Travel News: December 31, 2018

Washington DC

Eataly opens first 24-hour site in Las Vegas, with 7 specialty food counters
LA Times

Eataly Las Vegas opened Thursday in the Park MGM with seven specialty food counters, two restaurants, three bars, a chef’s demonstration table and a “kitchen of the market” concept that lets customers eat in or take home.

It’s the first Eataly to offer 24-hour service too. So far, only the site’s Gran Caffé Milano, which serves coffees and cocktails alongside breakfast, lunch and dinner bites, will stay open 24/7. The rest of Eataly is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Leading Hotels of the World Announces 11 New Members
Travel Pulse

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd is pleased to announce the addition of 11 remarkable properties to its collection of more than 400 independent luxury hotels. Sharing a common dedication to personalized hospitality, the distinguished new members offer varied styles of architecture and design, and immersive cultural experiences delivered by passionate hoteliers.

“We are delighted to introduce this group of eleven outstanding new members to our portfolio,” said Deniz Omurgonulsen, vice president, membership, The Leading Hotels of the World.


Shutdown to close D.C. museums and galleries by midweek
Travel Weekly

Museums and galleries popular with visitors and locals in the nation’s capital will close starting midweek if the partial shutdown of the federal government drags on.

So will the National Zoo and a lively ice rink near the National Mall.

The attractions have stayed open by using unspent funds, but they are about to run out of that money.


Portuguese Airline Had the World’s First Plastic-Free Flight

Hotels like Sandals Resorts and destinations like Jamaica are eliminating single-use plastics like straws and Styrofoam in an effort to protect the oceans and planet.

While some airlines like Alaska Airlines has cut plastic straws, and Air New Zealand and Delta are cutting their plastic usage, there hadn’t yet been an airline or flight that functioned entirely without single-use plastic items.

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