Trump slump confirmed by ForwardKeys

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: International airline passenger arrivals in the United States have fallen consistently since President Donald Trump’s original travel ban on people from several mainly Muslim countries, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys.

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions daily.

The period of decline also coincides with a strengthening US dollar making the US a more expensive destination to visit. Read more

Virgin jumps in Hyperloop

October 16, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced last week it is investing in Hyperloop One in a strategic partnership aimed at establishing new passenger and cargo transport services for the superfast rail concept.

As part of the deal, Branson will join the board of the California startup, which will be renamed Virgin Hyperloop One in the coming months, according to a joint statement.

No financial details were immediately available. Read more

Vegas: Tourism takes short term hit

October 9, 2017 by  
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LAS VEGAS, 9 October 2017: The attack that left 58 people dead in Las Vegas could impact America’s tourism capital, but only in the short term, experts say, predicting a full recovery within months.

The iconic Vegas Strip, lined with glitzy hotels, casinos and neon signs, still had a heavy police presence on Wednesday, a stark reminder of Sunday night’s tragedy — the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

“The attack should affect tourism badly in the short-term as the memories remain fresh and vivid in people’s minds,” said Federico Guerrero, an associate professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. Read more

Selfie craze upsets animals

October 6, 2017 by  
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BRASILIA, Brazil, 6 October 2017: The craze for tourists taking selfies alongside wild animals then posting on Instagram is fuelling cruel treatment of iconic species in the Amazon, activists warn.

The charity World Animal Protection said in a report that Instagram has seen a 292% increase in wildlife selfies since 2014 around the world. Of these, more than 40% involved humans “hugging or inappropriately interacting with a wild animal.”

World Animal Protection said in the report released Tuesday that the animals are captured and often battered to make them perform for tourism businesses. Read more

More US travel bans in the making

September 25, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 25 September 2017: More countries could be hit with tough travel restrictions to the United States after the ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries expires from Sunday, Trump administration officials hinted at the weekend.

White House and Homeland Security officials said that after a 50-day review, they had identified a number of countries that could not or were not willing to meet US standards for identifying potential terror threats.

President Donald Trump, whose initial measures against the six countries were blasted as an effective “Muslim ban,” has yet to make a final decision on which nations will make the new list for much-restricted issuance of US visas, they said. Read more

World’s top 10 museums

September 21, 2017 by  
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NEEDHAM, USA, 21 September 2017: TripAdvisor announced, Tuesday, the winners of its Travellers’ Choice® awards for Museums.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

TripAdvisor has also highlighted top-rated bookable tours and passes on the site and the cost of admission for each winning museum. Read more

Blackout hits Panama airport

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

PANAMA CITY, 20 September 2017: A blackout at Panama’s main international airport — a major hub for Latin America — caused more than 200 flights to be cancelled and many others delayed on Monday, airport officials said.

A malfunction in a circuit panel distributing power internally to the facility was to blame, according to the airport authority, which set up a “crisis room” to handle the disruption.

Thousands of frustrated passengers faced lines and clogged halls as harried airport staff struggled before blanked-out check-in screens. Read more

Carnival picks up ASTA award

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, cruises, News

SAN DIEGO, 31 August 2017: Carnival Corporation  was honored by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) with the 2017 ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year Award for its commitment to travel agents.

ASTA’s president and CEO, Zane Kerby, presented the cruise-line company with the award at the ASTA Global Convention 2017 in San Diego following a keynote address by Carnival Corporation president and CEO, Arnold Donald, during which he highlighted the key role of travel agents in growing demand for cruise vacations in North America.

The ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year Award was established to recognise the partner who has impressed the agency community most by offering the best service and by helping agencies with attractive agency compensation and creative pricing. Read more

Technology inspires business travellers

August 28, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, TRENDING

AMSTERDAM, 24 August 2017: Business travellers are taking more devices than ever on their trips, and feel more productive about conducting business while on the road, according to the CWT Connected Traveller Study, released last Friday by Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

The survey of more than 1,900 business travellers found that they carry on average three different types of technology (mobile, tablet, laptop), with the smartphone being the one “travel tool they can’t live without.

The study showed that 80% of those surveyed rely on their phone to conduct business. Read more

Mandarin travels to South America

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Hospitality, News

HONG KONG, 10 August 2017: Hotel Santiago opened last week under Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s management following the group’s announcement in May.

Formerly the Grand Hyatt Santiago, the property will undergo an extensive room and public area renovation, the first stage of which is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2018.

Located in Chile’s capital city, the hotel will remain open throughout the period, and is now accepting reservations. This is the group’s first property in South America. Read more

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