Travel News: December 23, 2016

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Disney Theme Parks Offering Exclusive Lines for Annual Passholders

On Wednesday, a pilot program at Disney theme parks began which allows annual passholders to bypass the normal lines and enter the facilities via exclusive entrance gateways.

According to The Associated Press, the annual-passholders entrance will be available at all four Walt Disney World parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


Wellness tourism on the rise as travellers ditch beaches

When I was told I had to do a story on the experience economy, in particular yoga, I thought this is going to be interesting….

Whilst I’ve heard about the health benefits a daily dose of downward facing dogs can generate, I’d never given it a go.

It appears as though I’m in the minority, with wellness tourism, particularly in Australia, on the rise.

According to the U.S.-based Global Wellness Institute, global wellness tourism grew at about twice the pace of regular travel experiences between 2013-2015.


TSA reminding travelers about coming changes in ID requirements
Travel Weekly

The TSA is posting signs at airports to inform airline passengers about Real ID requirements that begin in January 2018.

The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, established minimum security-related requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Among other provisions, the law establishes what data that states must require before issuing a license or card and what data they must subsequently store electronically. It also lays out what technology must be encoded in the IDs and what data must be printed on the IDs.


Uniworld Announces New River Cruise Line for Millennials  
Cruise Critic

The luxury river cruise line Uniworld is launching a new brand — U by Uniworld, designed for ages 18 to 40 — which will provide a more modern and youthful experience focusing on time spent on shore via longer stays in port.

The move, the first in the industry, aims to open river cruising to new travelers who like local experiences and nightlife. Uniworld will renovate two 116-passenger ships, River Baroness and River Ambassador, to have a more contemporary look and feel. New onboard features will include communal dining tables, a new culinary program, cocktail mixologists and international DJs.

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By: Matt Long

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