Travel News: November 28, 2018

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Virgin Atlantic mulling Flybe bid
Travel Weekly

Virgin Atlantic is considering an acquisition of U.K. regional carrier Flybe.

“Virgin Atlantic has a trading and codeshare relationship and confirms that it is reviewing its options in respect of Flybe, which range from enhanced commercial arrangements to a possible offer for Flybe,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Virgin Atlantic emphasizes that there can be no certainty that an offer will be made nor as to the terms of any offer.”

 

Royal Caribbean Announces New Bid-Based Stateroom Upgrade Program
Travel Pulse

The Royal Caribbean International cruise line announced it will launch a new bid-based stateroom upgrade program on November 28, dubbed RoyalUp.

According to the unofficial Royal Caribbean blog, passengers will receive an email from the cruise line if they are booked on a RoyalUp eligible voyage and have the opportunity to browse through staterooms available for upgrade.

 

British Airways retires its last Boeing 767 widebody jet
USA Today

After nearly three decades of service, the Boeing 767 is no longer flying for British Airways.

The final 767 still in passenger service at the airline completed its last flight on Sunday, completing a round trip from London Heathrow to Larnaca, Cyprus.

British Airways put its first 767 into commercial service in February 1990, operating the widebody jet on a short trip from London to Paris.

 

Italian Clifftop Village Sparks Controversy by Charging Tourists to Enter its Historic Centre
Travel Agent

As Italy wrestles with how to manage the effects of mass tourism on places like Venice and Florence, a clifftop village in the south of the country has caused controversy by charging visitors to enter its historic centre.

Tourists have to pay €5 (£4.40) to enter the cobbled heart of Polignano a Mare, a spectacularly sited village of whitewashed houses and churches perched on top of vertical cliffs in the southern region of Puglia.

Critics say the new scheme represents the unacceptable commercialisation of a public space that should be open to everyone.

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