Travel News: November 5, 2018


Epcot Festival of the Arts Debuting at Disney World in January
Travel Pulse

Disney World announced Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts will debut January 18.

The annual celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts will last for 39 days through February 25, 2019, and features more live music than ever, fresh tastes to savor and new artwork to admire and bring home.


Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas getting water coaster
Travel Weekly

Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas will emerge from a $115 million drydock with the line’s first water coaster, a feature that previously only Disney Cruise Line has offered.

The coaster, to be called The Blaster, will run some 800 feet making it 35 feet longer than Disney’s Aqua Duck.

Other changes to Navigator include a blow-dry bar on the Royal Promenade to be called To Dry For, a two-story poolside bar concept called The Lime and Coconut, and the first Johnny Rockets Express, also poolside.


Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong to set aside tourism rivalry and work together to tempt visitors into staying longer in Greater Bay Area
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province are to cast aside decades of competing for tourists and work together to attract visitors to stay longer, starting with packages to extend visitors’ three-day average stay in the city to five days in the region overall.

Among the ways to make the traditional rivals cooperate, Lam said, would be to encourage tour agents to design itineraries that take in multiple destinations in the “Greater Bay Area” – an integrated innovation and technology hub uniting 11 southern Chinese cities and intended to rival Silicon Valley.


In Venice Floods, Tourists Frolic as Locals Fear for Treasures
New York Times

Near the Accademia Bridge, a corridor of thin trees lay horizontal, as if hit by a nuclear wind. Vaporetto tickets, pigeon feathers and candy wrappers floated in stagnant pools around St. Mark’s Basilica. Saltwater seeped into the private gardens and poisoned rose bushes behind stone walls.

And children sidestepped the spillover from the canals as they trick-or-treated in Venetian masks and witches’ hats under the Rialto Bridge.

On Wednesday, Venice’s lagoon subsided and revealed the damage a violent storm had wrought on the city earlier in the week, one of the worst episodes of flooding in decades. Windblown tides reaching 61 inches above sea level had submerged more than 70 percent of the city.

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