Travel News: December 26, 2017

Antarctica

Hyatt tightens cancellation policy
Travel Weekly

Hyatt on Jan. 1 will tighten its cancellation policy for all but its most frequent guests, requiring them to give 48 hours’ notice to avoid a fee.

Hyatt will keep the no-fee cancellation requirement at 24 hours for its World of Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members only.

The revised policy “allows hotels to manage guestroom availability more effectively, including offering rooms and upgrades to rooms that would have otherwise gone unoccupied,” Hyatt said.

 

China hails ‘first Antarctica flight’ for its tourists
BBC News

According to Chinese media, the country’s first commercial flight to Antarctica brought 22 lucky tourists to the exotic destination this weekend.

Described in Chinese papers as the beginning of a new era in the country’s tourism to Antarctica, the trip took the select few from Hong Kong all the way to the actual South Pole.

That meant a 15-hour flight to South Africa, refuelling in Cape Town and then another 5.5 hours to Antarctica. From there, it’s another five to six hours to the pole, where the flight landed on a 2.5-km (1.5-mile) runway carved into the ice.

The Chinese tour operator describes the trip as a milestone, saying it means Chinese tourists no longer have to book via foreign agencies.

 

The Museum of the Bible debuts in the nation’s capital
USA Today

Jeffrey Gladney teaches the Old Testament at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Tupelo, Miss.

To celebrate the holiday season, he brought his wife and children to the new Museum of the Bible in the nation’s capital—a 430,000-square-foot interactive experience that tells the history and impact of the Old and New Testaments.

“It’s like a refresher course to me,” he says. “It helps us have a visual image of what happened during the life of Jesus.”

The $500 million museum opened with much fanfare last month just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The brainchild of Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green, it is one of the largest museums about the Bible in the world.

 

Disney Resorts Eliminate ‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs
Travel Pulse

Just in time for the holiday rush, Disney is rolling out an upgraded security policy at several of its Walt Disney World resorts in the Orlando area.

On Friday, guests at three monorail properties near the Magic Kingdom—Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary resorts—no longer found “Do Not Disturb” signs in their guest rooms. Instead, a “Room Occupied” sign has become the new in-room standard.

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