Travel News: August 8, 2017

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Tropical Storm Franklin makes landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
USA Today

Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall early Tuesday on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, dumping heavy rain and gusty winds. It could push a dangerous storm surge into the coast, forecasters warned.

Up to a foot of drenching rainfall is possible, with the potential for life-threatening flash floods, the National Hurricane Center warned. A storm surge of up to four feet — accompanied by large, destructive waves — is also possible as the storm slams into the shoreline.


Danish carrier Primera launching U.S. service in spring
Travel Weekly

Danish leisure carrier Primera Air plans to become the next low-cost carrier to enter the transatlantic market.

Beginning April 19, Primera will fly daily from Newark to London Stansted. Daily flights from Newark to Paris de Gaulle and Birmingham, England, begin May 18.

Primera will also fly four times per week from each of those European cites to Boston. London-Boston flights begin on May 18, Paris-Boston on June 21 and Birmingham-Boston on June 22.


Marriott set to woo Chinese tourists with Alibaba deal

Marriott International Inc (MAR.O) said on Monday it would partner with China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) to tap into the growing number of Chinese citizens who travel abroad.

Marriott’s shares were up 0.8 percent at $105.85 in afternoon on Nasdaq. Alibaba shares were up nearly 3 percent on the New York Stock Exchange at $157.90.

The world’s biggest hotel chain said the joint venture with Alibaba would allow Chinese travelers to book rooms at Marriott hotels via Alibaba’s travel service platform, Fliggy. The partnership will connect Marriott and Alibaba’s loyalty programs.


Cathay Pacific Sale
Cathay Pacific is once again offering a great Economy Class sale (up to 30% off), this time from all US gateways to Australia and New Zealand.

The details:

  • Book by August 14, 2017
  • Departure period: August 15, 2017 – December 9, 2017
  • Flights must originate from one of Cathay Pacific’s US gateways: BOS, ORD, JFK, EWR, LAX, SFO

For more information and to book please visit their site.

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