Travel News: January 3, 2018

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2017 safest year on record for commercial passenger air travel

Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group that tracks crashes, making 2017 the safest year on record for commercial air travel.

Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported Monday there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017. “2017 was the safest year for aviation ever,” said Adrian Young of To70.

To70 estimated that the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights is 0.06 per million flights, or one fatal accident for every 16 million flights.


Marriott’s Delta Hotels enters Asian market
USA Today

Delta Hotels, one of Marriott International’s North American hotel brands, has officially entered the Asia-Pacific market with the opening of the Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan in China.

The debut of the hotel also kicks off Marriott’s effort to expand Delta’s global portfolio to 66 properties by the end of 2018. Right now, the brand has about 40 locations across the USA and Canada.

Marriott purchased Delta Hotels from the Canada-based British Columbia Investment Management Corporation in March 2015.


Palau has introduced a ‘passport pledge’ visitors must sign in order enter

PALAU, an archipelago made up of some 200 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, has introduced a “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before entering the country. The island community has introduced the unique pledge in the hope it will help preserve their homeland for the generations to come.

It is the first nation to change its immigration laws in order to protect the environment.

While tourism can bring many social and economic benefits to a region, it can also cause extensive damage. Mass tourism in Palau is having a devastating impact on the limestone and volcanic islands, with its rich biodiversity under threat. Water supply, beaches, coral reefs and heritage sites are all affected.


Hilton changes its ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign policy

Hilton is joining other hotels in re-thinking the ubiquitous “Do Not Disturb” sign.

The McLean, Va.-based company is now suggesting that a team member alert a security or duty manager if a Do Not Disturb sign or light has been in place on a guestroom door for more than 24 consecutive hours.

In the past, the company might have allowed multiple days to pass before an employee entered a room.

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