Travel News: November 13, 2017

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Cruise trade group lauds permanent ban of large ships in Venice
Travel Weekly

CLIA said the recent move of permanently banning large cruise large ships from transiting through the heart of Venice is a step forward for the industry. The previous ban of large ships was temporary.

The decision, made by a government panel called the Comitatone, will set up a docking area in nearby Marghera for ships larger than 98,000 gross tons.

The decision, and CLIA’s endorsement, seems to settle the controversy that has plagued the cruise industry in Venice for several years. Activists had mounted protests against large ships, particularly their use of a route through San Marco and the Giudecca Canal to reach the established Venice passenger terminal. That route will now be open only to smaller cruise ships.


Emirates Unveils Mercedes-Inspired First Class Suites
Travel Pulse

In the increasingly contentious battle to lure elite travelers, Emirates has unveiled its latest product, an over-the-top, fully private first class suite.

Laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration, each suite comes complete with floor to ceiling sliding doors to create a fully enclosed space that encompasses a whopping 40 square feet.


Trump Tightens Cuba Embargo, Restricting Access to Hotels and Businesses
New York Times

The Trump administration on Wednesday tightened the economic embargo on Cuba, restricting Americans from access to hotels, stores and other businesses tied to the Cuban military.

A lengthy list of rules, which President Trump promised in June to punish the communist government in Havana, came just as Mr. Trump was visiting leaders of the communist government in Beijing and pushing business deals there. Wednesday’s announcement was part of the administration’s gradual unwinding of parts of the Obama administration’s détente with the Cuban government.


After Fires, California Wine Country Wants Tourists Back

Last month’s fires in Northern California hit wine country during peak tourist season. While some businesses burned, many others were forced to close temporarily because of lack of road access or bad air quality when the fires raged. Now that the danger has passed, wineries and restaurants across the region are open and want visitors to return.

Most of the cancellations came from tourists who are not local, according to small businesses in Sonoma Valley — a region where burned hills, homes and cars can be seen.

While the affected areas were “very limited,” news coverage all over the world mostly showed destruction from the fires, says Caroline Beteta, who heads Visit California, the organization tasked with attracting tourists to the state.


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