Travel News: January 11, 2018

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Sixth Viking ocean ship to be called Viking Jupiter
Travel Weekly

Continuing with a celestial theme, Viking Cruises will add the Viking Jupiter to its ocean-going fleet in February 2019.

The 930-passenger ship will be nearly identical to the previous five Viking ships, named Star, Sea, Sky, Sun and Orion.

 

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts to Join Hong Kong Skyline
Travel Pulse

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts today announced a collaboration with China Resources Property, which will bring the legendary St. Regis brand to Hong Kong by early 2019.

Though Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong, this will be the first property for the St. Regis brand in the city.

“Hong Kong is a bustling center of commerce with an incredible mix of glamour, culture, history and tradition. This vibrancy makes it an ideal destination for St. Regis,” said Lisa Holladay, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “With its excellent location, impeccable service, and refined elegance, we look forward to offering guests an exquisite experience in one of the world’s most exciting cities.”

 

Icelandair returning to BWI Airport after a decade
Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport’s international expansion continues.

Icelandair will add four weekly roundtrip flights to Reykjavik, Iceland, starting May 28. The airline had previously been at BWI before pulling out in late 2007.

Upon its return, the carrier will become the second Icelandic carrier to offer service out of the Linthcium airport. Discount carrier WOW Airlines began service out of BWI in 2015, and will add additional flights to the Land of Fire and Ice during the summer months.

 

State Department overhauls travel advisory method
Travel Weekly

Recognizing that most people don’t know the difference between a “travel warning” and a “travel alert,” the State Department has overhauled its country-specific travel advisory system.

Every nation in the world now has a travel advisory ranking from 1 to 4, with level 4 meaning “do not travel” and level 1 “exercise normal precautions.”

Popular destinations for U.S. travelers such as Mexico, France and the United Kingdom register a 2, “exercise increased caution,” while countries including Cuba, Turkey, and Russia have been given level 3, “reconsider travel.”

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