Travel News: August 21 2017

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Norwegian Re-Routes Escape Due to Tropical Storm Harvey
Travel Pulse

Tropical Storm Harvey, which is barreling westward through the Caribbean Sea has caused at least one cruise line to change its published itinerary.

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that, to ensure “our guests have the best vacation experience possible,” it will be adjusting the itinerary for the Norwegian Escape sailing which is scheduled to depart August 19 from Miami.


Hilton encouraging Americans to get passports
Travel Weekly

Hilton Hotels & Resorts this fall will start a campaign encouraging Americans to get passports.

The hotel chain will collaborate with travel-advocacy group Passion Passport on the Hilton Passport Project, which will include a New York event this fall. Attendees will be guided through the passport-application process and treated to a media production touting destinations around the world. Attendees can win prizes.


Terror attack puts Spain’s tourism industry on edge
Financial Times

Spain’s reputation as a safe destination for travellers has been shattered by the attack in downtown Barcelona that targeted one of the city’s most popular tourist sites. The assault on the famous Las Ramblas boulevard on Thursday came at the height of the summer season with Spain in the midst of a tourism boom — the dead and wounded came from 34 countries. Shares in Spanish companies that depend on the tourism sector fell on Friday, notably underperforming the broader index. Airline group IAG, hotel chain Melia and airport operator Aena all shed 2 per cent of their value.


‘Brexit effect’ sees biggest boom in US tourists visiting the UK since the 1980s

The “Brexit effect” has seen the biggest increase in US tourists coming to the UK since the 1980s, official data shows. Figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that the past six months have seen a 25pc rise in visitors from North America compared to the first half of last year.

In June alone there were a record 650,000 visits, up 35 per cent on the same month last year, it showed.

And in an indication that major terror attacks which took place in London and Manchester over the period did not deter tourists, the majority of overseas visits were for holiday purposes, an increase of 20 per cent on a year earlier.

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