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WE’RE NO. 1: Canada ranked world’s best country

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For the first time, Canada has taken top spot overall in the “2021 Best Countries Report,” a prominent ranking and analysis project that is designed to determine how countries are perceived by international business leaders and general citizens on the world stage. Beyond its overall top ranking, Canada, which placed 2nd overall in 2020, ranked No. 1 in quality of life and social purpose.

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

DREAMING OF BEER TOWERS IN BOMBAY

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Why not Leopold’s in Mumbai for our establishment of the week? After all, these days we’ve got about as much chance of going there as any of the (unaffiliated) Canadian chain locations of the same name. But, alas, we’re still dreaming of travel as we navigate the third and maybe fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, so I’ll mine the recommendation of a travel pal – a regular pre-pandemic visitor…

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BY ANY OTHER NAME: Vaccination passports may be on the way, but will Canadians be eligible

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‘Vaccination Passports’ – loaded words these days. Viewed by some as a threat to “freedoms” by others as the arrival of freedom to travel. Much of the chatter is fraught with distortion, misconception and wishful thinking. Many experts in the field agree that some of the controversy is caused by the name itself – the document in question is in fact a health certificate – not much different than…

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SEVERE STORMS SWEEP U.S. SOUTH

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A cluster of severe storms swept across the South early Saturday, leaving one person dead in Louisiana, toppling trees and power lines in Mississippi, dropping large hail on an Alabama coastal city and levelling buildings in the Florida Panhandle. St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard confirmed a man’s death in an early morning tornado in Palmetto, Louisiana. Bellard told KLFY-TV that Jose…

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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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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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WE THE SOUTH: Border blues a boon for snowbird fans

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The “We the North” rallying cry had its horizons expanded when the Toronto Raptors temporarily relocated to Tampa, Florida. Now the NBA team is getting some Canadian company in the Sunshine State. The Toronto Blue Jays kicked off their 2021 home at TD Ballpark in nearby Dunedin yesterday. And Toronto FC will soon join their sporting cousins with a home opener at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium – about…

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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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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News