Travel News: November 17, 2017

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USA Strong economy, low airfares mean increase in Thanksgiving travel
Travel Weekly

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home from Nov. 22-26, the highest Thanksgiving holiday travel volume since 2005.

Compared to last year, 1.6 million more people will travel, a 3.3% increase.

“A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA’s senior vice president of travel and publishing.

Eighty-nine percent of travelers — 45.5 million — will travel via road trip, a 3.2% increase from last year. The biggest growth in Thanksgiving travel is via airplane, with 5% more travelers flying this holiday weekend than last year at 3.95 million.


US to Reverse Ban on African Elephant Trophies
Travel Pulse

President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to reverse a three-year-old ban on transporting hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official told ABC News that the government has received new information from officials in the two African countries that meet a provision under the Endangered Species Act.

The terms allow the government to issue permits to import hunters’ trophies of elephants they’ve killed if there is evidence that it actually benefits conservation of the species.


Celebrity Cruises to build new ship for the Galapagos
USA Today

There soon will be a stylish new way to cruise around the Galapagos.

Celebrity Cruises on Thursday announced plans for a new, upscale ship that will be based year-round in the wildlife-filled archipelago starting in 2019.

To be called Celebrity Flora, the 100-passenger vessel will feature all-suite accommodations the line says will be the largest and most luxurious in the destination.


Napa Tries to Lure Visitors Back With Hotel Deals and More
New York Times

Napa Valley, Calif., has been through a lot over the last couple of months. Extensive wildfires in October left wineries decimated and hotels and restaurants temporarily closed. But things have improved.

“Our tourism business has taken a serious hit since the wildfires, but we’re largely back on our feet and eager for visitors,” said Clay Gregory, the president of Visit Napa Valley, the destination’s official marketing organization.

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