Travel News: December 19, 2018

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East Coast storm to strike during peak of Christmas travel; Northwest to stay stormy


Storms with the greatest potential to disrupt travel will focus on the East and the Northwest in the days leading up to Christmas.

Some of the best weather-related travel conditions are likely over the Southwest and over portions of the Plains through Christmas. Delays and disruptions due to weather in these areas are likely to be brief when compared to other parts of the nation.



Tourists may be making Antarctica’s penguins sick


You can give your cat the flu. You can also pass pneumonia to a chimpanzee or tuberculosis to a bird. This kind of human-to-animal disease transmission, known as reverse zoonosis, has been seen on every continent except one: Antarctica. Now, human-linked pathogens in bird poop reveal, for the first time, that even animals on this isolated, ice-bound landmass can pick up a bug from tourists or visiting scientists. This newly identified infection route could have devastating consequences for Antarctic bird colonies, including population collapse and even extinction.



Spirit Airlines is more on time than Delta and Hawaiian Airlines


Spirit may be the most hated airline in America, but it’s succeeding on at least one metric: It’s the most on-time carrier in the country. According to Federal Aviation Administration data, 89 percent of Spirit’s flights were on time in October, putting it in front of the usual frontrunners Hawaiian Air and Delta. It also had the second-lowest rate of canceled flights. That’s a remarkable turnaround from 2016, when it came in last for on-time flights for 11 months in a row.


LVMH to acquire Belmond for $3.2 billion

Travel Weekly

French luxury conglomerate LVMH has agreed to acquire high-end hospitality group Belmond for $3.2 billion. The deal is expected to close by the first half of 2019.

Belmond’s portfolio spans 46 hotels, restaurants, trains and river cruise ships across 24 countries. Among the group’s more famous holdings are the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the 21 Club restaurant in New York and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train service in Europe.


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