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Travel News: February 15, 2019

India wants to make medical tourism a $9 billion industry by 2020 CNN There are many reasons people go to India: the culture, the food, the weather. But in recent years, another factor drawing visitors is health care. India’s medical tourism industry could grow by 200% by 2020, hitting $9 billion, according to Ministry of Tourism figures. As it tries to expand the industry, the country is trying to make it easier for people to come for medical reasons. It’s touting advanced facilities, skilled ...
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Travel News: February 14, 2019

Delta Bolstering Service for Brazil’s Carnival Travel Pulse For travelers who want to experience Brazil’s famous Carnival, Delta Air Lines is offering nonstop seasonal service between New York City and Rio de Janeiro. The flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Brazil will operate overnight southbound as before, but the service will now return northbound in the morning.   Dollywood to open ‘wild’ new land foc...
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Travel News: February 13, 2019

Saudi Arabia, Trying to Lure Tourists, Hosts Music Festival New York Times The new Italian-designed concert hall in the middle of the desert shimmered in the sunset light, its walls of mirror reflecting the golden sandstone hills and cliffs. Inside, a symphony orchestra from China rehearsed a Western classical piece, preparing for a concert featuring the Chinese pianist Lang Lang. The serene and lilting notes floated through the empty hall. The concert was part of a series with performances by...
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Introducing a New Adventure – The Explore the World Travel Podcast

When I started my travel blog in 2010, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I’ve never been a techie kind of guy, and honestly I’m still not. I didn’t really understand what a blog was when I published my first post and it’s a miracle I was able to somehow able to cobble together a web site with almost zero technical know-how. I managed though and over the years it, along with my online presence, has gradually grown and evolved. Social media has always played an important role in this strange...
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Travel News: February 12, 2019

United Airlines Is Courting Business Travelers Aggressively Motley Fool United Continental (NASDAQ:UAL) spent much of the past decade as the laughingstock of the airline industry. A series of customer-service gaffes and mediocre service led to erosion of its once-loyal customer base. Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) capitalized on the opportunity to poach some of United’s most valuable customers, enabling it to consistently outperform the other major airlines in terms of unit revenue and profitabilit...
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Travel News: February 11, 2019

TWA Hotel reservations open on Valentine’s Day Travel Weekly The TWA Hotel at New York’s Kennedy Airport will begin taking reservations on Feb. 14. Bookings will be accepted for stays beginning on May 15, with reservations available solely via the hotel’s website. Daytime-only reservations also will be available this spring, offering travelers a place to shower, rest or work during a layover. The hotel also suggests travelers head to the hotel after an early morning arrival instead of getting s...
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Travel News: February 8, 2019

Increased Access Drives Brazil’s Visitor Growth Travel Pulse Brazil’s tourism profile among Americans reached unparalleled heights in the earlier half of this decade when the South American nation hosted back-to-back international sports tournaments: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. One million foreign tourists visited Brazil during the World Cup, according to officials at Embratur, the Brazil Tourist Board. More than 60 percent were visiting for the ...
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Travel News: February 7, 2019

Barcelona Received Record Number of Cruise Passengers in 2018 Travel Pulse According to recently released 2018 figures on cruise port traffic in Barcelona, the Spanish city had a record-breaking year. The Port of Barcelona reported a total of 4.4 million passengers last year, an increase of 8.6 percent, says a recent article in Hosteltur. Three million of these passengers were cruise passengers, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.   United adds upgrade-friendly premium seats in ba...
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Travel News: February 6, 2019

Indian hotel startup OYO is planning to be bigger than Marriott CNN India’s biggest hotel chain is targeting global domination. OYO, which launched just five years ago as a platform to book budget hotels in India, says it’s adding rooms faster than the world’s top three hotel chains combined. “By 2023 we want to be the largest and most preferred hotel chain in the world,” an OYO spokesperson told CNN.   Chicago O’Hare Bumps Atlanta as Busiest Airport in United States Travel Pulse Atlanta’s reig...
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Travel News: February 5, 2019

Caribbean Destinations Poised for Record Visitor Growth in 2019 Travel Weekly The strong visitor growth several Caribbean destinations exhibited prior to the devastating hurricanes of September 2017 is quickly resuming, with several countries in the region announcing sharply increased visitor numbers for 2018, along with strong early season results in 2019. Tourism officials shared the improved visitor numbers at this week’s Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace a...
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Travel News: February 4, 2019

