Travel News: December 12, 2018

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State Department campaign has a holiday message for Americans abroad: Travel safely
Washington Post

The State Department is sending out a seasonal message of good cheer — and safe travel — to the millions of Americans who will travel internationally this holiday season.

Last December, according to National Tour and Travel Office data, nearly 8 million Americans traveled out of the country, making it the fourth-busiest month of the year. (The peak summer season swept the top spots.) To assist the traveling masses, the State Department has created a holiday checklist with the tagline: “Travel Smart. Travel Safe. Travel Well.”


Mexican Tourism Officials Predict 45 Million International Visitors in 2019
Travel Pulse

Tourism officials in Mexico revealed around 45 million international tourists are expected to visit the country in 2019.

According to Mexico News Daily, the country’s new tourism secretary Miguel Torruco Marques said last week that analysis predicted 44,884,000 visitors would arrive next year and spend $23.26 billion while in the country.


Delta bans emotional-support animals on long-haul flights, changes rules for puppies
USA Today

If you’re planning a flight longer than eight hours, Delta Air Lines says you can’t bring an emotional-support animal with you.

The rules for pups are getting tighter too. Neither support animals nor trained service animals will be allowed on any Delta flights if they are under 4 months old.

Delta says the changes take effect Dec. 18.


South Africa’s Visa Policy Still Hurting Tourism Despite Recent Tweaks

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has done the country’s tourism industry no favors since 2015, when it introduced a new visa regime requiring minor travelers entering or leaving the country to produce a so-called unabridged birth certificate (UBC) listing the personal details of both parents.

Thanks to poor communication and an abundance of caution by the airlines, on whose shoulders the burden of checking documents fell, the impact on arrivals was swift and devastating.

Industry sources estimate that upwards of 13,000 travelers were turned away at check-in desks for having incorrect paperwork.

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By: Matt Long

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