Travel News: August 11, 2017

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NOAA expects more hurricanes than first predicted
Travel Weekly

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, already expected to be more active than normal, could be worse than previously forecasted, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

It could be the most active since the 2010 season, which produced 19 tropical storms of which 12 became hurricanes, NOAA said.

NOAA has revised its May forecast from 11 to 17 named storms to 14 to 19 named storms, with five to nine anticipated hurricanes, up from four originally forecasted.


United is second to say it will fly from Seattle area’s Everett airport
USA Today

United Airlines says it will begin flying from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., accelerating momentum to turn the facility into a secondary airport for the Seattle area.

Alaska Airlines set the effort into motion in May when it said it planned to begin flights there next fall, a move that would have made it the only airline offering regular passenger service there.


Barcelona adds Segway ban to curbs on tourism
The Guardian

It was once dubbed the capital of cool, but these days visitors to Barcelona can expect a quite frosty welcome as the city’s love affair with tourism comes to a bitter end, with hooded youths spraying a tourist bus with slogans, and strike chaos at the city’s airport. On Wednesday, Segway tours and electric scooters were banned from the Old City and the seafront, in a move that will be applauded by most citizens.

The scooter and Segway issue is just one aspect of a widespread view that the city is becoming a theme park, run in the interests of tourists rather than residents, and that soaring rents, driven up by Airbnb and other platforms, are forcing residents out of their homes.


North Korean threats already affecting Guam tourism

The recent escalation in threats from North Korea appears to be having a mixed effect on South Korean tourism to Guam.

The island receives about 1.3 million tourists per year, primarily from Asia. Surging visitor arrivals from South Korea this year have made the country Guam’s main visitor market, surpassing Japan. For July, Guam saw 61,097 visitors from South Korea.

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