Travel News: July 27, 2016

Cologne Germany

Cologne cathedral hires lawyer to stop Pokemon hunters

The Catholic Church has hired a lawyer to tackle a plague of “Pokemon Go” players invading Cologne Cathedral.

Local daily Express reported Tuesday that the church decided to take legal action after the virtual reality game’s manufacturers didn’t react to requests to exclude the ancient building from “Pokemon Go.”


South Africa Is a ‘Fire Sale’ for Tourists After Rand Rout

Tourists are flocking back to South Africa’s game parks, beaches and vineyards as a weaker currency and easing of visa rules make holidays cheaper and more accessible.

The number of visitors to South Africa from outside the continent increased by 19 percent over the five months through May, the Tourism Ministry said on July 20. The surging popularity among travelers from markets including the U.S. and Germany can be largely attributed to a weak rand, according to the head of Africa’s largest hotels and casinos company, Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd.


Is JetBlue ready for flights to Europe?
USA Today

Is JetBlue laying the groundwork to fly to Europe?

The New York-based low-cost carrier hinted at that possibility Tuesday morning, revealing details of an aircraft order that could pave the way for trans-Atlantic service. The details came amid JetBlue’s second-quarter earnings report.

JetBlue said it would amend a purchase agreement with Airbus to bring 30 more A321 aircraft into its fleet over seven years. Of those, 15 A321 aircraft will begin arriving next year. Another 15 A321neo aircraft will start arriving in 2020.


Air France warns of drop in travel to France after attacks
Daily Journal Online

Air France, facing a strike by cabin crew at the height of the summer vacation season, is warning of pressure on its finances amid concerns about France as a tourist destination after a string of deadly attacks.

The company reported Wednesday a 5.2 percent drop in second quarter sales to 6.22 billion euros ($6.84 billion) compared with last year, and about 40 million euros in losses from strikes.

Air France cancelled over 10 percent of flights Wednesday amid its latest strike, by cabin crew.

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