Travel News: September 11, 2017

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Hurricane Irma Rages Along Florida’s West Coast
Travel Pulse

After causing widespread grief throughout southern Florida much of the day, including flooding, heavy winds, tornadoes and storm surges, Hurricane Irma hit landfall a second time at around 3 p.m. in the vicinity of Marco Island. The slow moving hurricane then arrived at Fort Myers a couple hours later, with Tampa in its crosshairs.

Although Hurricane Irma has since been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, its maximum wind gusts are still swirling at more than 100 mph. After Tampa, the storm is predicted to keep moving north, arriving in Atlanta by Monday morning…still packing a healthy wallop, with wind gusts clocking in at more than 60 mph.


United Backtracks on Basic Economy Fares as American Expands Them

The rise of basic economy seats suffered a setback last week as United Airlines, one of the strongest proponents of the no-frills fares, revealed plans to wind back its offerings.

Basic economy fares, which were fully adopted by all three U.S. legacy carriers earlier this year, effectively offer a slimmed-down version of standard economy fares with limited perks. For $10 to $20 less than a standard economy fare, the basic economy tickets remove perks like seat selection and upgrade rights — but in theory, they also better-compete with offerings from the likes of Spirit and Frontier airlines.


California hotel will deliver 10-pound doughnut to your room
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Dough-nut disturb, because your wildest pastry fantasies are about to come true.

Thanks to an objectively sweet promotion from the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Dessert, Calif., guests can now have a whopping 10-pound pink doughnut delivered straight to their door. As the main event of the hotel’s new $219 “Donut Disturb” package, the hefty treat, which measures three feet wide by a foot high, will be wheeled straight to the room with a side of milkshakes when guests are ready for a serious sugar high.


Hurricane Irma threatens Florida’s bustling tourism industry

Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction up Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday threatens to disrupt a thriving state tourism industry worth more than $100 billion annually just months ahead of the busy winter travel season.

Some of the state’s biggest attractions have announced temporary closures, including amusement park giants Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Legoland, and Sea World, which all planned to close through Monday.

About 20 cruise lines have Miami as a home port or a port of call, according to the PortMiami website, and many have had to move ships out of the area and revise schedules.

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By: Matt Long

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One Response

  1. Izy Berry

    Leave the donut, I’ll take the milkshake please and thank you!


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