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One Neighborhood You Absolutely Have to Visit in Toronto (Condé Nast Traveler)

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One Neighborhood You Absolutely Have to Visit in Toronto (Condé Nast Traveler)

Don’t call it a “melting pot”—Toronto prefers “mosaic.” That’s because the open arms of the Queen City welcome citizens of varied nationalities and ethnicities just as they are. More than 140 different languages are spoken by the city’s 2.8 million residents, each of them contributing to its incredible diversity. And somehow they all seem represented, connected, and prized in Kensington Market.

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Booming second-tier cities woos visitors with music, culture … and bourbon

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Booming second-tier cities woos visitors with music, culture … and bourbon

With tourism and business travel rebounding, particularly on the high end, smaller U.S. cities are looking to grab their slices of the travel pie through specialized marketing.

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Yucatan hoteliers’ upscale endeavour

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Yucatan hoteliers’ upscale endeavour

The city of Merida and its home state of Yucatan have seen a boom in high-end leisure arrivals — and a wide range of products and providers catering to them.

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Gansevoort Dominican Republic: Charm and urban chic

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Gansevoort Dominican Republic: Charm and urban chic

Gansevoort Hotel Group upped the accommodations ante on the Dominican Republic’s north coast with the debut of the upscale but still all-inclusive 48-suite Gansevoort Dominican Republic at Playa Imbert.

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The Top 10 holiday getaway spots for 2016

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The Top 10 holiday getaway spots for 2016

A look at the top 15 domestic and international destinations where many Americans will be headed for the winter holidays this year.

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World Eats: Nova Scotia (Passport Magazine)

Ready your appetite for one of Canada’s most delicious destinations.

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World Eats: Nova Scotia (Passport Magazine)

The best part of the “eat local” trend is discovering a city with incredible regional ingredients. In Halifax, Nova Scotia, diners enjoy an embarrassment of riches, thanks to the region’s especially fertile and productive growing season, and the bold restaurateurs who take full advantage of Atlantic Canada’s best. In this island province, seafood is of course the star attraction. It’s often so fresh that your fish, lobster, oyster, or other marine delicacy may have been pulled from the bay just hours before. —Passport

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Expo de Turismo International (ETI), Part 1

What’s New In Puerto Rico

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Expo de Turismo International (ETI), Part 1

Two things astonished me about Puerto Rico’s second annual ETI, or Expo de Turismo International: 1. More than any other Caribbean meeting that I have attended, this one seemed to be aimed at travel agents; there were 400 of them there. 2. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company takes a big-tent approach, so I met attendees and even speakers from the Bahamas, Curaçao, Aruba, and other countries. Can you spell “inclusive”?
But back to Puerto Rico: What do the hosts have to say about their own tourism business? —Recommend

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51 Great Summer Vacation Ideas

Something for everyone in the family to love this summer

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51 Great Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer vacation is the time to reconnect and relax with family, and recreate some favorite childhood memories together. What does it for you? Is it lying on a beach or around a resort pool, hiking mountain trails, learning history from a national park ranger, exploring a new city, being thrilled by an exotic adventure or a daring new theme park ride? — Family Travel Forum

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10 top chocolate spots for Valentine’s Day treats

The trend for chocolate is very hot now — like it was for wine and cigars.

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10 top chocolate spots for Valentine’s Day treats

Dessert Professional magazine announced their Top Ten Chocolatiers at a first annual celebration event on Wednesday, January 27, at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in Manhattan’s Brookfield Place. Florida’s Norman Love became the first inductee to the Chocolatier Hall of Fame. — USA Today Travel

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Five myths about travel insurance and terrorism

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali have put many travelers on edge.

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Five myths about travel insurance and terrorism

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, not to mention the warnings for major cities around the world, have put many travelers on edge. For those of us who’ve already bought and paid for a trip, or are planning to travel in the near future, travel insurance might seem like a good idea. But what can it really do for you in these circumstances? Here are five myths about travel insurance and terrorism.— USA Today

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