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Warning – TURKEY – UK FCO TRAVEL ADVICE: – UK citizens advised that there have been calls for demonstrations across Turkey on Nov. 1st in connection with the situation in the town of Kobane, Syria. Remain vigilant and avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place. Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey

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Oct-2014

Warning – YEMEN REPUBLIC – U.S. EMERGENCY MESSAGE – Sanaa – The Embassy would like to advise all U.S. citizens of an increased threat of VBIEDs, IEDs and other explosive attacks in Sanaa, in part stemming from increased levels of violence between Houthi elements and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The Embassy continues […]

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Warning – CZECH REPUBLIC – Countrywide – Flight attendants at Czech Airlines to strike on October 30. CSA has attempted to ban the strike and has prepared a crisis scenario to ensure a smooth operation. Recommended to reconfirm flight status with airline. Source: http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/zpravy/csa-s-cabin-crews-to-stage-strike-next-thursday/1139084

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Oct-2014

Warning – EGYPT – U.S. SECURITY MESSAGE – Countrywide – A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in the Middle East, including western teachers employed at these schools. Source: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=16504&__Referrer=afternoon_digest_27_10_2014

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Oct-2014

Warning – IRAQ – U.S. EMERGENCY MESSAGE – Countrywide – In light of the continued danger posed by extremists operating in Iraq, we wish to reiterate our standing warning of potential threats against U.S. citizens and commercial interests operating in Iraq. Recommend that U.S. citizens avoid large public gatherings and to review the existing Travel […]

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27
Oct-2014

London – Major computer crash causes chaos at Heathrow Sunday night, disabling airport’s baggage system and preventing planes to park at their respective gates to unload. Hundreds of passengers stranded on the tarmac for hours with departing flights also prevented from leaving. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2807873/Computer-crash-Heathrow-disables-baggage-leaving-thousands-passengers-stranded-airport-s-runways.html

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Oct-2014

Warning – INDIA – Countrywide – Security ramped Friday at four major airports including Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Kochi following an email warning that suicide bombers would try to target an Air India flight. New security measures include increased checks on passengers, tightening of access control and putting anti-hijacking units on alert Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bomb-threat-to-air-india-flight-sparks-security-alert-at-kochi-airport/article1-1278446.aspx

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SAUDI ARABIA – US SECURITY MESSAGE: – US citizens advised that in light of increasing tension in the Middle East region, all US citizens should exercise caution and remain aware of their surroundings Source: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=16489&__Referrer=afternoon_digest_23_10_2014

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RELATED NEWS: Saudi rejects airport criticism: http://www.arabiansupplychain.com/article/viewArticle/10552 by Courtney Trenwith Saudi Arabian airports have been ranked the worst in the Middle East in an online survey. Three Saudi airports were included in the top five worst in the region, compiled by readers of the Canadian website sleepinginairports.net. Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport was the worst – […]

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By Shane McGinley Severe airspace congestion at key Asian airport hubs is quickly becoming a major obstacle to fast-growing Gulf airlines’ plans to expand into the region, experts have warned. The three major GCC carriers – Dubai’s Emirates Airline, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and Doha-based Qatar Airways – have targeted South-East Asia for growth and […]

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Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sns-201410140000–tms–travelpkctnxf-b20141014-20141014-column.html “JetBlue must reduce legroom and add baggage fees.” “Virgin America must increase its fees.” “Southwest has to start charging baggage fees.” Both the financial and the aviation media are full of stories highlighting Wall Street’s dicta for these airlines. And Wall Street apparently doesn’t care if its formula will effectively destroy these three lines […]

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The TAP Cabin Crew Union has announced two separate strikes will take place on October 30th and November 1st between 00.00 and 23.59. TAP flights operated by PGA Portugália Airlines will not be affected.

