Travel News: August 25, 2017

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Harvey intensifies to hurricane, likely a major Texas storm
Travel Weekly

Tropical Storm Harvey intensified Thursday into a hurricane that forecasters said would be the first major hurricane to hit the middle Texas coastline in nearly 15 years.

Sustained winds reached 80 mph (129 kph) more than a day before landfall was expected late Friday between Port O’Connor and Matagorda Bay, a 30-mile (48-kilometer) stretch of coastline about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi.


WTO Announces New Sustainable Tourism Campaign
Travel Pulse

Amid growing anti-tourist protests throughout Europe and proliferating measures to mitigate impacts of travelers worldwide, the World Tourism Organization has announced a new sustainable tourism campaign.

The consumer-oriented campaign, called “Travel.Enjoy.Respect.” is aimed at raising awareness regarding the contribution sustainable tourism can make toward development, according to UNWTO press release.

As part of the effort, a new manual of ‘Tips for a Responsible Traveler,’ has been developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.


Qantas planning for a 20-hour non-stop flight to London
USA Today

Qantas is expected to challenge the world’s big jetmakers to develop a passenger aircraft that would allow it to fly from Australia’s east coast to New York and London.

If Boeing or Airbus could develop a plane with the necessary range, Qantas says it would add flights on those routes “within the next five years.” At more than 20 hours, the proposed Sydney-London non-stop would become the world’s longest by flight time (based on current schedules).


Game Of Thrones Fans May Start Getting Turned Away At The Real-Life King’s Landing

Game of Thrones fans are flocking to see Westeros in real life, but one particularly popular destination may soon be off-limits to some. According to Entertainment Weekly, Croatia’s Dubrovnik, which viewers will recognize as King’s Landing, may soon lose its UNESCO World Heritage Site status due to the increase in tourism, specifically from cruise ships. The city’s new mayor, Mato Franković, says that he may have to implement a daily limit for visitors to counter overcrowding.

According to Quartz, Thrones-related tourism helped Croatia endure a deep recession that lasted from 2009-2014. Thanks to the popularity of the show and the city’s accessibility for cruise ships, the pedestrian-only Old Town has become hugely popular for tourists from America, Canada, and other parts of Europe. EW reports that in 2016, “799,916 people came to the city from 539 cruises,” according to data from the Dubrovnik Port Authority.

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