Travel News: November 7, 2017

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Etihad cuts Dallas route
Travel Weekly

Etihad will halt its Abu Dhabi-Dallas/Fort Worth route on March 25.

The carrier said it is making the move because a June decision by American Airlines to terminate codesharing will make the route commercially unsustainable.

The cancellation will leave Etihad with just four U.S. destinations: New York, Washington Dulles, Chicago and Los Angeles. The Gulf carrier halted Abu Dhabi-San Francisco service on Oct. 28.


Survey Says Luxury Travel is America’s #1 Indulgence
Travel Market Report

Luxury travel is growing to meet an increasing demand across age groups and household incomes, claims one company, as more people than ever are seeking and spending more on it.

L.E.K. Consulting said “across-the-board pampering is no longer everyone’s ideal, and ‘luxury’ now has different definitions for different people.”

While fewer than 10 percent of survey respondents consider themselves luxury travelers, nearly 85 percent say they indulge in travel luxuries at least once in a while, according to the L.E.K. 2017 Luxury Travel Study.


200 Million Chinese Travelers Expected by 2020
Travel Pulse

The Chinese penchant for international travel continues to grow at a record rate, impacting the visa policies of countries around the world that want attract these travelers flush with cash.

According to a new report from ForwardKeys, bookings among Chinese nationals for outbound travel during the upcoming Chinese New Year (which is in February) are currently 40 percent ahead of where they were during the same time last year.


Southwest Doubles Down on Post-Hurricane Caribbean
Travel Pulse

After the Caribbean was ravaged during hurricane season, Southwest Airlines started serving the Turks and Caicos Islands Sunday.

Southwest will now operate daily service between Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands, bringing the carrier’s total number of countries served to 11.

In addition, Southwest is also offering new service between Fort Lauderdale and both San Jose, Costa Rica; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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