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ANIMATED ABOUT AGENTS: Get your own caricature from JTB

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The Jamaica Tourist Board likes to get animated when it comes to travel counsellors – and to prove it, the JTB’s Canadian office is planning to create hundreds of unique, personalized caricatures as a gift to its travel partners. In celebration of Travel Agent Day on May 7, and as a token of gratitude for all they do, agents are invited to upload a smiling photograph or headshot of themselves to…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

ROUND-UP:April 5-9, 2021

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Qatar Airways operated the world’s first fully vaccinated flight; a new airline plans to debut at YTZ this fall; and several cruise lines announce summer re-start dates in non-US ports. NEWS Qatar Airways operated the world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight on April 6. Designed to showcase the airline’s stringent health and safety measures, the special three-hour “flight to nowhere”…

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LOOKING GOOD: Playing with Your Food Holland America Style

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I know, I know: Mom always told you not to play with your food. But when a chef known for being an artist on plates invites you to have fun with food, there’s only one choice: indulge. April 6 was National Food Faces Day, a celebration cooked up by Holland America Line to get us dreaming about cruising again. I was invited by Holland America’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin to gather up some ingredients…

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COPING WITH QUARANTINE: Horsing around in hotel helps

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By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He’d watched a few seasons of “The Sopranos” and his eyes were getting tired from reading. Then his lunch arrived in a brown paper bowl and he thought “Aha! That’s a hat waiting to happen!” The paper cowboy was born. Using the good quality paper bags his food was delivered in each day…

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NEW ZEALAND CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY WEEK

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Every year the International Dark-Sky Association hosts International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) to raise awareness about light pollution’s many negative effects. Created in 2003 by a (then) high school student, Jennifer Barlow, the week is designed to highlight and educate how the loss of our starry night and light pollution negatively effects ecosystems, as well as our own health.

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ROUND-UP:March 29-April 02, 2021

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TIAC urges agent action ahead of the Canadian federal budget; Billy Bishop airport needs cash; Israel opens its border with Egypt, and other news from a busy week in travel: NEWS Air Canada and Transat AT announced Friday that they have mutually agreed to terminate the Arrangement Agreement for the proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada after being advised by the European Commission that it…

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A SIGN OF OPTIMISM: First New Ship Order in the Pandemic

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After a year in which cruise lines were scrapping ships rather than ordering new ones, a deal to build a 744-passenger cruise ship is a sign of optimism that the pandemic lockdown will ultimately become a distant memory. Japan’s NYK Group has signed the first contract to build a new ship since the COVID-19 outbreak began. While the luxury ship to be built by Germany’s Meyer Group is aimed at the…

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BREAK OUT THE BOURBON: Cruising Resumes on US Rivers

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As a US flagged company operating ships smaller than 250 passengers, American Queen is not restricted by the shutdown imposed on most cruise ships by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said this week she’s unable to give a timeline for the move into a second phase of the conditional sail order and a gradual return to cruising for larger…

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ROUND-UP: March 22-26, 2021

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There was good news for travel and tourism in Ontario’s provincial budget; WestJet is rolling again, announcing a host of new and restored services; Royal Caribbean is Bermuda bound; and Canadians aren’t quite ready yet to welcome American visitors. NEWS Ontario’s budget promised $400 million in additional spending over the next three years to support the province’s tourism industry.

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

BIG CRAIC ATTACK AT THE CROSSKEYS INN

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You’ve likely not been there, but if the image of the Crosskeys Inn looks familiar, it’s because the iconic pub in Northern Ireland is often used by tourism promoters, including Tourism Ireland, to represent the ideal of the pub experience on the Emerald Isle, which is a key driver of visitor interest. But the Crosskeys, located about half an hour outside Belfast, just north of Lough Neagh and an…

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