Travel News: December 17, 2018

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United expands San Francisco service to include Melbourne, Toronto, New Delhi
Travel Weekly

Planned 2019 flight launches to Toronto, New Delhi and Melbourne, Australia, highlight what United is calling its largest-ever expansion of its San Francisco international network.

United will begin San Francisco-Melbourne service three times a week on Oct. 29, making the Bay Area its second launching point to Melbourne, joining Los Angeles, and putting United in competition on the route with the Australian carrier Qantas.


Tourist at Roman Colosseum caught stealing brick during guided tour
Fox News

A tourist to Italy is has been accused of trying to smuggle home a piece of the Colosseum as a souvenir.

The man, reported to be a 47-year-old tourist from India, was said to be taking a tour of the Roman amphitheater on Monday when he managed to pry a piece of brick from a wall, according to Rome news outlet Il Messaggero. He then tried to hide the brick in his pocket.

Witnesses who saw the man steal the brick alerted nearby police, who retrieved the item and returned it to the Colosseum staff.

The man now faces punishment for “abusive possession of archaeological assets and aggravated damage,” as reported by Italy’s Carriere della Serra, though he is not being detained, per Italy’s The Local.


Alitalia’s Plan to Save Itself Includes Teaming Up With Delta and Air France-KLM

With beleaguered Italian airline Alitalia expecting more stable ownership by next month, it is focused on joining a new joint venture with Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM, and Virgin Atlantic, buying back its loyalty program from Etihad Airways, and winning more corporate and high-end leisure customers, its chief business officer said Wednesday in an interview in New York.

The new controlling owner is likely to be Italy’s national railway, Ferrovie dello Stato, which is seeking other investors to join it, Alitalia’s Fabio Lazzerini said. Reuters on Wednesday reported EasyJet and Delta Air Lines could be involved, and both had earlier expressed interest, before the commissioners temporarily leading the airline chose the railway as their preferred bid.


Disneyland Resort Preparing for Wild 2019
Travel Pulse

As travelers begin to plan their vacations for 2019, the Disneyland Resort is enticing guests to visit the theme park and enjoy an array of adventures, festivals, shows, food, Disney character interactions and more.

To kick off the new year, visitors can experience the Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration at Disneyland starting January 18. With a new high-energy projection show dubbed Mickey’s Mix Magic, guests can dance the night away with “DJ” Mickey.

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