Travel News: October 30, 2017

Santa Pau, Spain

Catalonia declares independence, Madrid responds with crackdown
Travel Weekly

In one of the most momentous days in recent Spanish history, lawmakers in the Catalan regional parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence on Friday, prompting the government to immediately adopt special constitutional powers to stop the region’s attempt to secede.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government called an emergency Cabinet meeting and was expected to use its new powers to immediately dismiss the Catalan regional government and dissolve its parliament in Barcelona, then call an early election in the prosperous northeastern region. With its new powers, the government in Madrid could also seize control of the Catalan police force and the region’s publicly-owned media outlets.


NBA Team’s Charter Flight Lands with Massive Dent on Nose
Travel Pulse

The Oklahoma City Thunder are getting ready to take on the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night in Chicago, where the Oklahoma team is projected to win by almost eight points.

It’s unclear, however, if oddsmakers have factored in the stressful effects of the Thunder’s flight to Chicago, which center Steven Adams called “a rough flight, to say the least,” in a Twitter post.

Upon landing in Chicago, the players found significant damage to the nose of their Delta charter flight, which had clearly gone head-to-head with something.


Viking River Cruises to add seven new ships in 2019
USA Today

It’s expansion time again at Viking River Cruises.

The California-based line on Tuesday officially announced it had placed an order for seven new river ships to arrive in 2019.

Viking said six of the vessels will sail on Europe’s Rhine, Main and Danube river system. The seventh ship will debut on Portugal’s Douro River.


Disneyland Is Opening Its First New Hotel in Almost 20 Years

Guests flocking to Disneyland’s slew of exciting new attractions in the coming years will soon be able to book entirely new accommodations on property as well.

Disney shared details this week about a previously announced hotel addition coming to Disneyland Resort in 2021.

The 700-room Four Diamond location is the first new hotel to open at Disneyland in nearly 20 years, and will take root on the west end of the Downtown Disney District, a promenade of restaurants and shops between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.


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