Travel News: October 11, 2017

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Napa, Sonoma wineries hit hard by wildfires
USA Today

Wildfires are devastating California’s Napa and Sonoma wine country, with tens of thousands of people forced to evacuate as flames devour buildings and grounds alike.

Signorello Estate near Napa was among those wineries reported destroyed or seriously damaged by one of the many wildfires that exploded overnight Sunday to Monday. Also reported destroyed was the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa. Many wineries and businesses in the area are unreachable; the power appeared to be out and phone lines down.

 

Before or after cruise, Silversea now offers high-end tours
Travel Weekly

Silversea Cruises will begin offering high-end land tours as a pre- and post-cruise option, starting in 2018.

The line’s “Couture Collection” will feature private helicopter service in Mongolia, vintage rail in India, and Gulfstream jets in and out of Antarctica. Prices average $34,000 per guest for each five‐ to 11‐day adventure, with the 11‐day South Pole itinerary starting at $78,000 per guest.

 

Hotels offer bundled packages to wrest bookings from online travel agencies
Hotel Management Magazine

In September, Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the West Indies introduced a package with an ulterior motive: to rely less on online travel agencies to fill rooms. The “Nevis Festive Air & Sun Caribbean Package” includes a four-bedroom villa (sleeping up to eight) for seven nights, $1,000 food credit and nonstop flights out of New York City. While the price tag is steep ($170,000), divided by eight people it’s more manageable, and though it’s more costly than booking through an OTA, an OTA can’t compete with the package’s sheer luxury.

All-inclusive resorts are the ones typically offering one-click shopping. By bundling air and hotel, it’s easier for guests to say “yes.” These packages directly compete with OTAs. Airlines, too, are beefing up their vacation packages to keep customers off of sites like Expedia and Orbitz. And cruise lines continue to offer one-stop shopping. Should more hotels be in on the game, too?

 

Cathay Pacific’s Winter Fare Sale
For a limited time, Cathay Pacific is offering discounted fares from the US to cities including Beijing, Seoul, Taipei and more.

Sale period: 10/9-10/31
Travel period: before 12/9
Discount: up to 50% off
Class: Economy Class

For more information please visit their web site.

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