Travel News: October 12, 2017

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American and China Southern plan to codeshare
Travel Weekly

American Airlines and China Southern are seeking to codeshare on 29 routes.

The airlines on Sept. 28 submitted a request to the Department of Transportation for approval of the codeshares. They have proposed an Oct. 29 start date.

American would affix its code to 14 China Southern flights from Beijing, including flights to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an and Hangzhou.


Snap’s New Feature for Hotels and Destinations Shows the Promise of Visual Search

Snap is working on a tool for marketers of hotels, restaurants, activity operators and other companies that have real-world locations.

The disappearing message app maker will work with Bookatable, Foursquare, Lyft, Michelin Guides, OpenTable, Resy, TripAdvisor, and Uber on a new tool called “context cards.”

The cards let its mobile app users swipe up to get more details about points-of-interest within photos and videos. Within a few flicks of a thumb, a user can see maps with appealing attractions nearby, make reservation or hotel reservations, and hail a ride to get to these places.


Tourists Are Still Flocking to the Caribbean This Winter

Tourism is the Caribbean’s lifeline, bringing in $56 billion in 2016. But the devastation wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria will hurt the region come high season this winter, bringing its seven-year streak of year-over-year growth to a halt.

As a whole, however, the loss in tourism dollars might not be as severe as one might have thought. At least, that’s what the islands’ ambassadors are hoping.

“There is no doubt that this hurricane season has devastated a number of Caribbean islands, but when considering the sheer number of islands in the Caribbean (more than 7,000), travelers soon realize that the majority of Caribbean islands were not affected at all by the storms, or only minimally,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group in an email statement to NBC News.


Celebrity Cruises Now Offers Legal Same-Sex Weddings
Travle Pulse

A transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of Celebrity’s cruise ships are registered, has transformed its onboard weddings program.

A referendum on the legality of same-sex marriages has opened the door to LGBTQ+ couples looking to wed onboard its ships. The cruise line can now recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard and have the captain of the ship officiate ceremonies.

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