Travel News: July 19, 2016

Edinburgh Scotland UK

Edinburgh Airport welcomes first WOW air flight
Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Airport has welcomed the first WOW air flight from Iceland.

Travellers arriving from the Nordic nation, as well as North America, were greeted at the arrival gate by a bagpipe player, providing an authentic Scottish musical welcome.

The new link with Edinburgh Airport is part of WoW air’s overarching aim of making travelling from Scotland to Iceland more affordable.

 

Waldorf Astoria guests to test drive Lamborghini cars
USA Today

Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts is giving their guests a special ride.

Hilton Worldwide’s luxury hotel brand has teamed up with Italian sports car maker Automobili Lamborghini to give guests the opportunity to test drive the company’s latest models, including the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 and Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder.

Hotels are increasingly going beyond offering guests amenities. Now, many are offering them customized experiences that they hope will create buzz and breed loyalty.

 

Cruise Lines Cancel More Turkey Calls After Attempted Military Coup
Cruise Critic

Following a failed attempt by Turkish military to overthrow president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cruise lines have begun canceling calls beyond Istanbul.

Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises are among those that have altered itineraries due to political turmoil and airport closures. All three cruise lines have replaced scheduled calls at Kusadasi with nearby ports in Greece or sea days. Celebrity also canceled a visit to Bodrum and will visit Sicily in its place.

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. It adds, “In light of the July 15 coup attempt and its aftermath, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time.”

 

Tech tourism: New travel craze sees visitors flock to Silicon Valley to visit tech giants for fun
International Business Times UK

Forget about the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz Prison – tourists are flocking to San Francisco from all over the world in order to visit tech giants in Silicon Valley like Google, Facebook, HP, IBM and even universities famous for computer science.

You wouldn’t think that a giant illustration of the infamous Facebook “Like” button on a billboard would be a major landmark worth commemorating in a photo or selfie, but such is the world we live in now that this is exciting to die-hard fans of tech brands.

By: Matt Long

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