Travel News: September 6, 2017

Ritz Carlton Tokyo

Flight Attendants Blast TSA Over Pittsburgh Airport
Travel Pulse

Last week, Pittsburgh International Airport announced it would become the first airport in the nation to allow non-ticketed visitors to venture beyond security screening.

The airport, which launched its “myPITpass” program in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration, said that non-travelers have been asking for the opportunity to shop at airport stores “for years.”

But now the Association of Professional Flight Attendants is blasting the decision as “ill-conceived.”


Phoenix airport tries to soothe stressed travelers with therapy dogs
USA Today

Travelers frazzled by long lines and delays, anxious about flying or simply missing their mutt have a new ally at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: therapy dogs.

Beginning Monday, trained therapy dogs will roam Terminal 4 with their owners under a pilot program modeled after popular pet therapy programs at dozens of airports across the country and in Canada.

The Navigator Buddies program, staffed by volunteers and their certified therapy dogs, is an offshoot of Sky Harbor’s 17-year-old Navigator volunteer program.


2020 Olympics spur new hotel openings in Japan
Japan Today

With Japan in the grip of a tourism boom in the run-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, many domestic and foreign hotel operators are capitalizing on the growing demand for accommodation.

Marriott International Inc’s top-end “Edition” brand will debut in Japan with two luxury hotels opening in Tokyo’s Toranomon and Ginza areas in 2020. The Maryland-based operator is entering the market in partnership with

Japanese real estate developer Mori Trust Co.


Travel Companies, hotels cashing in big time on spiritual tourism
Economic Times

With the launch of Darshans in August, SOTC became the first travel services provider to offer over 40 curated end-to-end itineraries covering 60 popular spiritual destinations in India. “Spiritual tourism is the single largest category in domestic tourism which is an untapped, fragmented opportunity,” said Vishal Suri, managing director, SOTC Travel.

A company survey found 53% respondents interested in opting for a pilgrimage if a reputed operator provided it. “Indians are seeking a preplanned, organised and comfortable spiritual travel experience. Pricing of our products has been worked around to suit every budget, offering travellers a seamless spiritual journey,” said Suri. Even international hotel chains are taking note of the growth in religious and spiritual tourism in India.


Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Subscribe and get my free ebook!

Subscribe to the LandLopers newsletter and get a free copy of my new book, "My Favorite 50 Travel Photos."

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and

Leave a Comment