Travel News: November 30, 2017

Pyramids of Egypt

Inbound U.S. tourism down nearly 4% in first half of the year
Travel Weekly

The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) reported that total international visitors fell 3.9% in the first half of the year, while overseas visitors (international excluding Canada and Mexico), fell 5.7%.

A fall-off in tourists from both China and India, down 3.2% and 12.9%, respectively, reversed solid growth from both countries in 2016, when China arrivals grew 14.7% while India’s increased 4.1%, according to the NTTO. Other weak markets this year are Mexico and Brazil, down 6.3% and 15.1%.

 

American Airlines schedule glitch threatens thousands of holiday flights
USA Today

American Airlines pilots are warning that as many as 15,000 holiday flights face staffing issues because of a scheduling snafu, but the carrier said the technical glitch is being fixed.

“On Friday, management disclosed a failure within the pilot schedule bidding system. As a result, thousands of flights currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period,” the Allied Pilots Association (APA) that represents American’s pilots said in a message to members via its website.

The glitch affected the system in which pilots modify their flight assignments, inadvertently allowing them to drop flight assignments that needed to be staffed during the busy holiday period. American has said the problem has been fixed and that the company does not expect continued issues.

 

Air Canada launches super-elite lounge in bid to woo business flyers
BNN

Air Canada is getting set to launch a super-elite airport lounge in Toronto featuring unlimited champagne and a menu curated by a celebrity chef in a bid to attract more lucrative business flyers. BNN’s Paige Ellis speaks to Benjamin Smith, president of passenger airlines at Air Canada, about the initiative and growing competition in the business segment.

 

Artifacts From King Tut’s Tomb to Go on World Tour
Travel Pulse

The exhibit, “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” will begin its tour in the United States at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. It will remain at the center for 10 months before heading to Europe in January 2019 for a 10-city international tour.

For those who have not made the trek to Egypt to see the artifacts, the touring exhibit represents a unique opportunity. It is the largest collection of items and gold from the tomb ever to go on public display outside of Egypt. About 40 percent of the items that will be showcased in the exhibit are leaving Egypt for the first (and last) time.

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