Travel News: January 1, 2018

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Government Affairs TSA grants states extension to meet Real ID requirements
Travel Weekly

The TSA has granted an extension to states that aren’t compliant with the Real ID Act, giving travelers from those states until Oct. 11, 2018, to use their driver’s license as identification at the airport.

If their states aren’t compliant by Oct. 11, residents will have to present alternative identification at the airport, such as a passport or military ID. The previous deadline for Real ID compliance was Jan. 22, 2018.

If travelers live in a Real ID compliant state but hold a noncompliant license, they will be able to use the noncompliant license as ID until Oct. 1, 2020.


Airlines Double Down On Cancun
Travel Pulse

Amid growing violence between Mexican gangs and a warning from the State Department, the travel industry continues to ramp up its Cancun offerings.

A handful of airlines have recently announced increased flights to the popular beach destination, among them Southwest, Spirit Airlines and Delta, according to Bloomberg.


South Korea cracks down on price-gouging hotels ahead of Olympics

As the 2018 Winter Olympics approach, the South Korean government is cracking down on price-gouging hotels facing heavy criticism here for ripping off customers.

South Korea’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced it is running an intensive pricing clampdown from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31 ahead of the Pyeongchang Games, which start on Feb. 9.

The average rate for hotel accommodations recently spiked to over $460 per night, more than triple the normal peak-season prices, according to a report in South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

The government said it will also punish businesses canceling reservations and failing to meet hygiene and construction standards.


Last-Chance Tourism Named Top Travel Trend For 2018

Call it the climate change effect.

As travel experts look to the new year, they say last-chance tourism will emerge as one of the biggest trends fueling wanderlust. From millennials visiting pristine countries like New Zealand to spending time in the Arctic, visiting endangered destinations will continue to thrive in 2018.

An emerging middle class is also fueling a global thirst for travel, and experts predict industry growth will be bigger than ever this year. This, and more trends from our experts below. Here’s to traveling happy in 2018.

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By: Matt Long

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