Travel News: October 26, 2018


A&K’s Geoffrey Kent Shares Travel Recommendations for 2019
Travel Pulse

Each of us collects experiences throughout our lives that speak to who we are as human beings. These experiences reflect our taste—and signal our aspirations

“Your travels are an investment in building your own ‘Experience Portfolio’ that reflects what inspires you and what you care about,” explains Geoffrey Kent, founder, chairman and CEO of pioneering luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K).

Since there’s no better source than someone who has devoted his life to travel, spending more than two-thirds of the year exploring new destinations, Kent shares the latest travel intel on destinations that will take your Instagram feed to the next level in 2019.


Emergence of ‘urban hotel fees’ propels increase in surcharges
Travel Weekly

Fees and surcharges at U.S. hotels are expected to increase 8.5% to a record $2.93 billion this year, according to an analysis from Bjorn Hanson, industry consultant and adjunct professor at the New York University School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.

The forecast follows a record $2.7 billion in fees and surcharges in 2017. This year’s projected climb is driven by a 2.5% increase in occupied hotel rooms, plus additional fee and surcharge categories.


TSA Precheck additions: Norwegian, Icelandair and Via airlines
USA Today

Three more airlines have joined the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program called Precheck, the agency announced.

The new carriers eligible for the program are European airlines Norwegian Air and Icelandair and small U.S. regional carrier Via Air.


Boracay to reopen to tourists after six-month clean-up
The Straits Time

The Philippines reopens its crown jewel resort island Boracay to holidaymakers tomorrow, after a six-month clean-up aimed at repairing the damage inflicted by years of unrestrained mass tourism.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the island to be shuttered in April to fortify weak infrastructure and crack down on the rampant overdevelopment that had left it a “cesspool”.

When the government throws open the doors, Boracay will have fewer hotels and restaurants, a cap on the number of visitors and anti-beach boozing rules aimed at taming its reputation for partying hard.

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