Travel News: December 12, 2016

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Free meals returning to coach? Delta says ‘maybe’
USA Today

Could free meals be ready for a comeback in coach class? One of the USA’s biggest carriers is considering it for at least some cross-country flights.

Delta Air Lines has started complimentary meal service on its transcontinental service between its hub at New York JFK and the California cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. It began Nov. 1 as part of a trial that will run through Dec. 15 and could become permanent if it’s well-received by fliers.


Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines Launch Cuba Service

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. won Cuban government approval to begin sailing to the island, one of the most hotly anticipated new travel destinations for the industry.

Norwegian’s Marina, part of its Oceania Cruises line, will sale from Miami on March 7, the company said Wednesday in a statement. The company’s two other brands, Norwegian and Regent Seven Seas, will also serve the market. Royal Caribbean said it would announce its Florida-to-Cuba itineraries in the near future, including ones on its Azamara Club line.


Long-awaited MGM National Harbor opens to large crowd

Even with a late-night opening Thursday, the MGM National Harbor Casino and Resort attracted throngs of people, from government officials and celebrities to residents all over the D.C. area.

The opening was scheduled for 11 p.m., but the doors opened a half-hour early given the overflow crowd of people waiting to get in. By 11:15, the parking garages and casino were at capacity.

At 3:30 a.m. Friday, people were still only being let in as others left. By 7, space was opening up around the tables.


Rio proposes new tourist tax to reimburse visitors if they are mugged

The mayor-elect of Rio de Janeiro has proposed the introduction of a new tourist tax, to raise funds to reimburse tourists mugged in the city.

The “bold proposal” could be funded by a tax on air passengers, Marcelo Crivella told business leaders at a lunch event this week. “Rio de Janeiro cannot continue treating its tourists as if they were an afterthought,” said Crivella, calling for action to “shatter” the “negative image” of the city.

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