Travel News: July 7, 2017

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Robots to aid tourists, clean floors at South Korean airport
ABC News

Robots will start roaming South Korea’s largest airport this summer, helping travelers find their boarding gates and keep its floors clean as the country prepares for its first Winter Olympics game.

Starting this month, Troika, a self-driving robot made by LG Electronics, will rove the Incheon International Airport, telling travelers how long it takes to get to boarding gates and escorting them to their flights. A jumbo cleaning robot will help cleaning staff swab the wide expanses of floors in the airport west of Seoul.

 

US Vacation Spending Tops $100B for First Time Ever
Travel Pulse

So much for those unused vacation days. Looks like America is headed out on vacation and they are spending big.

A new survey from Allianz Global Assistance revealed that U.S. travelers will be spending more than $100 billion on vacations this summer alone.

This is the first time that spending has surpassed $100 billion and is a 12.5 percent increase over last year.

 

Airlines Face New Security Rules in Summer Scramble
New York Times

New directives from the Department of Homeland Security require airlines that fly to the United States to step up screening of passengers for trace amounts of explosives and, in some cases, impose more stringent security checks.

The department, in announcing the directives on Wednesday, laid out generally what the measures would do. But the additional details were disclosed in an airline industry memo obtained by The New York Times.

Aviation specialists and industry officials predicted that the new mandates would add to the challenges of airports and airlines, particularly smaller ones, during the busy summer travel season. The directives said the airports must have the explosive detection devices in place in 21 days and conduct the tougher security checks by the fall.

 

Hotel del Coronado is going to become a Hilton
The San Diego Union-Tribune

The storied Hotel del Coronado will soon become a Hilton hotel, joining the huge hospitality company’s smaller Curio Collection of more unique, upscale properties around the world.

But don’t expect to see a large Hilton marquee suddenly adorn the facade of the 129-year-old, red-roofed Victorian building. While Hilton’s physical presence will be understated, the company’s marketing muscle and its 64 million honors program members will significantly broaden the reach of a property that already is widely known.

The 757-room oceanfront resort, which includes separate tower rooms and luxury cottages and villas, is expected to formally become a part of the Curio inventory by the end of this month. Curio is a newer brand that Hilton debuted three years ago and currently includes 39 four- and five-star hotels, three of them in California, with several more in the pipeline. The Hotel La Jolla is the only other San Diego Curio property.

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By: Matt Long

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