Travel News: December 21, 2016

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‘Frenemies’ no more? Delta, Alaska Air to terminate partnership
USA Today

Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines were once close partners. But their relationship has deteriorated in recent years, largely the result of a turf war that sprung out of Delta’s move to build up its own hub in Alaska Air’s hometown of Seattle.

Now, the carriers have confirmed on Monday what many thought had become inevitable. Delta and Alaska airlines will officially terminate their frequent-flier and codeshare partnerships at the end of April.


Hilton, Marriott growing number of hotels with keyless entry
Travel Weekly

As more guests become comfortable with the idea of using a smartphone as a room key, the two largest U.S. hotel operators are slated to more than triple the number of properties that offer keyless entry via mobile devices.

By the end of the year, Hilton Worldwide will have widened its number of keyless-entry hotels throughout the U.S., Canada and Singapore to 700, up from 91 at the beginning of the year. Marriott International has 204 hotels that offer keyless entry.


Berlin Christmas market attack threatens European tourism again

The truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening is the latest blow for Europe’s tourism industry, hitting a city that had been attracting more and more visitors in recent years.

The truck ploughed into a crowd enjoying mulled wine and festive food at a popular tourist location in former West Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48 in what German authorities said seemed to be a deliberate attack.

The attacks in Nice and Paris last November as well as Brussels in March have already dampened demand for travel to Europe, especially from the United States, China and Japan.

ForwardKeys, which predicts travel patterns by analyzing 16 million reservations a day, has said Chinese outbound bookings to Europe have fallen 7.7 percent between mid-November 2015 and mid-October 2016.


Another new Viking ocean ship takes to the water
USA Today

River cruise giant Viking’s move into ocean cruising hit another milestone Thursday as the line’s fourth ocean-going ship took to the water for the first time.

The California-based company’s 930-passenger Viking Sun was “floated out” from a dry dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, where it had been under construction for more than a year. The vessel is scheduled to debut in late 2017.

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