Travel News: October 17, 2018

Contentious Mexico train revived as new president comes to office
Travel Weekly

The Mexican Congress is expected to increase its tourism tax on airline tickets to $32 from $25 to help build an on-again, off-again, sometimes controversial, $6 billion-plus tourist train that would connect hot destinations across the Yucatan Peninsula.

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he is strongly committed to not only completing but also significantly expanding the tourist train route. The $7 increase was proposed after Lopez Obrador initially set off alarms among tourism suppliers by saying he planned to tap funds raised by the current $25 fee, all of which are earmarked for tourism promotion.


WOW Air retrenching? Service to three Midwest cities axed
USA Today

WOW Air’s aggressive expansion into the U.S. Heartland has run into turbulence.

The Icelandic budget airline, known for offering one-way fares as low as $99 from the USA to Iceland and Europe, says it will ax service to three Midwestern cities.

WOW’s flights from St. Louis will end Jan. 7 while seasonal service from Cincinnati and Cleveland will not resume next summer. The last flights from the Ohio cities will come later this month.


You Can Now Book Hotels Via Instagram Stories

Who among us hasn’t drooled over travel content posted on Instagram?

Other than the food porn, the ubiquitous fashionista self-promoters, and perhaps the Kardashian clan’s incessant Instagram updates in their never-ending quest for attention, travel imagery is what Instagram is best at.

The good news is that now you can do more than wistfully drool over travel stories on Instagram. A little-known start-up, SIX Travel, has just launched the world’s first and only platform that lets travelers book hotels directly through Instagram Stories.


AAA Says Cruise Travelers Are Looking for Luxury
Travel Pulse

Cruise travelers are taking a closer look than ever at luxury suites and premium lines. At least, that’s what AAA Travel booking data from the last 12 months reveals.

While mega-ships carrying 5,000 passengers continue to grab headlines, there’s a definite undercurrent at work, as well. Bookings for more intimate voyages on luxury ocean and river cruise lines are on the rise.

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By: Matt Long

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