Travel News: August 15, 2016

Sydney Opera House Australia

Muggings, violence during Olympics highlight Brazil’s tourism woes

Immediately after celebrating the news that their daughter was named to Australia’s Olympic synchronized swimming team, Andrew and Leisel Rogers started to panic.

Taking the family to root on 18-year-old Emily Rogers meant two weeks in Brazil, a country they’d never been to and only understood from the horrific headlines of muggings, murders and Zika. They bought underwear lined with pockets to hide their money. They watched what they packed to make sure they weren’t bringing jewelry or anything too flashy.

And while they haven’t been assaulted or robbed in Rio, the almost daily reports of Olympians and foreign delegations being victimized has made clear why Brazil has long struggled to change how foreigners view the country.


Indonesian Airlines Can Fly to the U.S. Again

Indonesia, an aviation market with one of the world’s worst safety records, had its air-safety rating upgraded by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, a move that may add momentum to flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia’s expansion plans.

The Southeast nation’s transport ministry said it received a letter from the U.S. embassy saying Indonesia got elevated to Category 1, meaning local carriers including Garuda can fly to the U.S. and enter code-share agreements with U.S. airlines. In 2007, the FAA had cut the rating to Category 2, citing serious concerns about the local civil-aviation regulator’s safety oversight and operational control systems.


Travel Destinations Are Using ‘Pokemon Go’ to Capture Tourists

Want to capture more Pokemon? Consider booking yourself a vacay. Travel brands and tourist spots are tuned into the Poke Stops near them, and are flaunting the presence of Pokemon to draw in travelers.

“Just within the past month, there have been many museums, landmarks, airports, hotels, theme parks, destinations and art galleries using ‘Pokemon Go’ [to attract visitors],” said John Findlay, co-founder of Launchfire, a digital engagement shop that specializes in gamification and game-based promotions.


Travel Industry a Beneficiary of ‘Seismic’ Shift in Consumer Spending


There is a broad shift under way in U.S. consumer spending that could have very positive implications for the travel industry if the trend persists.

Analyzing the federal government’s July 2016 numbers on retail sales, the Wall Street Journal pointed Saturday to a “seismic shift in consumer spending.”

“Americans are still splashing out, but they are splurging less on goods such as apparel and electronics and more on entertainment, travel and health care,” the Wall Street Journal states.

Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Subscribe and get my free ebook!

Subscribe to the LandLopers newsletter and get a free copy of my new book, "My Favorite 50 Travel Photos."

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and

Leave a Comment