Travel News: April 20, 2017

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Even Canadians are skipping trips to the US after Trump travel ban
Washington Post

The cancellations came quickly and in rapid succession. Within days of President Trump’s first executive order restricting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, a number of European travel groups pulled their plans, amounting to a loss of 2,000 overnight stays for Hostelling International USA.

The ban would complicate travel for citizens of the countries cited — among them Iran, Syria and Libya. But Canadians and Europeans and others were dropping their plans, too. As group organizers put it, people suddenly had an unsettling sense that the United States wasn’t as welcoming a place as it once was.


United changes policy, crew can’t displace seated passengers
USA Today

United Airlines will no longer allow crewmembers to take the seats of passengers who have already boarded a plane.

The change in policy comes amid a firestorm of controversy that has enveloped the company following the now-infamous United Express flight from April 9. It was on that flight that United “bumped” four passengers from the sold-out aircraft to make room for crewmembers needed at the next destination to operate a different flight.


Disney Reveals More About Star Wars-Themed Lands
Travel Pulse

During a panel discussion Saturday, representatives from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm revealed additional details about the new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

The panel discussion, dubbed Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making, focused on the story behind the mysterious location designers have created to host the themed lands at each park.


British space tourists could be blasting off from a remote Welsh village
The Sun

BRITISH space tourists could soon be blasting off from a remote field in Wales on a pleasure trip into the heavens.

Welsh space chiefs hope the tiny village of Llanbedr will become Britain’s answer to Cape Canaveral.

It’s hoped that space tourists will be blasting off from the space port as soon as 2020.

But the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre – set among the mountains of North Wales – needs planning permission from Gwynedd Council and Snowdonia National Park Authority.

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