FBI’s response to New Zealand attacks demonstrates its quiet global reach

FBI’s response to New Zealand attacks demonstrates its quiet global reach

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The FBI has declined to comment on exactly how large of a footprint it has established in the small Pacific nation more than 6,000 miles from the continental United States, which illustrates both the reach and low-key international posture of the crime fighting agency. A law enforcement source tells CNN that the bureau has also searched through the agency's intelligence holdings for any information that may be of value to investigators in New Zealand."It's not the FBI's style to publicize every overseas effort," said Gina Osborn, a retired FBI assistant special agent in charge who led one of the bureau's international response teams. "We respond to requests for assistance every day, but there's no reason to announce it." While the FBI's domestic operations involving the protection of th...
Learning to be the Tortoise, Not the Hare

Learning to be the Tortoise, Not the Hare

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I’ve received many very similar emails and DMs during the last few days. “Jodi…?” the messages start out. “I don’t want to bother you but it has been a long time since you posted, and I’m really starting to worry.” “Jodi: blink twice if you’re ok?” “Jodi, here is a llama walking into an optometrist’s office in France. I thought of you! Also, ARE YOU OK?” In a world of easy access to people’s inboxes, readers have only been a pleasure, a virtual cloud of warmth and never a burden. And when so many of you ping at once, I know I am due for an update. In this slow bedrest state, life feels like a woozy Groundhog Day. I love the filaments that connect me to so many of you, reminding me not to lose track of time entirely. I am so humbled by your care. *** When I was a kid, my mothe
Driving Across Iceland | Stuck in Customs

Driving Across Iceland | Stuck in Customs

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21 March 2019 : Thursday Mar 2019 : Thursday See More Photos of:&nbsp&nbspCamera Gear, Iceland, Nikon D3X, Travel Netflix Show Recommendation Okay, this is a really dumb but funny show. For whatever reason, I find it hilarious at times. It’s called “Toast of London.” I even had this crazy dream where I met this guy and we got to be best friends. Even better, he was exactly the same way in real life. Daily Photo – Driving Across Iceland Here’s a photo from one of my many road trips across Iceland. I’ve been thinking about going back here for another solo road trip during the summers there when it never gets dark. It’s h

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