Travel News: August 14, 2017

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W opens first new U.S. hotel in seven years
Travel Weekly

W Bellevue, the brand’s first new U.S. hotel in seven years, has opened in Bellevue, Wash., across Lake Washington from Seattle.

W said the hotel “pays homage to lakeside culture with cabin-like architecture” with its reclaimed-wood staircase and A-frame beams, combined with urban touches like street art. The hotel also features maritime references with guestroom side-table lights designed to look like miniature dock lamps and ceiling fixtures made out of deconstructed docks in the Great Room for events. Carpeting in the Great Room is dotted with images of tribal tattoos.


Russian Hackers Now Targeting Hotels
Travel Pulse

As more hotels are offering guests the most-coveted of all perks, free Wi-Fi, security experts are reminding travelers that it’s best to avoid tapping into publicly accessible hot spots at all costs.

“Travelers must be aware of the threats posed when traveling–especially to foreign countries–and take extra precautions to secure their systems and data,” wrote Ben Read and Lindsay Smith in a blog post at FireEye, a networking security website. “Publicly accessible Wi-Fi networks present a significant threat and should be avoided whenever possible.”


European budget airline expands to U.S., promises $99 one-way flights
USA Today

The latest European budget airline to set its sights on the U.S. markets is an outfit called Primera Air. The Latvian-headquartered company announced plans last month for six European-U.S. routes that will start in 2018.

Primera says it will add three routes from both Newark Liberty and Boston, flying from each of those airports to London Stansted, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Birmingham, England.

The airline’s first Newark flights will begin April 19, and its Boston debut will be May 18. All six of the routes will launch by late June and will be flown on new Airbus A321neo single-aisle jets that seat 198 passengers.


Panda Mania at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Travel Pulse

It’s birthday season for the Giant Pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the general public is invited to come help the zoo’s most-famous residents celebrate.

Bei Bei, who was born at the zoo on August 22, 2015, will celebrate his second birthday in grand style. If the celebration is anything like the one held last month for his mother, Mei Xiang, Bei Bei can expect to receive a special ice cake made by the zoo’s department of nutrition.

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