Travel News: December 24, 2018

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Cuba Welcomed Record Number of Visitors in 2018

Travel Pulse

Cuba welcomed a record 4.75 million tourists in 2018, a 60 percent increase over tourism numbers from four years ago.

According to the Daily Mail, one of the main reasons behind the jump in arrivals was attributed to the cruise industry and the 48 percent increase in passengers docking at Cuba’s Havana port, especially from the United States.


Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption kills more than 200 in Indonesia

Travel Weekly

A tsunami believed to be triggered by a volcanic eruption killed at least 222 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend, sweeping away hotels, hundreds of houses and a group of people attending a beach concert.

More than 800 were reported injured and 28 missing after the tsunami hit around the Sunda Strait on Saturday night, the Disaster Management Agency said. The toll could continue to rise because some areas had not yet been reached.


WOW Air dropping four more U.S. destinations

USA Today

WOW Air has confirmed it is axing service to at least four more U.S. cities as it restructures amid a cash crunch.

“We have decided to stop serving Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York JFK and Dallas/Forth Worth, so they will not feature in our schedule for 2019,” WOW Air spokeswoman Svanhvít Fridriksdóttir said in a statement to USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog. “Having said that we will continue to serve our other destinations in North America.”


Royal Caribbean cruise ship rescues two sailors stranded at sea for 20 days

USA Today

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship rescued two sailors who were stranded at sea for several weeks.

“Empress of the Seas did rescue two sailors who had been adrift for more than 20 days,” the cruise line said in a statement to USA TODAY. “Both passengers onboard the vessel were provided water and medical attention onboard by the ship’s crew. There were no injuries reported.”

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