Travel News: March 20, 2017

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Teen finds 7.44-carat diamond at Arkansas park
USA Today

An Arkansas teenager hit the jackpot Saturday when he found a 7.44-carat diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

Many people spend hours searching for diamonds at the park only to walk away empty-handed, but Kalel Langford, 14, had only been at the park with his parents for 30 minutes when he spotted a shiny, dark brown gem, according to a statement. Kalel took the stone to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center later in the day and learned that the shiny rock was actually one of the largest diamonds ever discovered in the park.


A new airline from British Airways’ parent company will fly you to Europe for $149
Business Insider

On Friday, International Airlines Group (IAG) launched a new airline called LEVEL.

According to IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, and Aer Lingus, LEVEL will be the a long haul low-cost carrier that will connect Europe with destinations across the Atlantic.


Glamping At Coachella With Lady Gaga: Marriott Offers New Luxury Tents

Marriott has announced that during the second weekend of Coachella, featuring Lady Gaga and a bevy of superstar entertainment, there will be 8 fully decked out and furnished luxury tents, all designed after the hotel’s top brands: Aloft, Moxy, AC Hotels, Westin, Le Méridien, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portolio.

Each of the glamping tents will include first class features like; premium bedding, furniture and air conditioning.  Every guest will also experience the amenities normally offered at the hotels with room service, concierge, full breakfast, parking and private restroom.


New Zealand Doesn’t Have Enough Hotel Rooms to Accommodate Crush of Tourists

With 3.5 million short-term arrivals last year — 480,000 more than had been projected only two years earlier — a lack of capacity may end up harming the nation’s biggest foreign exchange earner.

Scenic walks across volcanic plateaus and through snow-capped alpine valleys are becoming congested, while small towns servicing adventure activities like jet-boat rides down surging rivers or guided walks across 7,000-year-old glaciers are finding their sewerage systems overloaded.

“If we don’t fix these things and look to the long term, we’ll be putting a cap on our own growth,” said Quinton Hall, chief executive officer of Ngai Tahu Tourism, one of the country’s biggest adventure tourism operators. “We’ve got a natural cap on our peak period right now because we just don’t have the accommodation in New Zealand. Even if they wanted to come, they couldn’t find anywhere to sleep.”

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