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Barbados welcomed nearly 18,000 more visitors in 2018 than in 2017

The sun-soaked island of Barbados has reported a 2.7% increase in stay-over arrivals in 2018 compared to 2017. According to Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) welcomed 681,197 visitor arrivals, 17,686 more than 2017. Cruising also saw a boost last year, largely due to vessel redeployments following the hurricanes of 2017. Through new homeporting business, Barbados saw 826,267 arrivals for both transit and homeporting visitors combined.
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Watch this kangaroo duke it out with unsuspecting paraglider

Don’t let the pep in their step fool you – even kangaroos have a bad day every once in a while.
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Debut for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge May 31 at Disneyland, Aug. 29 at WDW

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open ahead of schedule at Disneyland Park in California on May 31 and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Aug. 29.
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You can now be fined for wearing these in Cinque Terre

The fashion police is out in full force in Italy’s Cinque Terre, where new rules are putting restrictions on what tourists wear on their feet.
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“Safety of visitors is of paramount importance”: The Bahamas responds to U.S. travel advisory

The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation for The Bahamas has responded to a travel advisory issued by the United States following a recent spate of crime.
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Canada looks to retain its number one status with Miami

The final numbers won’t be in until May but Suzie Sponder, Senior Director of Communications, U.S. & Canada for the Greater Miami CVB, says she’s confident that the 2018 Canadian visitor stats to the city will be strong.
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Mexico Tourism Board’s Mendoza officially signs off from 2 Bloor St. West

Cesar Mendoza, Regional Director, Canada for the Mexico Tourism Board, is saying farewell for now - but hopefully not goodbye - as the Toronto office of the Mexico Tourism Board closes its doors today, March 1.
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Destination France event highlights country’s challenges – and beautiful inspirations

France continues to fascinate thanks to its exceptional history. This was the theme chosen by Atout France, France’s tourism development agency in Canada, for its seventh ‘Destination France’ travel industry roadshow.
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Media got a sneak peek of Galaxy’s Edge and confirms it will blow people’s minds

The world of Star Wars is coming from a galaxy far, far away to become the largest single-themed land created in a Disney park.
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Air Canada monitoring India situation, temporarily suspends Delhi flights

More than a thousand passengers were affected after Air Canada partially suspended service to India due to the closure of Pakistani airspace as tensions mount between the two nuclear powers.
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