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Top 10 Worldwide Events April 2010

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The welcome smell, sights and sounds of spring are in the air in the northern hemisphere after a dreadful winter of snow, ice, blizzards, floods and rain that caused all manner of travel delays. The travel woe continues regardless however, as we are now experiencing the onslaught of British Airways strikes, following Lufthansa’s lead militant moments.
The European country of Greece is in meltdown causing a multitude of travel concerns in the wake, along with pessimistic Tourism projections for the summer ahead. The countries of Portugal, Italy, Britain and Spain all look shaky and we can expect a lower euro and GBP. Let just hope that we can dust these winter travel blues off with a spring clean and that we have some USD left in the bank!
Here are the best worldwide events for April 2010!
Guns N' Roses, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium, Quito, Ecuador, 1st April
As their Chinese Democracy tour comes to an end, veteran stadium rockers Guns N' Roses hit Quito for a night. See Axl Rose an…

TSA Can't Find a Leader

The U.S. can't seem to find a new permanent administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Maj. Gen. Robert Harding told Congress on Friday that he was withdrawing his name from nomination to head TSA. Harding is the second person to do so since President Obama took office over a year ago. At issue for Harding are "mistakes" he admits making while running his own defense contracting company back in 2004.

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Rio de Janeiro Drug Bust Turns Up Anti-Aircraft Missiles

During the arrest of three drug deals Thursday, Brazilian federal police confiscated a number of man portable air defense systems (MANPADs), aka shoulder-fired missiles, and an "arsenal" of weapons.

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British Airways Braces for Second Cabin Crew Strike

British Airways cabin crew members represented by Unite are set to begin their second strike in the last week at midnight Friday (3/26). During this four-day work stoppage, BA says it's going to fly more than 75% of customers already booked to travel.

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U.S. and Mexico Bolster Bilateral Border and Aviation Security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano was in Mexico Tuesday (3/23) to sign two arrangements to bolster aviation and border security between the United States and Mexico.

The first arrangement establishes with Mexico a Joint Security Program for Travelers (JSP) for Mexico City International Airport. A JSP is passenger information sharing program between the United States and participating countries that aids in the identification of potential terrorists or other dangerous criminals.

And the second arrangement enables DHS to electronically share some criminal history information with Mexican law enforcement about Mexican nationals who have been convicted of certain felonies in the U.S. and are being repatriated back to Mexico.

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UK Launches New Space Agency

Great Britain on Tuesday (3/23) officially launched the new UK Space Agency and the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC). The new Space Agency will be assuming space policy and budget responsibility from British National Space Center (BNSC). The UK Space Agency website will come online April 1.

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China International Clothing & Accessories Fair, New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China, 28th-31st March

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Ladies, this one is for you! Also known as CHIC, this is Asia's biggest clothing exhibition. Industry professionals and fashionistas head to Beijing's New China International Exhibition Center to browse and buy silk dresses, leather handbags and other wardrobe-fillers. Daily fashion shows add to the entertainment.
The first two days are for Trade professionals only, however the public can visit the fair on the last two days.

Further Information: www.chiconline.com.cn/En/index.asp

Maria Andreou
Co Publisher

Airports May Track Your Mobile Device

USA Today is reporting about the Transportation Security Administration's experimentation with technology that would allow flyers' mobile devices to be tracked in airports. The TSA claims the purpose of this technology is to be able to monitor how long people spend in security checkpoint lines so that information about wait times could then be posted on websites and in airports, thus providing travelers with a valuable resource. However, any time a government agency wants to "track" and collect data on people there are legitimate privacy concerns to address.

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Explosives Found on Indian Airplane

After a Kingfisher Airline flight landed in Thiruvananthapuram, India on Sunday, a routine security check of the cargo area turned up a small package containing explosives. Police have said the package could not have exploded because there was no detonator attached, but they are still trying to figure out how, where and when did the explosives get placed on board. Police in Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore, where the flight originated, are investigating.

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Additional DC-Area Flight Restrictions for Nuclear Security Summit

On Friday, March 19, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) will be modified with additional flight restrictions on April 12 and 13 due to a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC.

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British Airways Cabin Crews Begin Three-Day Strike

British Airways cabin crews began their three-day strike at midnight last night. This is the first of two planned work stoppages. The next one is scheduled for next weekend.

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Man Pleads Guilty to 1968 Pan Am Hijacking

Luis Pena Soltren pleaded guilty Thursday (3/18) to his role in the 1968 hijacking of Pan AM flight 281, which was bound from New York to Puerto Rico, but instead was flown to Havana. Pena Soltren, who spent 41 years hiding in Cuba before surrendering last October to U.S. authorities, admitted to threatening a flight attendant with a knife during the hijacking.

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Red Bull Crashed Ice, Old Quebec, Quebec City, Canada, 20th March

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Extreme sport fans won't want to miss Red Bull Crashed Ice in the Old Quebec district. Participants from Canada and beyond strap on their skates to race along an icy outdoor track, complete with hairpin turns, hair-raising drops and death-defying jumps!
The race features a heady combination of hockey moves, downhill skiing and a high-velocity balancing act throughout the historic part of Quebec City, with up to 85,000 spectators cheering on the competitors.

Further Information: www.redbull.com/

Maria Andreou
Co Publisher

Cumbre Tajín, Takilhsukut Theme Park, Papantla, Mexico, 17th-21 March

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If you are in need of relaxation Mexico is the place to be in March. The annual Cumbre Tajín at the Takilhsukut Theme Park in Veracruz encompasses high culture, ecotourism, steam baths, music and anything related to nurturing the mind, body and spirit. Enjoy several days of non-stop entertainment, featuring singers, dancers and much more.
There are temazacal steam baths, healing and many alternative therapies to sort out the body, as well as knitting, pottery, masks, candle and breathing workshops to dip into.
All of this takes place in the area where the old Totonac people traditionally lived. Their allegiance to the earth and mysticism are important qualities that Cumbre Tajín seeks to recapture every year. Take time to visit the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of El Tajín too.

Further Information: www.cumbretajin.com/

Maria Andreou
Co Publisher

British couple face a Prison sentence in Dubai for Kissing In Public

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The news coming from the Middle East of a Dubai court that recently sentenced a British couple to a month in prison for merely kissing in public seems counter productive to a destination that has spent billions in oil Dollars building a "Mass Market" Tourism infrastructure with a strong focus to attract visitors from Western countries.  The only way we can describe this situation is with a Limmerick...

A kiss on the lips may be quite Continental But it seems to be illegal in Dubai Strange for a country that, can't pay the rental To enforce this law of an eye for eye It was a local Emirati woman that actually called the Police after she claimed to witness the 2 Brits kissing on the mouth. The young couple in question Ayman Najafi (24 years old) and Charlotte Adams 25 (years old) stated to a Dubai appeals court that the case was a "huge misunderstanding" and they were simply kissing on the cheek.

Police said the Emirati woman called the authorities because her …