Travel News: October 31, 2017

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Aman to operate first New York hotel
Travel Weekly

An Aman hotel will be redeveloped out of New York’s Crown Building. It will be the luxury resort operator’s first urban property in the U.S.

Aman New York will have 83 rooms and 20 luxury residences with Central Park views. The property will occupy all but the first three floors of the building, which have retail space. The hotel is slated to open in 2020.


Emirates Cutting First Class
Travel Pulse

Sorry, first-class travelers! Dubai-based airline Emirates is adding more seats and doing away with first class on several routes this winter to and from London.

Emirates currently operates three Airbus A380 planes between Dubai International Airport and Gatwick Airport every day, but that will change in November and December, according to is reporting several flights operating between the cities will fly planes that only boast economy and business classes, increasing the number of seats from 489 to 615 per aircraft, a 26 percent increase.


From Cancun to Cabo, wave of violence keeping tourists away from Mexico
Chicago Tribune

In the spring break capital of Cancun, Mexico, hotel occupancy has tumbled 10 percent this year. As bad as that is, over in Los Cabos, on the tip of the Baja California peninsula, it’s worse.

The airport serving Cabo San Lucas and its lesser-known sister city, San Jose del Cabo, is looking emptier these days. And hotel guests have canceled 35,000 nights of bookings over the next year – collectively a decade’s worth of visits for a single traveler.

At a time when the weaker peso should be luring American travelers in droves, many are staying away, spooked by a wave of violence that’s come dangerously close to tourist hot spots. Gunmen opened fire at a Cancun nightclub in November, and a cooler with two human heads was found on Cabo San Lucas’s main hotel strip in June. But the biggest blow came on Aug. 22, when the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning advising tourists to steer clear altogether.



United’s new 18-hour flight is longest-ever by a U.S. airline
USA Today

United Airlines is now flying the longest regularly scheduled route ever flown by a U.S. carrier and one that’s a contender for the title of world’s longest by flying time.

The Chicago-based airline officially claimed those superlatives late Friday, when it launched non-stop service on the 8,700-mile route connecting Los Angeles and Singapore.

By distance, it’s not the world’s longest – but it’s close. Qatar Airways’ Doha-Auckland route (9,032 miles) and Emirates’ Dubai-Auckland route (8,819 miles) remain the two longest as measured by the most-direct non-stop routing between the cities served.

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