Travel News: December 15, 2017

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Fox acquisition to bring Nat Geo, Avatar, more Marvel into Disney fold
Travel Weekly

The Walt Disney Company’s announcement on Thursday that is has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion gives Disney access to the Marvel characters X-Men and Fantastic Four and also adds Avatar and National Geographic to its collection of assets.

Under the terms of the deal, pending government antitrust approval, Disney would assume ownership of 21st Century Fox’s film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000; its television units, which produce The Simpsons among other series; and National Geographic, in addition to several other Fox properties.


Pilots Strike During Busy Holiday Travel Season
Travel Pulse

As people around the world prepare for the holidays, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is getting ready for a strike.

According to, the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) announced the 79 pilots participating consist mostly of captains and represent around 28 percent of the over 300 Ryanair pilots under contract with the airline.


Tourists Overrun Yet Another European Favorite
Travel Pulse

The overtourism backlash that’s been witnessed in such places as Venice and Barcelona has now reached Amsterdam.

Between 2006 and 2016, the number of overnight stays at hotels in the Dutch capital increased from more than eight million to 14 million, according to Associated Press.

The impact of such a dramatic spike in visitors is materializing on multiple levels.


United Airlines will fly to Tahiti
USA Today

Those dreaming of a vacation to the South Pacific just got a new option to fly non-stop from the mainland United States.

United Airlines is turning to Tahiti for its latest overseas route, part of an recent international expansion at the carrier that shows no signs of letting up.

United will begin flying to the iconic South Pacific island on Oct. 30. The airline will offer three flights a week between its San Francisco hub and Papeete, the capital of the French Polynesia territory that includes Tahiti. The airline will use Boeing 787 widebody jets for the flights, which will take about 8 hours. The seasonal service is scheduled to run through March 28.

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By: Matt Long

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