Travel News: January 24, 2019

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Shanghai Disney Resort to Expand With ‘Zootopia’ Land
Hollywood Reporter

The addition is Disney’s second expansion of its sprawling Chinese theme park, meant to build on the huge local box office success of the 2016 film.

The Walt Disney Co.’s Shanghai Disney Resort is unveiling some crowd-pleasing expansion plans.

The company on Wednesday announced that it will soon add a Zootopia-themed land to the sprawling Chinese theme park. Launched in 2016 after nearly two decades of development and negotiation with the Chinese government, Shanghai Disneyland began with six themed lands and opened a seventh — Toy Story Land — last year.


Shutdown hurting hotels in D.C.
Travel Weekly

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday that the U.S. government shutdown is wreaking havoc on business in the Maryland-based hotelier’s backyard, Washington, D.C.

“It varies from market to market,” he said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Washington, of course, we are big — that’s our hometown. We have 150 hotels in the greater Washington area. Business there is down double digits.”

Marriott isn’t the only hotelier suffering from the shutdown. For the week ending Jan. 12, the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region registered the third-largest declines in each of the hotel industry’s three key performance metrics, according to STR.


You Can Now Book American Airlines Premium Economy Award Seats
Simple Flying

Not too long ago, we wrote about how American Airlines was going to introduce award bookings for premium economy. That day is finally here!

Premium economy is definitely an improvement over economy and many airlines are rushing to expand their offerings. Unlike business class, however, premium economy doesn’t vary much from airline to airline.


Melting sea ice sparks debate over arctic tourism
The Straits Times

Many tourists are drawn to the region around the North Pole for its glaciers and northern lights. And, with melting sea ice making the icy north more accessible to ships, tourism is only likely to increase.

This has raised concerns over how arctic cities and communities would cope with an influx of tourists, and the impact that they would have on the environment.

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