Travel News: December 27, 2018

Grand Canyon Arizona

Shutdown affects national parks unevenly
Travel Weekly

The partial federal government shutdown, now in its fifth day, has affected national parks unevenly, some still accessible with bare-bones staffing levels, some operating with money from states or charitable groups, and others locked off.

Arizona and Utah officials implemented plans to keep open Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks and provide services such as public restrooms, shuttles and trash collection. Concession operations such as lodges remained open, and Utah’s money for parks in that state included visitor centers.

 

Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates
Skift

Hotels promise travelers they’ll offer the best rates on their branded websites and mobile apps. But new data suggests that the rate guarantees often ring hollow.

Price-comparison services like Google, Trivago, Kayak, Skyscanner, and TripAdvisor often refer consumers to reseller companies offering rates discounted below what the hotels themselves are offering.

How often? One out of every five rates displayed for North America hotels online are from online travel agencies undercutting hotel brand.com rates, according to a survey by OTA Insight, a seller of business intelligence software services to hoteliers.

 

Queen Elizabeth to Sail Cunard’s First Full Alaska Season in 2020
Luxury Travel Advisor

Cunard announced it will double its Alaska programming following the high demand for its return to Alaska this upcoming May. From June through September 2020, the Queen Elizabeth will sail Cunard’s first full Alaska season, which will include ten roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver.

Generally traveling along the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska, Cunard’s summer 2020 voyages will last between nine and 12 nights,. When it’s not tracing the coast, the Queen Elizabeth will sail the narrow waterways of the Inside Passage, the Hubbard Glacier and Sawyer’s Glacier’s twin fjords Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Cunard’s Alaska cruises will include longer time in certain ports, including Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and more.

 

After delays, Egypt’s new mega-museum scheduled to open in 2020
Travel Weekly

On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are laboring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs.

The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to showcase Egypt’s ancient treasures while drawing tourists to help fund its future development. But the project has been subject to repeated delays, with a “soft opening” planned for next year scrapped in favor of a more triumphant inauguration in 2020. Costs have meanwhile soared from an initial $650 million to well over $1 billion, with most of the financing coming from Japan.

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