Travel News: November 20, 2017

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Amtrak updates Northeast train seating, with some improvements in time for holidays
USA Today

Amtrak officials say renovations to Northeast Regional trains will delight several senses of their customers.

Fresh carpeting and seat cushions have a new-car smell. LED lighting is brighter than its incandescent and fluorescent predecessors. And simulated-leather seats feel like the latest airline seats rather than the previous blue fabric.


Four Seasons adds ‘Latin Escape’ private-jet excursion
Travel Weekly

Four Seasons’ Private Jet service will add its first Latin America-based luxury-jet excursion in 2019 when it will join the company’s International Intrigue and Timeless Encounters itineraries.

The Latin Escape itinerary will be 16 days, instead of the 24 days for the company’s other two itineraries for 2019. Latin Escape will start in Miami, where guests will have dinner at the Versace Mansion; continue on to Costa Rica, where guests can ride zip lines; move on to Buenos Aires, which includes a side trip to Iguassu Falls and a concert at Teatro Colon; continue to Bogota, Colombia, where guests will receive private salsa lessons; and include a stop in the Galapagos, where guests will be housed on a private ship with snorkeling and hiking excursions included.


UK Tourism Propelled by Record Month
Travel Pulse

August 2017 was a historic month for U.K. tourism.

New figures released by Britain’s Office for National Statistics this week show the destination hosted a record 3.9 million inbound visits over the course of the month.

The 5 percent jump over August 2016 also led to record spending by overseas visitors, who shelled out a whopping £2.8 billion ($3.7 billion) in just 31 days.


Alaskan town’s polar bear problem leads to tourism boom
ABC News

Polar bears are an enduring symbol of the wild arctic, a mighty beast that has made its home in punishing terrains. But in recent years, the polar bear has come to embody something else: A creature caught in a world that’s disappearing under its feet.

Each fall, the bears descend in hordes on the tiny Alaskan village of Kaktovik, located on Barter Island, hugging the state’s northern coast.

And the bears are hungry.

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