Travel News: November 21, 2018

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Prince Hotels to bring new luxury brand to China and UK
Nikkei Asian Review

Prince Hotels aims to win over customers abroad with a new brand of Japanese-inspired luxury hotels, opening locations in London and Guangzhou as early as next year.

The Tokyo-based company will dispatch Japanese employees to its Prince Akatoki line of hotels in order to train staff in attentive and personal service. It hopes to boost name recognition among local customers, particularly prospective travelers to Japan who could then book its hotels here.


Celebrity Edge Arrives at New Home in Port Everglades
Travel Pulse

Following a 15-day transatlantic crossing, the Celebrity Edge cruise ship has made its way to its new home at Port Everglades Terminal 25 in Hollywood, Florida.

As the Celebrity Cruises ship entered the channel for the first time Monday, more than 1,400 crew members were welcomed by colleagues who gathered on the shoreline to welcome the ship and her crew to their new home.


Despite dip in travelers, NYC still top Thanksgiving destination
Travel Weekly

Unchanged from a year ago, New York, Orlando and Las Vegas are top three Thanksgiving destinations, according to ARC.

ARC based its findings off ticket sales data from over 500,000 roundtrip itineraries for travel within the U.S. booked by travel agencies and OTAs.

New York remains the No. 1 destination for Thanksgiving travel (defined as travel from the Saturday before the holiday to the Monday after) but there will be “a very small percentage drop in travelers” this year, ARC said. Orlando will see a 7% jump in travelers, while Las Vegas will see an 11% increase.


It’s happening again: Inside Western Washington’s ‘Twin Peaks’ tourism
The Seattle Times

While we all have our pilgrimages to make — some to Mecca, some to Rome, some to Vegas — Western Washington is the foggy spiritual home of television’s arguably most obsessive, joyful yet morose, ironically macabre group of fanatics: “Twin Peaks” fans.

Israel is the archetypal example of such a fan, and his company, Twin Peaks Tour, provides the quintessential journey into the darkness for fellow enthusiasts.

The breakthrough ’90s television thriller/drama from director David Lynch, “Twin Peaks” ran for two very strange seasons, was canceled and came back as a movie titled “Fire Walk with Me.” Just recently, a long-awaited third season arrived to (theoretically) tie up loose ends. Its titular small town was based on — and partially shot in — Washington’s Fall City, North Bend and Snoqualmie.

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