Travel News: August 24, 2017

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State Dept. updates Mexico warning, adds resort states
Travel Pulse

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday issued an updated travel warning for Mexico advising travelers about organized crime-related safety and security issues. The new warning for the first time added the states of some of the country’s most popular resort areas, such as Baja California Sur, which includes La Paz and Los Cabos, and Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum.


Singapore’s second InterContinental set to open
Travel Weekly

Singapore’s second luxury hotel under InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) flagship brand will open in the city’s Robertson Quay district on Sept. 1.

The 225-room InterContinental Robertson Quay, the waterfront district’s only five-star hotel, will feature a design scheme integrating the neighborhood’s industrial past.


WOW Air, known for $99 Europe fares, adds four new U.S. cities
USA Today

Can St. Louis support a non-stop route to Iceland? How about Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit?

Icelandic budget carrier WOW Air thinks so, and – with fares that begin at less than $100 one-way – it’s betting those Midwest markets will be profitable additions to its fast-growing U.S. network.

WOW Air announced service from the four cities on Wednesday, an expansion that will give it a total of 12 U.S. destinations.


Costa Cruises Takes a Cue From Airlines With New Branded Fares

Italian cruise operator Costa Cruises is changing the way it sells cruise vacations in a way that might look familiar to anyone who has booked a plane ticket recently.

The cruise line, part of industry giant Carnival Corp., has restructured its fares into four categories, ranging from a no-frills version, Basic, to the Deluxe level that includes just about every amenity. Costa, which operates 15 ships, announced the new pricing plan in North America this week after rolling it out earlier in core European markets. It will not apply to several Asia-based ships or world cruises.

Unlike airlines, Costa says, the cruise line is not going to start charging for things that used to be free, with one exception: The cheapest level will not include the ability to choose a cabin. Scott Knutson, vice president of sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America, said any resemblance to airline branded fares is coincidental.

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