Travel News: September 29, 2017

Bangkok Thailand

Computer Failure Causes Worldwide Flight Delays
Travel Pulse

Airports around the globe experienced major technical problems Thursday after software operator Amadeus suffered a “network issue,” according to CNN.

The temporary computer failures affected a plethora of airlines, preventing them from checking in passengers and luggage, leading to long lines and headaches for air travelers.

The Madrid-based IT company confirmed the outage and said systems were coming back on “gradually.”


Carnival says new technology will improve onboard internet
Travel Weekly

Carnival Corp. said a new satellite provider will improve internet speed and reliability on its ships.

The cruise company said SES Networks will provide both geostationary satellites and medium-earth orbit satellites of the type now only accessed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ships.

The new service will be called Medallion Net. Carnival said it will “provide guests with easy-to-access Wi-Fi that features exceptional speeds and bandwidth, pervasive stateroom signal strength and unprecedented service consistency.”


American Express: Centurion Lounges in Hong Kong, Philly to open in October
USA Today

American Express says its two newest Centurion Lounges will open in October.

The Hong Kong location will open Monday (Oct. 2) while the Philadelphia location is set to begin welcoming travelers in “late October.” The Philadelphia location initially had been targeted for a summer opening.

The Centurion Lounge is the luxe line of airport clubs run by American Express, the first of which opened in Las Vegas in 2013. The roster of locations will grow to nine once the Hong Kong and Philadelphia sites open.


Bangkok Named Most Popular City For International Tourists In 2017

For the second year in a row, Bangkok is ready to be the world’s top tourism destination.

The Thai capital is predicted to host nearly 20.2 million international tourists in 2017, according to Mastercard’s annual list of most-traveled to cities. Released to coincide with World Tourism Day, the 2017 Global Destination Cities Index looks at visitor volume and spend at the largest 132 cities in the world.

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