Travel News: July 20, 2016

Venice Italy

The latest hotel amenity: Adult coloring books
USA Today

Hotels are refusing to stay inside the lines as they offer exclusive adult coloring books as an unconventional amenity to help guests de-stress.

The interest in adult coloring books has spread significantly in the past year, so much so that the sale of coloring pencils increased in 2015 by 26.3%, according to Nielsen. And Aug, 2 has been named National Coloring Book Day.

The trend, which includes indoor cycling program SoulCyle handing out free spinning-themed coloring books and colored pencil packs to fitness fans this summer, now counts the hotel industry as participants.


Choice Hotels Joins the Direct-Booking Pack With New Loyalty Rates

Beginning July 20, Choice Hotels will officially enter the direct booking wars by offering its own exclusive rates for members of its loyalty program, Choice Privileges. The rates will be available only on and the Choice mobile app.

A spokesperson for Choice Hotels said, “We are evaluating making this available to travel agents in the future” and that the rates will only be available online, and not by phone.


FAA: Airlines can’t charge parents to sit next to their children
Atlanta Journal Constitution

A newly settled Federal Aviation Authority agreement has an upshot for air travelers.

The reauthorization bill, which funds the agency through September 2017, also requires airlines to seat families with children together at no extra charge, speed up the security screening process and quickly issue refunds for baggage fees if luggage is lost for more than 12 hours.


Italian hotspots struggling with ‘too many tourists’

With its rich culture and outstanding beauty, Italy is unsurprisingly one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. But mass tourism is endangering some of its most famous hotspots, and making life miserable for locals.

Venice, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, Capri and, more recently, the Cinque Terre, are all firm fixtures on most travel itineraries to Italy.

But those well-trodden paths are suffocating under the weight of stampeding tourists, with locals fretting about the impact on the environment and their cultural heritage.

By: Matt Long

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