Travel News: February 1, 2019

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Oceania Will Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles Fleetwide
Travel Pulse

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, announced a ground-breaking sustainability initiative to eliminate millions of plastic water bottles per year through a new partnership with Vero Water. This pioneering green initiative is the newest facet of the brand’s OceaniaNEXT enhancements and the company’s larger Sail & Sustain environmental program.


Polar vortex takes toll on Chicago flight schedules
Travel Weekly

Airlines canceled more than 2,300 U.S. flights on Thursday, according to the FlightAware, as they continued to grapple with extremely cold temperatures in the Midwest.

Those cancellations are on top of 4,200 cancellations over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.


Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Will Join Hilton’s Curio Collection
Meetings & Conventions

Hilton Hotels has signed the upcoming Virgin Hotels Las Vegas to be part of its Curio Collection. The hotel, which currently still operates as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, will become part of the luxuryindependent collection in 2020, following its renovation and rebranding. Plans call for the property to continue a focus on music and entertainment; it will also participate in the Hilton Honors loyalty program.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will become the largest hotel in Hilton’s Curio Collection, with more than 1,500 rooms, as well the first in Las Vegas. It also promises more than 110,000 square feet of meeting and event space. It is located just off the Strip on Paradise Road.


Indonesia mulls Komodo dragon park closure and Bali tax to fight overtourism

Indonesian officials plan to close the world-famous Komodo national park for a year to help save its skinny dragons, as the South-East Asian nation steps up the battle against over-tourism.

The park in Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands is the only place in the world where it is still possible to see Komodo dragons in their natural habitat.

But the provincial governor says the endangered giant lizards need a break from contact with humans, and has pledged to shut the gates “for an entire year”.

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One Response

  1. Stephen

    Wow! I am surprised to read about Komodo National Park! Seems like it is a positive thing though. I feel lucky to have visited there last year.


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