Travel News: February 7, 2017

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American Airlines opens office in Havana
USA Today

American Airlines formally opened an office in Havana on Wednesday, and an executive said the company will move ahead with its plans for Cuba despite uncertainty over what President Donald Trump’s administration will bring.

The inauguration of the office came two months after American Airlines flew the first scheduled commercial flight from the U.S. to Havana in more than 50 years. Several airlines had begun routes to other Cuban cities earlier and before that there were costly charter flights.

 

Volvo Cars and Tablet Hotels Open Secluded Get Away Lodge in the Swedish Mountains
Yahoo Finance

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and luxury hotel curator Tablet Hotels are launching a Get Away Lodge in Northern Sweden; a peaceful retreat for people wanting to reconnect with their passions in life.

Launched in conjunction with Volvo Cars’ all-weather premium estate, the V90 Cross Country, and part of a bigger campaign promoting work-life balance, the Swedish automaker has teamed up with Tablet Hotels, the original online hotel curator, to offer a one-of-a-kind experience in the snowy serenity of the Swedish mountains.

For an exclusive period of time, people can book the secluded Get Away Lodge, situated just outside the buzzing winter sports village of Åre in Jämtland County, Northern Sweden. The traditional-looking mountain lodge has been newly renovated and carefully furnished with a mix of Scandinavian design and mindfulness.

 

Millennials Are Currently Obsessed With Taking Cruises
TheStreet.com

Attempts by cruise companies to reach young consumers appears to be working.

Millennials, people born between 1981 and 1997, and the generation X population, born between 1961 and 1981, favor cruise vacations over any other type of getaway, Cruise Lines International Associations (CLIA) said in its January 2017 Cruise Travel Report released Friday.

The report said that 39% of millennials think ocean cruises are the best type of vacation while another 7% praised river cruises. And 44% of gen Xers said ocean cruises top their vacation lists while an additional 8% favor river cruises.

 

Norway wants tourists to slow down and travel more sustainably
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Cruise ships and Disney’s ‘Frozen’ have led to crowds of unprecedented size, about which Norwegians are not entirely happy.

Most countries would love to attract more tourists, but Norway rather wishes they’d stay away. The country slashed its promotional advertising budget for next summer after experiencing a flood of curious visitors that it felt unprepared to handle.

Norway, however, does not want to accept growth at all costs because that would come at too high a cost to nature. In an unusual and refreshing approach, it has turned its focus toward sustainable, slow tourism, in hopes that visitors will embrace the Norwegian way of life for longer periods of time, in less damaging ways.

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