Travel News: January 4, 2019

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Herb Kelleher, Fun-Loving Co-Founder of Southwest Airlines, Dies at 87
Wall Street Journal

Herb Kelleher, the co-founder of Southwest Airlines Co. who died Thursday at the age of 87, followed a simple but groundbreaking strategy: Keep costs and fares low.

The business plan sketched out 50 years ago on a cocktail napkin in a Texas hotel transformed the global airline industry, birthing copycats including Ryanair and AirAsia as well as the deregulation of the once-clubby U.S. aviation market in 1978.


NFL Announces New Casino Deal With Caesars
Travel Pulse

The National Football League announced Thursday that it selected Caesars Entertainment Corporation as the first-ever Official Casino Sponsor of the league.

The multi-year partnership between the NFL and Caesars begins during the 2019 NFL playoffs and will be focused on providing unique experiences for football fans by using casino properties, celebrity chefs, music artists and entertainment elements.


Thousands stranded on Thai islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk hits

Thousands of people were left stranded on Thailand’s southern gulf coast as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on Friday.

Authorities had moved to suspend all flights and ferry services ahead of the storm, which hit Pak Panang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province at 12.45 p.m. local time (12:45 a.m. ET) with maximum sustained wind speeds of 75 kilometers per hour (46 mph), according to Thailand’s Meteorological Department.

Some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, including Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao islands, along with islands in the Andaman Sea such as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi — made famous by the movie “The Beach” — are expected to be affected by the storm during what is peak holiday season.


Palau Campaign Stands Tough on Environment Despite Hit to Tourism

There is something sexy about the idea of a tiny nation standing up for itself. Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean with a population of just over 22,000, did that twice in the last year.

First, it stood up to tourists, asking for, in not so many words, respect from them. Palau is the first country in the world to ask visitors to sign a declaration in passports to protect its environment and culture for the next generation, a move that has since been followed by Hawaii and New Zealand.

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