Travel News: November 3, 2017

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Delta gets first A350, introduces business-class suite
Travel Weekly

Delta launched its first service on an Airbus A350 aircraft this week, debuting its Delta Premium Select premium economy cabin and its Delta One suites in business class.

Delta’s initial A350 route is Detroit-Tokyo Narita. The carrier will also use Airbus’ latest-generation dual-engine widebody to serve Detroit-Seoul beginning Nov. 16.

With the debut of Delta Premium Select, Delta has become the second U.S. carrier to offer a premium economy cabin on international flights. American debuted its Premium Economy cabin on Boeing 789-900 Dreamliners in late 2016 and plans to eventually have the cabin on 104 aircraft. United has not yet announced plans for an international premium economy service.


Scenic Partners with National Geographic for River Cruises
Cruise Critic

National Geographic has teamed up with Scenic to offer cruises on a variety of rivers throughout Europe and Asia in 2018 and 2019.

The new cruises, called National Geographic River Cruises, bring two well-regarded brands together. Based in Australia, Scenic is known as one of the most inclusive river cruise lines, while National Geographic Expeditions has a well-documented focus on enrichment.

The sailings will take place on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle rivers; the waterways of Holland and Belgium; the Bordeaux region in France, Portugal’s Douro Valley and the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.


Luxury Travel Brands Can’t Afford to Be So Far Behind in Digital Engagement

Since Skift’s luxury coverage launched in April, we’ve scanned hundreds of luxury websites from custom concierge sites to those of refined luggage brands.

While many luxury travel services have deliciously designed websites, many seem to lack the innovation that might be evident in their services, and have simple sites with little online engagement.

It is because luxury clients are perceived as part of older, more analog generations? Are their customers booking over the phone or through travel agents, rendering companies’ digital presences an after-thought?


How California’s wine country and Las Vegas are trying to win tourists back after tragedies
Los Angeles Times

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas shelved its fun-loving motto of “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” replacing it with a hashtag — #VegasStrong — to promote tourism to the gambling mecca.

Weeks after wildfires charred California’s wine country, that region is preparing a fundraising event and campaign, dubbed Grateful Table, to show that most of the wineries and vineyards were spared from the flames and are operating as usual.

Persuading visitors to return after a natural disaster or mass tragedy can be a delicate balance between remaining sensitive to loss and getting on with life. In Las Vegas and Northern California, tourism advocates are turning to a reliable theme: spending, partying and vacationing are not only acceptable but a needed boost to local businesses trying to recover.

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