Travel News: July 5, 2017

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British Airways rents Qatar Air jets to help it through cabin crew strike
USA Today

British Airways has leased nine jets and crews from a Middle Eastern airline so it can continue running services during a cabin crew strike.

Hundreds of BA staff based at London’s Heathrow Airport were due to walk out Saturday in a dispute over pay.

BA says it plans to operate “99.5%” of its schedule during the 16-day strike. It says Qatar Airways, a partner in the oneworld alliance, will be “operating a small number of short-haul flights on our behalf.”


Taj Mahal restoration means travelers won’t get the perfect pic
Travel Weekly

India’s iconic Taj Mahal is undergoing a major restoration, in which the structure will be covered in scaffolding over the course of a year. Workers will apply a mud-pack treatment to renew the marble exterior to a brighter shade of white.

The 377-year-old Unesco World Heritage Site is the main draw for many tourists to India, but the white marble facade has been yellowing over time. Thus, following the restoration of the outer minarets, which were covered in scaffolding last year, the main dome and central structure are now being packed with mud — a process intended to clean the marble and ultimately make it whiter.


Three more routes getting United’s Polaris cabin
Travel Weekly

United has designated three additional routes that will soon offer its new Polaris business-class cabin.

Flights from San Francisco to Beijing, San Francisco to Frankfurt and Newark to Tokyo will feature the cabins as United continues to take delivery of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.


Lebanon sees tourism rebound as turmoil swallows region
ABC News

Beirut’s landmark Hamra Street is bustling again and hotel occupancy rates are on the rise as Lebanon’s tourism industry rebounds, thanks in no small part to the misfortunes of its Middle East neighbors, engulfed by wars, chaos and political upheaval.

It was just four years ago when Lebanon seemed to be losing its grip on its internal security. The specter of war spilling over from neighboring Syria hung low over the capital and Lebanese proprietors looked longingly to the stability in Turkey and the Gulf region.

But now, Lebanon’s tourism sector is on the rise as the Gulf and Turkey, to the surprise of many, are looking shaky. While neighboring Syria and Iraq burn, the Lebanese industry is looking — cautiously but optimistically — at the promise of a new beginning.

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