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I am spending some restorative healing time

in Nova Scotia for the next ten days. The sudden death of my partner and husband, John Mountain has summoned a tempest of emotions. While I enjoy the loving embrace of John’s family and the mighty tides of the Bay of Fundy, enjoy all the latest travel news.

Booking Holdings Buys HotelsCombined as Kayak Expands Into Asia Pacific

Buying UK-headquartered Momondo Group in 2017 for $550 million wasn’t enough for Booking Holdings as it announced Monday that it is acquiring Sydney, Australia-based HotelsCombined. Like Momondo, HotelsCombined will become part of Booking Holdings’ Kayak unit, expanding the metasearch unit’s presence in Asia Pacific.


Millennials and Chinese Consumers Are Rewriting the Luxury Rulebook

When it comes to luxury commerce and international tourism, recent studies show the discussion still revolves around two market segments — millennials and the Chinese consumer. In many cases (in fact, in millions of cases), the two overlap.

According to the Bain Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study for Spring 2018, the Chinese consumer and the millennial generation remain the keys to the growth of an industry that could reach $459 billion (€390 billion) globally in sales by 2025. While the report focuses mostly on luxury retail, some of the findings are pertinent to travel.


Porter Airlines Introducing Basic Fare

Porter Airlines is following some of its rival’s leads by bringing in a basic fare.

Porter officials today said they’re introducing a new entry-level fare class to meet increasing demand from travellers wanting to choose from a range of prices and service options they most value.


Holland America Boosts Hawaii Lineup with 9 Extended Cruises

Two Holland America Line ships, Eurodam and Amsterdam, will say aloha to the islands of Hawaii starting this fall. Nine extended cruises running from fall 2018 through spring 2019 will offer 16- to 20-day sailings that include four Hawaiian ports.

Hawaii sailings depart from Seattle, Vancouver and San Diego and Los Angeles


Puerto Rico Emerges From Hurricane Maria With a Plan and New Hope for Tourism

We stepped off a plane in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in late June and, like travelers do every day, immediately switched our phones off airplane mode. After a few seconds, many of us received a message that informed us we could use our phones as we normally would in the mainland United States but on an extended network. It is a lingering impact of the island’s colonial history in the 21st century, but barely noticeable compared to actual hardships Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is facing.

Our phones were the first of many reminders we would receive of how Puerto Rico, located about 1,000 miles south of Miami and just east of the Dominican Republic, is part of the United States politically and economically. But in other ways, it’s a world away.



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