Travel News: August 1, 2016

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Texas hot air balloon hit power lines before crash, NTSB says

Part of the hot air balloon that crashed in Texas hit power lines when it went down, an NTSB spokesman said Sunday after investigators arrived at the accident scene in dusty pastureland south of Austin.

All 16 people aboard the balloon — 15 passengers and the pilot — were killed in Saturday’s crash.

It’s not clear what part of the balloon hit the lines, spokesman Robert Sumwalt said. It’s also unclear whether the fire that broke out on the balloon happened before or after the collision, Sumwalt said.


Hotels Break Out IVs and Oxygen Tanks in Next-Gen Wellness Trends

Hotels are racing to help you unwind. At least, that’s what you’d be led to believe if you’ve been following the flurry of wellness news that is suddenly dominating the high-end travel industry. And that doesn’t just mean that they’re looking to make an extra buck in the spa. (Though wellness tourism is poised to become a $678.5 billion business by 2017, according to the most recent Global Wellness Tourism Economy report.)

All around the world, properties are rolling out programs that help you stick to your fitness routine, preserve your sleep schedule, or tap into local wellness traditions—some quirkier than others. Here, the trends to try (or avoid) on your next trip.


Airline warns against playing Pokemon Go in an airport
Los Angeles Times

Military bases, hospitals and subway operators have joined in the chorus warning players of Pokemon Go to be careful when walking around, eyes locked onto their smartphones in search of those virtual creatures.

Alaska Airlines added its voice last week, saying that playing the hugely popular game at an airport could not only anger already flustered travelers but could incite a confrontation with police.


Wildfire cripples tourism in California’s scenic Big Sur

A fast-moving wildfire is having a crushing effect on tourism in Big Sur, an area of central California that is famed for having among the most scenic coastlines in the country.

The Soberanes Fire has burned for more than a week inland from Big Sur, so far scorching almost 60 square miles of rugged hills. While Highway 1 and coastal hotels and inns have remained open, many vacationers have been scared away, according to Stan Russell, executive director of the Big Sur chamber of commerce, who said business at some establishments is down 50%.

Luxury resorts in the Big Sur area can charge $2,000 or more per night for rooms during the summer. “This is when we make our money,” Russell told the Associated Press on Saturday.

“We’ve got seven vacancies tonight,” Rick Aldinger, general manager of the Big Sur River Inn, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. “That’s unheard of for the middle of summer.”

By: Matt Long

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