Travel News: October 9, 2017

Viking Cruises New York City

Viking Pursues Orion, Hydrogen and More Riverboats
Travel Pulse

Viking Cruises already reached for the cosmos with its appropriately named first ocean ship—the Viking Star—and the line is at it again.

Not only is the company now set to call its fifth seafaring ship the Viking Orion, but it is also planning a future hydrogen-powered vessel as well as additional riverboats for 2019.

The Viking Ocean Cruises brand welcomed the Viking Sky to New York for the first time this week and while in Manhattan, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the previously known Viking Spirit will instead be christened as the Viking Orion in July 2018.


KLM tries to sway budget flyers with virtual reality app
Travel Weekly

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is drawing a distinction between itself and the array of budget European carriers with a virtual reality app dubbed the Flight Upgrader.

With the aid of a virtual reality headset, users of the app can sample the same movies, television episodes and digital newspapers and magazines that are available to KLM passengers.


Hilton to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa over five years

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent.

One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement.


New Air Link and Luxury Hotel Will Transform Tourism on Tiny, Remote St Helena

One of the remotest islands in the world is about to enter the modern tourist age.

When the British exiled Napoléon Bonaparte to St. Helena in 1815, it took the conquered emperor a full 10 weeks to reach the island. Two centuries later, it’s still a five-day trip by mail boat—assuming you happen to be starting from somewhere as close as Cape Town, South Africa.

But on Oct. 14, the tiny British overseas territory will get its first-ever scheduled flights. Two weeks later, St. Helena’s first luxury hotel, a 30-room property in a trio of Georgian buildings, will open its doors.

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