Travel News: June 16, 2017

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Death Valley National Park to Upgrade Guest Experience
Travel Pulse

Death Valley National Park’s iconic Furnace Creek Inn and Furnace Creek Ranch are getting an upgrade.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts—which manages both properties as well as the golf course and RV park—will be dedicating millions to upgrade the properties and rebrand them as the Oasis at Death Valley.

The new Oasis at Death Valley will then be home to a reinvigorated Inn at Death Valley and Ranch at Death Valley.  All three areas that comprise the “oasis” will be upgraded with improvements to accommodations, public spaces and facilities, accessibility, landscaping, energy conservation and major upgrades to the golf course, according to Xanterra.


American Airlines Tests CT Scanning to Keep Laptops in Carry-Ons

American Airlines Group Inc. on Thursday began the first U.S. test of new airport-security scanners that provide a more detailed view inside carry-on luggage and may allow travelers to keep laptops in their bags.

The CT scanner, using technology borrowed from the medical world, is being used in a security checkpoint lane at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the airline said in a statement. The testing, at Terminal Four, is being conducted with the Transportation Security Administration.


Individual people-to-people Cuba travel to end
Travel Weekly

President Trump on Friday is set to end individual people-to-people travel to Cuba, reversing one of the hallmarks of President Obama’s Cuba policy.

Ahead of Trump’s planned speech in Miami, White House officials said his new policy would end the ability for Americans to travel to Cuba individually under the people-to-people travel category.

The policy reverts to the pre-2016 rule, which mandates that anyone traveling under that category must be part of a group to ensure compliance with federal rules that prohibit tourism visits to Cuba.


Luxury hotels go green as millennials demand sustainable travel options
South China Morning Post

Sustainable luxury was long considered an oxymoron, until recent shifts in the hospitality industry responding to trends in luxury took green travel from niche to necessary.

What began with small efforts to reduce waste – such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers – evolved to include efforts that mirror the three pillars of sustainable development, which are “economic, social and environmental”, according to the United Nations (UN). Considering that the UN has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, it’s a good time for luxury hotels to get on board.

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