Travel News: September 12, 2017

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Florida Keys closed indefinitely to tourists
Travel Weekly

The Florida Keys are closed indefinitely to tourists as the island chain cleans up from Hurricane Irma.

Residents of Key Largo, Tavernier or Islamorada in the Upper Keys will be allowed to return beginning Tuesday at 7 a.m.

In a press release Monday evening, county officials didn’t say when tourists as well as Middle and Lower Keys residents, including those who live in Key West or Marathon, would be allowed back.


Dubai Will Have Own Miniature Venice by 2020
Travel Pulse

Dubai’s Cityscape Global plans to construct the Floating Venice.

The resort will be located in the World Islands, approximately 2.5 miles off of the coast of Dubai and will have the capacity to host up to 3,000 people in a mini version of the iconic city with four decks that offer a variety of recreational themes.

“As a developer, our vision supports and aligns with Dubai’s ambition to be a leading global destination and home of innovation as the world’s most forward-thinking city,” said Josef Kleindienst, chairman of Kleindienst Group.


From United Airlines, an Invitation-Only Restaurant at Newark
New York Times

The online chatter and curiosity surrounding Classified, the invite-only restaurant at Newark Liberty International Airport for United Airlines fliers, started soon after the carrier began emailing invites to a select few customers in late August.

“Shh…it’s Classified,” the email was titled. Part of the text read, “The creators of Classified have created a bright and airy dining space that’s hidden away for those lucky enough to get an invitation.”

This coveted invite doesn’t equal a free meal: dining at the “secret” restaurant can easily run upward of $100 for two people, and that’s without alcohol.


Chinese Tourism Surges to Canada While US Visits Decline

It’s not just that arrivals to Canada from China are reaching new peaks. New direct flights launched over a year ago are showing positive effects. In particular, they swing the demographics to millennials and, because these travelers tend to be independent and free-spirited, this helps reshape tourism to beyond Vancouver and Toronto.

Direct services such as Hainan Airlines’ thrice-weekly Beijing-Calgary, which launched in June 2016, and Air China’s thrice-weekly Beijing-Montreal service, which began in September 2015 (the first transpacific direct link between Asia and Montreal), are a fillip for central and eastern Canada to nab a share of Chinese travelers.

And it’s millennials who are driving growth, says Destination Canada’s managing director-China, Derek Galpin. There are around 250 million of them in China, he points out.

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One Response

  1. Izy Berry

    But why does Dubai feel the need to recreate a mini Venice when they can totally engineer something new and different that can be uniquely their own 🙁 It doesn’t exactly sound like innovation…


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