Travel News: January 27, 2017

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Southwest shuns Basic Economy as rivals add it
USA Today

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told investors Thursday the carrier won’t offer Basic Economy like its largest rivals because carving up the cabin would only sow confusion among its customers.

“There is a huge value in offering all of our customers – 100% of them – a great product,” Kelly said. “We like to say at Southwest, there is no second class.”


Travel insurance sales grew in 2016 as dangers increased
Travel Weekly

Bad news is often good news for the travel insurance industry, and since 2016 produced plenty of negative headlines about terrorism and other world events that consumers could not ignore, the insurance sector had another 12 months of solid growth last year.

But in addition to heightened consumer awareness of dangers, sales were boosted by the increasing value of the policies themselves in terms of both coverage and streamlining the claim-filing process.


Barcelona cracks down on tourist numbers with accommodation law
The Guardian

Spanish city expected to pass law to limit number of beds on offer and impose moratorium on building new hotels.

The city of Barcelona is expected to pass a law on Friday to curb tourism as visitors have begun to overwhelm the city and anger local residents.

Last year the city’s 1.6 million residents were heavily outnumbered by an estimated 32 million visitors, about half of them day-trippers.


Opryland resort to build $90M water park
USA Today

A water park complex that Ryman Hospitality has planned for its Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center will cost $90 million and cover more than 217,000 square feet, including water slides, food and bar service and a live entertainment area.

The company hopes to open the facility, which will link to its Opryland hotel building, in late 2018. Ryman Hospitality detailed plans for the indoor/outdoor water park to be called Soundwaves at a press event Wednesday.

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