Travel News: June 22, 2018

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AAA Predicts Record-Breaking Independence Day Travel Numbers
Travel Pulse

A new AAA study revealed a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday.

The nearly 50 million people predicted to travel for the Fourth of July are an increase of more than five percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago.

Of the 46.9 million American travelers, 39.7 million are hitting the road and should expect longer travel times due to an increase in traffic. The holiday falling on a Wednesday helps spread the festivities to the weekend before and after, creating more flexibility to schedule a trip.


Lufthansa shows interest in buying Norwegian Air
Travel Weekly

The Lufthansa Group is “in contact” with Norwegian Air about acquiring the low-cost, long-haul carrier, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told a German newspaper this week.

Spohr said that whether Lufthansa makes the purchase is “a question of strategic added value, of the price and of the competitive possibilities,” according to the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Norwegian has been the biggest player in the rapid expansion of low-cost transatlantic air service over the past five years. But the company lost $38 million last year and reported a $5.8 million loss for the first quarter this year.


Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel opens for business
ITV News

The doors to Nothern Ireland’s newest hotel have now opened for business.

The opening of Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel has taken place on Wednesday 20th June.

It has opened six months after the founder of the group, Sir William Hastings, died at the age of 89.

After two years of construction and development, Belfast’s skyline has seen a substantial change as the former Windsor House transformed into the 23-storey tower that stands today – with its Seahorse logos and shimmering charcoal panels visible across the city.


Celebrity Cruises redesigning Fort Lauderdale terminal
Travel Weekly

Terminal 25 at Port Everglades will be rebranded and redesigned by Celebrity Cruises, which will use it as its home for the new Celebrity Edge when it arrives in November.

The terminal will be known at T25 and will have a 1,463-square-foot GKD Mediamesh electronic LED sign that will wrap the terminal’s exterior, identifying it as Celebrity’s.

T25 features cutting-edge technology and a sleek design, which the line helped create. It will have both a VIP lounge and a crew lounge, an industry first.

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