Airbus A380’s future at risk again Travel Weekly Emirates Airline’s aircraft order that provided a lifeline to Airbus’ A380 program could be in jeopardy. In a brief statement Thursday, Airbus confirmed that it is in discussions with Emirates over its A380 contract. “The details of Airbus’ commercial discussions with customers remain confidential,” the company said.   Caesars building its first US non-gaming hotel in Arizona Las Vegas Review-Journal Caesars Entertainment Corp. is building its fi...
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Travel News: February 1, 2019

Oceania Will Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles Fleetwide Travel Pulse Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, announced a ground-breaking sustainability initiative to eliminate millions of plastic water bottles per year through a new partnership with Vero Water. This pioneering green initiative is the newest facet of the brand’s OceaniaNEXT enhancements and the company’s larger Sail & Sustain environmental program.   Polar vortex takes toll on Chicago f...
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Travel News: January 31, 2019

Luxury Hotels Want to Make You Feel Culturally Relevant Skift Luxury hotels today are opening with a new amenity that seeks to satiate its curious clientele while simultaneously courting locals for a visit. The emergence of cultural programming at luxury properties is a global trend seen from the artistic center of Johannesburg to the countryside outside London. The ever-evolving definition of luxury now includes knowledge and information as well as intimate access to influencers and experts.  ...
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Travel News: January 30, 2019

IHG Will Bring Kimpton to 20 New Global Locations Travel Pulse The Kimpton hotel brand is poised for worldwide expansion over the next three to five years. InterContinental Hotels Group has just announced that it plans to open more than 25 Kimpton hotels across 20 new global destinations including Mexico City, Paris, Barcelona, Bali and Shanghai.   Virgin Voyages unveils suite designs for first ship Travel Weekly Virgin Voyages said its first ship will debut in 2020 with 78 Rock Star Suites, fe...
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Travel News: January 29, 2019

JW Marriott Debuts in China’s Winter Wonderland Travel Pulse JW Marriott, part of Marriott International, today announced the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Harbin River North. Situated in the heart of the bustling Harbin Songbei district, the hotel marks an exciting milestone for the brand as the first JW Marriott property in Northeast China.   Hawaiian Airlines plane is diverted after a flight attendant dies CNN Three hours into a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York this week, th...
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Travel News: January 28, 2019

U by Uniworld cancels 2019 sailings of the B Travel Weekly U by Uniworld, the first river cruise line to target millennial travelers, has canceled its 2019 sailings on its original ship, the B, and will move it to new itineraries in Central Europe in 2020, the company said. Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of U, said the B, which launched service last year, will join its sister ship, the A, on central European rivers next year, where there is better demand.   President Trump Announces Deal to...
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Travel News: January 25, 2019

Adventures by Disney Adds New European River Cruise Options Travel Pulse Adventures by Disney announced Thursday it will offer more European river cruise sailings than ever before in 2020. In addition to launching new Short Escape itineraries in Paris, Amsterdam and Budapest, Adventures by Disney is introducing a brand-new vacation through southern France on the Rhone River.   US Department of Defense and Priceline team up to create travel site for military USA TODAY The United States Departmen...
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Travel News: January 24, 2019

Shanghai Disney Resort to Expand With ‘Zootopia’ Land Hollywood Reporter The addition is Disney’s second expansion of its sprawling Chinese theme park, meant to build on the huge local box office success of the 2016 film. The Walt Disney Co.’s Shanghai Disney Resort is unveiling some crowd-pleasing expansion plans. The company on Wednesday announced that it will soon add a Zootopia-themed land to the sprawling Chinese theme park. Launched in 2016 after nearly two decades of development and nego...
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Travel News: January 23, 2019

International tourism hits 2020 forecast two years early CNN Last year was a very good year for international tourism, according to a new report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. In 2018, there were 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals, a figure the UNWTO didn’t expect global tourism to hit until 2020. “The growth of tourism in recent years confirms that the sector is today one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and development,” said UNWTO Secretary-General...
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Travel News: January 22, 2019

Carnival Launching Four New Cruise Ships in 2019 on Three Cruise Lines Cruise Fever Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest travel and leisure company, will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 on three of their cruise lines including new ships from Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises. Carnival currently operates nine cruise lines and over 100 cruise ships.  The cruise giant will grow even more in 2019 with the introduction of four new cruise ships.  The new cruise ships include their l...
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Travel News: January 21, 2019

