Travel News: December 19, 2017

Northern ireland UK

Star Wars and Guinness help Ireland clinch tourism award
The Times

Skellig Michael, the Guinness Storehouse and the Cliffs of Moher are among the attractions that have helped Ireland to remain the best destination in Europe for the fourth year in a row.

The Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards presented the accolade to representatives from Tourism Ireland at a ceremony in New York. Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said that this year had been another record-breaking year for tourists from the US travelling to Ireland.


Cruise lines record best profits in a decade
Travel Weekly

The cruise industry is closing out a year of extraordinary earnings, with several of the biggest companies enjoying their best profit margins in a decade.

Two of the three publicly traded cruise companies, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), will have to wait until the end of the year to close the books on 2017.

But Carnival Corp., whose fiscal year ends Nov. 30, is already tallying the results and expects to report year-end results on Dec. 19.


DoubleTree hotels expand cookie program–and much more
USA Today

DoubleTree by Hilton is well-known for giving out warm chocolate chip cookies to its guests as they arrive.

From now until Christmas Eve, anyone who enters a DoubleTree, regardless of being a guest or not, can ask for the sweet treat.

DoubleTree is one of Hilton’s 14 brands. It has become so famous for its signature cookie that it has created a “Chocolate Chip Cookies and Drinks” pairings guide.


Seven Tourists Per Inhabitant Is Testing Icelanders’ Tolerance

If two is company and three is a crowd, then seven must be a horde.

Iceland has become such a popular tourist destination that foreign visitors are estimated to outnumber the local population by seven to one this year. The government is now considering whether the scarcely populated island in the North Atlantic can — and should — accommodate even more.

“This sector is maturing and becoming a real industry in Iceland, and with that of course come challenges that we need to be ready to tackle,” Thordis Kolbrun R. Gylfadottir, Iceland’s tourism minister, said in an interview in Reykjavik.

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