Travel News: October 3, 2017

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Tour operators: Cuba travel warning unnecessary
Travel Weekly

Companies operating Cuba tours say that the State Department’s warning against travel to Cuba should go unheeded.

The State Department said it issued the warning because diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Havana were targeted in mysterious “health attacks.”

Collin Laverty, president of Cuba Educational Travel, called the warning “absolutely unnecessary and counterproductive.”


Some Florida Keys Re-Open to Visitors
Travel Pulse

Three weeks after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean and Florida, some of the Florida Keys are officially welcoming back visitors.

Officials from Florida’s Monroe County set Sunday, October 1 as the first day visitors can officially return. Last Sunday, however, Key West had a chance to dry-run it’s tourism infrastructure when it welcomed back its first cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas.


Monarch Airlines collapses, leaving 110000 passengers without flights

British budget carrier Monarch Airlines has declared bankruptcy and halted operations, leaving up to 110,000 passengers stranded abroad after all flights and vacations were canceled.

What happened: The company entered administration on Monday, in what is being described as the U.K.’s biggest-ever airline collapse, after struggling to keep going amid a price war.


Richard Branson to invest in Saudi Arabia’s tourism project
The Guardian

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson will invest in a Red Sea project that aims to turn 50 Saudi Arabian islands into luxury tourism destinations, the Saudi government announced on Sunday.

Branson is the first international investor to commit to the project, Saudi Arabia’s information ministry said, in what officials called “a clear sign that Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to international tourism”.

Branson also visited the tombs at Mada’in Saleh – a Unesco world heritage site located near a string of new hotels – in a trip to the Gulf kingdom that appears to be aimed at attracting further international attention, in terms of both investment and tourism.

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