Travel News: December 21, 2018

Elephant Chiang Mai Thailand

Affluent Traveler Collection Reveals 2019 Luxury Travel Trends

Travel Pulse

The ultimate commodity in travel is personalization, says the Affluent Traveler Collection, and knowledgeable jet-setters are willing to pay to gain access.

“As we see the shift from agent to advisor–particularly in the luxury market–we’re delighted to see that the expertise of the ATC advisors continues to be recognized ­and rewarded,” said Nicole Mazza, chief marketing officer of ATC. “More than 50 percent of respondents have seen an uptick in their clients’ budgets for next year and nearly sixty percent charge a fee for their knowledge, time and service in creating meaningful, curated itineraries.”

 

Holiday chaos as drones shut London’s Gatwick Airport

Travel Weekly

Drones buzzing over the runway forced the shutdown of London’s Gatwick Airport on Thursday during one of the busiest times of the year, stranding or delaying tens of thousands of Christmas-season travelers and setting off a hunt for the operator of the intruding aircraft.

The prospect of a deadly collision between what police described as industrial-grade drones and an airliner led authorities to stop all flights in and out.

 

United Airlines adds 11 routes amid ‘record’ network expansion 

USA Today

United Airlines announced a slew of new routes Wednesday amid what the carrier says is a “record” expansion of its network.

The 11 new routes are a mix of seasonal and year-round routes that will start when United’s summer schedule begins June 6. (Scroll down for full details)

The expansion adds one new city – Stockton, California – to United’s route map, but the other routes represent new connections to cities the airline already serves. About half are weekend-only service.

 

Elephant tourism: the fight in Asia against unethical operators steps up

South China Morning Post

Rows of elephants chained up in cramped stables, saddles resting heavy on their backs. Mahouts – trainers – standing close by, clutching sharp bull hooks. Nearby, groups of tourists wait to mount the beasts ahead of an exhausting trek through jungle.

This is a common sight across Asia. It is also one that organisations promoting the ethical treatment of elephants are trying to stamp out through a series of initiatives. One such initiative – the inaugural Elephant Travel Mart, organised by the Save Elephant Foundation and Asian Elephant Projects – took place this month in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s elephant capital, and brought together operators of ethical elephant tours and tour agencies.

 

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