Travel News: December 18, 2018

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Virgin Galactic Reaches Space, Moves One Step Closer to Space Tourism

Valley News

Virgin Galactic launched a spacecraft more than 50 miles high on Thursday, reaching the Federal Aviation Administration’s definition of space and capturing a long-elusive goal for the company founded by Richard Branson that one day wants to fly tourists through the atmosphere.


TAP Air Portugal: San Francisco-Lisbon nonstop flights begin in June

USA Today

TAP Air Portugal has announced San Francisco as its newest U.S. destination, saying that nonstop flights to its hub in Lisbon would begin in June.

The move continues a rapid U.S. expansion for the Portuguese carrier, which also announced just two weeks ago that it would add service from Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles.

The new San Francisco service will launch June 10. TAP will operate five flights a week on its new Airbus A330-900neo jets.



Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel coming to Riviera Nayarit

Travel Weekly

A Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel is slated to open on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit in 2022.

The hotel will feature 110 luxury rooms, suites and private villas within the master development of Costa Canuva near Puerto Vallarta. The Costa Canuva development will also have a 250-room Fairmont hotel.


USTOA Reveals Top Destinations, Travel Trends for 2019


Italy remains one of the top destinations Americans want to visit.

A recent survey conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) for the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) found that Italy was the “hot” destination for 2019.

Of the top 10, Iceland was at number two with Japan, Vietnam, Australia, France, Spain, Colombia, Cambodia and Portugal following suit.

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