Travel News: September 14, 2017

Charlotte Amalie St Thomas

Amsterdam Wants a Different Kind of Tourist
Travel Pulse

Barcelona isn’t alone in its effort to stem the tourist tide.

According to The Sun, Amsterdam is looking to raise tourist taxes in hopes of turning off rowdy budget travelers while enticing more lucrative visitors.

Local officials in the Dutch capital are considering increasing taxes on tourists by as much as $12 (€10) per night. The additional cost would also include a percentage of guests’ final hotel bill.


Pittsburgh’s resurgent airport plans sleek new $1 billion terminal
USA Today

Pittsburgh has unveiled a $1.1 billion modernization plan that would give the city’s resurgent airport a stunning new 51-gate terminal.

The plan includes a new “landside” terminal where passengers would arrive to the airport and proceed to a modern check-in concourse. There also would be new security area and baggage-claim system.

Further, the update would eliminate the need for the “people mover” train that Pittsburgh passengers currently must use to go between the existing “landside” and “airside” terminals. The latter is the post-security terminal that’s home to most of Pittsburgh’s boarding gates as well as its beloved “Airmall” shopping area.


Irma knocks out marquee cruise ports in eastern Caribbean
Travel Weekly

Cruise lines are hoping to return to normal operations for the first time since early September, but there are holes in their itineraries to the eastern Caribbean that won’t be plugged soon.

Several of the busiest ports of call in that region appear to be out of service for weeks, if not months. Among them are the French/Dutch island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


A Four Seasons, Ecotourism Refresh in Costa Rica

Travel Pulse

Ecotourism strikes a difficult balance, particularly in the luxury sector.

It’s necessary to preserve the natural environment, but it’s just as important to develop the destination with enough amenities and attractions to attract clients who are willing to pay for the privilege of occupying a noteworthy, otherwise unspoiled space in an exclusive, secluded sanctuary.

Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula—in the northwest province of Guanacaste—has managed to produce exactly that result. Azure seas kiss soft natural sand beaches among mangroves that grow upwards into rainforest canopies before peaking at dramatic volcanic calderas crested by the clouds that nourish the country’s renowned coffee crop.

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