Travel News: June 19, 2017

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Uber is now offering a boat service in Croatia
The Independent

After dominating cities, towns and food delivery around the world, Uber is attempting to command the high seas.

The transportation behemoth is launching UberBOAT on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, an on-demand speedboat service available through its app from June 26th.

It will serve Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik and is being rolled out as a permanent feature – unlike its previous temporary forays into boat-based travel in Boston, Miami and Istanbul.


British Airways Facing Two-Week Strike
Travel Pulse

British Airways’ mixed fleet cabin crew are preparing for a two-week strike at the start of July after the airline failed to accept the Unite union’s “final compromise position” by Friday’s deadline, the Telegraph reported.

The news comes just days after the ongoing dispute over pay and benefits between the airline and mixed fleet members of its Unite union appeared to be coming to an end.


Cuba travel taking a hit, but tour operators see opportunity
Travel Weekly

With the Trump administration no longer allowing individual people-to-people travel to Cuba, tour operators see the policy change as an opportunity to promote their value to U.S. citizens who want to visit the island.

“In order to navigate the situation properly, U.S. travelers’ best bet is to go with a licensed and trusted operator like Globus with bona fide people-to-people cultural exchanges,”  said Steve Born, senior vice president of marketing for the Globus family of brands.

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


New era of budget travel? Norwegian begins Boeing 737 flights to Europe
USA Today

Budget carrier Norwegian Air on Friday completed the first of a dozen new trans-Atlantic routes that could mark the beginning of a new era of discount air travel between the USA and Europe.

Norwegian Air Flight 1601 took off late Thursday from the Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y., and arrived to Edinburgh, Scotland, early Friday. The route kicks off a raft of new Boeing 737 routes that the fast-growing low-cost airline will begin flying this year from smaller airports in the Northeast U.S.

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