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Warning – AUSTRIA – Countrywide- Weather forecasters have issued major storm warnings in Austria as the former Hurricane Gonzalo vents its remaining fury on the central European region Source: http://www.thelocal.at/20141022/storm-warnings-over-austria

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Warning – SRI LANKA – US MESSAGE: – US citizens advised that effective Oct. 16, the Government of Sri Lanka announced that all foreign nationals must receive prior approval from the Sri Lankan Government for travel to the Northern Province. Source: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=16479

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Warning – SURINAME – Countrywide – Health ministry bans and will no longer allow foreign travelers to visit the country if they have been to Ebola-hit West African countries. Travelers other than Surinamese nationality who have been to Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia not allowed to come to Suriname, unless they can prove to be […]

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Oct-2014

Oct 20, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mississauga, Canada – e-Travel Technologies Inc, a leading provider of travel risk management services to the travel industry, today announced as a public service, a web based Ebola Travel Alerts information service for international travellers. Donald Churchill, president, e-Travel Technologies Inc, stated, “as we have been reporting Travel Alerts […]

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Oct-2014

Warning – GERMANY – Countrywide – Lufthansa’s pilots’ union threaten to call for further strikes this week if the German airline fails to resume negotiations over retirement benefits. Pilots currently on strike until 23:59 tonight. Source: http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1413892062.html  

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Oct-2014

Warning – BELGIUM – Eastern – Belgian rail services are experiencing serious disruptions for a second day in a row today following a walk-out by staff. The strike action is centred on the Walloon stations of Luik-Guillemins, Welkenraedt and Liers. Delays also on Thalys service from Liège to Paris.

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Oct-2014

Country Travel Risk Level – Extreme Warning – IRAQ – AUSTRALIA DFAT TRAVEL ADVICE: – Australians advised against travel to all of Iraq, including Iraqi Kurdistan. Australians in Iraq, including in Iraqi Kurdistan, should depart immediately while commercial flights continue to operate and airports in Baghdad and Erbil remain open. Consular assistance is no longer […]

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Oct-2014

Warning – RWANDA – Countrywide – Ebola Screening – A Rwandan Ministry of Health document says all passengers from the U.S. and Spain will have their temperatures taken upon arrival. If the passenger has a fever he or she is denied entry. If there is no fever, the visitors still must report their health condition […]

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Oct-2014

Warning – THAILAND – Andaman Sea – 2 South Korean tourists missing off the southern coast as tourist speedboat, carrying around 40 passengers, including South Koreans, Chinese and a number of Western tourists hits a fishing boat in the Andaman Sea between the popular islands of Phi Phi and Phuket. Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/search-resumes-for/1425190.html

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Warning – UNITED KINGDOM – Hurricane Gonzalo-Update Oct 21st – Heathrow to cancel 10% of flights Tuesday, as strong winds are expected when the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit. Flights with the 20 biggest carriers would be affected. Gonzalo predicted to bring heavy rain and gusts of up to 75mph in some areas, causing disruption […]

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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82 Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who reshaped the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility, died Oct. 20 at his home in Kent, Conn. He was 82.

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…Begin by fully understanding the client’s motivations for travel. What does the client’s travel history say about their reasons for travel? What does the client like to do in general? What are their hobbies? With regard to this particular trip, what is the motivation for travel? How does this destination, this trip, tie into the […]

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Warning – Hawaii, US – Hurricane Ana – Update Oct. 20 – Flash food watch for Kauai, Niihau and Oahu. Tropical storm warning for: Portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, from Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals. A hurricane watch for: Portions of the papahanaumokuakea marine national monument, from Nihoa to Maro Reef.

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COMMENT: Air France-KLM fails to find recipe for success Legacies are still a major millstone for Air France-KLM writes Euromonitor travel analyst Nadejda Popova. Air France-KLM has been suffering significant losses in recent years. In a bid to cut back on expenses that are causing this negative performance, the airline has been reallocating and cutting […]

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Warning – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Trinidad & Tobago said it would deny entry to any resident of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo or Sierra Leone. Other travelers who have visited any of those nations within six weeks will be quarantined for 21 days upon their arrival.

