Travel News: January 5, 2017

Reykjavik Iceland

New York governor envisions $9B overhaul of JFK
Travel Weekly

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday unveiled the vision for a $7 billion renovation of John F. Kennedy Airport, plus up to $2 billion in upgrades to roadways and mass transit to the airport.

“Our vision plan calls for the creation of a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate,” Cuomo said.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the airport, would seek to finance the renovation with the help of $7 billion in private investment. The project does not yet have a timeline.


Iceland’s Tourism Boom Offers Lessons to Arctic Nations
News Deeply

People in Iceland have lived off fishing for many centuries, and in the past decade aluminum production has carved out almost an equal stake in the economy. But both have recently been outpaced by tourism.

Two million tourists are expected to have poured into the island nation in 2016 – more than four times the country’s population – says Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre.

That’s the result of dizzying, double-digit growth in annual tourist visits in recent years. In 2013, Iceland welcomed 781,000 visitors who spent in 275 billion Icelandic króna ($2.4 billion) – outpacing for the first time the economic mainstays of fish and aluminum exportation. And the tourism industry expects strong growth to continue: by 2017 the year-on-year increase in tourists is predicted to reach more than 30 percent.


Emirates Launches First Moisturizing Pajamas
Global Traveler

Emirates is offering passengers traveling overnight in first class the world’s first moisturizing pajamas. The sleepwear set is claimed to be a world first for the skies. The set, in grey, help keep your skin soft and hydrated when flying.

The pajamas, designed by Matrix, include patented hydra active microcapsule technology that has billions of capsules applied to the fabric, releasing naturally-moisturizing sea kelp during movement.


Hilton Completes Spin-Off of Park Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Grand Vacations
Travel Pulse

Hilton Worldwide announced Wednesday that it has completed its spin-off of Park Hotels & Resorts (Park) and Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV).

The move results in three independent and publicly-traded companies. Hilton said that Park, a real estate investment trust (REIT) and HGV, a timeshare company, will begin “regular way” trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.

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