Travel News: August 29, 2017

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Ban be Damned: US Travelers Rush to North Korea

Travel Pulse

With a US travel ban to North Korea taking effect on September 1, Americans are scurrying to visit the country, undeterred by looming threats of arrest or imprisonment in the totalitarian state.

One last group of American travelers entered the country this weekend, according to CNN.

“With the upcoming travel ban I felt like it was now or never,” Virginia resident Nicholas Burkhead told a CNN reporter who was in North Korea.


Harvey: Houston airports remain closed, cancellations near 7,000
USA Today

Flights at both of Houston’s two busy airports remained grounded on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey snarled airline schedules in Texas for the third day in a row.

More than 1,480 U.S. flights had been preemptively grounded by Sunday evening, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. That tally — which inched up to about 1,630 cancellations by 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday — came as airlines grappled with the suspension of flights at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports and with general schedule chaos at other airports in the region.


Santorini’s popularity soars but locals say it has hit saturation point
The Guardian

Sunset is at the essence of Santorini’s enduring myth; the reason why the Cycladic isle of orange skies and white chalk houses is repeatedly voted Europe’s most popular destination. From the vantage point of the eateries and bars that line its clifftop rim, its success is embodied in the expensive tastes of patrons willing to pay for pricey cocktails and panoramic views. A villa hewn into the precipitous rocks overlooking its volcanic caldera can cost €5,000 (£4,600) a night. And with growing demand for the spectacular backdrop for weddings, marriage proposals and vow renewals, everyone is booked solid. It is a world away from the €1 shops patronised by struggling Greeks on the other side of the southern Aegean island.

This year close to 2 million holidaymakers will visit Santorini, lured by the beauty of a place transfigured by a volcano so great when it erupted in 1613BC it is believed to have inspired Plato’s telling of the legend of Atlantis.


Staten Island Ferry ‘tourist fare’ is worth revisiting, de Blasio says

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday said he’ll revisit instituting a tourist fare for the Staten Island Ferry, which could bring an estimated $2.4 million in revenue annually for the city.

The mayor has eyed the idea before, but his administration warned that implementing the fare could present challenges, de Blasio said in Brooklyn.

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