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WestJet was named North America's best pet-friendly airline for budget-conscious consumers in the latest annual review by Petfinder.com. The website noted that the Canadian carrier allows small dogs, cats, rabbits and birds to travel for $50 each way in the passenger cabin. Frontier Airlines won for transporting the greatest variety of pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and small household birds. Most pet-friendly over all was Pet Airways, a pet-only airline serving nine U.S. airports. It promises "first-class treatment" of animal passengers, including large breeds of canines.

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On the ground

A British Columbia travel company hopes to reopen Afghanistan to tourists with group departures planned for October and April. Sightseeing will be limited to Kabul and two other regions that are considered "relatively safe," says Mahmood Poonja, chief explorer with Bestway Tours and Safaris. Tour destinations include Band-e-Amir lakes and Mazar-e-Sharif. Poonja says interest in the destination is coming from people 45 and older who are highly educated and often travel solo. For more information go to bestway.com.

In the works

It won't open until 2016, but Magic World Russia is already being touted as one of the world's more compelling resort destinations. Plans for the 250-hectare site, to be located 50 kilometres from Moscow, call for multiple theme parks, water parks, beach hotels, shops and live entertainment. One theme park, called World Without Boundaries, is intended for special-needs children. The project is a collaboration between Russia and a consortium of California companies.

Sources: Petfinder.com, Bestway Tours, Business Wire

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