Travel News: August 17, 2017

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik seeks to sharply curtail cruise tourism
Travel Weekly

The new mayor of Dubrovnik said he is in favor of halving the number of cruise passengers arriving daily at the Adriatic port city in Croatia.

Mayor Mato Frankovic, elected in June, told London’s Telegraph newspaper that the current soft ceiling of 8,000 passengers a day should be reduced to 4,000.

He also called for limits on tour operators running day trips to the walled medieval city, which has been a Unesco world heritage site since 1979.

A 2015 Uneco mission recommended that a cap on cruise tourism be developed, and that it should not exceed 8,000 passengers per day.


Airlines Anticipate Record Travel for Labor Day
Travel Pulse

U.S. airlines project to carry a record 16.1 million passengers around the world over the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, revealed the all-time high forecast Wednesday.

The massive figure signals a five percent increase from last year’s end-of-summer travel period when 15.4 million passengers were estimated to have flown.


Unfazed by North Korea’s threats, tourists still heading to Guam

About 40% of Guam’s economy is dependent on the military, which operates two important bases and owns a third of the island’s land.

Tourism, however, is the lifeblood for the island’s civilian population. The island broke a 20-year record for most visitors — more than 130,000 — in a single month in July, according to the Guam Visitors Bureau. Tourists spend about $1.6 billion a year on Guam, whereas federal defense spending totals $2 billion.

Jon Nathan Denight, the CEO of Guam Visitor’s Bureau, said so far it does not seem tourism numbers have been affected, but they are getting inquiries from their offices in Japan and South Korea — the two top sources of tourists — about the situation on the ground.


AAA takes step beyond Diamond hotel ratings
Travel Weekly

AAA has added a “Best Of” designation for top hotels and restaurants.

To qualify as “Best Of,” a hotel or restaurant must have ratings in the top 20% of their Diamond level and have no member complaints in the past year. Hotels must be “A Rated” for cleanliness and condition.

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