Travel News: October 17, 2017

Charlotte Amalie St Thomas

Cruise Travel to the Caribbean Is Up and Running
Travel Pulse

The message is crystal clear: The Caribbean is open for business.

During a conference call Monday morning, Arnold Donald (Chair, CLIA and CEO, Carnival Corporation), Adam Goldstein (Chair, FCCA and President and COO, Royal Caribbean) and Michele Paige (President, FCCA) emphasized the destination is doing well and there is no need to stay away.

In fact, the opposite is true.

Paige said that “most of the region was completely unaffected,” and the FCCA and regional cruise lines are, “working tirelessly on hurricane relief,” to help the few areas that were. She continued to repeat with confidence: “The Caribbean remains open for business.”

That is the subject of a new campaign and communication efforts.


Lufthansa preparing Alitalia bid with steep cuts
USA Today

With a deadline for binding bids for bankrupt Alitalia closing in, an Italian newspaper reported Monday that German carrier Lufthansa is preparing a €500 million offer that would add Italian assets to those it is already picking up from Air Berlin.

Bidders have until 6 p.m. (noon ET) to submit binding offers for the carrier, which fell into bankruptcy last May after its main stakeholder, Etihad airlines, said it would not extend additional financing. So far, no airline has publicly confirmed its intention to bid.


US Economy Losing Billions As ‘Trump Slump’ Continues In Tourism Sector

Disney Land. The Grand Canyon. The Golden Gate Bridge. Yosemite. The World Trade Center.

The United States has long been a bucket-list destination, but as executive announcement piles on executive announcement, international visitors are wary of choosing the tourism-behemoth for their next vacation.

After the announcement of the first two travel bans in January and March, the number of international travelers arriving in the U.S. has dramatically dropped, according to ForwardKeys, a European travel-prediction firm.

Looking at the number of U.S. inbound arrivals – or the number of international tourists arriving at airports around the country – the firm found that the number of visitors dropped 1.3% following the announcement of the first travel ban on January 27. On June 26, when the second ban was partially re-instated, inbound visitors dropped again by 2.4%.


New hotels help Los Cabos take luxury to the next level
Travel Weekly

Los Cabos, already one of the most luxurious pinpoints on Mexico’s map, has raised the bar on itself this past year and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Earlier this year the destination welcomed a new Four Seasons property; the Montage Los Cabos and Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, are slated to open in 2018.

The Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos, part of the Costa Palmas East Cape community, is a pocket of luxury tucked away from the rest of the peninsula. The private and underdeveloped East Cape is a rare corner in Mexico, where dramatic mountains give way to rugged, dark blue sea and not much else.


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