Travel News: August 22, 2017

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Less-popular destinations get eclipse boost
Travel Weekly

As Americans flocked to witness the total solar eclipse on Monday, states within the path of totality experienced a surge in hotel bookings, with South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming experiencing the biggest jump.

South Carolina experienced a 217% increase in hotel bookings for Monday, followed by Tennessee (168%), Wyoming (162%), Missouri (147%), Oregon (141%) and Idaho (138%), according to research compiled by Edison Trends, which measures national consumer purchase patterns.


US Slashes Visa Services in Russia
Travel Pulse

Russians hoping to visit the United States may have a long wait ahead of them.

As relations sour between the two countries, the U.S. has announced it will dramatically slash visa services in Russia, Bloomberg reported.

All non-immigrant operations will stop August 23 and will resume on a reduced scale September 1, according to a statement posted on the U.S. embassy website.  As of September, only Moscow will conduct applicant interviews. Previously, such interviews were also held at U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.


JetBlue expands in Atlanta, adds three new routes
USA Today

JetBlue is set for a significant expansion in Atlanta, announcing three new routes that will double the number of daily flights the carrier operates there.

JetBlue’s new Atlanta routes will be to its bases at New York JFK, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. The airline will fly twice-daily to New York and Fort Lauderdale and once a day to Orlando. All three routes begin March 8.


Crystal Cruises Launches Luxury Jumbo Jet For Premium Travelers

Crystal Cruise Lines, which operates a fleet of luxury cruise ships out of Los Angeles and Miami, christened and launched a new extension of its fleet this week, a custom furnished Boeing 777 advertised as “the largest and most luxuriously spacious private tour jet in the industry.”

While the cruise company officially took ownership of the aircraft earlier this month, the christening took place early this week in a ceremony at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

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