Travel News: February 27, 2018

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Tourists encouraged to visit Cape Town despite severe drought
Travel Weekly

Tour operators that sell South Africa and the nation’s tourism marketing organization are trying to persuade travelers to continue with their travel plans despite a severe water shortage in Cape Town that is forcing the city to implement strict restrictions.

“Cape Town is a significant tourism destination for the U.S. market,” said South Africa Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona, who was making the rounds in New York earlier this month to speak with travel agents and media about the Cape Town crisis in hopes of minimizing its impact on travel to South Africa as a whole. He said that between 60% and 75% of U.S. travelers to South Africa typically include a visit to Cape Town in their itinerary.

 

American Airlines, Qantas re-seek US nod for joint venture
Reuters

American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) and Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) are making a second attempt at gaining U.S. regulatory permission for a venture that would allow them to coordinate prices and schedules, threatening to cancel services if they are rejected.

The pair’s application for a joint venture covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand was rejected in 2016 under the Obama administration amid opposition from rival carriers Hawaiian Airlines Inc and JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O).

 

Freeze engulfs Europe, rare Rome snow disrupts flights
Reuters

Bitterly cold weather gripped parts of Europe causing travel chaos on Monday, and a rare snow storm in Rome prompted Italian authorities to call in the army to help clear the streets.

A Siberian weather system British forecasters dubbed the “beast from the east” brought snow, strong winds and the coldest temperatures for years to many regions.

It was the heaviest snowfall in Rome in six years and the largest for the end of February in decades. The city, which is not equipped to deal with snow emergencies due to their rarity, asked other areas to send in snow ploughs to help clear roads.

 

Airbnb pushes further into high-end travel with luxury tier
Luxury Daily

Home-sharing service Airbnb has announced a number of new services to attract wealthy travelers to luxury homes and hotels.

After years of hotels unofficially offering their rooms through Airbnb, the service is now allowing for more specialized searches for customers looking specifically for hotels rather than a room in someone’s home. Additionally, a service called Airbnb Plus will connect affluent travelers with luxury accommodations, blurring the line between Airbnb and other high-end, luxury hotel services.

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