Travel News: October 16, 2018

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Alitalia relaunch to include Italian state ownership
USA Today

The Italian populist government’s relaunch of the struggling Alitalia airline includes plans to take a 15-percent share and the inclusion of the state railway company as a strategic partner, says Economic Development Minister Luigi Di Maio.

The long-awaited details were revealed ahead of meeting with Alitalia union leaders and as the government awaits an Oct. 31 deadline for binding offers from other companies, a process that had been launched by the previous government.


Some couples in India are selling tourists admission to their weddings

When Surabhi Chauhan, a Delhi-based fund manager, got married last November, roughly 400 guests attended her wedding.

Two names on the guest list were people she had never met before: Carly Stevens and Tim Gower.

The Australian travel bloggers paid around $200 for a two-day invitation to attend Chauhan’s wedding through a start-up called Join My Wedding.


United Announces Expanded Domestic Route Network
Travel Pulse

United Airlines announced Monday it will be expanding its domestic route network.

The carrier revealed it will connect passengers to 22 destinations from six of its hubs in the United States. In addition, United will launch nonstop service to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, from Chicago, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C.


Jeff Bezos wants to send tourists into space in 2019

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos isn’t just focused on selling you everything you’ve ever wanted, or on winning another Emmy.

Bezos, who also runs Blue Origin, a rocket company he called the “most important thing I’m working on,” is also focused on sending people into space on what he called a “tourism mission.”

Bezos wants to launch this mission next year.

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