Travel News: September 18, 2017

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Move Over Cat Cafes, Here Comes the Cat Train
Travel Pulse

Japan has become a well-known destination for its cat cafes, where people can fulfill their dreams of pet ownership—many apartments in Tokyo don’t allow pets—by spending time with homeless kitties looking for love.

But now Japan, which is home to more than 150 cat cafes, is taking kitty love to a new level. The cat café train.


American opens Flagship Lounge at O’Hare
Travel Weekly

American Airlines has opened a new Flagship Lounge at Chicago O’Hare.

It’s the second Flagship Lounge to open since American decided to revamp its first-class lounges while opening the lounges to flyers in international business class.

The O’Hare Flagship Lounge, located in Terminal 3 H/K, is open from 3:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is 17,000 square feet and has 300 seats.


Nepal-Tibet border reopens to tourists after 2015 earthquake
The Guardian

The overland journey from Tibet to Nepal, on winding roads and amid towering Himalayan peaks, must be one of the world’s most breathtaking.

Now, two years after the April 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal, killing close to 9,000 people and leaving countless homeless, foreign visitors will once again be able to cross the border by land, as road repairs continue.


Bali Raises Volcano Alert Level
Travel Pulse

An increase in seismic and volcanic activity at Bali’s Mount Agung (Gunung Agung) has caused the regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) to raise the alert level from level 1 (normal) to level 2 (vigilance), reports news site Coconuts Bali. In total, volcanic activity is measured on a scale of 1 to 4.

The agency is advising outdoor enthusiasts and locals to maintain a distance of at least 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the crater.

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