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Little Havana and the Great Cuban Lie

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:39 -- Phil Egan

A few weeks ago, pursuing his hatred of everything Obama-related, Donald Trump took his travelling circus to Miami. Standing in front of a crowd of Cuban-American supporters in Little Havana, Trump announced what he described as “a dramatic new Cuba policy.”

“I am cancelling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” he told the crowd as they chanted, “Trump! Trump! Trump!”

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The growing wreckage of American tourism

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:30 -- Phil Egan

As a 40-year veteran of the international travel industry, I can say one thing to our neighbours in the United States with certainty.

When the Girl Guides don’t feel comfortable crossing your border, you’ve got a problem.

The Girl Guides have a diverse membership, and were frightened by the threat posed by America’s increasingly arrogant and emboldened border guards. They feared that any attempt to travel in America might result in some of their members being left behind.

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Tension And Turmoil In A Four Martini Lunch

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:22 -- Phil Egan

In November of 1972, my father walked into the local Xerox office, managed by the late Ken James.

“What are you doing, Joe?” Ken asked my father.

“Making copies of my son’s resume,” my father replied.

Ken held out his hand. “Let me see that,” he ordered.

It turned out that Xerox was looking for people. I was 24, newly-married, with a three-month old baby at home – and out of work. Not long afterwards, I found myself at XNSDC – the Xerox National Sales Development Centre in Fort Lauderdale.

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The day the Commandante came to visit

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:06 -- Phil Egan

Fidel Castro’s death last November brought back a lot of memories.

Forty years in the travel and travel publishing industries took me to Cuba many times. The first time, in 1972, Russian MIG’s still lined the runways at Havana’s Jose Marti airport. Also, I am old enough to remember Castro’s coming to power in 1959, after overthrowing the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

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Put a pin in every stocking

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 11:33 -- Phil Egan

Over the next five months, Canadians can expect to hear a lot about the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Fought over four days from April 9, 1917, it marked the first time that all four divisions of the Canadian Army fought together. In what became known as “the Battle that Forged a Nation,” they drove the German Sixth Army off the 7-kilometre hill in northern France that the Germans had captured early in the Great War.

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