Travel News: January 15, 2019

Machu Picchu Peru

Strict ticket policy introduced at Machu Picchu

It’s the spectacular Incan citadel in the Andes Mountain range that’s on everyone’s bucket list — but access to Machu Picchu is becoming more strictly regulated.

New ticket rules were put in place starting January 1, 2019, limiting tourists to visiting at specifically scheduled times. Tickets are valid for up to four hours and re-entry is not usually allowed. Before, you booked for either a “morning” or “afternoon” slot.

It’s no great surprise — the Peruvian landmark regularly has hordes of visitors lining up to explore the Inca ruins and officials are trying their best to control the crowds.


Houston Airport Keeps Terminal Closed Due to Government Shutdown
Travel Pulse

Officials at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston have announced Terminal B would remain closed Monday due to a lack of Transportation Security Administration agents on duty as part of the partial federal government shutdown.

According to, the Houston airport was forced to close the ticketing counter and security checkpoint in Terminal B Sunday at around 3:30 p.m. local time due to staffing shortages.


Abercrombie & Kent launches wellness tours
Travel Weekly

Abercrombie & Kent is entering the wellness space, launching Wellness-Inspired Luxury Small Group Journeys to India, Southeast Asia, Kenya and Peru.

“These new journeys are designed to enhance our guests’ well-being by connecting them to timeless traditions,” said Stefanie Schmudde, A&K’s vice president of product development. “That means a perfect balance of expertly-led cultural experiences in luxurious A&K style that also nourish the mind, body and spirit.”


Southwest Airlines new Hawaii flights stalled by government shutdown
USA Today

Southwest Airlines’ long-awaited flights to Hawaii are on hold due to the federal government shutdown.

The problem: The airline needs to complete the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification process for extended overwater flights, but the FAA workers who oversee those so-called ETOPS activities are on furlough.

Southwest received key ETOPS approvals before the shutdown, covering its manuals and proposed procedures, but the final steps, including “validation” flights, remain.

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