Travel News: November 23, 2017

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Hotels get rid of closets, add other storage solutions
USA Today

The traditional hotel closet and dresser drawer are becoming obsolete. Instead, hotels are finding creative ways for guests to store their belongings.

Many guest rooms are getting smaller, especially as hotels introduce new brands that appeal more to younger travelers who don’t take trips with large luggage. Plus more travelers are spending time in lobbies or beyond the hotel boundaries vs. nesting in their rooms.

Closet doors and dressers are disappearing, nooks are becoming more fashionable and the bed is serving a dual purpose with space underneath for bags.


Florida tourism trends through first nine months of 2017 snap records
Florida Times-Union

Florida hit another record high number in tourists visiting the state, according to new figures released this week.

Visit Florida, the state’s tourism bureau, announced Monday that there were 88.2 million visitors to the Sunshine State in the first nine months of the year, the most ever in that time frame. It also represents a 3.3 percent increase over the same period in 2016.

In that record batch of visitors for the first nine months, 77.6 million of those tourists came from domestic markets, 7.9 million came from overseas and 2.7 millio came from Canada.


More ‘Downton Abbey’ from Viking Cruises
Travek Pulse

As a longtime sponsor of MASTERPIECE, Viking Cruises has been somewhat synonymous with the hit British TV show “Downton Abbey.” The line will continue the trend as a presenting sponsor of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, currently running in New York City through April 9, 2018.

“Our guests are curious explorers who enjoy being immersed in the cultures of the world, and many of them first learned about Viking and our destination-focused small ship cruises while watching Downton Abbey,” said Richard Marnell, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Viking, in a press release.


Cathay Pacific Announces Black Friday Sale
If traveling to Asia is on your 2018 bucket list, now is the time to book with one of the best airlines in the world. Cathay Pacific announced their annual Black Friday sale, which started on November 22 and ends on the 29th. Below are the full details – this is a sale you don’t want to miss!

Sale period: NOV 22-29, 2017
Travel period: JAN 1 – MAY 23, 2018
Featured destinations: Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Tokyo, Seoul, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore

Business class – Visit their site to save up to 60% off with lowest fares start gin at $3,187
Premium Economy class – Visit their site to save up to 50% off with lowest fares starting from $1,185
Vacation Packages – Use promo code HOLIDAY for additional savings at their special deals web page.


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