Travel News: December 1, 2017


Brazil visas to be cheaper and easier to get
Travel Pulse

Brazil is launching an e-Visa program that will help streamline previous visa issues and jumpstart tourism to the South American nation.

The new program, which was announced via a press release given exclusively to USTOA members at its recent conference, will go live and facilitate travel plans for the following countries:

—Australia (November 21st, 2017) – in full operation since November of 2017
—Japan (January 11th, 2018)
—Canada (January 18th, 2018)
—USA (January 25th, 2018)


Celebrity Cruises to expand capacity in Alaska
USA Today

Celebrity Cruises is going bigger in Alaska.

The Miami-based line on Tuesday announced it would replace the 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity in Alaska with the bigger, 2,852-passenger Celebrity Eclipse for the summer of 2019.

The vessel will join the 2,852-passenger Celebrity Solstice and 2,138-passenger Celebrity Millennium in the region. Along with Celebrity Infinity, the two ships have been sailing to Alaska during summers for several years.


American Airlines says holiday scheduling snafu nearly solved

American says the staffing snafu caused by a glitch in its pilot scheduling system is nearly resolved, though the pilots union disputes the company’s assessment.

The latest back and forth comes just a day after the carrier’s pilots union took to the media to warn that the error had left nearly 15,000 December flights without full cockpit crews around the busy Christmas and New Year’s travel days.

American acknowledged the issue, which essentially let too many pilots request time off during the second half of December. But the airline added it expected to be able to resolve the issue without the major holiday chaos that the Allied Pilots Association (APA) warned of.


Las Vegas shooting results in 4.2% fewer visitors
Travel Weekly

The Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip affected the city’s visitor count for October, which fell 4.2% from a year earlier, to 3.6 million.

Hotel occupancy for the entire city declined 2.7 percentage points to 90%, with occupancy on the Strip falling 2.4 points to 91.3%, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) said Thursday. Room rates were little changed at about $139 a night.

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