So, the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration says it will once again allow folks to carry pocket knives on board airplanes. Ditto for golf clubs and hockey sticks.
Here in Canada? No such plans. At least not yet.
As a Canadian, Im appalled. I mean, hockey sticks could go on American planes flying from, say, Chicago to Toronto. But not on flights from Montreal to Boston?
Its like outlawing double-doubles, or having United Airlines institute free poutine in economy class but not Air Canada.
MIAMI TOURISM ON THE RISE
Seriously, Im not sure how it works. Id like to think the Canadian folks will go along eventually. But we are, last time I checked, a separate country and we have our own rules and we do not simply follow the U.S. lead.
The TSA announcement from the States says knives with a blade of 6 cm (2.36 inches) or shorter are allowed. They cant be more than a half-inch across at their widest point, cannot have a molded grip and cant have a locking or fixed blade.
It's interesting. But the bit about golf clubs caught my eye. I mean, at a time when overhead bins are already full to the brim who takes their golf clubs on as a carry-on item? Other than Donald Trump, I mean.
Personally, Id love to practice my putting at 35,000 feet. Or maybe even try some four-irons, which I could always aim at the guy who likes to slam his seat back into my face as soon as the seat belt light goes off.
The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that overnight visitors to what's called Greater Miami and the Beaches rose 3.5 per cent last year to a record 13.9 million overnight visitors overall.
Its the third consecutive year of record overnight visits to the area, which we all know has awesome hotels, restaurants and beaches.
Officials said there was a 5.2 per cent hike in international visitors to 6.8 million. Domestic overnight visits rose 1.8 per cent to 7.1 million.
They also said a record $21.8 billion in visitor expenditures was generated in 2012, an increase of 5.1 per cent from 2011.
I didnt see a breakdown of countries, but I can imagine Canadians were at the top of international visitors. We go a lot, but we cant match the folks from Brazil or Russia for spending, Im told.
"The Bureau's aggressive marketing and expansion of the popular summer and shoulder season promotions, including Miami Museum Month, Miami Romance Month, Miami Spice Restaurant Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Attractions Month and Miami Live Music Month were enjoyed by more visitors and residents than ever in 2012," said visitors bureau president & CEO William D. Talbert, III.
"These GMCVB promotions continued to fuel the momentum that established year-round travel and tourism for the destination," he said. "In 2012, the GMCVB added to the menu of these popular promotions in March by launching the first Miami Film Month to raise awareness of Greater Miamis spectacular art cinemas, film festivals and connection to the film and entertainment industry. In addition, as home to some of the most spectacular, challenging and desirable golf courses in the world, the GMCVB launched the first ever Miami Golf Month in April, providing visitors and residents with extraordinary offers and options at courses and hotels throughout the destination."
The World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship is being held at Miamis Trump Doral resort this week.BEST CANADIAN HOTELS FOR FAMILIES
TripAdvisor this week came out with its Travelers' Choice Awards for Hotels for Families. Here are there top 10 for Canada.
1. Safari Beach Condo Resort, Osoyoos, B.C. 2. Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls, 3. Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets, Banff, 4. Sunny Point Resort Cottages and Inn, Parry Sound, Ontario, 5. Lakeview Inn and Suites Miramichi, Miramichi, New Brunswick, 6. La Seigneurie du Triton, Lac-Edouard, Quebec, 7. Super 8 Motel Three Hills, Three Hills, Alberta, 8. Skyline Inn, Niagara Falls, 9. Legends, Whistler, B.C. and 10. Comfort Inn Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls.
That's a nice four of the top ten for Ontario, for those keeping score at home.
STARWOOD ON THE MOVE
Starwood this week said it plans to open 50 new hotels in Europe in the next five years, including three in Turkey and a third hotel in Moscow. They're also getting into Tajikistan and adding a hotel in Kazakhstan. Officials also said they're aiming to have 100 hotels under operation and development in Latin America by the end of 2013. Currently, Starwood has a strong footprint of 71 hotels in 13 countries.
By 2015, six new Aloft branded hotels will open in Latin America, bringing the total number to eight. This year, Aloft will debut in Panama and Mexico and by 2015 the brand will arrive in Asuncion, Paraguay and in Uruguay.
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