Bali to Impose $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists, Jakarta Post Reports Bloomberg Indonesia’s resort island of Bali is set to impose a $10 levy on foreign tourists to preserve its environment and culture, The Jakarta Post reported, citing Governor Wayan Koster. The provincial government is deliberating whether the tax, which won’t be imposed on Indonesian citizens, will be collected as part of the airline ticket or at counters at the airport, Koster told the newspaper.   Aer Lingus unveils new logo an...
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Travel News: January 18, 2019

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit Travel Weekly One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan. A no-deal Brexit would shake up the rest of the continent in ways that many Europeans haven’t even fathomed.   Norwegian Air closing Boeing 737 bases in US Northeast USA Today European budget giant N...
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Travel News: January 17, 2019

Virgin Voyages Reveals Details of RockStar Suites Travel Pulse Virgin Voyages is currently building its first cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, which will set sail at the beginning of 2020. However, with its much-anticipated ship on the way, the new cruise line has unveiled details of its exclusive RockStar Suites. The suites are steeped in the Virgin brand’s rock and roll heritage and offer a fresh take on the glamour of yachting. The suites’ retro-futurism design, spearheaded by Tom Dixon’s Desi...
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Travel News: January 16, 2019

Portugal’s tourism boom halted by Brexit, airport problems Channel NewsAsia Portugal’s long-running tourism boom is set to move decisively into reverse in 2019 due to capacity constraints at Lisbon airport and a drop in British visitors because of a Brexit-hit pound, Portugal’s biggest hotel group told Reuters. Jose Theotonio, chief executive of the Pestana Group which operates 94 hotels, said he had already noticed a dip in British guests as they turn to markets like Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia ...
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Travel News: January 15, 2019

Strict ticket policy introduced at Machu Picchu CNN It’s the spectacular Incan citadel in the Andes Mountain range that’s on everyone’s bucket list — but access to Machu Picchu is becoming more strictly regulated. New ticket rules were put in place starting January 1, 2019, limiting tourists to visiting at specifically scheduled times. Tickets are valid for up to four hours and re-entry is not usually allowed. Before, you booked for either a “morning” or “afternoon” slot. It’s no great surprise...
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Travel News: January 14, 2018

Winter Storm Gia Hampers Travel With Road Closures, Flight Delays Travel Pulse Winter Storm Gia is causing travel headaches from the Midwest to the Northeast U.S. this weekend, dumping snow and ice on roads and runways. Gia walloped parts of the Midwest Friday and Saturday, causing nearly 500 car accidents in Missouri alone, according to Weather.com. The storm even caused an American Airlines flight to slide off of the runway at Missouri’s Columbia Regional Airport Friday. Fortunately, no injur...
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Travel News: January 11, 2019

Air France leans toward pulling plug on Joon Travel Weekly Joon, the Air France subsidiary promoted as a hip new airline for millennials, appears to be on the verge of closure, just 13 months after launch. “After much discussion with employees and customers alike, and in consultation with the unions, Air France has decided to launch a project studying the future of the Joon brand and the integration of Joon employees and aircraft into Air France,” Joon’s parent said Thursday as part of a statem...
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Travel News: January 10, 2019

Crystal campaign focuses on personal experiences Travel Weekly Crystal has launched a new marketing campaign, its first since Tom Wolber became CEO in September 2017. The campaign theme “Where Luxury is Personal” will avoid platitudes about luxury and instead focus on how luxury “is defined by each traveler, making the experience wholly individual,” Crystal said.   TSA Union Says Government Shutdown Causing Agents to Quit Travel Pulse The union representing Transportation Security Administratio...
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Travel News: January 9, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line Reconsidering Room Service Changes Travel Pulse Less than a week after Carnival Cruise Line announced room service would no longer be complimentary on its ships, the company said it is waiting to make those changes until a better plan could be put in place. According to a Facebook post from Carnival brand ambassador John Heald, the cruise line revealed that it was evaluating the adjustments made to its room service plan initially scheduled to take effect in January.   Car C...
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Travel News: January 8, 2019

National Park Service tapping into entrance fees to keep operating Travel Weekly The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be used to bring in staff to maintain restrooms, clean up trash and patrol the parks. He acknowledged that the Trump administrat...
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