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Warning – CZECH REPUBLIC – EBOLA NOTICE – AIRPORTS – Checks over the Ebola outbreak will start at the airports in Brno, Karlovy Vary, west Bohemia, Ostrava, north Moravia, Pardubice, east Bohemia, and Prague at 8:00 on October 21. Upon arrival from international flights, passengers are to fill in arrival cards. In Prague, the passengers […]

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FRANCE – Countrywide- France has stepped up efforts to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola disease and will begin to carry out health checks on travellers at airports. Source: http://www.thelocal.fr/20141016/ebola-france-to-check-for-travellers-at-airports NEW YORK: Medical teams at New York’s JFK airport, armed with Ebola questionnaires and temperature guns, began screening travellers from three West African countries on […]

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Warning – ITALY – US MESSAGE: – US citizens advised that there will be a general strike in Italy involving all means of transportation on October 24 for 24 hours. Source: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=16462

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GERMANY – Countrywide- The Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union has called upon Germanwings pilots to strike on Oct. 16 between midday and midnight. Germanwings flights across Germany will be affected. Source: https://www.germanwings.com/en/booking/information-for-our-passengers.htm?gwc=purllatest

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Warning – ETHIOPIA – CDN GOV’T TRAVEL CAUTION: – Canadians advised of al-Shabaab’s intent to target restaurants, hotels, bars, places of worship, supermarkets, and shopping malls. These places should be avoided until further notice because they are possible targets for a potential imminent terrorist attack. Details. Warning – ETHIOPIA – US EMERGENCY MESSAGE: – US […]

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Warning – FRANCE – Countrywide- SNCF network train strike taking place from today, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. to Oct. 17 at 8 a.m.

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Oct-2014

14 Oct – 15 Oct Cairo – An explosion has rocked the area near Egypt’s High Court of Justice in central Cairo, injuring nine civilians. Details

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Warning – AUSTRALIA – Sydney – Delays at Sydney airport with nearly 20 flights cancelled or diverted as due to heavy winds Wednesday.14,000 homes in Sydney and across New South Wales without power overnight following massive storm with many road reported blocked as well. Details

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Warning – GERMANY – Countrywide – Lufthansa pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit planning more strikes within the next several days in its ongoing protest over transition payments for early retirees. Source: http://strike.skynetblogs.be/archive/2014/10/13/lufthansa-s-vc-pilot-union-planning-more-strikes-8304682.html

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Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes off the coast of El Salvador, prompting an alert of a possible tsunami threatening the shores of the country, as well as Nicaragua and Honduras. The quake struck late Monday, 67km west-southwest of Jiquilillo off the coast of San Salvador and Nicaragua. El Salvador’s emergency services urge people living near the […]

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Canadians advised against non-essential travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St. Martin due to Hurricane Gonzalo

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Oct-2014

MARCH 14-16, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA Web: http://www.cardiosource.org/Lifelong-Learning-and-MOC/Education/Courses-and-Conferences/Conferences/2014/December/NYCVS-2014.aspx

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  New   C 9 Oct Airport authorities to introduce additional screening of passengers at the country’s 5 busiest airports, John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, Washington Dulles International Airport outside Washington, O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, from this week, in effort […]

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Warning – MAURITIUS – US SECURITY MESSAGE: – US citizens advised that the Mauritian government has banned entry by any traveler (independent of nationality) who has visited within the past two months the following countries affected by the Ebola virus: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Details

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Warning – SEYCHELLES – US SECURITY MESSAGE: – US citizens advised that with the exception of Seychellois citizens, admission into Seychelles will be refused to any individual who has visited the following countries within 28 days prior to travelling to Seychelles: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-(Bissau & Conakry), Nigeria, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Details

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Warning – LIBERIA – US CDC HEALTH NOTICE: – US citizens advised to avoid non-essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia because of unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in those countries. Details

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France Country Risk Level – Low C 16 Oct Countrywide – French union CGT announce an industrial day of action on October 16, for social security concerns. Details Germany Country Risk Level – Medium W 8 Oct – 9 Oct Countrywide – Lufthansa pilots to conduct a 48-hour walkout from October 8-9, affecting all Lufthansa […]

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South – A blast on Lebanon’s border with Israel wounded two Israeli soldiers and Israeli’s army responded with shelling across the frontier near the southern Lebanese village of Kafr Shebaa. Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/07/uk-israel-lebanon-violence-idUKKCN0HW10A20141007

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